Appointments, Promotions and Achievements in the Cumbrian business community


*Dodd & Co accountancy firm has announced eleven new promotions. The firm, which now employs over 200 staff across its two offices in Carlisle and Penrith, has promoted eleven staff to management positions. In their Carlisle office, Jamie Dobson and Sam Bell have been promoted to the role of accounts managers whilst Dani Shortland and Rachel England take up the role of client managers within the accounts department. Emma Campbell has been promoted to payroll manager and Andrena Ferguson has been promoted to Carlisle support department manager. In their Penrith office Emma Hind, Fiona Wood, Joanne Tolson and Kate Brown have also been promoted to accounts managers, whilst Dawn Ritchie becomes a payroll manager. Alongside these internal promotions Claire Brough has also recently joined the firm at their Carlisle office as a client manager in the accounts department.


* Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster (BECBC) has welcomed an experienced ambassador to their board. Hayley Critchley, Sizewell C Head of Site Compliance at EDF, will bring her wealth of experience in the nuclear industry to BECBC’s network of organisations as a Non-Executive Director over the next year. Hayley’s appointment is part of Women in Nuclear’s (WiN) drive to empower women to lead board discussions. She will receive mentorship from Claire Gallery-Strong, IWMP Programme and Strategy Director at Nuclear Waste Services. Hayley is one of ten women in the UK selected for the initiative, which combines workshops, board placements, and mentorships to provide a supported route for women to enter board positions. Hayley said: “Your gender should never be a barrier to having a positive impact in your industry. I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to gain insight into how a board operates and get hands-on experience of what it takes to operate effectively at this level.”


*Delkia has appointed three new members of staff at its Cumbrian office in Egremont. Josh Myers has been appointed as business and technical administrator, Curtis Dowdle as information security engineer and Laura Connor as tendering manager. They are among 14 new members of staff at the specialist engineering and technology company for safety-related and mission-critical systems in aerospace, clean energy, and maritime sectors which has three bases across the UK.


*Neil Clark has been appointed as Sealy UK’s general manager. Neil will be based Sealy’s HQ in Aspatria, where he will spearhead the mattress company’s strategic growth initiatives. He has previously worked as managing director for UK & Ireland and Regional Director for Northern Europe & South Africa at Franke; a globally renowned leader in kitchen sink-ware and taps.


*The Calvert Trust’s residential centre above Bassenthwaite has welcomed Andy Thompson as a new chief instructor to their team.

Kendal-based Andy joins the Trust after four years for with Lancashire County Council where he was senior instructor at Borwick Hall and Tower Wood. Andy said: “I’ve always admired the work of specialist residential centres like Calvert Lakes. Obviously I’m looking forward to meeting and supporting the thousands of participants who visit every year, but I was also drawn to the opportunity of helping shape and develop the amazing individuals who work in the instructing team.”

Andy replaces chief instructor Phil Blair who is leaving the Trust after 12 years.