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People On The Move: Key North East Appointments And Promotions Of The Week

Seriös Group has appointed Michelle Crosby as operations manager.

Before joining the Newcastle data specialist, Ms Crosby was a director in EY’s technology consulting practice in digital and emerging technology, and she has previously worked for IT firm DXC Technology and international computing giant HP. Her new role will see her focus on the growth of the firm with responsibilities including recruitment, financial operations, resourcing, operational improvements, delivery support, compliance, and audits.

She said: “After decades of working for large-scale global corporations, I was immediately attracted to the role here at Seriös Group. Being able to bring my years of industry experience and help the business in realising our ambition and growth potential is incredibly exciting.”

Bonded’s New Hires, left to right: Bert Van Eetvelde, Abi Simons, Freya Wilson, Nikki Alcorn, Craig McMenemy, Renee Fraser-Shepherd) (Image: Bonded) Newcastle digital agency Bonded has added six new staff to the team following a year of growth. The company has welcomed Bert Van Eetvelde, Abi Simons, Freya Wilson, Nikki Alcorn, Craig McMenemy and Renee Fraser-Shepherd on the back of a number of new client wins, which has also seen it open a new Edinburgh office.

Steve Underwood, managing director at Bonded, said: “As we expand our team with six exceptional new talents, we reinforce our commitment to weaving human connection into the very fabric of our agency’s growth. In an era dominated by digital advancements, fostering meaningful connections not only strengthens our services to our clients, but it also nurtures a culture of collaboration, empathy and creativity that we are keen to uphold here at Bonded.”

Lee Hammond at SMD (Image: SMD) Wallsend subsea engineering and technology company SMD has appointed Lee Hammond as its digital development manager. Mr Hammond has more than a decade of experience in digital transformation.

SMD’s technical director Paul Atkinson said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Lee into our growing team. He brings with him a wealth of experience in planning and implementing cutting-edge digital solutions, which he will use to support our ambitious growth plans.”

Mr Hammond added: “As the demand for SMD’s pioneering services continues to grow, the role of technology is becoming increasingly crucial. By streamlining internal processes and focussing on cross-platform development, I’ll ensure its digital infrastructure is primed for continued expansion.”

Glen Small at Johnston Carmichael (Image: Alan Richardson Accountancy and business advisory firm Johnston Carmichael has appointed Glen Small as VAT and indirect tax director, a year after joining as a senior manager. Based in Newcastle, where the firm opened a city centre office early this year, Mr Small works with clients across key sectors, including construction and property, engineering and manufacturing, energy, infrastructure and sustainability (EIS) and financial services.

He said: “It’s highly rewarding to be joining Johnston Carmichael’s leadership team as the firm continues to expand in the North East. As a large independent firm, we are perfectly positioned to help local businesses achieve their growth ambitions. I am looking forward to building on our presence and playing a key role in our continued growth in the region.”

Martin Osler, chief people officer at Johnston Carmichael, said: “We have an inclusive culture where we encourage everyone to be a leader of their work and their learning. Our Leadership Programme challenges our people to think differently about themselves and their performance and to reflect on how they can achieve their career ambitions while embedding a high-performance philosophy in our firm. Glen exemplifies these principles.”

Joe Taylor and Georgia Smithson at Nepo (Image: NEPO) Nepo has appointed Georgia Smithson and Joe Taylor to support its new e-portal Open, ahead of its full roll-out next year. Ms Smithson and Mr Taylor have taken on roles as customer service coordinators for Open, which will streamline the tendering process to help suppliers find and bid for public procurement opportunities.

Ms Smithson, who was previously a project manager at University of Sunderland, will focus on system testing and user training. Mr Taylor, meanwhile, brings data administration experience to his role.

Graham Kelly, Open product owner, said: “This is an incredibly exciting time for Nepo and our suppliers, as we continue the roll out of Open. Georgia and Joe’s experience and skills are a great fit for helping us deliver our ambitions for Open.”

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