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The Welsh Retail Consortium (WRC) has appointed Sara Jones as its new Head of Policy and External Affairs, replacing John Munro who takes on the careers portfolio with the British Retail Consortium.
Sara’s brief is to build on the strong position that the WRC holds in Wales and to lead on the implementation of the organisation’s strategy across Wales. Sara has joined the WRC from the global communications agency Grayling where she was Director Wales; she has previously held corporate affairs roles for Environment Agency Wales and British Waterways. She brings to the role a wealth of knowledge in stakeholder engagement, political lobbying and public policy and will focus this experience into building relationships between members and key partners in Wales.
Helen Dickinson, Director General of the British Retail Consortium, said: "I am delighted that Sara has joined us to head up the Welsh Retail Consortium. We are committed as an organisation to working with our partners in Wales and Sara’s experience and knowledge will add value to our members in terms of their work in a devolved environment."
Sara said: “I am very pleased to take on this key role leading the WRC representing such an important sector which offers so much to the economy of Wales. Retailers provide vital services, essential jobs and training, and help to make our villages, towns and cities thriving and pleasant places to live. I am delighted to be representing their interests in Wales and am looking forward to working with elected members, officers and stakeholders from across Wales to highlight the important role this sector plays.”
The BRC’s Head of the Devolved Nations, David Lonsdale, said: “Sara will be an excellent addition to the team and help complement our work across Scotland and Northern Ireland with her in depth knowledge of the Welsh landscape. I know Sara is committed to furthering vibrant consumer focused retail and will work hard for our members’ interests.”
Eaton Names Richard Jacobs President, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Hydraulics Business
Power management company Eaton has named Richard Jacobs president of the Hydraulics Business in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
In this role, Jacobs will continue to report to Bill VanArsdale, president, Hydraulics Group. He succeeds Astrid Mozes who has been named chief technology officer for Eaton’s Hydraulics Group.
“Ensuring the successful execution of the growth strategy in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region is critical,” said VanArsdale. “Rick’s global leadership experience and the growth he has brought to multiple businesses makes him ideally suited to lead this team.”
Jacobs has been the vice president and general manager of Filtration since 2008. Prior to that role, he was Eaton’s vice president, Supply Chain Management. Previously, Jacobs held a variety of leadership roles at companies including Knorr Bremse, Honeywell and General Electric.
Jacobs will be located in Morges, Switzerland. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and industrial engineering and a master’s degree in industrial management from Clarkson University in New York.
Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL) has appointed Sarah Marshall as its new Head of Consultancy Business, as a crucial step in the expansion of its Consultancy Department.
With 22 years’ experience of the food industry, Sarah brings a wealth of expertise to her new position from previous work in ingredients and process research for Cadbury, in food product development consultancy, and as RSSL’s Product and Ingredient Development laboratory manager.
RSSL has for years used its food sector expertise to provide specialist training and consultancy to the industry in areas such as food safety and product and ingredient development, as an enhancement to its analytical services. The growing Consultancy Department aims to provide valuable support and partnership to businesses from an industry expert perspective. Speaking about her new position leading the Department, Sarah said “RSSL supports many areas of the food industry with analytical and consultancy work. Having so many subject matter experts within the business, it is now my privilege to harness their combined expertise with food in order to better support our clients with an integrated service.”