Helen Kelisky appointed UK and Ireland MD at Google Cloud

Helen Kelisky has joined Google Cloud as Managing Director, United Kingdom and Ireland, with overall responsibility for the company’s sales strategy and continued development of its go-to-market sales operations in the region. Kelisky joins Google Cloud from OpenText, where she was Vice President of B2B EMEA Sales. Kelisky has more than 30 years of tech sales leadership, with a strong focus on cloud sales. She spearheaded IBM’s Cloud business operations in the United Kingdom and Ireland and more recently was SVP Cloud Sales at Salesforce. A champion of diversity, equity and inclusion, Kelisky is on the board of directors for non-profit networking group Women in Telecoms and Technology (WiTT).

Tim Shirley,

Cloud expert joins Cloudsoft

Software and service provider Cloudsoft has expanded its management team with the appointment of Tim Shirley as Vice President of Software Sales. With more than a decade of experience in the managed cloud sector, he will focus on driving growth for Cloudsoft AMP, Cloudsoft’s digital platform conductor (DPC) tool, targeting businesses in the banking and financial services sectors. Shirley has significant business development experience in the cloud and data sector, most recently as Rubrik’s country manager for Scotland and, before that, at Proact IT UK, DTP Group and Hewlett-Packard. Shirley is both a Microsoft private cloud-accredited seller and an Amazon Web Services-accredited business professional.

James Whitehouse


Technology heavyweight joins Ascent

Ascent, the European digital services business, has appointed technology, engineering and consulting heavyweight James Whitehouse as Group Chief Operating Officer to lead its global operations and customer success teams. Whitehouse was previously a Board Director at technology and business consulting firm BJSS for 11 years during which time the business grew from 100 people to a 2,000-strong operation. Ascent CEO Stewart Smythe believes this experience makes Whitehouse the perfect match for Ascent’s growth ambitions.  He said: “James’ blend of expertise in business transformation and international development will be crucial as we continue our European expansion. His consultative customer approach coupled with real technical depth and substance will help to deliver the outcomes our customers need. We’re delighted to have him on board.” Before joining BJSS, Whitehouse founded and sold a successful software engineering and technology business.

Dominic Howard-Noel

Beamy appoints Head of UK Sales

Beamy, the SaaS management platform for large enterprises, has strengthened its UK presence with the appointment of Dominic Howard-Noel as Head of UK Sales. Beamy was founded in France in 2017 to help large organisations tackle the dangers of shadow IT by detecting all SaaS apps being used across an enterprise and building a framework for decentralised IT governance. Gartner suggests that 30-40% of the IT budget in enterprises is spent on software the IT team doesn’t know about, compromising security, governance and compliance. Andréa Jacquemin, CEO and co-founder of Beamy, said: “The UK is well known for its early-adopter mindset, as well as being home to some of the largest companies in the world. This makes it the perfect market for Beamy to expand into.” www.beamy.io

Marion Brooks


People champion appointed to Apogee leadership team

Apogee Corporation has appointed Chief People Officer Marion Brooks to its Executive Leadership Team, with responsibility for championing the People & Culture function and creating an environment that fosters integrity, diversity, inclusivity, agility, wellness and open communication. Aurelio Maruggi, Chief Executive Officer at Apogee, said: “Marion has made a significant impact since joining Apogee. In her role leading the People & Culture team, she has been instrumental in connecting Apogee to its employees, helping us develop and care for our employees and helping those employees with their personal and career development.” He added: “Marion has fantastic ideas and her team oversees many functions, including employee experience, wellbeing and equity, diversity and inclusion. Our people are critical to our success, and I am looking forward to working closely with Marion to continue to reimagine our culture and operations to suit the needs to today’s rapidly changing marketplace.”

Sharing app prepares for mega growth with eight senior hires

l to r; Iona Carter, Tess Kermode,
Alberto Lobue – OLIO

OLIO, the community sharing app that enables neighbours to share more and waste less, has recruited eight senior hires to support co-founders Tessa Clarke and Saasha Celestial-One as they aim to grow the app’s worldwide user community from five million people today to 1 billion by 2030. New hires include:

  • Chief Brand Officer Iona Carter, former brand strategist and customer experience lead for Plum Guide and Sony Music;
  • Chief Product Officer Alex Higgs, who previously held senior roles at JUST EAT, Tripadvisor and Confused.com;
  • Alberto Lobue, Managing Director of OLIO’s Food Waste Heroes programme, previously leader of Deliveroo’s ‘Deliveroo for Work’ business;
  • Tess Kermode, former Business Development Strategist at Uber, who joins as Director of International Expansion;
  • Fabían Díaz, Chief Technology Officer, who joins from Amazon and will be responsible for trebling OLIO’s tech team from 15 to 45 people this year;
  • Thaisa Money, People & Culture Director, who will be bringing her experience from Geckoboard and Capitalise.com to ensure OLIO’s HR systems & capabilities scale with the company;
  • Gareth Main, Director of Growth, formerly part of the team responsible for establishing The Guardian’s first reader revenue strategy; and
  • Rohan Sheth, Chief of Staff, who brings his experience as a former investment banker and strategy consultant to lead OLIO’s finance and legal & compliance teams and cross-functional strategic projects.

