On the move: the latest East Midlands hires

Jon Cox

Burton-based waste and recycling firm Willshee’s has appointed Jon Cox as financial controller – a newly-created position following on from another record year for the company which saw 20% increase in sales.

Jon Cox is a double qualified accountant (FCMA & MAAT) and has 23 years’ experience in business and finance, having worked for a number of high-profile regional businesses including Solmar Villas, Cott Beverages, Thorntons, Castlerock Brewery and the Spirit Group.

He said: “I am really excited to have joined Willshee’s and am also very grateful for the opportunity. Being very much a team player, I’m looking forward to working with my new Willshee’s colleagues to continue the growth trend.”

Willshee’s managing director Dean Willshee added: “Following a sustained period of growth, we have set ourselves ambitious financial targets for the next five years and are now expanding our team in order to get the business to the next level and beyond. It is fantastic to welcome someone of Jon’s calibre, bringing a new dimension to the company.”

Enable MD Joe Miller, Enable chair Paul Gratton

ENABLE, a Derbyshire company that provides advice to help make homes and businesses more energy efficient, has appointed Paul Gratton as its new chair.

Gratton also recently took up the position of Chair at Wise Living; a business he helped to found which has since grown to become one of the UK’s largest providers of Build-to-Rent Single Family Housing (BTR SFH) for the private rental sector.

He said: “With the rapid rise in fuel prices and the urgent need for greener homes there has never been a greater requirement for people to understand the most effective things they can do to reduce the amount of energy consumed at home.

“With people’s homes responsible for over 20% of the UK’s harmful carbon emissions and around 27 million homes that need improvements if they are to meet the government’s carbon reduction and efficiency targets, the potential market opportunity is huge. The unbiased advice that Enable offers is central to tackling the need to make homes greener, more energy efficient and cheaper to run.”

Joe Miller, CEO of Enable, said: “We’ve had a fantastic first year, not only reflecting the enormous efforts of our team but also the need and demand for our services that make practical and unbiased suggestions about how to meet energy and efficiency targets.

“We’re passionate about improving people’s homes because we believe that can significantly improve people’s lives as well as contributing to carbon reduction. Paul shares this vision and his drive and experience in rapidly growing many successful and innovative businesses will allow us to scale even more quickly to help even more people have warm and affordable homes.”