Gemma and Norman join the team

Completion of senior team rounds off strong year for BEC

18th December 2017: Britain’s Energy Coast has appointed Gemma Lowery as Head of Finance and Norman Nicholson as Facilities Manager to complete its senior line up – concluding a strong year for the profit-for-purpose property firm.

“2017 has been a phenomenal year for BEC. Quality team growth has been driven by significant progress with our North Shore development scheme and wider 10-year energy and property focused business plan.” commented BEC CEO, Michael Pemberton.

Gemma brings more than 15 years financial experience to the post at BEC, which will see her blend public and private sector experience to streamline processes and improve the quality of financial information available internally – empowering all team members with sound financial guidance. She joins from Dumfries and Galloway Council where she was Treasury and Capital Manager and relocates to Whitehaven with her fiancé David, who grew up in the town, and their children.

Speaking about her appointment Gemma commented: “The values and behaviours expected at BEC create a culture that allows for life-long learning. The role at BEC suited my technical background well, but also offered me the chance to continue my work mentoring team members to be at their best. I’ve trained and mentored throughout my career and believe that investing in your team pays dividends – building capability is a key aim for me over the next 12 months.”

Norman joins the BEC team to bring about improvements within the existing facilities base – principally at Westlakes Science & Technology Park. He brings an extensive track record in estates management, including time at Derwent & Solway Housing Association and Eden District Council. He joins BEC from Sellafield Ltd where he has spent almost a decade as Facilities Manager. Norman now lives locally with his wife Susan, and enjoys life in West Cumbria after relocating here from Penrith ten years ago.

“The facilities team at BEC have a huge part to play in ensuring that we are offering a high-quality service located in buildings that have the lowest possible carbon footprint. Technology is changing the world of facilities management every day, and I was motivated to join the team at BEC to help modernise the facilities services for our current and future customers,” said Norman. “BEC has a real family feeling to its culture and I’ve been warmly welcomed. I look forward to working in partnership with my colleagues and our supply chain to achieve meaningful change across the facilities services offering and to the wider field next year.”

Year highlights for BEC include progress towards a smart microgrid at Westlakes Science & Technology Park; the company’s first ever participation in World Green Building Week; the relocation of the BEC HQ team to its BREEAM standard refurbished base in Cleator Moor together with the sponsorship of Cleator Moor Celtics, and significant advancements at North Shore.

Speaking about North Shore, Head of Property and Development, Rob Miller summarised: “This year we’ve worked in close partnership with Cumbria County Council to help secure £1.67m from the government’s National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) to improve road access at the North Shore site, and contributed the additional funds to take the total set aside for this work to £2.5m. We’ve also successfully purchased the old Mark House and Park Nightclub sites to strengthen our scheme and in September we were pleased to share emerging plans with Jake Berry, the Northern Powerhouse minister. This momentum will continue early next year when we share the vision for North Shore with the people of the town and we build on our ever-strengthening partnership with Copeland Borough Council and the Harbour Commissioners”

This year has seen BEC strengthen the team with Head of Estates Bill Graham, Head of Property and Development Rob Miller, Business Admin Apprentice Rachel Murray and Energy & Community Officer Adam Philips.

BEC plan to get 2018 off to a flying start and hope to see the property portfolio grow early in the new year, with the acquisition of Unit 1 Joseph Noble Road in Lillyhall.

“April 2017 saw the completion of our first full year as a commercial organisation and we are on track to record the first profits in the organisation’s history come year end in April 2018,” concluded Michael Pemberton. “This year has seen us grow in confidence, recruit and retain talented people and strengthen key local partnerships. I’m proud of what my team have achieved, and we have laid the foundations for our strongest year yet in 2018.”


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