Countrywide’s long-serving Chief Financial Officer Jim Clarke is to retire in July, making way for Himanshu Raja, who joins the company’s board on Monday and will take up position in August.Jim Clarke (pictured, left), who has in the past also taken the role of media commentator for Countrywide and recently led a share placement of nearly £40m to fund the company’s hybrid estate agency roll-out, has been with the company since 2007.His background before joining was in the hospitality and fitness sectors first at pub chain JD Wetherspoon and before that at David Lloyd Leisure.His retirement comes almost exactly two years to the day since two of his former colleagues, Bob Scarff and Nick Dunning, resigned from the company just nine months after Group Chief Executive Alison Platt took the helm.Clarke was also one of eight senior management figures who sold shares options worth millions in 2015 following the company’s return to the stock market in 2013, in his case worth £2.4 million.He is being replaced by Himanshu Raja who until last year was Group Chief Financial Officer of security firm G4S where he earned £1.7 million a year. He has been on sabbatical since October last year after retiring from its board.The Times described Raja’s departure from G4S as an “ousting” after he departed a few days after presenting G4S’s half-year 2016 results.He started his career at accountancy firm Arthur Andersen before joining the telecoms industry and then IT giants Logica and Mysys before moving to G4S in 2013.Career backgroundHis background might point to CEO Alison Platt’s plans for the future; Raja’s CV says he has extensive experience in “restructuring, large-scale mergers and acquisitions, and building strong relationships with the investor community”.Raja’s appointment will be subject to approval by the Financial Conduct Authority and he will serve as an Executive Director on the Countrywide board.“I am delighted to welcome Himanshu to Countrywide. His skills, knowledge and experience are a perfect fit for the Group and will be invaluable as we continue to build our future,” says Alison Platt.“Jim has been a stalwart in the Countrywide group for over 10 years and leaves the business in a strong position to build for its future in the coming years.I have really enjoyed working closely with Jim, and will continue to do so as he hands over to his successor.”Peter Long, Chairman of Countrywide, welcome Himanshu to the board and thanked Jim for his “dedication to the Group over many years. His knowledge and experience has served Countrywide very well and we wish him all the best in his retirement.”Himanshu raja jim clarke Alison Platt Countrywide June 7, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Countrywide CFO Jim Clarke retires, replaced by former G4S finance chief previous nextAgencies & PeopleCountrywide CFO Jim Clarke retires, replaced by former G4S finance chiefOutgoing “stalwart” CFO leaves after a decade at the financial helm just months after helping raise £40m to fund digital roll-out.The Negotiator7th June 201703,755 Views
A degree in biology is probably not the first qualification you look for when recruiting an in-store cake buyer or even the fact that the applicant likes to play rugby.Five years of graduate training scheme experience at Northern Foods is probably the more attractive attribute, and so this proved for Asda when it approached Drew Tiffin a year ago.In plain English, Tiffin moved to Asda from the commercial team at Park Cakes and, he believes, his manufacturing experience is invaluable in his new role as in-store cake buyer with responsibility for cream cakes and desserts.”I have the insight to know and understand the issues for a manufacturer and I’m always keen to use my experience from working as a supplier,” he says.Tiffin is keen to stress that, because he has come from the manufacturing side of the business, most of his sympathies lie with the manufacturer. “I’d like to think I’m more empathetic than sympathetic,” he says. “It gives me a more rounded view of things.”Tiffin says that, like most supermarket buyers, he is always looking to see what is new in the market and will listen to suppliers who bring new ideas to Asda.He does admit that buyers are often very busy and that a targeted, well-thought-out idea is the way to approach any buying team, rather than an ad hoc email or phone call.”I need to get a feel for any new supplier and so I need them to give me details of their business, the new product they have developed and why they think it will work for our Asda customer,” he says.”Suppliers who understand my customer will stand a better chance,” he explains. “We need to understand their capabilities and the facilities at their