People on the Move

Our weekly round-up of professionals being recruited or promoted within the North East business community.

Glen Judge
Glen Judge

NGN operations manager appointed IGEM Chair

Northern Gas Networks (NGN) operations manager Glen Judge has been appointed chairman of the North East and Yorkshire section of IGEM (Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers).

Glen was the regional secretary for IGEM for several years and now takes up the leading position of the organisation for this region for the 2015/16 financial year.

IGEM is a professional body for people working in the gas industry, both in the UK and around the world, with regional sections across the country.

As part of his new role, Glen will be responsible for managing the numerous networking and social events which take place each year as part of the IGEM calendar including Future Energy on May 5, The Next Generation: The Future of the Gas Industry event on May 28, Gas Holders, the End of an Era on June 17, the summer barbecue on August 11 and the Charity Christmas Ball in November.

He said: “It is a real honour to be appointed chairman this year and I hope to help deliver a great programme which has something for everyone.

“My appointment was made formal at IGEM’s most recent regional innovation and networking event, which took place in Harrogate early in April. This year’s theme was innovation for customer excellence where our head of customer experience, Eileen Brown, was speaking on the subject.

“The event was really well attended as always and it was a great opportunity for guests to hear about the latest technologies and techniques in our industry.”

Innovation has been the overriding theme for the recent IGEM events. In March, Shaun Bosomworth, project supervisor for major projects at NGN, won the Young Person’s Paper Competition for the North East and Yorkshire section. This was for his insightful presentation on overcrossings, which are pipelines which need to pass over obstacles such as rivers or canals.

Shaun will now go on to the national final, to be held at IET Austin Court in Birmingham on June 25, where he will compete against fellow engineers from around the world. At stake is the opportunity to go the World Gas Conference in Perth, Australia, in 2016. Shaun said: “I was really pleased to win the regional heat. I chose overcrossings as the topic because I’ve been specialising in these projects for the past 12 months, right across NGN’s network. I am now looking forward to the national final, and intend to practise as much as possible between now and then.”

Glen added: “It was great to share such a special event with Shaun who won this fantastic award for innovation. The whole team at NGN is very proud of him and we look forward to seeing how he gets on in the national final.”

NGN delivers gas to 2.7 million homes and businesses across the North of England and provides the region’s rapid response service for customers who smell gas at home or work.

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Able boosts development team with projects expert appointment

Neil Jarvis
Neil Jarvis

A well-known North East business figure has taken on a new role developing major projects for Billingham-based Able UK.

Neil Jarvis, who has more than 30 years’ experience in the engineering and construction sector, has been appointed as special projects manager, working with the company’s property and development team on developments in both the North East and the Humber.

Having spent nearly 10 years working in the Middle East, India, Portugal, the Netherlands and Brazil, Neil returned to the UK in 2001 since when he has held senior management and board positions in a number of major companies, including the A&P Group and Heerema Fabrication Group.

Able Group executive chairman Peter Stephenson said: “We are delighted to have Neil bringing his deep knowledge and expertise of the various business areas in which we are involved, including, of course the energy and offshore sectors.

“Over the next few years we will be moving ahead with a range of major projects, including the Able Marine Energy Park on the Humber, and the upgrading and expansion of our facilities at Able Seaton Port and we are sure that Neil will make a significant contribution in their development and implementation.”

Able Humber Port, which encompasses the Able Marine Energy Park, covers around 2,000 acres of river frontage land on the South Humber Bank with planned developments that will service the offshore wind, logistics and port sectors.

Able Seaton Port, in Hartlepool, is a well-established multi-user facility with operations including oil rig upgrading, project cargo handling and is perhaps best known as the UK’s primary location for oil rig decommissioning.

Female entrepreneurs team up to create charity academy

Gabrielle Imerson, Cal Saul and Antonia Brindle have launched the Charity Development Academy
Gabrielle Imerson, Cal Saul and Antonia Brindle have launched the Charity Development Academy

Three North East female entrepreneurs have teamed up to create an innovative business academy, which will improve the performance and secure the future of charities in the region.

Cal Saul, Antonia Brindle and Gabrielle Imerson have launched the Charity Development Academy, with the first training event being held in the North East at the RNLI in Amble.

Bringing together business development, communication and brand skills the trio will be supporting charities in the North East region first before rolling the programme out across the UK and into Ireland.

Cal is an experienced business coach specialising in leadership skills through her company Business Atelier. She also runs Cal Saul Property Consultants as well as organising the Let’s Mingle networking group.

She said: “There are thousands of charities across the region and as times get tougher and more competitive it is sadly going to be a case of the fittest surviving. We wanted to help charities to have the best chance of future proofing themselves and that means bringing them the newest skills associated with running a business.

“Between myself, Antonia and Gabby we are three ladies who run our own businesses, have won awards and have skills essential to success in being ahead of the competition. We also have our hearts in the right places and working with charities to make a difference fits with our mission and personal ethics too.”

Antonia has more than 20 years’ experience in PR, social media, events and crisis management. Having run a well-known agency in the region for nearly 10 years, she now heads up communications consultancy Get Brindled. She has extensive experience in helping charities including Age UK, Tyne Rivers Trust and S4SP.

She said: “It is so important for charities to project and to protect themselves well. A well-thought-out strategic communications plan can secure extra revenue streams, ensure a robust team that delivers return and make the charity a household name that people from both corporate and personal backgrounds want to support.”

Gabby established PublicUK 15 years ago. She produces visual brand communications to a local and international client base. Gabby is a former graduate of the Royal College of Art and has worked for many charities and non-profit organisations including Childline, Child Hope and Manchester Is My Planet.

