People: David Nieper; Couch Perry Wilkes; Nielsen McAllister

Tony Walker and Charles Nieper

Tony Walker CBE DL, former deputy managing director of Toyota and high sheriff of Derbyshire, is to join Derbyshire fashion and textiles firm David Nieper, as non-executive director.

Walker brings a wealth of business acumen and 40-plus years British and European manufacturing experience to the position. He has played a key role at national level in automotive and manufacturing affairs representing the sector to government. He was awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours List 2018 for services to the motor industry.

He said: “I am delighted to join David Nieper as a non-executive board member with a particular involvement in manufacturing. David Nieper is the best sort of company – showing commitment to manufacturing in the UK, to their employees, their community and their customers. They take a long-term approach as demonstrated by their significant investment in new manufacturing facilities and to training and apprenticeships.

“I hope to add value to the board, ably led by Christopher [Nieper], as they build even greater competitiveness to ensure this family business continues to contribute to Alfreton and Derbyshire for many years to come.”

Engineering consultancy Couch Perry Wilkes (CPW) has taken on two new graduates.

Charlie Davis and Jack Pascoe

Charlie Davis and Jack Pascoe join CPW with degrees in architectural technology and mechanical engineering respectively, as well as both having promising experience in the construction field.

Carl Hubbard, associate director at CPW, said: “A company is only as strong as its staff and growing new talent is really important to us. We’re passionate about curating the next generation of M&E engineers and helping the graduates develop both personally and professionally.

“Both Jack and Charlie have hit the ground running as graduate engineers and we’re looking forward to seeing them go from strength-to-strength.

“The last year has been a real challenge and CPW are really proud of how we have supported our staff whilst ensuring we are delivering the same high-quality work to our clients, achieving the exceptional standards we bestow upon ourselves, This enables our recruitment and development and is a testament to all the staff we employ.”

Molly Norman

Derby PR and communications agency Nielsen McAllister has appointed its first apprentice.

Molly Norman has joined the business as an apprentice account executive. The 19-year-old from Heanor was, until recently, reading Law at university, but her long held interest in digital marketing and creative writing led her to realise that her future lay in another direction.

With the help of Derby training provider althaus, which specialises in digital qualifications, Norman has begun her 18-month apprenticeship at Nielsen McAllister, alongside studying for a Digital Marketing Level 3 qualification.

She said: said: “I’m delighted to have joined Nielsen McAllister and to be learning about the world of PR and communications. I’ve been made truly welcome since day one and have already got involved in daily work activities, preparing copy and materials for social media and even writing my first blog for the business.

“I’m really looking forward to building my career here and using the insight from my apprenticeship training to help further develop and enhance digital marketing techniques that will benefit our clients.”

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