People on the Move: top North East appointments of the week

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has appointed Sarah Waddington to lead its North East (North) branch.

Ms Waddington will work alongside a team of branch ambassadors at the organisations, which supports members to become better directors and aims to provide an influential lobbying voice in the Newcastle, Tyneside and Northumberland area.

The new branch chair is managing director of Newcastle management consultancy Astute.Work and is an experienced PR and management consultant who helps organisations to articulate their purpose and optimise performance. She succeeds Ammar Mirza, who steps down after two years as branch chair.

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She said: “I am passionate about helping individuals to become the best they can be, regardless of their background. These values align with those of the IoD, which exists to create better directors, a better economy and a better world.”

Georgia Boddy, head of business operations at Cascade Cash Management

Georgia Boddy has been appointed as the new head of business operations at Cascade Cash Management.

Ms Boddy, who is 24 and from South Shields, has been with Cascade for three years. This will see her move away from her previous customer service role to run the administration team, supporting the client facing team and ensuring that the office runs smoothly. She will also support the managing director, Emma Black, and the marketing team with campaigns, events, assets and ideas.

Having been working from home this last 18 months, she says the promotion comes at the ideal time as the team move back into face-to-face operations in the office.

She said: “I am feeling really positive about this new role and am confident I have a lot to give. The position comes at a time when it is exciting to all be moving back into the office as a team, and that internal team support is now very much needed.”

Douglas Montgomerie of Lowes Financial Management
Douglas Montgomerie of Lowes Financial Management

North East independent financial advice firm Lowes Financial Management has appointed a business development specialist as the firm continues to grow.

Douglas Montgomerie joins the company from national wealth managers Brewin Dolphin, where he worked in investment management for more than three years. Prior to that he was a private banking relationship manager at Yorkshire Bank for over 11 years.

He said: “Lowes has a wide range of excellent financial planning services. Along with this, they also have a team of highly qualified, experienced advisers who are supported by a large back-office. It’s all about relationships and building connections with individuals. My role is to get out and meet people, develop links with organisations across the region and facilitate introductions to our advisers.”

Ian Lowes, managing director of Lowes, said: “We pride ourselves on our client service, depth of knowledge, professionalism, integrity, and approachability. I am confident Douglas will add value to the team and strengthen our links across the North-East helping to raise our profile and reputation.”

Sue Stockdale, North East regional manager for the Bannatyne Group
Sue Stockdale, North East regional manager for the Bannatyne Group

Sue Stockdale has been appointed as North East regional manager for the Bannatyne Group.

Ms Stockdale joined the company in November 1997 as receptionist at the newly opened Bannatyne Health Club & Spa in Ingleby Barwick. She has worked in most of the North East health clubs, progressing to reception manager, assistant general manager and general manager.

Now based back at the Ingleby Barwick health club, she will oversee the five regional health clubs at Chester-le-Street, Darlington, Durham, Ingleby Barwick and Coulby Newham, and her portfolio also includes the Carlisle health club and Bannatyne hotels in Darlington and Durham.

She said: “I am proud to have been given the opportunity to work with these health clubs as the company moves forward following the last challenging 18 months.”

Dale Robertson, managing director at Salamander Pumps
Dale Robertson, managing director at Salamander Pumps

Salamander Pumps in Sunderland has appointed Dale Robertson as its new managing director.

After starting his career as a product design engineer, Mr Robertson has led teams in a number of engineering, management and marketing director roles, delivering significant growth for global companies including Gripple and Jeld-Wen, as well as smaller start-ups.

He said: “I started out as an engineer and have always had a passion for uncovering customer or product issues, and then finding ways to solve them.

“The MD role at Salamander really appealed to me – I’ve worked at huge global companies and small intimate startups – but Salamander is a real sweet spot – it’s nimble and agile, innovative and full of potential for significant growth. We’ve already put lots of plans into action, including exciting product development, an overhaul of our customer service journey and even plans for a new HQ in Sunderland to support growth plans over the next three years.”

Paul Smith of RWO
Paul Smith of RWO

Alex Mitcheson of RWO
Alex Mitcheson of RWO

Newcastle civil and structural engineering firm RWO has announced two senior appointments.

Paul Smith joins as a senior civil engineer while Alex Mitcheson has been promoted to the position of principal engineer.

With more than 30 years’ residential experience, Mr Smith will be part of the expanding civils team, providing design work for regional and national house builders, contractors and developers.

Mr Mitcheson will be involved in RWO’s expanding range of commercial and residential civil engineering work, as well as supporting the senior management team in project planning and development.

Managing director Ross Oakley: “Our investment in Paul and Alex alongside other experienced and talented people is the linchpin of providing top quality advice to our clients. We look forward to both contributing to our ongoing success and adding significantly to the team’s knowledge, capabilities and all-round experience.”

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