People: Finch Consulting; Nielsen McAllister

Morag McWilliam

Leicestershire-based health and safety engineering risk management specialist Finch Consulting has appointed a new senior consultant.

Morag McWilliam brings more than 30 years’ practical experience in the field of occupational hygiene health and safety to the Ashby company.

She joins Finch – a sponsor of the 2022 East Midlands Business Masters awards –from the Health and Safety Executive, where she worked as an HM Specialist Inspector.

McWilliam said: “I chose to join Finch because of their work ethic and positive employee culture which encourages Consultants to take an adaptable and pragmatic approach to problem solving for clients in a wide range of industries.

“This in turn will allow me to apply practically my industrial and regulatory experience as an occupational hygienist to help guide clients in the long-term protection of their workers’ health and well-being.”

Dom Barraclough, managing director at Finch, added: “We have a very strong pipeline of Occupational Hygiene work and Morag will complement the offering to our clients incredibly well. She’s already proven she is a great fit for the Finch culture, which is extremely important to us, and with her extensive experience she will hit the ground running.”

Derby PR and communications agency Nielsen McAllister has appointed a new account & content support executive.

Alona Vvedenska has joined the company after fleeing her home in war-torn Ukraine with her 13-year-old son back in March.

Alona Vvedenska

Vvedenska, who arrived in the UK as part of the Homes for Ukrainians scheme, has 16 years’ experience in PR and has worked as a journalist and editor.

She said: “The experience of war is something that is incredibly difficult to put into words. Everything that seems impossible or unbearable to us in peacetime becomes part of everyday life. It’s a state where you can’t feel normal, but the pain is just hellish.

“I am therefore heartily grateful to the UK and my new colleagues for the opportunity to live and work here. I am very happy to be a part of the Nielsen McAllister team and it’s helping me to achieve a degree of stability during such turbulent times.”

Vvedenska’s sponsor, Derby businessman Nino Simone, contacted the agency when it put out a call for a content specialist to support its growth.

Director Simon Wildash said: “We were already recruiting and struggling to find someone with the right set of skills to support new and existing clients. After meeting Alona, it was obvious she would be an asset to the team – and, of course, it feels amazing to be able to help someone in Alona’s circumstances.”

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