First female board member at Totalmobile

Field Service Management software company Totalmobile has appointed Chief People and Places Officer Gillian Mahon to its Board of Directors 12 months after she joined the company as HR Director and Recruitment Lead in March 2021. As the company’s first female Board member, Mahon will drive new diversity initiatives, promote wellbeing and identify areas where the company can improve and equalise the experience for all employees. This includes ensuring that Totalmobile has the right mix of physical and virtual locations to support teams and bring employees together to collaborate and innovate. www.totalmobile.co.uk

Max Fernando


New Head of Regulation & Compliance for Glide Group

Glide Group, a provider of ultra-fast broadband connectivity and fibre infrastructure deployment, has appointed Max Fernando as Head of Regulation & Compliance. Previously a Regulatory Manager at BT, where he was responsible for several areas of negotiations including open communications and Broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO), Fernando was recently appointed Chair of the Independent Networks Cooperative Association (INCA) Standards Committee. In his new role, he will represent Glide in policy and regulatory discussions around the Telecoms Security Bill, One Touch Switching and Project Gigabit. He said: “It’s one of the most interesting times to be working in an AltNet, especially from a regulatory perspective. Glide sits in a position of huge opportunity over the next few years as it increases its fibre coverage and its ability to offer a unique mix of services to a wider audience. I look forward to raising Glide’s profile to match our size, network coverage and the quality of our offerings.

Brendan Lynch

Brendan Lynch joins FluidOne board as CRO

FluidOne, focused on becoming the highest quality provider of connected cloud solutions to mid-market UK businesses through a combination of organic growth and acquisitions, has recruited Brendan Lynch as Chief Revenue Officer (CRO). Reporting to CEO Russell Horton, Lynch will lead FluidOne’s existing Sales, Marketing and Solution Architecture teams and work alongside the executive directors, CEO Russell Horton, Co-Founder and COO Chris Rogers and CFO Roy Hastings. Lynch has 28 years’ experience in managing Sales and Marketing teams, most recently as Group Sales and Marketing Director at Redcentric and before that as VP of Sales Europe (Wholesale) at Reliance Globalcom and Director, Business and Partner Markets at Virgin Media Business. Established in 2006, FluidOne is an award-winning Connected Cloud Solutions provider with £60m in revenue, 240 staff and 1,300 customers, including 200 channel resellers. Its services include connectivity, SD-WAN, cyber security, IT managed services, mobile, IoT, UCaaS and CCaaS. www.fluidone.com

Jonathan Weir


Workflo Solutions appoints first Sales Director

Workflo Solutions, the outsourced managed services provider, has appointed Jonathan Weir as its first Sales Director. Weir, who joined Workflo Solutions in 2012, after five years with another managed print services provider, will assume responsibility for the strategic leadership of the field sales and tele-sales departments in both Livingston and at the company’s north-west hub in Accrington, East Lancashire. Weir said: “My new role represents a fantastic and challenging opportunity for me where I can combine both a business development and sales director role. The field sales and telesales teams reporting to me are first class and I have every confidence that our market share will continue to soar as we emerge fully from the pandemic. Ten years on from my first role as a telesales executive with the company, I have reached a significant personal milestone. I’m so thrilled to be given this opportunity as Workflo Solutions’ first ever Sales Director.”

The Access Group strengthens data capabilities with ex-Barclays hire

Wayne Fraser

Wayne Fraser has joined business software provider The Access Group as Chief Information & Data Officer after working in senior global roles at O2, Vodafone and, most recently, Barclays Bank where he was Global Head of System and Service Management and Technology CDO. With a deep understanding of data management and science, internal systems, analytics and efficiency processes, Fraser will provide internal consultancy and commercial optimisation to support a growing global roadmap and lead the transformation program of internal applications and data functions. Fraser said: “This new role presents an exciting challenge for me. The Access Group is at the forefront of providing technology for the mid-market and by developing and implementing strategic plans through the use of data and automated intelligence, we will continue to enhance the growth of the business.” www.theaccessgroup.com

New Finance Director for Burendo

Sadie Alton

Leeds-based agile business transformation leader Burendo has appointed Sadie Alton as Finance Director. Shortlisted for the 2021 Northern Finance Director Award, the Newcastle University graduate joins Burendo’s 150-strong team from a competitor technical consultancy. Burendo, which specialises in empowering large organisations and SMEs to improve their agile adoption and delivery processes, was set up in 2018 by Gary Green, Glenn Crossley and Austen Bell and is on course to achieve £18 million in turnover in the current financial year. Commenting on her appointment, Alton said: “I am excited to be joining Burendo which, in its short history, has established a formidable reputation for delivering large-scale business transformation nationally and globally.” www.burendo.com

Checkit follows multi-million-pound investment with recruitment of Chief Product and Technology Officer

David Cottingham

Checkit, the intelligent operations platform for deskless workforces, has appointed David Cottingham as Chief Product and Technology Officer, following confirmation of £21 million of additional investment in the business. Cottingham joins the Cambridge-based, AIM-listed scale-up from Citrix, where, as Director of Microapps & Integration Platform Product Management, he was the product management lead for 80 engineers in agile teams spread over three continents. In his new role, he will lead product development teams to continually improve the Checkit platform, which provides deskless workforces with a digital assistant that prompts, guides and tracks essential frontline activities. Realtime data (with optional plugins for sensor networks and smart building management) is delivered to management dashboards to enable continuous improvement in agility, customer experience, efficiency and compliance. Cottingham said: “Very few companies are able to capture both sensor and human data and connect those in an analytics engine not only to enable visibility of key metrics but also to provide actionable insights. The outcomes are very important, not least in terms of increasing the engagement of deskless workers, giving them greater autonomy and choice.” www.checkit.net

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