People: Harrison Spinks; Northern; Croda; and more

Leeds-based luxury bed and components manufacturer, Harrison Spinks, has made key senior appointments to drive international sales and enhance its growth strategy across the group.

Lee Hinshaw will be joining the business in the role of business development director – a new hybrid role designed to strengthen the international presence of both Harrison Spinks and its spring manufacturing division, Spinks.

Based in Bangkok, Thailand, with over 30 years’ experience in the industry, he will be responsible for driving growth in the Asia Pacific region for the company’s finished mattresses and components.

Ian Owen has been promoted to sales director at Spinks. He will lead sales activity for the division, developing the sales team and assisting its agents and distributors across the globe.

James Noble has been promoted to export sales & development manager for Harrison Spinks, with the remit to oversee growth and export sales.

Finally, Geert Geerkens has joined Harrison Spinks to support James and the team as a strategic consultant to help deliver the company’s bed export strategy and grow mattress sales internationally.

Having gained a wealth of experience working in the mattress industry throughout his career, his appointment will bolster the company’s export plans in Europe.

He is currently president of the European Bedding Industries Association (EBIA), as well as Valumat, a Belgian organisation supporting the industry to collect and process discarded mattresses.

Darren Marcangelo, managing director at Spinks, said: “This is an exciting phase for Spinks, with both Lee and Ian having the passion and expertise to drive and deliver international sales for the business.

“We have some exciting new customer opportunities along with new product innovations that will see Spinks at the forefront of innovation and sustainability for our industry.

“I welcome Lee to the business and look forward to working closely with him, and congratulate Ian for his well-deserved promotion to sales director as he has ambitious ideas for growing our business overseas.”

Spinks directly sells and supplies its patented components in domestic and international markets, including glue-less fine-wire pocket springs, which are also used within the luxury mattresses of the company’s beds division at Harrison Spinks.

Nick Booth, managing director at Harrison Spinks Beds, said: “We’re committed to investing internationally and expanding on a global scale, so this is an exciting opportunity to focus on, strengthening our team to meet the increased interest in our unique, responsibly made, luxury bed and mattress offering.

“Our growth reflects the increasing global demand for innovative, high-quality beds and mattresses and we’re happy to have made significant appointments as part of our evolved export strategy, gaining further international business opportunities and expediting our brand and its sustainable ethos into new markets.”


Train operator, Northern, has appointed Kevin Gore as the new manager of its Neville Hill TrainCare Centre in West Yorkshire.

Gore, who takes up the role from 1 July, joins from Alstom, where he has been the manager of Wembley TrainCare Centre since February 2022.

He has held a number of roles with Alstom, including senior operations manager for rolling stock modernisation and operations manager for the Pendolino fleet rebrand – both at the Widnes Transport Technology Centre.

As a production manager at the Alstom TrainCare Centre in Liverpool, he also led projects on fleet WiFi upgrades and improvements to Pendolino carriages.

At Neville Hill, he will lead the team of engineers and support staff who service 34 trains from nine different fleets and carry out more than 500 safety and service critical tasks every single day.

Gore said: “I’m excited to join the team at Neville Hill whose work supports 260 direct and 825 indirect passenger services a day.

“I’m a firm believer in keeping things simple – working as a team to find solutions and getting the job done. These are values I can get behind.”

Jack Commandeur, engineering director at Northern, said: “Kevin is an excellent addition to the engineering team here at Northern and he will be able to hit the ground running.

“We’re very proud of the reputation Neville Hill has gained in recent years and Kevin will help take that work to the next level.”


The Board of East Yorkshire-based chemicals business, Croda International, has appointed Ian Bull as a non-executive director with effect from 25 June 2024.

Bull has extensive experience with listed companies across a wide range of industries, both domestic and international, both as an executive director as well as senior independent director and Audit Committee chair.

He was previously group finance director of Greene King plc, chief financial officer at Ladbrokes plc, and was most recently chief financial officer of Parkdean Resorts Group.

He was formerly a non-executive director of Paypoint Ltd, chair of Lookers plc and senior independent director and Audit Committee chair of St Modwen Properties plc. 

Bull is currently a non-executive director and Audit Committee chair of Dunelm Group plc and senior independent director of Domino’s Pizza Group Plc. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

On joining the Board, he will be appointed to the Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees.

Danuta Gray, chair of Croda International, said: “I am happy to welcome Ian to Croda. His expertise in financial and operational leadership together with his significant Board experience, make him an excellent addition to the Croda Board.”


Hampden House, a care home in the Duchy estate in Harrogate, has appointed a new manager.

Laura Newall, an experienced and dedicated professional in the care sector, has been promoted to the role following a 23-year tenure at Hampden House.

The care home provides services ranging from personal and nursing care to short stays and end-of-life care.

Newall began her career in care after leaving school. After completing NVQ Level 2 and 3, as well as a management and leadership level 5 qualification, she has held various positions at Hampden House, progressing from carer to senior carer, then to head of residential care.

Hampden House was purchased by Yorkshire headquartered social care group HICA last year.

Terry Peel, CEO of HICA Group, said: “We are thrilled to have Laura step into the role of manager at Hampden House.

“Her long-standing dedication and deep understanding of our residents’ needs align perfectly with our commitment to providing exceptional care.

“We look forward to seeing Hampden House flourish under their leadership.”

Newall added: “I want to make a difference in our residents’ lives when they come into the care home and support our staff to achieve this.

“Having been at Hampden House for over two decades, I know the home very well and my goal is to ensure it continues to provide a comfortable and dignified lifestyle for our wonderful residents.

“I am committed to working with our staff to continually improve their knowledge and share experiences, ensuring compassionate and caring support for all our residents.”