On the move: the latest East Midlands hires

Martin Rigley

A new chairperson has been appointed to lead the East Midlands Institute of Technology board.

Martin Rigley was confirmed as the new chair of East Midlands IoT at its latest board meeting and will also become one of its directors.

He replaces Baroness Nicky Morgan, who stepped down in February.

The East Midlands IoT  is a partnership L between Loughborough College, Derby College Group, Loughborough University and the University of Derby.

As a former chief executive and managing director of Notts-based engineering innovation firm Lindhurst Engineering, past chair of Nottingham City Council N2 Skills and Employment Board, and current business leadership coach and mentor, he will bring a wealth of both business experience and technical skills development knowledge to his position as chair.

He said: “I am honoured to have been appointed as Chair of the East Midlands Institute of Technology.

The employment opportunities the rapid growth in technology presents is a challenge for the UK and in particular the East Midlands, with its strong focus on engineering and manufacturing jobs. The links between higherlevel skills in the technology field and their positive impact on social mobility very much appealed to my personal values.”

Tim Rookes and Neil Shaw

Tim Rookes and Neil Shaw

Derbyshire IT service provider True MSP is strengthening its helpdesk team after launching a service that is expected to attract a flood of new clients.

The Castle Donington-based managed service provider (MSP) is on track to recruit seven new technical helpdesk staff by June to strengthen the team led by founding directors Neil Shaw and Tim Rookes.

The company, established in 2017, is recruiting the new staff to pre-empt an expected surge in business and to ensure each team member is fully trained beforehand.

A conservative forecast revealed by founding partner Neil Shaw suggests turnover over the next 12 months will rise to around £2.5m, up from £2m this year.

He said: “Customer service is our priority – it always has and it always will be. That is why we feel we stand out from our competitors.

“Hiring staff before we secure the business probably goes against the grain for most businesses and may cause accountants and finance directors to have kittens.

But, ultimately, we are merely pre-empting the inevitable. We’re extremely confident that our new Triple Cloud offering is a real game-changer, so we are genuinely expecting new enquiries to go through the roof.”

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