Global facilities management provider Atalian Servest has made two recent appointments to the UK board. Laura Ryan has been promoted to Legal Director for the UK and Ireland and Kelly Howell has been appointed as the group’s HR Director.
With an extensive background in corporate and commercial law and a longstanding relationship with Servest as an external legal advisor, Laura Ryan was appointed head of the in-house legal department in 2016 and, after successfully handling the Atalian Servest merger in 2018, has now become Legal Director.
Ryan’s background in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and commercial contracts has been incredibly beneficial to the acquisitive Atalian Servest. She has worked on developing the in-house legal team to support the rapid growth of the business.
Atalian Servest, which has become well known in the industry for its learning and development strategies, also sees Kelly Howell assume the position of HR Director. Howell has over 20 years’ experience working in HR in a variety of industries including manufacturing, professional services and building services. In February 2013 she joined Arthur McKay, the privately-owned building services company acquired by then Servest in 2016.
Howell will collaborate with talent across all areas of the business, developing the already high-performing people function. She will also work on redeveloping the internal HR systems and processes to ensure they continue to drive efficiency as the company grows.
Daniel Dickson, CEO of the UK and Ireland said: “It’s been an exciting year for Atalian Servest and we are pleased to appoint Laura and Kelly to the board. Since becoming CEO, my aim has been to create a diverse and innovative leadership team that can continue to enhance overall business performance and drive us forward. Both have a wealth of experience in their areas of expertise and these appointments will not only enable us to expand further but also strengthen our people development and skillsets across the board.”