People: Hillarys; The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity

Sam Cutler

Hillarys – the Nottingham-headquartered retailer of blinds and curtains – has appointed its first head of environment and sustainability.

Sam Cutler will work across all areas of the business and report to group supply chain director Keith Hallam.

He joins the company from the Environment Agency and previously worked for Severn Trent Water.

Keith Hallam said: “It’s fantastic to have Sam on board. He is joining us to accelerate our work to become a more sustainable business and find new ways to help address some of the most complex and important challenges of our time.

“Sam brings valuable experience as well as passion and determination to drive real, positive change. I look forward to an exciting path ahead as we make positive strides towards achieving our sustainability goals.”

Cutler added: “I’m excited to be joining Hillarys, a business which I’ve respected for some time, at this stage of the journey. I’m looking forward to stewarding our sustaina­bility programme and driving meaningful progress.”

The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity has announced the appointment of Lucy Womack as chair of trustees.

Lucy Womack

Having served as a trustee of the Leicester-based charity for a decade, Womack’s appointment will see her become the first ever woman to take on the role.

She succeeds David Howard as chair of trustees following a six-year term.

The charity provides personal loans for new business ideas, businesses needing investment and for the study of postgraduate education.

Womack said: “I’m incredibly proud to take on the role of chair of trustees at The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity. The charity is a cause that’s close to my heart. I’m looking forward to working with my fellow trustees and partners to grow the charity and provide more loans to businesses and students across Leicestershire and Rutland.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the wonderful job that my predecessor, David Howard, has done during his term as chair. Through his stewardship, the charity is now providing our unique interest-free loans to people aged over 18 and under 45, as we expanded our age criteria, whilst our links to partners within the region have grown stronger. I look forward to continuing to work with David and my fellow trustees, and am sure his experience and knowledge will be of great support moving forward.”