On the move: the latest East Midlands hires

David Picking

Northampton-based logistics provider XPO has appointed a new technology director for the UK and Ireland.

David Picking will report to Dan Myers, managing director for the region, as well as Nigel Rouch, head of strategic projects and technology – Europe.

Picking brings more than three decades of technology leadership experience in the retail, pharmaceutical, leisure and logistics sectors, including the implementation of IT solutions for supply chain operations.

He previously served as chief information officer – EMEIA for global tech services company Likewize and has worked for SIG, Wincanton and the Co-operative Group.

Myers said: “Dave joins a great IT team who have ensured we remainahead of the curve in technology. His background across a range of B2B and B2C sectors will be invaluable in continuing to develop leading edge, customer-centric solutions. I look forward to working closely with Dave to build on our strong track record as the leading technology pioneer in our industry.”

Rouch added: “I look forward to welcoming Dave into the wider European IT Leadership team where he will play an important role in helping to cement innovation and technology within our operations and with our customers.”

IT support provider Your IT Department has bolstered its team with a pair of apprentices.

James Atherton has joined the Nottingham firm’s service desk, following in a long line of successful apprentices who have developed in the role with the business.

James Atherton and Alice Taylor

Alice Taylor – a recent graduate from Nottingham Trent University – becomes the company’s first sales apprentice.

Lee Hewson, managing director of Your IT Department, said: “Bringing young talent into the business and developing it has been a feature of our growth and development over the past 5 years. We’re proud of the fact that almost a third of our staff have completed, or are completing, Apprenticeships with us. Our apprentices have progressed to Level 4’s and some now hold quite senior roles in the business. In an industry with well documented skills shortages, we believe ‘growing our own’ is important for us and for the industry as a whole.”

He added: “It’s a really exciting time for the business. We’ve taken on our first two overseas clients and are continuing to grow the team, client base and business. We’re on course for another year of record turnover and have won two customer service awards this year.”