We are delighted to announce the appointment of Rebecca Dermody-Simmons as our Deputy Chief Executive, with immediate effect.
The decision comes after a panel of EEM board members conducted a rigorous interview process and recommended her appointment last week. The newly-created role is needed as our Chief Executive, Pete Smith, reduces his working hours with full retirement planned for April 2021.
Rebecca brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her new role having worked in procurement roles for nearly 20 years. In 2014, she joined the EEM team as Procurement and Operations Manager and was promoted to Head of Operations in 2016. Prior to working at EEM, Rebecca worked at Nottingham City Homes for almost 15 years, initially as an Apprentice Purchasing Officer and most recently as their Procurement Manager. It was at NCH where she achieved the highest level of CIPS qualification, obtaining the highest mark in the country for her age group.
Rebecca is a successful and well-regarded professional who has been instrumental in enabling our company’s growth and success in recent years. Rebecca’s unique insights, proven leadership and deep understanding of public sector will enable her to support Pete and the Board to lead the business successfully into the next phase of our development.
Rebecca says “This is a very exciting time for EEM and I am proud to have been given the opportunity to play an enhanced role within the organisation. EEM has grown significantly in the time I have been here and I look forward to continuing to adapt the business to the ever-changing needs of our membership. I look forward to taking the next step in my development and inspiring the whole team to be the best we can be.”
Pete Smith, EEM Chief Executive added “Rebecca is an absolute cornerstone of EEM and so I’m delighted that she has accepted this new role which is very much deserved and testament to her talent and contributions. We are very fortunate to be able to appoint someone of Rebecca’s calibre.”
Planned changes to the EEM team
This is a time of great change within EEM, which reflects the rapid growth and variation of the membership. Over the next 2 years, we plan to employ an additional 7 members of staff. New roles will include a Head of Procurement, Head of Operations, Support Services Manager, additional Projects and Data Officers and two apprentices.
We are pleased to say Louisa Payne has recently been promoted to Operations Manager from a Projects Officer and Roxy Kern has just successfully completed her apprenticeship to be a Projects Officer. We are proud that we have now seen 3 members of staff complete their apprenticeships to become permanent members of the EEM team.