People: New chair for NPS; Mansfield PR guru celebrates celebrant status

Ken Feast and Kate Hennig
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Nottingham Professional Services (NPS) has appointed Ken Feast as its new chairperson.

Feast takes over from, Kate Hennig of theGrogroup, who is stepping down as chair but continuing her active role as a committee member.

Feast has worked in the Nottingham banking sector with NatWest Group for over 16 years. He will combine his current position as business development director at Natwest with his NPS chair role.

He said: “I am delighted to have been elected chair of NPS, having been an active member on the committee for the last few years and a great supporter of NPS for many years. We have a very active and supportive committee who are excited at the prospect of bringing the business community back together again.”

He added: “I would like to add a personal thank you to Kate on behalf of NPS for the brilliant job she has done as chair over the last three years and I am delighted that she has agreed to remain on the committee.”

Hennig added: “I have really enjoyed my time as chair and wish Ken every success in promoting NPS and further establishing it as the leading organisation where all professional advisers can meet to help grow Nottinghamshire’s economic wealth.”

Mansfield funeral celebrant Wayne Swiffin is celebrating after being elected to the committee of the Association of Independent Celebrants (AOIC).

As the one and only registered trade association for celebrants in the UK, the AOIC is a “vibrant and forward-thinking trade association for professional celebrants across the UK and overseas”.

The AOIC recently held its AGM and conference, where the committee for the forthcoming year was elected to office.

Swiffin, who lives in Mansfield, has been a journalist and PR consultant for more than 25 years, and became a celebrant only last year.

He said: “I haven’t been a celebrant for that long really, but my many years as a journalist and a PR consultant will hopefully come in useful to the committee and to the members of the association.

“Anyone who knows me well knows that I love being a PR consultant and a journalist but being a funeral celebrant is something really special. Helping people to tell stories of loved ones, particularly at a very tough time, is an honour and I am particularly proud to have led a number of services in and around the Mansfield area.”

AOIC executive chairman Philip Spicksley said: “We welcome Wayne to the committee, as we think his experience and knowledge could be a real asset to the association.”