From fresh faces at Gloucester architects Roberts Limbrick and at the county’s unofficial headquarters for cyber businesses, Hub8, to a new chief executive officer heading up much-loved Gloucestershire-based charity National Star, new appointments have continued aplenty throughout July.
Lynette Barrett – National Star
Lynette Barrett is the new chief executive of Gloucestershire-based charity National Star, which supports young people with complex disabilities.
Barrett was appointed by the board of trustees following a very robust recruitment process involving stakeholders including representatives from staff, students and residents.
She has been at National Star for a number of years already, most recently in senior leadership positions overseeing the delivery of services across the whole organisation.
Paul Styles, chair of trustees, said: ‘Throughout all of her time at National Star, Lynette has never lost sight of the invaluable foundation that starting her career as a facilitator has given her.’
National Star has just started a new £6 million project at Ullenwood, to create specially-adapted accommodation for young people with disabilities that fully meets their complex needs and provides stimulating spaces to live, learn and relax.
Richard Hamblett-Clarke and Nick Price – Roberts Limbrick
Acclaimed Gloucestershire architects Roberts Limbrick has announced two new appointments.
Richard Hamblett-Clarke has been promoted to senior associate of the Gloucester firm's residential team and Nick Price is now an associate in its sport and leisure team.
Hamblett-Clarke has ‘extensive knowledge and experience, from large scale masterplans to bespoke residential developments’ and is currently working with major developers including Taylor Wimpey, Spitfire Homes, Barratt David Wilson, St. Modwen, and Crest Nicholson.
Price joined the practice in 2021 bringing ‘a diverse range of technical and practical knowledge. Most recently, he has worked on delivering a leisure centre at the major Canada Water redevelopment in London.
Angela Porter – ProCook
ProCook, the Gloucester-headquartered kitchenware brand that recently listed on the London Stock Exchange, has announced the appointment of Angela Porter as chief marketing officer.
Porter is described as an accomplished marketing director and brand strategist with more than 15 years’ experience at senior level in the consumer, retail and ecommerce sectors.
She was previously brand marketing director at GVC Ladbrokes Coral, before that marketing director at Dunelm and has also held several senior positions at Tesco and Vodafone.
Daniel O’Neill, ProCook chief executive officer and founder, said: ‘As the business continues to grow, we’ve reached a point where we will benefit immensely from bringing in an experienced CMO who can help drive us forward to new highs.’
Katie Marriott and Peter Hill – Hub8
Katie Marriott and Peter Hall, have joined Hub8, the organisation that runs Gloucestershire workspaces for the increasing number of cyber-focused firm in the county.
Marriott, who will be based primarily at Hub8's The Brewery Quarter site, grew up in the Forest of Dean and graduated from the University of Manchester in 2019 with a BA in Drama, where she was also technical secretary of the Drama Society and spent a year on a young producers scheme at the Royal Exchange Theatre.
Hall is originally from Tewkesbury and previously worked for site services at Bristol University. He has a philosophy degree from Cardiff University and will primarily be based at the Gloucestershire College Hub8 in Cheltenham.
Andrew Vidamour – Skyborne
Andrew Vidamour joins the Gloucestershire Airport-based airline academy with more than 15 years of professional flying experience, and an extensive background in pilot training and regional airline transportation.
He was both head of training and a line captain for the British Antarctic Survey for more than seven years, operating as the pilot for research missions including the European Space Agency’s PolarGAP project to collect data about the Earth’s gravitational field.
He also served as training captain and safety manager at Blue Islands, a British regional carrier, for six years where his additional responsibilities included providing pilot instruction and leading the implementation of precision RNAV operator approval to Amsterdam and Paris.
Lee Woodward, chief executive officer of Skyborne, said: ‘We are confident he is the right person to lead our training programme.’
Amy Mitchell - WellChild
WellChild, the national charity for seriously ill children, has appointed Amy Mitchell as its new director of programmes based at the Cheltenham headquarters.
Over the last 11 years, Amy has worked for the NHS and various charitable organisations, including the British Red Cross, with a focus on delivering services which benefit those who are most vulnerable in society.
Matt James, interim chief executive at the Cheltenham-based charity, said: ‘We know her wealth of experience in the health and charity sectors will be a huge asset to us as we develop our new five-year strategy for the charity.’
Mary Rouse – Lodders
Property dispute resolution specialist Mary Rouse has joined law firm Lodders, which has offices in Cheltenham, as the firm’s first legal director in its property dispute resolution team.
The former head of property litigation at Leamington Spa law firm Wright Hassall boosts Lodders’ rapidly expanding property dispute resolution team, part of the firm’s dispute resolution practice led by Jane Senior.
Rouse is said to be known for her high quality of work in boundary and right of way disputes, residential tenant matters, housing and asset management for portfolio landlords and registered providers, lender litigation, and Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act (TOLATA) claims.
Dr Ian Gambles – The Ernest Cook Trust
A new member has been appointed to the board of trustees of leading educational charity, Gloucestershire based The Ernest Cook Trust.
Dr Ian Gambles joins the Trust after eight years at the Forestry Commission, where he held the position of chief executive officer.
He is currently chairman of the James Hutton Institute and a member of the board of NatureScot.
Dr Gambles’ career has spanned both the public and private sectors, including working for the Planning Inspectorate and HM Treasury, as a management consultant at KPMG and running his own business. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.