site,” he says.A product manager will go to inspect the site and Tiffin himself will always try to get to a new supplier before they are taken on.”It is all very well companies sending in samples of new products but, in all likelihood, these will have been made in a test or development kitchen, not produced on the production line. So we need to know that this quality can be achieved consistently,” he says.Small suppliers, in particular, need to understand the implications of supplying just a few cases of product to each store, as Asda has over 300 of them.However, Asda does have a dedicated team set up to help local suppliers with these types of supply chain issues. This is probably just as well, as Tiffin explains:”It can be up to 10,000 products a week, but for more popular lines such as muffins or cookies, it can quickly get up to 30,000 per week.”Product trials have been used successfully on Asda’s touchscreen units to design your own birthday cake. Initially in just three stores, these units are now in 20 stores.Just one year into the role, Tiffin has already been responsible for putting a few new lines onto the shelf – some of which, he admits, have not worked as well as he had hoped.”Having the guts to go with a new product or a new supplier was daunting at the start,” he says. Happily though, the buying teams at Asda are encouraged to take these risks.”There have been a couple of unsuccessful product launches in my first year,” he says, “which means you are then faced with a quandary of when to de-list them versus taking the hit on product waste.”But this does give us an insight into the customer, so it’s not a completely wasted effort.”Other things that can tax Tiffin include supply chain problems, artwork issues, hitting the demand on promotions or even bar codes that don’t scan, all of which he takes in his stride. “Product quality is paramount in all of this,” he says.Even the weather can make or break Tiffin’s day, as the hot July was a nightmare while the wet August was fantastic. “People don’t tend to eat cakes when it’s hot,” he explains.It seems that jumping ship has been the right thing for Tiffin to do and staying in the bakery arena was more than a bonus.Apart from anything else, staying in the same industry means he still gets to talk to his old colleagues at Northern Foods, although in a slightly different context.”My old boss told me to only change one thing at a time, which has made a lot of sense to me,” he says.
London flour miller GR Wright & Sons has appointed Julian Woodgate to its board.Woodgate has been technical sales manager with Wright’s for five years and will take over from Chris Wyle, who retires as technical director after 14 years. Wyle will continue working on a part-time basis.Woodgate’s responsibilities will continue to include quality control, new product development and value-added sales.MD David Wright said: “I am sure Julian will do a great job following in the footsteps of Chris and wish him every success.”
Cereal processor Silvery Tweed is tapping into demand for sprouted grains with new additions to its range.The new sprouted grains – which have been germinated or sprouted before being processed – comprise wheat, spelt, rye and buckwheat in flaked, kibbled, cracked and flour formats.They will help bakeries and cereal manufacturers meet consumer demand for natural, healthy and nutritious products, said the Berwick-Upon-Tweed business.Silvery Tweed’s new products are dried after sprouting and unlike the wet formats currently on the market, the grains allow for processing in the same way as non-sprouted ones, it added.They’re said to have a number of health benefits which has boosted their popularity in baked goods in recent years.“Sprouted grains contain all of the original bran, germ, and endosperm and, as such, are considered whole grains. This means that they are naturally high in fibre, and evidence suggests that their use in food products also results in an increase in soluble fibre,” said Julie Telfer, NPD manager at Silvery Tweeds.“In addition, the sprouting process breaks down nutrients such as starches and proteins, making the grains easier to digest. Finally, a reduction in the amount of anti-nutrient phytate present in sprouted grains increases the bioavailability of nutrients to the body.”The sprouted flakes work well in cereals such as mueslis and granolas, she added, which are growing in popularity as a topping or inclusion in baked goods. The kibbled grain and flour formats, meanwhile, are described as ideal for use in breads, crispbreads and biscuits.“Incorporating sprouted grains opens up opportunities to create new and innovative products that will meet consumer demand in a competitive market,” Telfer added.
