WANdisco gets its man as new HR director starts at Hadaway

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SOFTWARE company WANdisco said Nick Parker stepped down as CFO on August 30 and Paul Harrison has now taken on the role.

Sheffield-based WANdisco poached Mr Harrison, who will move out to California to head up the group’s finance function, from Sage Group.

WANdisco’s chief executive David Richards said Mr Harrison has a wealth of experience in the technology sector.

The company said it made sense for the finance director to be based in the US as most of its sales are generated there.

Mr Richards said: “We started at the top of the list and that’s the guy we got. It’s quite incredible. He’s coming from a £4bn company and we’re £200m at the moment.”

Asked why Mr Harrison would want to switch over, Mr Richards said: “How many other companies on the exchange are growing at 96 per cent a year?”

Law firm Ward Hadaway, which has an office in Leeds, has appointed a former senior human resources executive from transport giant Arriva as its new director of HR (human resources). Lisa Davies joins the Top 100 UK law firm after 12 years working at Arriva.

She was HR Business Partner for Arriva’s mainland European operations, where she delivered “commercially focused” HR strategies across Europe.

York St John University has appointed Chris Watts as its new director of marketing and student recruitment.

Before joining York St John University, he spent 12 years in a variety of marketing roles at Northumbria University.

Leeds law firm Clarion has appointed Stephanie Kaye as a law costs draftsman in its costs and litigation funding team.

She joins Clarion from wealth management group Pearson Jones where she was an assistant in the tax and trusts division.

The appointment is part of Clarion’s ongoing expansion of the firm’s costs and litigation funding team.

From two members in 2008, the team has grown to six.