Appointments: Sweet success for Nestlé man moving up the food chain to join group’s board

Nestlé has promoted Mark McKenzie to the role of group sales director, Nestlé UK & Ireland.

Reporting to chairman and chief executive Paul Grimwood, Mr McKenzie will join the company’s group board.

He joined Nestlé in 2000 after an early career with Coca-Cola and Mars. He has held a number of senior sales roles, most recently as channel category sales development director for Nestlé Confectionery UK & Ireland in York.

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Fashion retailer Republic has appointed Guy Critchlow, formerly of Marks and Spencer and Kookai, to the position of chief operating officer.

In this new role, Mr Critchlow will report directly to chief executive Tim Whitworth, and work with existing teams to oversee all business operations including stores, merchandising, property, logistics and supply chain.

Shower tray manufacturer JT has expanded its sales team with the new appointment of Claire Glover. She joins the Leeds-based from Heritage Bathrooms, where she spent over two years as area sales manager, with 21 years prior sales experience, including contract sales representative at United Ceramic Tiles and retail sales manager at Edgebourn Building Contracts.

Trevor Sutton has joined commercial insurance brokers, Smith Robinson, as technical director.

Mr Sutton, who will be based at the firm’s headquarters in Morley, Leeds, was previously a divisional director of Oval. He is also the education and careers officer of the Insurance Institute of Bradford.

Bradford University School of Management has appointed a leading academic in entrepreneurship and innovation, Professor Christos Kalantaridis.

He has recently worked collaboratively with Aalto University in Finland – a world leading centre for helping businesses to innovate, particularly in technologies – and with partners in four European countries to develop best practice in transferring knowledge from universities to organisations.

Law firm Gordons has bolstered its commercial property team with the appointment of Chris Green, formerly a partner at Whitaker Firth Solicitors in Bradford, as a consultant.

Mr Green has specialist knowledge of commercial property transactions for both private individuals and corporate clients.

Law firm, Eaton Smith Solicitors, has further strengthened its team with three new appointments.

Colin Causier will be working in the Huddersfield-based firm’s private client team, dealing with wills, probate and court of protection matters.

Kimberley Hammond and Richard Buckley have both started as trainee solicitors in the family law and corporate and commercial teams respectively.

Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce has welcomed two new directors onto its board – Mark Broxholme and Derek Carpenter.

Mr Broxholme is operations manager at Tata Steel Speciality and Mr Carpenter was formerly Secretary for South Yorkshire Institute of Directors and SME Ambassador for Yorkshire and the North East at the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Corporate finance firm Ethos has appointed former finance director and corporate financier Andrew Walls as partner.

Mr Walls, who will be based at the firm’s head office in Leeds, previously worked at Begbies Traynor and McInnes Corporate Finance.

The Leeds office of property agency CB Richard Ellis has appointed Andrew Milton as director of retail property and asset management.

Formerly at Donaldsons and DTZ, he will be responsible for managing and developing CBRE’s expanding northern retail portfolio.

Silk Family Law, which has an office in York, is expanding its workforce with a series of new appointments.

The family law specialist has appointed two new legal secretaries, Natasha McGrow and Kayleigh Winter, and solicitor Siobhan Jeffels.