On the move: the latest East Midlands hires

Ianina Lucca

Blue Light Card, the Leicester discount service for the NHS and Emergency Service community, has announced a new hire within its senior leadership team as Ianina Lucca joins the business as chief product officer.

Lucca has previously worked at an array of technology companies including leadership roles at Skyscanner, Just Eat, and Hotels.com. Most recently, she was chief growth officer at Depop, the global fashion resale marketplace, which was acquired by Etsy in 2021.

She said: “So much great work has been done by Blue Light Card, and there are still so many new opportunities ahead of us. I love scaling businesses and I can’t wait to help us build new capabilities so we can better serve our members.”

Alidad Moghaddam, CEO at Blue Light Card, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Ianina to the Blue Light Card team. Ianina’s accomplishments are both impressive and inspiring, and she will be a fantastic addition to our senior leadership team. Beyond her professional accomplishments, Ianina’s values and ethos also resonate with our culture, making her a perfect fit for the role.”

Tom Seagrief

Lincolnshire potato supplier Branston has appointed a new general manager for its pioneering protein extraction facility, in preparation for full scale production and commercialisation of potato protein in early 2024.

Bringing with him several years’ experience in the food industry, Tom Seagrief has returned to Branston, having joined the team on their graduate programme over a decade ago.

After placements in technical and finance, Seagrief gained experience in operations before being promoted to managerial roles within Branston’s site services and raw materials departments.

He also worked as a space planning officer at the University of Lincoln and in further managerial roles in production and operations at wholegrain food brand, Jordans Dorset Ryvita.

Seagrief said: “I’m excited to be re-joining Branston to take on the challenge of leading the new Protein extraction facility and bringing our UK grown and processed potato protein to market. I’m hungry to keep developing and progressing in my career, and Branston has enabled me to do that through its aspirational culture and mission to continually innovate. This is a hugely important time for us, with Branston investing in driving sustainable
change and better industry practices.”

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