Clearview Midlands April 2014 - Issue 149 - Page 90

MOVERS&SHAKERS NEW MANAGEMENT LINEUP AT BPF Philip Law, Director General Designate of the British Plastic Federation, has announced a new management line up for the organisation to be put in place following the retirement of Director General, Peter Davis, and Finance and Administration Director, Alan Davey , in mid-2014. Darren Muir has been appointed as the new Finance and Administration Director. Aged 48, he was formerly Finance Director of Upton McGougan, a firm of consulting engineers. He is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant. Stephen Hunt, currently BPF’s Business Development Manager, has been appointed Membership Services Director, with a starting date of July 1st. Hunt, (35) is a Business Studies graduate from Sheffield Hallam University and a Chartered Marketeer. He has 10 years experience with the BPF. Sarah Plant (29) has been promoted to Public & Industrial Affairs Manager. She has represented the BPF in the European PVC Network and holds a degree in Biomedical Materials Science from the University of Nottingham. Darren Muir Sarah Plant Stephen Hunt Films show benefits of housing apprenticeships One of the country’s largest housing providers has launched five short films to celebrate the benefits of apprenticeship schemes in the housing sector. Each film – available online at www. – follows an apprentice from Circle Housing as they complete a day’s work at the organisation. It is part of work by Circle Housing to mark National Apprenticeship Week 2014 (3rd – 7th March). The housing provider is also running a series of jobs swaps to give apprentices and bosses the chance to take on each other’s roles. Samantha Caunt, 19, is among apprentices to take part after swapping places with Circle Housing’s Chief Executive Mark Rogers and starring in an online film. She said: “I thought the job swap with Mark Rogers was great. It really helped me to see what it involves to be a CEO and helped me to understand how the different parts of the organisation come together. 90 APR 2014 “We talked about the difference apprenticeships make to people who might otherwise find it difficult to get the right opportunities and prove themselves. It has been really nice to take part in the filming and show the benefits of working as an apprentice in the housing sector.” ‘We talked about the difference apprenticeships make to people who might otherwise find it difficult to get the right opportunities’ Circle Housing was last year awarded a Big Tick accreditation from charity Business in the Community for its employment and skills programme which helps more than 9,000 people into working and training opportunities every year. Mark Rogers, Chief Executive of Circle Housing, said “The housing sector is a great place for apprentices to learn and develop for the future. Our programme at Circle Housing employs apprentices in teams across the business. As well as construction, they could be given roles in administration, communications, or customers services for example. “Apprentices in turn represent a bright new future for the housing sector and it is important we continue to attract and nurture that new talent.” To read more, visit