February 8, 2011 | Community News
A County Durham property and energy group is investing in its future development by recruiting five new members of staff for its professional training programme.
The Banks Group has recruited Matthew Simpson, Fiona MacKay, Gayle Black and Lucy Hinds for its renewables company, as well as bringing Kenneth Reader into its mining business.
Matthew and Kenneth are both former students at Sheffield Hallam University, where they studied degrees in property development and business & property management respectively, whilst Lucy and Gayle graduated from Northumbria University with respective degrees in business studies and planning & development surveying. Fiona started her career in the legal profession, before undertaking a masters in real estate management at Northumbria University.
Gayle also went on to obtain a masters degree in planning at Newcastle University, and she, Matthew and Kenneth all spent a year on placement with Banks as part of their degree courses.
Matthew Simpson says: “I enjoyed my initial work placement with Banks, and was also attracted by the opportunities to be involved in many aspects of project development which will be invaluable in helping to develop my career and achieve my professional accreditation.
“I’ve settled in really well and have already been exposed to many different project tasks, giving me an early chance to make an active contribution to a number of ongoing projects.”
Banks employs approximately 360 people across the north of England and Scotland. The five new recruits are based at Banks’ new, state-of-the-art company headquarters in Durham City, but will also spend time both on site and at other company locations.
Barney Pilgrim, who is managing director of Banks Project Services, part of the Banks Group, and who leads the company’s professional training programme, says: “Employment opportunities have become very limited in the last couple of years, but Banks has always remained very keen to invest in talent that is going to take our company forward in the future.
“We’ve been able to select some excellent new employees and are pleased with the progress that all five of them have already made.”