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Calrec, which designs, makes and supplies audio broadcast mixing equipment, has appointed Helen Jones as operations manager.

Jones, who previously worked at the company, has re-joined Calrec at its headquarters in Hebden Bridge.

Her new role will ensure manufacturing and operations meet the demands of the business for quality, on-time delivery and team development.

Sid Stanley, general manager at Calrec, said: “This appointment is another example of Calrec continuing its investment in the future, both ours and that of our customers.

“We’re always striving to improve our production efficiency and quality, using the latest techniques.

“The COVID era will bring new challenges to our supply chain and the way we work, challenges that we will face head on, so our customers remain unaffected.

“Helen’s role will be to ensure that operationally we stay ahead of a fast evolving and changing business environment, combining her great knowledge of Calrec with her leadership and management experiences to take operations to the next level.”

Jones is well versed in the latest production models and has extensive project management experience. As a former engineer at Calrec, she understands broadcast customer needs and requirements.

She said: “We need to work in as agile a way as possible, being as responsive to short notice demands as possible while never compromising on quality.

“Calrec is an innovative company that puts both technical capabilities and quality control first, which is hugely important given the challenging times we’re all in.

“My decision to return to the company was an easy one, and I’m excited to execute my skills and knowledge to effectively manage my team and quality of the products so that our customers truly benefit.”


IoD Yorkshire and North East has appointed a new ambassador to represent North Yorkshire.

Natalie Foster has been made education and skills ambassador and will support IoD members to connect with one another, develop professionally and influence policy and decision-makers at the highest levels.

Foster has recently launched her own company – Foster Clay Law – on the North Yorkshire coast, having previously worked in business banking area management and legal practice management.

She and her co- director Nathan Clay, formerly of Blacks in Leeds, lead a team of commercial and personal solicitors across the North whose emphasis is on the importance of business acumen whilst delivering legal advice digitally and improving access and service, making lives easier.

She said: “I’m delighted to support the IoD as an ambassador – the IoD recognises the coast needs to be heard and that opportunities for regional commerce need to be communicated to the business community in Scarborough and Ryedale.”

Caroline Pullich, acting IoD North Yorkshire branch chair, said: “I am really pleased that Natalie has come on board as an ambassador.

“She will help strengthen the IoD’s voice in one of our region’s largest areas and provide valuable support to directors in these challenging times for businesses and their communities.”


scarlettabbott, an employee engagement consultancy, head-quartered in York, has welcomed two project delivery managers to support the team following a rapid influx in client work.

Leila McCausland transitions from a decade spent in recruitment, most recently at VMAGROUP, placing expert internal communications and change candidates at major global organisations.

Alice King returns to the consultancy, following her role as a project coordinator for The Soapy Group.

McCausland said: “As a recruiter for internal comms teams, I heard great things about the work scarlettabbott was doing in the employee engagement space.

“I’m excited to join the team at such a crucial time as we help support our clients through some of their biggest challenges.”

Managing director Jeremy Petty said: “We’ve seen a huge upsurge in requests for support around employee mental health and wellbeing, diversity and inclusion campaigns and remote onboarding as our clients find their feet in the new world of work.

“Leila and Alice will be crucial to the successful delivery of this work and we’re delighted to welcome them to the team.”

McCausland and King are the first members of the team to join remotely as scarlettabbott continues to follow Government safety measures.

They will help the team support the consultancy’s clients across financial, retail, legal, logistics and technology sectors, both across the UK and globally.


Yorkshire housebuilder Harron Homes has welcomed Zak Green, 24, as site manager at its Kings Croft development in Killinghall near Harrogate.

Green, from Barnsley, is well established in the construction industry having started as an apprentice bricklayer in 2012 and worked his way up to assistant site manager.

His hard work did not go unnoticed as he won Apprentice of the Year 2015/16 for a previous employer, as well as assistant site manager of the year in 2018.

He said: “This is a step up in responsibility for me, as site manager. From quality control and health and safety checks to liaising with contractors and working closely with the sales team, every day is different but I like the challenge and working with such a great team.

“Harron stood out to me for the luxury homes it builds and I’m enjoying working on the properties on my site in Harrogate.”

Kelly Booth, sales and marketing director for Harron Homes Yorkshire, said: “We’re really pleased to have Zak on the team, with an enthusiasm for high standards that matches our own, we’re sure he’ll be a great fit.”