On the move: the latest East Midlands hires

Tom Oldershaw

Nottingham-based Eight Group has hired Tom Oldershaw as strategic solutions director.

Oldershaw joins from Webmart, where he spent five years in senior positions – most recently as client services director.

He joins the newly-created Eight Group, which incorporates Eight Days a Week Print Solutions, Eight Plus and the firm’s emerging digital services offering.

Group managing director, Lance Hill, said: “It’s fantastic to have Tom on board, he brings a different type of experience and expertise which is exactly what we need to facilitate our next stage of growth.

“I’ve known Tom since his time at Eclipse when I was at 4DM and we’ve always kept in touch, so this is a really nice fit for both of us, especially as we share the same values and vision”.

Co-founder and director of Eight Plus, Rob Moules, added: “Tom’s appointment is an integral part of the Eight Group’s strategic development over the next few years. Tom’s experience and energy will help support and drive to achieve those ambitious targets. We are excited to welcome him to the group and to seeing how we can collectively continue to innovate and develop our best in class offering.”

Oldershaw said: “I’ve watched the growth and development of the company over the past few years and it’s very impressive. When Lance and I spoke, it was obvious that the next steps in the development of the group matched perfectly with my experience in the complimentary services to print and direct mail.

“The potential to expand our offering to new and existing clients making us a more strategic partner is huge and something I’m very proud to be able to come on board and drive forward. I can’t wait to get stuck in and work closely with both the teams and our clients.”

Joe Marks

Housebuilder Allison Homes East has appointed a new head of engineering.

Joe Marks started his career at Rolton Group, an engineering consultancy company after completing his A-Levels. He then achieved a degree in Civil Engineering Management before going on to work in the engineering department at David Wilson Homes South Midlands. Prior to joining Allison Homes East, he worked as a senior technical manager and engineering manager at Morris Homes.

Marks said: “It’s satisfying to see sites progress and not only see houses constructed but also infrastructure and facilities improved for local communities.

“As the market picks up for us and our competitors, the ability to achieve planning approvals and Section agreement approvals from the local authorities, within suitable timeframes to meet our program for growth, is going to be a major challenge. However, with the excellent team we have in place here at Allison Homes East I feel that we can meet it.

“The ability to lead and mentor junior members of staff and see them grow and improve also makes me feel proud and I look forward to seeing what we achieve together.”

Glyn Mabey, managing director for Allison Homes East, said: “I am very proud to welcome Joe Marks to the Allison Homes team. His experience and expertise speaks for itself and I have every confidence that he will excel as head of engineering, both in the technical aspect and in the leadership and development of the team. I wish him all the best of luck going forward.”

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