Caitlyn Jordan | The Observer First-year students pray and light candles during their first class trip to the Grotto, one of many orientation activities planned for Welcome Weekend.Several Ryan freshmen said they were apprehensive about classes starting. Freshman Julia Forte said she was looking forward to the first day. “We’re excited and nervous for the first day of classes,” Forte said.Williams said working for the Welcome Weekend team has made her more excited about starting school. “Working Welcome Weekend definitely made me more excited for the school year because it gave me the chance to meet all of the first years,” Williams said. “It was a bit overwhelming having so much to do and being exhausted, but it was so much fun.” Tags: Move-in, Ryan Hall, Sorin College, Welcome Weekend After a hectic weekend, filled with move-ins, ice-breakers and family goodbyes, sophomore Fiona Williams said she was “really happy” with how move-in went in Ryan Hall. Caitlyn Jordan | The Observer First-Year students in Saint Edward’s Hall attend DomerFest on Saturday. Students participated in numerous activities during Welcome Weekend as they transitioned to life on campus.“The team worked quickly and efficiently, moving in all 78 first years — and everyone was moved in before the rain came,” Williams said. Williams served as a co-captain for the Ryan Hall Welcome Weekend team this year, and she said was grateful for the help of their brother dorm’s Welcome Weekend team. “It was also nice that some of the Duncan Team came to help with move-in,” she said. Freshman Caroline Nassab, one of Williams’ charges in Ryan Hall, said the weekend was fun for her and her fellow freshmen. “The weekend was awesome but very tiring and busy,” Nassab said. The freshmen of Ryan Hall went ice skating with the freshmen from Sorin College on Saturday, which Williams said was her favorite part of the weekend. “For some of the first years, it was their first time skating, so it was so special for me to see them all having a great time,” Williams said. It was one of freshman Abigail Kovar’s favorite events of Welcome Weekend.“We loved ice skating with Sorin — it was so much fun, and a nice different event,” Kovar said.Williams said she thought DomerFest, an annual freshmen dance and mixer with music, games and food, went well. Williams said she was pleased with the outcome, despite low expectations from some of the first years. “I also had a lot of First Years tell me DomerFest was better than they thought it would be,” Williams said. “They had a good time meeting everyone from the dorms we didn’t get to have events with.”
Helen Adeosun ’07, CEO and founder of CareAcademy, a digital training platform that trains thousands of caregivers, shared her entrepreneurship journey and tips for success via a Zoom webinar Friday.Following a brief introduction from vice president and associate provost for innovation Bryan Ritchie, Adeosun took the virtual stage to share her experiences as an entrepreneur.After immigrating from Nigeria as a child, attending Notre Dame for her undergraduate degree, working at a public school in Atlanta, fighting for education accessibility in Washington D.C. and earning a master’s in education from Harvard University, Adeosun now owns and operates her own company at the age of 35.Adeosun recently secured $13 million in funding for CareAcademy and was named one of Fortune Magazine’s top ‘40 Under 40’ entrepreneurs in healthcare.Despite this success, Adeosun emphasized the importance of grace and providence throughout her journey and gives two main pieces of advice to current and future entrepreneurs – ask questions and cultivate a narrative.“A lot of what I have done is by grace,” Adeosun said in the webinar, “I try not to sugarcoat.”Reflecting on her childhood and journey to success, Adeosun mentioned the important role her family and her culture played in shaping her perspective on education.Adeosun said Nigerian culture places a strong emphasis on the importance of education. She also described how her father would constantly encourage her to be curious and ask questions about the world.“My parents raised a nerd, but I think that’s a key pillar of entrepreneurship,” she noted.During her years working as a teacher in the Atlanta public-school system, Adeosun gained an even greater appreciation for education.“I think I learned more from my kids than I taught my kids,” Adeosun said in reference to her students in Atlanta.Teaching students in the Atlanta public schools gave her a new appreciation for how her family guided her down the right path of education and instilled a love of curiosity within her.