On the move: the latest East Midlands hires

Susan McAdam

Optima UK, the Leicester-based recruitment, training and business advisory firm, has appointed Susan McAdam to head up its professional services and engineering divisions.

McAdam brings a wealth of experience to the post, having clocked up more than 15 years of professional recruitment experience working with a range of businesses from SMEs through to major blue chip companies.
Larraine Boorman, CEO of the company, said: “Susan has an excellent track record of delivering success based on developing professional teams and building strong customer relationships.

“We’re delighted that Susan has joined Optima. Her strong skillset, drive and ambition will be important assets as we are continuing to grow across all divisions. Our services are very much in demand across many sectors, so we need the very best people as we move forward.”

McAdam said: “Optima felt like the right fit for me, as our ethics and outlook are very much aligned. My aim is to ensure that the whole team has the necessary skills and tools to make sure we can all reach new levels.”

Liam Deacy

Lamp, the Leicester-based mental health advocacy charity, has appointed Liam Deacy as its new chief operating officer.

Deacy brings over a decade’s experience in previous charity, fundraising and business development roles to his new role at Lamp. He will be responsible for leading the charity’s engagement, business relationships, events and fundraising operations.

Deacy joins Lamp from Menphys, where he was head of fundraising & marketing, and head of development for The Menphys Sports Club.

Prior to that, he was business development manager for Cross Productions and fundraising & communication manager for Dorothy Goodman Academy. Deacy was also the founder of the ‘Life Outside of Sport’ Podcast, where sports professionals talked openly about the challenges they face following retirement, including mental health challenges.

He said: “It’s an absolute pleasure to be joining Lamp, Mental health advocacy plays such an important role in our community and can go unrecognised. By shedding more light on the role Lamp plays in navigating people through the complexities of mental health support and empowering individuals to rebuild their lives support base, I hope I can vastly increase the support for this life-changing work.”

Richard Kotulecki, Lamp’s CEO, added: “Liam brings vast expertise and experience from working across the public, private and charity sectors. We’re delighted to have secured him for this new role and are confident that he will help the charity to significantly grow awareness of the vital services that we deliver and increase our individual, community and corporate fundraising.”

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