Sister companies LGH and the Rotrex Group have made two new appointments to their combined HR team who will cover both firms’ UK and EU operations. The Rotrex Group is one of the leading winch specialists in Europe, and LGH is a leading lifting equipment hire company headquartered in the UK.

Laura Gilchrist CIPD has been named as HR Business Partner and is based in Manchester. Her focus will be on working with senior leaders within both companies to improve HR related processes and procedures. She will also be driving employee engagement and development. Prior to joining, Laura worked at Cantel for 4½ years where she streamlined the Human Resource function in the UK and EU and introduced a Business-Partnered HR model that promoted a ‘one brand’ approach across the group’s acquisitions and 200+ employee group. She has also worked at Premier Group Recruitment with her achievements included forming a HR department including L&D.

Laura said of her new role: “LGH and Rotrex are leaders in their respective fields, so I’m really excited to be joining such a dynamic and forward-thinking business. People are at the very heart of every firm’s success so my focus – alongside Linda’s – will be to develop the HR function to ensure the very best practices are rolled out and that our employees are central to that process.”

The second new appointment is Linda Hordijk, based in the Netherlands, who will support Laura as the new HR Coordinator. For the past seven years Linda worked for Japanese company Yamato Transport Europe BV as HR Manager for Europe. Her responsibilities included developing and implementing HR strategies, maintaining work structures, updating job profiles and descriptions, aligning working conditions, planning and monitoring appraisals.

Linda added: “This appointment is a fantastic step in my career and I’m looking forward to helping LGH and Rotrex build a prosperous future built on world class working conditions, benefits and real opportunities for career development for the team.”

Responsible for over 150 employees, both will be prioritising staff training and personal development as LGH and Rotrex continue to bounce back from the effects of the pandemic.

Andy Mault, Group CEO, commented: “I am delighted to welcome both Laura and Linda into the LGH and Rotrex Group. Their wealth of experience will be an asset to the success of our strategic goals. The new HR department is key to adding real value to our companies and will solidify our HR practices as we continue to grow across the UK and EU.”