“By grace,” Adeosun said, “people in my life encouraged education in the important years between fourteen and eighteen.”Adeosun’s family also influenced her interest in the healthcare sector. Both of her parents worked in healthcare, and many of her other family members are doctors or nurses. Adeosun herself has some experience as a caregiver. Through CareAcademy, she hopes to increase access to care that is cost-effective, compassionate and personal.Her vision of healthcare leaves flexibility for caregivers who provide more holistic care, in some ways mirroring the town doctor model when village physicians would make house calls to provide care.She believes this aspect of her mission aligns with the current shift in healthcare away from hospital-only care toward more flexible options.“Direct care workers are becoming part of healthcare ecosystem,” Adeosun said.When the coronavirus forced many in-person businesses to shut down, the importance of online healthcare education options grew even more pronounced.Accordingly, another facet of Adeosun’s vision involves bridging the gap between human resources and technology.Adeosun credits these two recent developments for their contributions to CareAcademy’s success.Regardless of these happenstance trends, Adeosun’s constant efforts to network and build her company have paid off in the long run.“My MBAs come in real time through CareAcademy,” Adeosun said.Whether it’s a chit-chat over coffee or her weekly Saturday networking with one entrepreneur who’s just starting and one who’s further along, Adeosun said she puts in the hard work to build relationships and find the right people for her team.She has also devoted a lot of time to building her narrative, or business pitch, in order to secure investments.In her own words, “narrative is the first currency of entrepreneurship.”Adeosun believes entrepreneurs need to show stakeholders, investors, advisors, mentors and employees why they should be a part of the entrepreneur’s vision for the company.Scrapping together the capital to get a business idea off the ground is always difficult, which is why a strong narrative is vital, especially for entrepreneurs who are often underestimated or those who face discrimination.“Enterprising is hard to begin with,” Adeosun said, “and almost zero percent of funding is provided to black and brown women.”Adeosun also emphasizes the immense amount of work inherent in entrepreneurship. She says that there’s no overnight miracles and credits her own success to constant efforts to network and grow her company.“There’s a lot of excitement around entrepreneurship,” Adeosun said, “but l try to keep what I say have to say very practical.”There’s no easy path to building a company from scratch. Instead, Adeosun identifies the willingness to do what others won’t as exactly what sets an entrepreneur apart.Even Adeosun’s own family members casted doubts on her vision for CareAcademy in its early stages.“My family would ask me, ’Why are you expending so much energy in creating something that doesn’t exist?’” Adeosun said.With hard work to cultivate her narrative, commitment to expanding her network, and a little bit of grace, Adeosun managed to overcome many obstacles and find investors willing to place their bets on CareAcademy.To those who want to follow in her footsteps, and especially to entrepreneurs underestimate themselves, Adeosun said, “build communities, build relationships and be intentional about that.”Tags: CareAcademy, entrepreneur, Helen Adeosun, IDEA Center
by: Christina LavingiaEach week throughout January and February, GOBankingRates has revealed its rankings of the best savings accounts, checking accounts, CDs, online banks, brick-and-mortar banks and military financial institutions of 2015. This is all part of our “Best Banks” of 2015 series, which aims to connect consumers with best banks and credit unions for their needs.We looked at the 100 biggest banks by asset size, according to the FDIC, along with 30 online-only banks and 36 military banks and credit unions to determine the best products and places for your money in 2015. Here’s a roundup of the 41 banks and credit unions that made it onto one of our top lists. These institutions offer their customers and members the best features, rates, convenience, access and overall value this year.View all our 2015 Top 10 rankings:Best Savings Accounts of 2015Best Checking Accounts of 2015Best CD Accounts of 2015Best Banks of 2015 Best Online Banks of 2015Best Military Banks and Credit UnionsBest Banks and Credit Unions of 2015: The Definitive ListAir Force Federal Credit UnionThis military credit union ranked No. 10 among the best military financial institutions. Members of Air Force Federal Credit Union enjoy convenience and accessibility, with access to 30,000 fee-free ATMs, along with an extensive suite of deposit products. Active and retired military members and civil personnel — among other eligible groups — can join the credit union, which offers toll-free customer service phone numbers in Germany, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom