Movers & Shakers: Southwold-based Spring takes on three new staff

Sean Antonioli, Mischa Lester and Josh Casbolt, who have joined Spring.

Sean Antonioli, Mischa Lester and Josh Casbolt, who have joined Spring. - Credit: Archant

Southwold-based communications design firm Spring has recruited three new members of staff.

Mischa Lester has joined as personal assistant to company founders Erika Clegg and Simon Hazelgrove.

She previously worked as PA to the MD and FD of live music company Mean Fiddler Group, and then as PA to the owner of the nightclubs Pacha London and The Cross Club.

Most recently she has been running her own floristry company providing floral arrangements to the BBC's Proms in the Park and Festival Republic's Latitude Festival. She brings with her a wealth of experience and strong organisational skills.

Graphic designer Sean Antonioli has joined the design studio. Sean, who is originally from New York, is a graphic design graduate from the University of Suffolk, as well as an English literature and language graduate from the State University of Geneseo, USA.


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He has worked as an apprentice gondola builder and boat painter in Venice and built Christmas window displays for Macy's and Sak's Fifth Avenue.

Josh Casbolt, who joins as a front-end web developer, previously worked for Hoseasons in Lowestoft. He created his first website when he was still in primary school.

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Erika said: 'Mischa, Sean and Josh are very welcome arrivals – as Spring expands we need to grow our design and digital delivery teams to meet project requirements and also hand our diaries over to a professional.'

•Herbaceous grower Howard Nurseries, of Wortham, near Eye, has appointed Marcel Willems as operations manager.

He joins from Glendale Horticulture, where he was general manager.

Managing sirector Christine Howard said: 'We are immensely pleased to have Marcel on board and are eager to tap into his commercial and operational knowledge across the retail and amenity sectors.'

Howards Nurseries grows a wide range of herbaceous plant in the field as well as in containers for supply to other nurseries, garden centres, garden designers and landscapers.

Marcel said he was looking forward to working with Christine and her team.

'The company has been at the forefront of this industry for almost 50 years and I am keen to build on these foundations and surge forward in the supply of superior plants for retail and amenity planting across the UK,' he said.

•The Ipswich office of financial and business advisers Grant Thornton has made a senior appointment to its tax team.

Lucy Golding joins as a tax manager with over 15 years' industry experience, having previously worked as a lecturer for the UK's largest accountancy and tax training provider, based in the eastern region.

Lucy used her extensive knowledge and skills to support the professional development of some of the UK's leading financial advisers, and provided specialist consulting advice to a range of clients as part of an independent accountancy firm in Suffolk.

In her new role at Grant Thornton, Lucy will work closely with businesses across the region, providing expert guidance and advisory services to support their future growth. She will also help to further develop the firm's leading Ipswich based Tax team and service offering.

Lucy said: 'I had the pleasure of working with many Grant Thornton people during my time as a lecturer and saw the fantastic culture of the firm. I'm excited to step into my new role and now be part of this.'

Rob Thomson, tax director at the firm's Ipswich office, said: 'Lucy brings with her an incredible breadth of skills and market knowledge combined with first-hand experience of working with leading local businesses. Her appointment comes at an exciting time for the Ipswich office as we continue to recruit the very best talent in the industry to ensure we offer an unrivalled service.'

•Ipswich-based Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has appointed Julian Brackenbury as hotel operations director.

He steps up from his previous role as deputy hotel operations director and will report to managing director Mike Rodwell. Julian Julian's appointment completes the cruise firm's recent reshuffle of its leadership team, with a round of new appointments to better reflect all aspects of the 'customer journey', from the start of the booking process through to the end of the cruise holiday.

Clare Ward was appointed as director of product and customer services in November, and Justin Stanton was recently promoted to sales and marketing director.

Peter Deer is commercial director.

Julian has held the deputy role at the firm's head office in Ipswich since April 2016.

He will continue to take responsibility for the day-to-day running of the hotel operations departments in Ipswich and across the Fred. Olsen fleet of four cruise ships – Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch.

Mike said: 'Julian has an excellent knowledge and understanding of the requirements, standards and day-to-day activities involved in running a cruise ship and hotel operation. Julian's enthusiasm, knowledge and expertise will continue to be of great benefit to Fred. Olsen, and we know that he will relish the challenges of his wider remit. We wish him well in his new role.'

Julian replaces Susana Entrena, who takes on a newly-created role of hotel project manager, planning, overseeing and managing the implementation of maintenance and refurbishment projects across Fred. Olsen's fleet, both during dry docks and while the ships are in service.

•Ipswich-based law firm Birketts has appointed a former Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) traffic examiner to help organisations manage their transport and logistics operations.

Doug Grant has joined as a self employed consultant. He has an in-depth knowledge of how the regulator works and what it looks for it, having spent several years in enforcement working for the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), allowing organisations to gain an unrivalled insight to the logistics and road transport issues surrounding their business.

Barrister Matthew Gowen said: 'Doug is a fantastic addition to our team.'

Doug said he was 'thrilled' to be joining.

Doug will be based at the law firm's Ipswich office but will support colleagues across Birketts' other offices in Cambridge, Chelmsford and Norwich.

•Farm machinery maker Claydon, based at Wickhambrook, near Newmarket, has appointed Robert Shepherd as aftersales and warranty manager.

He will report to operations director Oliver Claydon, and will support the company's sales, production and design teams using the comprehensive knowledge and experience he has gained with machinery manufacturers and agricultural dealerships in the UK and overseas during the last 35 years.

He was raised on his family's 800-acre farm in Essex, which was sold in the 1970s, and his first job was as an apprentice with agricultural engineers Blyth & Pawsey in Saffron Walden, in 1979.

He worked in all the company's departments and gained a broad understanding of agricultural engineering. He gained a City & Guilds qualification and worked as a fitter on all types of machinery but specialised in drills, sprayers and spreaders.

In 1994 he became territory service manager, south, for Lely UK, and eventually became the firm's international sales manager.

'It is great to be part of a 'can-do' team where everyone has some connection with farming, understands what farmers need and the pressures they face, and strives to deliver better products and services,' he said.

Robert, who is 53, lives with his wife and their two daughters in Cambridgeshire. He will divide his time between the Claydon factory at Wickhambrook and dealers and customers throughout the UK and in overseas markets.

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