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Howden makes experienced appointment in south Wales as Welsh operation continues to grow

HOWDEN, the global insurance group, has welcomed Chris Harvey to its south Wales team in line with its continued growth.

Chris joins the team as commercial account executive, having previously worked in commercial insurance roles at Towergate and Jelf. Most recently, he was a director and shareholder at a Rhondda-based, rapidly expanding family-owned business.

In his new role, Chris will use his wealth of experience to assist commercial and corporate clients with all aspects of their insurances.

On his appointment, Chris said: “I am thrilled to have joined the Howden team in south Wales, at what is a very exciting time for the business’ Welsh presence. I was drawn to Howden due to its customer centricity.

“We are not restricted by having to place business with certain insurers, and every day is about going above and beyond to achieve the best result for our clients. Howden is very focused on looking after both its employees and clients, which is an important factor to me.

“My main goal is to help as many businesses in Wales as possible, with honest and friendly advice that makes their lives easier.”

Gary Stevens, Regional Managing Director, said: “Chris is already an invaluable addition to our Welsh team, and has shown exceptional skill at this important time in our growth journey.

“Chris’ board-level experience within a fast-growing business puts him in a great position to help our clients, and we are delighted to have him on board as we continue to build a solid community in south and west Wales.”

Paul Butterworth appointed Vice Chair of Regional Learning and Skills Partnership

Paul Butterworth, the CEO of Chambers Wales South East, South West and Mid, has been appointed as the new Vice Chair of the Regional Learning and Skills Partnership (RLSP) for south-west Wales.

Covering Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire and Swansea, the RLSP is dedicated to bridging the gap between education, skills, and regeneration. It aims to ensure that the skills provision is aligned with the economic priorities and opportunities of the region, as well as tackling the new skills landscape that is happening within the energy, construction, manufacturing and digital sectors.

As CEO of Chambers Wales, Paul brings a wealth of experience and a passion for the economic and skills development of Welsh businesses with him to the board.

As the voice of the business community with policymakers, Paul will advocate for enhanced skills training, infrastructure improvements and the creation of skilled jobs, all aimed at creating local economic growth.

Upon his appointment, Paul said: “I am determined to create a better and fairer business landscape for West Wales to ensure that the local economy has the best available skills development for future project development and the transition into the green economy and energy sector to ensure West Wales thrives.”

Jane Lewis, Regional Partnerships Manager at RLSP, said: “We are delighted to have Paul on the board. He will be instrumental in achieving our goals and look forward to the positive impact his appointment will have on the region.”

Dudley’s Aluminium appoints new Finance Director to continue successful growth

WELSH fabricator Dudley’s Aluminium has appointed Pablo Shorney as Finance Director to support its growth plans.


A qualified Chartered Accountant, Pablo has a wealth of experience, having spent a decade supporting SMEs across south Wales and south-west England. He joins the firm from Lexington Corporate Finance, where he has spent the last five years advising SMEs on financial and commercial strategies for growth.


On his appointment, Pablo said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Dudley’s as Finance Director at an exciting time in its growth strategy. Dudley’s has an exceptional reputation in its industry, built over thirty years, for delivering on prestigious projects across the UK. I’m looking forward to being part of the team and contributing to Dudley’s continued success.”


Steve Muir, Commercial Director at Dudley’s Aluminium, said: “We are delighted to have Pablo join the business as our new Finance Director and a key member of our leadership team. Pablo brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise, as well as enthusiasm to support Dudley’s in our growth plans.”


Pablo takes over from retiring Finance Director, Russell Cope, who has been at Dudley’s for the last 11 years.


On his retirement, Russell said: “It’s been a pleasure to serve as Dudley’s Aluminium’s Finance Director for the past 11 years. I’m proud of the success we’ve achieved as a team, and I’m confident that the company is well-positioned for an exciting future.”


Since 1993, Dudley’s Aluminium has offered clients full in-house design and production facilities, completing many successful and prestigious projects within the education, health, commercial, retail, residential and defence sectors throughout the UK and Channel Islands.


Dudley’s reputation for quality has been recognised with several industry-related accreditations. The company is CHAS accredited, Constructionline registered and BM Trada certified to manufacture enhanced security products to align with PAS24:2016 and BS 4873.

Nolte Küchen turns up the Heat with Zeus PR

Nolte Kitchens UK, the UK arm of leading German Kitchen Brand Nolte Küchen has appointed NW based specialist home interest PR agency  Zeus PR to support its ambitious growth plans.

Following a competitive tender, the PR agency will be establishing the UK press office for the brand, and undertaking an energetic content-led PR campaign.

Zeus PR is tasked with building the brand’s reputation with a far-reaching national consumer press and influencer strategy. This will be twinned with trade media outreach to promote Nolte Kitchens UK dedicated contract kitchens division that serves both boutique housing projects and large-scale developments.

Nolte Kitchens UK, headquartered in Wilmslow, Cheshire has 15 showrooms nationally in premium high street locations including a flagship store in Westminster, London, and further UK expansion is imminent.