New restaurant teams on the menu at Rockliffe Hall

Rockliffe Hall chefs from left, Aaron Craig, Richard Allen and Paul O'Hara
Rockliffe Hall chefs from left, Aaron Craig, Richard Allen and Paul O'Hara

Rockliffe Hall’s restaurants have unveiled their new management team.

Following the appointment earlier this year of executive head chef Richard Allen, the five-star resort in Hurworth, near Darlington, has announced a new team to manage its three restaurants.

Richard Allen has sole responsibility for The Orangery at Rockliffe Hall, with the emphasis on offering tasting menus and Michelin-standard cuisine, while Aaron Craig is now head chef in the Brasserie and Paul O’Hara has taken over the running of the Clubhouse.

The Brasserie offers bistro-style classics as well as a range of healthier options including salads, soups and grilled fish dishes, while the Clubhouse specialises in gastro-pub style comfort food including dishes such as ploughman’s lunch, steaks, toasted sandwiches and Sunday roasts as well as an all-day menu.

Both Aaron and Paul have been with Rockliffe Hall for several years and are highly-regarded in their sector having worked for the likes of Terry Laybourne, Rick Stein, Raymond Blanc and Paul Rankin at locations across the UK and Ireland.

Joining Richard in The Orangery is Shaun Corrigan who will take on the role of Old Hall manager with responsibility for overseeing service at breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner in The Orangery and the Old Hall lounges.

Shaun is also a master sommelier with more than 30 years’ experience at locations such as Chewton Glen in the New Forest, Sandy Lane in Barbados and the Burj al Arab in Dubai as well as restaurants across Europe, the USA and in London.

Shaun said: “It’s a really exciting time to be joining Rockliffe Hall with a new team at the helm with big plans. I am planning to enhance our service standards to offer guests the very best experience – informed yet informal – and I’ll also be looking to expand our wine offering.”

Executive head chef Richard Allen added: “Since joining Rockliffe Hall in January, I’ve been working with the existing team to make sure the best chefs are in the right roles as we’re always keen to develop our in-house team.

“Paul O’Hara and Aaron Craig excel in their fields and I am also really pleased to welcome Shaun to Rockliffe Hall who has some fantastic experience spanning a 30-year career to date.”

Richard Allen is one of the UK’s most celebrated chefs and has held a Michelin star since 2011, as well as three AA Rosettes for eight years. He also has two of the highest industry accolades to his name- the Cateys’ Head Chef of the Year 2012 and the Craft Guild of Chefs Restaurant Chef of the Year 2012. Richard is also one of the only chefs to have been named as one of Debrett’s People of Today.

Since taking over as executive head chef of The Orangery, Richard has developed a new menu featuring a host of new dishes which make best use of seasonal and regional produce, as well as some from Rockliffe Hall’s 365-acre estate.

New man at helm of software development firm

Allan Jeff is the new chief executive of Wolf Group
Allan Jeff is the new chief executive of Wolf Group

Wolf Group have announced the appointment of Allan Jeff as chief executive to drive forward the software development firm’s strategy for growth.

Allan’s new role will see him assume control of business operations with a remit focussed on continued growth and profitability. He brings with him vast experience in Wolf Group’s core markets, including technology, manufacturing and education and will further enhance an already successful management team.

Allan said: “Wolf Group are well known for innovation and premium service but also for being a great place to work. The team have built up a great reputation within the region’s business community and beyond and I’m really pleased to be joining at such an exciting time.”

The move to the North Shields-based firm is a fitting transition for Allan whose wealth of industry knowledge offering strategic business support to aerospace, electronics and automotive manufacturing sectors will undoubtedly be significant.

He added: “My new role represents a great personal opportunity to ensure the company maintains its position as a leading IT consultancy but also, by growing its academy, helping Wolf Group bridge the regional skills gap, which is something I am passionate about.”

Wolf Group, whose client base include security services multi-national G4S and automotive manufacturer TRW, was recently awarded North Tyneside Council’s Apprenticeship Standard accreditation in recognition of its IT training academy’s commitment to high-quality apprenticeships.

Marc Fowler, managing director of Wolf Group, said: “We are pleased to welcome Allan, whose vast knowledge and experience adds greatly to the strength and depth of the team at Wolf Group.

“This senior appointment mirrors Wolf’s ongoing growth strategy which is now gaining momentum across all areas of the business in the coming months including the recent addition of a business development manager and upcoming appointment of a CTO.”

Wolf Group has been providing IT consultancy and software solutions to SMEs and corporates in sectors such as healthcare, manufacturing, finance and retail for almost 16 years. For more information visit:

New appointments at Maersk Training

Tessa Assadian and Gareth Edwards of Maersk Training
Tessa Assadian and Gareth Edwards of Maersk Training

Maersk Training has announced the promotion of two staff members at its North Shields-based head office.

Gareth Edwards has been appointed to the new role of chief instructor, including health, safety, environment and quality responsibility, and will report directly to the managing director Stuart Cameron. his role will drive all matters relating to training development and delivery.

Gareth joined Maersk Training in May 2014 as a health and safety instructor; delivering health and safety-related courses before becoming became HSEQ manager MT UK in October 2014. Before joining the leading global training provider, Gareth worked in a range of health and safety roles after a successful career in the armed forces.

Tessa Assadian has also been promoted to head of business administration and finance from her previous role as finance manager. Tessa’s role will head up all matters relating to finance, admin, HR and IT.

Managing director Stuart Cameron said: “Gareth and Tessa have brought a wealth of knowledge and experience since joining the company and have played an instrumental part in helping with the expansion of the business and ensuring we offer the highest-quality courses to delegates.

“The whole Maersk Training team would like to congratulate both Gareth and Tessa on their well-deserved promotions.”


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