People: Beelivery; CRM; Code Computerlove; Alliance Manchester Business School
Beelivery, the UK’s largest on demand grocery delivery service, has announced a major expansion of its senior executive team with the addition of experienced leaders in operations, marketing, finance, and human resources.
In addition to recruiting three new key players to the leadership team, Beelivery chairmen and co-founders, Lee Parkinson and Yazan Bin Mohammad, announced the addition of 30 new staff members across all sectors of the Congleton-based business including IT services and programming, customer service, marketing, social media, human resources, and finance.
Chief operations officer, Paul Gott, with more than 30 years of experience in senior management roles, has been working with the founders since joining last year to lead the team to deliver great customer experience and head the expansion of the business through new service design and development and improving the profitability of the operation.
Paul said: “The added firepower now in our leadership team will help us continue to scale our infrastructure to meet our growing demand and ambitious plans. Each one of our new directors brings a breadth and depth of experience that will help energise our entire organisation to sustain our momentum and keep pace with our continued growth in the market.”
New chief marketing officer, Lindsay Ball, was brought on board due to her strong portfolio in working with ‘flagship’ brands within FTSE 250 and private equity organisations in this retail sector. Lindsay has more than 30 years’ omni-channel marketing and commercial experience including Greggs, Dominos, Pizza Hut, Leasing.com, offering an enviable blend of classic brand marketing strategy, digital and e-commerce success.
Paul Coburn, Beelivery’s new chief financial officer, is an Ernst & Young-trained chartered accountant with a wealth of experience in the software/tech, manufacturing, logistics, and retail sectors. His experience extends from being an FD for SMEs, to working in a large corporate environment and has extensive experience of meeting the challenges of a rapidly growing business.
The newly appointed chief people officer, Mandy Hamerla, is a strategic HR professional who will be providing expert solutions to help transform Beelivery’s 50,000 self-employed drivers from a ‘network’ to a ‘community’. With a background in corporate HR for big brands and companies including Argos and Pearson, Mandy will add invaluable experience in helping to build a loyal and productive team.
Yazan Bin Mohammad said: “It is an exciting time for Beelivery, and we are grateful to be bringing experienced, motivated and dedicated people to our leadership team to continue to move the business forward. We will be doubling the size of the team this year as we continue to focus on further growth, cementing our current position and building upon it.”
Lee Parkinson added: “Over the next five months we will be bringing on new, home-based employees, who will be trained across a number of operational functions in the business to help achieve our ambitious plans in 2021 and beyond.”
With demand for efficient and effective accounts receivable operations more vital than ever, Cerberus Receivables Management (CRM) has strengthened its position with a number of appointments and extended service offering.
They’re underpinned by significant investment in a new Salford headquarters, IT infrastructure and brand identity and website – reflecting CRM’s ambitious strategic vision for growth.
The new developments have been implemented from the start of the year, which marks CRM’s 11th year in business. Today, the specialist in recovery and realisation of distressed assets and debt is a 20-strong team servicing a client base that spans the UK.
The appointment of Lee Scott as head of recoveries – with 25 years’ legal, litigation and collections experience – further strengthens the company’s capabilities and expertise when collecting difficult disputed or contractual debt.
The addition of receivables specialist Sharon Lornie to the team – with 21 years’ experience gained at the nation’s leading independent invoice finance specialist – further boosts CRM’s collective expertise.
And Theresa Divers has also just joined the business as apprentice administration assistant.
Director, Christine Greenhalgh, said: “In just over a decade we’ve built a national client base from scratch and become a leading player in the market. These are, of course, achievements that we’re very proud of.
“As we passed our first decade in business, it was fitting to evaluate where we had come from, what we had achieved and our strategic plan for the future. We’re all very much looking forward to the next stage of our journey and implementing our strategic plan for the future.”
Manchester-based digital product studio Code Computerlove has announced Rob Jones as joint managing director, alongside other senior level promotions, as Louis Georgiou takes a more active role at parent company MediaCom North and focuses on Code’s new consultancy services.
Rob, who has been with the agency for more than 13 years, was previously client services director. He will now oversee the delivery of Code’s core products and services while Louis focuses on the agency’s burgeoning Agile coaching and organisational design and transformation division. Louis will also be nurturing group-wide client relationships at MediaCom North where he forms part of the leadership team.
In the restructure, Gemma Handley has also been promoted to commercial director, while Claire Kerley has moved up to delivery director.
With 75 staff, Code Computerlove specialises in design, technology, product delivery, business strategy and coaching. Clients include Hillarys, BBC, JCT-600, AO.com, Sky Gaming and Manchester Airport. It was founded in 1999 by current CEO Tony Foggett, Louis Georgiou and Wini Tse, and became part of the Mediacom North group of businesses in 2016.
Louis Georgiou, co-managing director, said: “The role of our studio has evolved in recent years to meet the fast-changing needs of client partners. Rob is highly experienced in helping clients to achieve their digital ambitions and has been an invaluable member of the senior leadership team engendering our continued growth. It will be a pleasure to continue to work alongside him in his new role.
“Our success has always been through our brilliant people and the exceptional talent we have within the studio, and I’m delighted to announce these promotions.”
Rob said: “To have the opportunity to work alongside Louis to lead Code into its next phase of growth is incredibly exciting and I look forward to delivering a refreshed focus on the development and delivery of digital products supported by such an exceptional team.”
Daniel Shuttleworth, managing director at Greensill and MBA alumnus, has been appointed to the Alliance Manchester Business School advisory board.
Daniel, who graduated from Alliance MBS with his MBA in 2018, said it was a “pleasure and privilege” to join the board: “I am very passionate about Manchester, the city region and the Business School, and am really looking forward to taking up the role.”
In his current job Daniel leads strategic initiatives within Greensill, a fintech providing working capital finance to businesses and individuals all over the world, which has a Warrington operation.
He was previously global head of portfolio integration with the firm which he joined in 2017. In the past few years he has witnessed huge growth at the business which, in 2019, extended $143bn of financing to more than 10 million customers and suppliers, and which today employs more than 1,100 staff, including more than 350 in the North West.
Daniel started his career creating software in Japan, and prior to Greensill worked in financial services across the world for firms such as Citibank, UBS and ICAP. Throughout his career he has been at the cutting edge of the emerging fintech industry: “I’ve always been excited about the intersection of finance, tech and data, and about its huge potential to transform and disrupt business practices and financial services on a global scale,” he said.
Prof Fiona Devine, head of Alliance Manchester Business School, said: “We are delighted to have Daniel join our board and bring with him his fantastic knowledge of the fast emerging and exciting fintech industry. It is also great to stay connected to our MBA alumni in such a way. We very much look forward to working with him and drawing on his skills and experience.”