Its parent company Nolte Küchen has a rich history dating back to 1958 and has been voted Germany’s favourite kitchen brand for five years running. The company manufactures at their plant in Germany over 900 kitchens a day and exports to over 60 countries.

Nadine Rowley, Digital Marketing Manager states: “It’s a hugely exciting time for Nolte Kitchens UK. We have big plans for the next 12 months that will allow us to further enhance the presence of Germany’s favourite kitchen brand in the UK retail market, and I’m confident Zeus PR will play a critical role in that growth.”

Anthea Fosti, MD of Zeus PR comments: “The sheer quality, innovation, exacting detail and stylised lines that Nolte Küchen has introduced is totally unique to the UK market. This coupled with the unrivalled design service and the standout, luxury showrooms in the landmark locations across the country, gives us a compelling brand story, and one which we are excited to tell.”

CTI Digital appointed by Mind, the mental health charity, to enhance its digital strategy and provide web design and development services

CTI Digital, a leading UK technology, experience and digital marketing agency, has been appointed by the mental health charity, Mind. The agency will work alongside Mind’s digital team to drive the charity’s website initiatives, through a comprehensive digital strategy involving user research, user experience design and the development of Mind’s website.

Mind, a charity supporting people experiencing a mental health problem in England and Wales, has tasked CTI Digital with strengthening its website capabilities. This will be achieved by providing digital expertise, employing extensive user research, website design, and proficient website development to support Mind’s digital team.

CTI Digital will provide web design and development services for Mind’s existing website, which will, in due course, be upgraded to Umbraco 13 and the Azure hosting environments. Key to CTI’s appointment was the ability to guarantee 99.9% uptime, a key feature given the important service Mind provides for those seeking support.

The partnership extends beyond maintenance, with CTI Digital actively collaborating on Mind’s development roadmap, involving technical SEO, data analytics, development, and DevOps, showcasing the agency’s multifaceted capabilities.

Dominic Wilkinson, Digital Platforms Manager at Mind said: “CTI helped us onboard our Umbraco website onto their hosting and support service, which has enabled us to firmly maintain a business-as-usual pace of work. We also have access to a wide range of CTI services that allows us to design, develop, test and deploy new features at pace.”

Chris Woodward, CEO at CTI Digital said: “We are thrilled to be working with Mind in their mission to make a meaningful impact on mental health challenges through its website. Our ongoing collaboration reflects our dedication to supporting Mind’s vision and ensuring that no one faces mental health alone.”

Howden grows Welsh team with key appointments

Howden, the global insurance intermediary group, has welcomed two new appointments to its recently established Swansea team.

Alan Jenkins joins as an Account Executive and will be responsible for delivering insurance solutions to businesses within the commercial sector, specifically those in the transportation and construction trades.

Alan joins with over 40 years’ experience in the industry, with a focus on commercial insurance. He joined the firm from Enterprise Insurance Services (Swansea).

On his appointment, Alan said: “I’m thrilled to have joined the Howden team in Swansea – it’s so exciting to be part of a new office and it’s a great challenge. I’m looking forward to managing client accounts and providing the best possible service within a great team.”

Howden has also welcomed Lucy Jamieson as Commercial Insurance Executive.

Lucy has joined the firm following 13 years at NFU Mutual and will focus on supporting hospitality, manufacturing, technology and construction firms with their commercial insurance needs.

Lucy said: “I’m delighted to join Howden at such a pivotal moment of growth and innovation. My enthusiasm for supporting companies through transformative growth journeys aligns perfectly with Howden’s commitment to provide tailored insurance solutions that empower businesses to thrive. I’m eager to make a significant impact as we embark on this exciting chapter, and I look forward to the collective achievements that lie ahead.”

Gary Stevens, Regional Managing Director, added: “As we continue to grow our presence in South and West Wales, having a great team is of paramount importance. Alan and Lucy are a great addition to the team in Swansea; with over 50 years’ experience between them, they are sure to be an asset to our ever-growing client base. We are excited to have them on board as we expand our operations in the new Swansea office.”

About Howden

Howden is a leading global insurance intermediary group with employee ownership at its heart.  Founded in 1994, it operates in 50 countries across Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, the USA, Australia and New Zealand, employing 16,000 people and handling $38bn of premium on behalf of clients.


For more information, please visit www.howdengroupholdings.com

Medallia announces Ben Brewer as new Chief Revenue Officer

Medallia, the global leader in customer and employee experience, today announced the addition of Ben Brewer as Chief Revenue Officer. Brewer brings extensive experience leading large sales organisations at companies like Cornerstone OnDemand, SAP Concur and Nintex.

“We are excited to have a proven leader with Ben’s level of experience joining us and helping lead our next phase of growth at Medallia,” said Joe Tyrrell, CEO at Medallia. “His passion for helping organisations deliver personalised experiences and his ability to foster growth within his teams make him an exceptional fit for our organisation and culture.”

