People: Hexagon Leasing; Evolve

Nick Parker

Burton-based truck and van rental business Hexagon Leasing has appointed a new national account and business development manager.

Nick Parker brings nearly 20 years’ industry experience to the firm having previously held key roles at NRG Riverside and Ryder.

The news follows the appointment of Alan Ellison as CEO in June this year.

David Hodgkinson, head of sales at Hexagon Leasing, said: “We are very pleased that Nick has joined the team. He has a wealth of industry experience and knowledge and will be well equipped to help Hexagon achieve our ambitious growth plans over the coming months and years.

“At Hexagon we see ourselves as a partner, collaborating with our customers and Nick will be vital in maintaining and developing long-term relationships across key accounts.”

Parker said: “My success in this area is largely due to my ability to build trusted relationships with key stakeholders where I can successfully differentiate myself and Hexagon Leasing from the competition.

“Hexagon’s people are what gives customers confidence and us the edge over our competitors. We are industry leading experts in our field and always put the customer needs at the forefront of our excellent customer service.”

Nottingham-based celebrity talent and speaker agency Evolve has welcomed a new operations and sales manager.

Jo Foster will assist in the day-to-day running of the business, which helps to source celebrities and speakers for corporate and private events and brand partnerships.

She has worked in the fast-growing industry for almost five years.

Foster said: “I’ve been so impressed with the way Evolve operates and am delighted to help take it to the next level of success. It’s only a young company but it has big ambitions and great growth plans, so I can’t wait to boost the business and to develop new opportunities in the coming months.”

Benoit Lawrence, Jo Foster and co-founder Amad Tababa

Since its launch in September 2020 Evolve has helped clients book speakers including Tim Peake, Michael Vaughan, Karen Carney and reality TV star Lauren Pope.

The agency’s co-founder Benoit Lawrence said: “We are thrilled to welcome Jo to the team – she has a great deal of experience, particularly when it comes to ensuring all logistics are taken care of ahead of events.

“I am looking forward to seeing her develop into a key part of what we are aiming to achieve. We want to ensure that we provide a first-class service for all of our clients and Jo will certainly help us to do that.”