People on the Move: key events in the North East and promotions of the week

Mediaworks has appointed Helen Whitfield as its group’s Chief Delivery Officer.

She joins the digital agency with 30 years of experience leading transformational processes for successful global operators. Most recently, she was COO at NBS, which became a pioneer and disruptor in the construction industry with its SAAS platform.

Ms Whitfield said: “I am extremely proud to be part of any successful growth journey. I strongly believe in continuous improvement and innovation through investment in colleagues, commitment to company values ​​and ultimately to the customer.

“For me, Mediaworks ticks all of those boxes, and the opportunity to work on digital transformation projects for some of the biggest brands in the world was a hugely appealing draw.”

Helen has supported various business initiatives around talent and aspirations. She is also a board member of The Common Room of the Great North and a former regional board member of CBI.



LR Andrew Darroch and Adrian Redmile of Europa Road

Logistics company Europa Road based at Silverlink Business Park in Wallsend has welcomed Andrew Darroch as its new branch manager.

Europa Road is the European division specializing in road transport of the independent logistics operator Europa Worldwide Group.

Mr. Darroch has worked in the freight industry for 12 years and worked for several other large transport and logistics companies before joining Europa Road.

He said: “I am delighted to have joined the Wallsend team at an exciting time of growth. March was a record month; our shipments increased by 40% compared to the same period last year. Europa has invested £5m in Brexit readiness to ensure it could support its customers and it is certainly paying off, customers in the North East use us to export their goods to Europe.



Katie Atkins, Operations Assistant at Double Eleven
Katie Atkins, Operations Assistant at Double Eleven

Middlesbrough game developer and publisher Double Eleven has tripled the size of its team after welcoming its 300th employee.

Katie Atkins joins the company as Operations Assistant for Santander Bank. Originally from London, she moved to Teesside a few years ago when the rest of her family moved away.

She said, “I am thrilled to join Double Eleven. My partner works here as a junior programmer, he has been with the company for two years and he often talks about the quality of the company. So I already knew it was an incredibly special place to work.

“Friends from London often ask me why I would want to move here, but I’m so glad I did. There are lots of opportunities, the scenery is fantastic, there is so much to do, and now I work for one of the biggest game developers and publishers in the world.

This is an important milestone for the company, as it had already doubled its workforce throughout the pandemic and opened an additional studio in Kuala Lumpur.

Lee Hutchinson, Founder and CEO of Double Eleven, said, “The scale and complexity of the projects we’ve worked on have allowed us to triple the size of our team in the last 18 months, which is phenomenal. We have achieved this growth because we actively recruit people who have the right skills and experience, regardless of their experience in the gaming industry. »



Back row left to right: Tony Anderson;  Will Spafford;  Amanda Cooper;  Gordon Wilkinson;  Roslyn Bell;  Katie Mason.  Front row left to right: Karley Ritchie;  Tom Cosby;  Rachelle best
Back row left to right: Tony Anderson; Will Spafford; Amanda Cooper; Gordon Wilkinson; Roslyn Bell; Katie Mason. Front row left to right: Karley Ritchie; Tom Cosby; Rachelle best

Ryecroft Glenton (RG) demonstrated its commitment to the personal development of employees with nine internal promotions.

Seven of the staff began their careers as interns with the firm, specializing in corporate finance, tax, accounting, auditing and wealth management.

Amanda Cooper has been promoted from manager to senior manager in the accounts division. Gordon Wilkinson, who rose from manager to senior executive in the personal tax services industry, joined RG in 2015. Tony Anderson and Will Spafford both moved from senior audit executives to managers.

Tom Cosby was promoted within RG Corporate Finance from senior executive to manager after being recruited as a trainee chartered accountant in 2018. Karley Ritchie, who joined RG eight years ago, moved from senior payroll to manager, while Katie Mason and Roslyn Bell, previously interns, are now seniors on the payroll team.

Finally, Rachael Best was promoted from intern to executive within RG’s OutsourcedFD service line.

Peter Glenton, Partner, said: “We have a strong track record of developing ‘local’ talent within RG. Supporting staff to ensure they are able to progress in their careers within the company and achieve their full potential is an important part of our culture.



Haines Watts newcomers: Left to right, David Holroyd, Mario Minchella, Sam Moore and Jonathan Scott
Haines Watts: left to right, David Holroyd, Mario Minchella, Sam Moore and Jonathan Scott

Accounting firm Haines Watts has bolstered its suite of tax incentives and relief services with a new capital cost allowance offering.

The team will be led by David Holroyd who joins Haines Watts as a director with over 35 years’ experience in providing exclusive depreciation advisory services.

He will join Jonathan Scott, Tax Partner, and Mario Minchella and Sam Moore, Tax Incentives and Relief Managers.

Mr Scott said: “Our new multi-disciplinary team combines in-depth knowledge of tax law with a skilled investigative process that captures costs that would typically go unnoticed. We look forward to working alongside other clients to assist them with their claims, from surveying assets to submitting claims. »



Ian Johnson, Executive Director of Guest Services at Karbon Homes
Ian Johnson, Executive Director of Guest Services at Karbon Homes

Northern housing association Karbon Homes has appointed Ian Johnson as executive director of client services.

Mr Johnson is currently Director of Pre-Letting and Property Services at Karbon Homes and will replace Jo Ray who will retire after five years in the role.

He has a wealth of experience following a 25-year housing career. His CV includes senior roles at Blyth Valley Housing, Homes for Northumberland and was CEO of Tyne Housing before joining Karbon Homes. He holds various non-executive roles as Chairman of Prosper and Chairman of the North-East Property Directors Forum, in addition to being a member of the CIH Policy Advisory Committee.

He said, “I’m really looking forward to taking on this new challenge at Karbon and using my experience to build on the positive work that Jo has already done. I hope to play a key role in achieving our mission of providing customers with a solid foundation for life.

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