Most recently, Brewer served as the Chief Sales Officer at Cornerstone OnDemand and led the company to significant growth, helping clients in all regions and verticals use Cornerstone’s cloud-based technology to help employees better engage their customers and partners.

“Medallia is the leader in the customer experience space with a reputation for being on the cutting edge of world-class innovation and I can’t think of a more exciting time to join this organisation,” said Ben Brewer, CRO at Medallia. “The new AI innovations that Medallia recently rolled out are going to rapidly increase the level of value that our customers can deliver. I am looking forward to leading a diverse and high-performing sales team that delivers value to clients across various industries and geographies.”

Last month at Medallia Experience, Medallia announced four ground-breaking AI innovations that will fundamentally change how organisations can personalise customer and employee experiences. Ask Athena, Intelligent Summaries, Smart Response and Themes will further enable leading brands to democratise insights, activate employees and individualise experiences using cost-effective, responsible and scalable AI and intelligent automation. All four solutions will become available to Medallia customers as part of Medallia Experience Cloud.

Quantum Advisory promotes Simon Hubbard to Principal Consultant in Cardiff

Quantum Advisory, the leading independent financial services consultancy, today announced the promotion of Simon Hubbard to the role of principal consultant. Simon, who is based in the firm’s head office in Cardiff, took up the role from 1 January 2024.

Joanne Eynon, partner, commented: “Our success as a firm depends on the quality of our people and we are pleased to be able to recognise their achievements and support them as their career evolves. This promotion is a demonstration of how we grow our talent from within the firm, and throughout the region.

“Simon has proved himself to be an invaluable member of our team and this promotion is well deserved.”


Simon added: “Since joining Quantum I have been pleased to support our clients in all aspects of their journey. I look forward to now also lending my expertise to the strategic leadership of the firm as a whole. We are an ambitious firm with grand plans and to lead the actuarial team in Cardiff will be extremely satisfying.”

Simon joined Quantum in 2016 and sits on Quantum’s risk transfer team, helping to manage client projects and working with major insurers to track market prices and market sentiment.

He has over fifteen years of experience delivering trustee and corporate consulting advice including valuation negotiations, benefit change projects, company pensions accounting and member option exercises.

He is also a member of Quantum’s Defined Benefit Strategy Group and assists with the development of Quantum’s in-house actuarial models.

Simon is currently Scheme Actuary to a number of pension schemes.

For more information on Quantum Advisory, visit www.quantumadvisory.co.uk

Commvault appoints new Chief Marketing Officer to propel brand forwards

Commvault, an enterprise data protection leader for the complex and mission critical hybrid environments of today’s global businesses, is excited to announce Anna Griffin as its new Chief Marketing Officer.

Griffin comes to Commvault as both an award-winning brand builder and results-driven marketer who has driven visionary campaigns for high-growth SaaS companies like Smartsheet; emerging brands, like Intercom; and global brands that include Saturn, Apple, Sony, Juniper Networks, and CA Technologies (now Broadcom). She’s earned a slew of marketing awards for campaigns—including the Golden Effies for effectiveness in marketing and the Edgar R. Murrow award for excellence in social media.

“Commvault is an industry pioneer, and I believe we are unmatched in the category by every measure,” said Griffin. “Our technology continues to set the pace for innovation in data protection across any environment or application. I see it as my mandate to make sure the world knows it.”

“Anna’s experience building powerful brands and category leaders will help ensure that organizations fully understand the value Commvault brings to customers by protecting their most important asset—their data,” said Sanjay Mirchandani, Commvault President and CEO.

Manchester-based M247 bolsters senior team with trio of hires

Global connectivity and cloud services provider M247 has continued its run of strategic senior hires, appointing three new product managers.

Ashley Davies joins the Manchester-based business as cloud product manager; Liz Hawke has been appointed product manager for unified communications and collaboration (UC&C); and Robert Smith joins as product manager for cyber security.

Formerly cloud services director at THG Ingenuity, Ashley Davies has a track record of successfully leading product teams and transforming the way end users move from virtualised on-premise environments to automated cloud operating models. He will be responsible for commercial and technical ownership of M247’s flagship cloud product line, as well as full partner landscape management, to further M247’s strategic ambitions.

Liz Hawke joins the business from Gamma, the unified communications ‘as a service’ business, where she was direct product manager for over five years. Liz will lead on UC&C and develop M247’s workplace offering, as the communications needs of businesses evolve.

Robert Smith completes the current wave of senior hires, as product manager for cybersecurity. Prior to joining M247, Robert was networking and cyber security product manager at Maintel. With 25 years’ experience, Robert has a stellar track record of defining product strategy, overseeing product launches and delivering service improvement plans across a broad portfolio of services.

Darryl Edwards, CEO of M247, commented on the appointments: “I am delighted to welcome Ashley, Liz and Robert to the M247 product team teams. With ambitious plans for the business in 2023, the addition of three new Product Leaders, each with their own invaluable experience and expertise, will no doubt be instrumental to supporting the next step of our growth journey.”