Ellis Whittam gears up for growth with strategic appointments.

Ellis Whittam, the Chester-based business services firm, has announced four appointments to its board of directors as it targets further growth. 

The news follows a multi-million-pound investment from private equity investor LDC to support the organic growth of the business and fund future acquisitions, a deal which will see Ellis Whittam create up to 100 new jobs over the next four years.  

Gavin Snell joins as managing director, Pete Jones as chief technology officer and Jo Fulton as sales and marketing director, each a newly-created role. Catherine Wilson has also been appointed as director of legal services. 

With more than 20 years’ experience, Gavin joins from outsourcing and consultancy firm Firstsource Solutions. He has an extensive track record of growing companies in the UK and internationally, and in his previous role was responsible for leading a £165m turnover business. During his career he has held senior positions at Capita and Experian. 

Pete, who was previously technology director at global insight agency Join the Dots, has more than 15 years’ experience in IT and communications systems management. He specialises in development, support and systems integration, and will lead the development of Ellis Whittam’s technology infrastructure. 

Jo, Ellis Whittam’s new sales and marketing director, joins from software company Datel having spent the last eight years leading its business development and marketing strategy. 

The firm’s new director of legal services, Catherine Wilson, has more than 28 years’ experience in employment law at both national and international firms. This includes eight years as a partner at Eversheds, where she led the London employment team. Prior to this she was head of employment at Hammonds in Leeds, now Squire Paton Boggs. 

Mark Ellis, chief executive of Ellis Whittam, said: “Partnering with LDC earlier this year marked a real statement of intent for the future growth of our business and these hires are the next step in that journey. The breadth of expertise each individual brings significantly strengthens the management team and ensures we have the right people in place to grow the business, both organically and through acquisition.” 

The appointments follow the firm’s announcement in September that Robert Morgan joined the board as chairman and Colin Kemp as a non-executive director. 

Ellis Whittam provides advisory and fully-outsourced employment law, HR and health & safety services. It supports more than 10,000 UK employers, including Pure Gym, Culina Logistics, Red Letter Days, The Chartered Management Institute, The Chartered Quality Institute and Toni & Guy.

The business currently employs 165 staff from its headquarters in Aldford, near Chester, including fully-qualified solicitors as employment law advisors and professionally qualified health and safety consultants