and other overseas countries. continue reading » 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The website features a ‘search by town’ feature where you can select any town in the county and be brought to an interactive list of take-out options within that municipality. You can then view menus and links to each restaurant’s website or Facebook page. It also tells you if the restaurant has an order online feature available. ‘Tioga to Go’ is a collaboration between Tioga County Tourism, The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce and Tioga County Legislative chair Martha Sauerbrey. She put her support behind the initiative, stressing that local restaurants need all the help they can get with winter on the way. Sally Yablonsky, Director of Operations at the Tioga County Chamber of Commerce came up with the idea with her son as an alternative to Tioga County’s Restaurant Week. Yablonsky’s mom Ruth Harrington was the second COVID-19 death in Broome County and Yablonsky is passionate about keeping the community safe from the virus.She say though, that we cannot leave local businesses behind. You can access ‘Tioga to Go’ by clicking here. Called ‘Tioga To Go’ the system features a website connecting residents to more than 50 restaurants offering take-out in the county. “With indoor dining capacity still restricted and colder temperatures limiting outdoor dining, our Tioga County restaurants have been strengthening their take-out options. Getting take-out is a great way to treat yourself and your family while safely supporting local businesses,” Sauerbrey said. “We’re just hoping it’s a win win for our community. We just want people to stay home and stay have but at the same time we have to worry about our businesses and our economy,” she said. OWEGO (WBNG) — Tioga County has unveiled a new take-out system which will help support local restaurants, while providing residents a safe and easy way to support their favorite eateries. Organizers encourage residents to be safe and adhere to whatever COVID-19 restrictions the restaurant you choose has in place.
The future operator of the Hollandse Kust (zuid) III and IV wind farms will not be exempt from paying the seabed lease fee for the portions of the wind farms situated within the 12-mile zone of the Dutch territories in the North Sea, according to Eric Wiebes, the country’s Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.Responding to the questions posed by the House of Representatives with regards to the industry’s opposition to paying the seabed lease, Wiebes said that the ministry expects the coming tender to attract sufficient interest from potential developers of the wind farms despite the additional costs, and that the tender will include zero-subsidy bids.Wiebes also added that the potential request for seabed lease exemption filed with the European Commission would delay the tendering procedure, scheduled for March 2019. This, in turn, would affect the country’s offshore wind rollout timeline, Wiebes said.BackgroundThe Hollandse Kust (zuid) III and IV tender comprises two wind farms with an individual capacity of between 342MW and 380MW.Approximately 70% of Hollandse Kust (Zuid) III & IV wind farm sites are located within the 12-mile zone of the Dutch territories. This means a seabed lease has to be established between the wind farm operator and The Central Government Real Estate Agency. Apart from the seabed lease for the wind turbines, a rental agreement for the infield cabling between the wind turbines and the TenneT platform has to be signed.The Central Government Real Estate Agency has calculated the cost for the right to the seabed lease at these sites, based on a rate of EUR 0.98 per MWh every year, using a fixed total capacity of 350MW and 4,000 full load hours. The payment is fixed and independent of the final actual installed capacity or output from the wind farms and is only required for the part of the wind farm within the 12 miles zone. For HKZ site III this is 71.85% and for HKZ site IV is 68.23%. These annual payments will be required four years after the permits have become irrevocable and will be indexed for the period of operation.Additionally, from the moment the permits are given to the winner up to the moment of the payment of the right of superficies seabed lease, a fee of EUR 650 per MW per year has to be paid for the parts of the sites within the 12-mile zone. These payments (indexation) will also be required for the period from when the wind farm ceases operation until it has been fully decommissioned and removed.The rental price for the infield cables is fixed at a one-off amount of EUR 3.17 per m2 impacted corridor. The width of the impacted corridor is fixed at 0.3m. For HKZ site III, the impacted part is calculated as a total cable length of 60km, whilst for HKZ site IV the calculated length is 70km.