Appointment of Commercial Director at Growing Wakefield Business Support Company

20 October 2016

Business support company fds Director Services Limited, which is based in Wakefield with offices in London and Birmingham, has expanded its team yet further with the addition of Gillian Van Laarhoven as the company’s Commercial Director. 

The appointment of Gillian is the next stage of fds’s exciting journey as a growing business support company, adding her considerable industry knowledge, skill and expertise to its ambitious and innovative team.

Gillian, who joined the business in October, has over 20 years’ executive board experience across global businesses.  She has worked in SMEs, private businesses and PLCs with revenues ranging from £5M to £500M successfully identifying, developing and executing strategies, which capitalise on growth opportunities or drive performance improvement. 

Her strong financial and business acumen and diverse experiences in leading multimillion projects means Gillian is well placed to support fds with its ambitious growth and development plans.

The business support, NED and consultancy aspects of fds have grown considerably in recent months and, to maintain the superior level of service to the businesses it works with, Gillian will be working closely with fds CEO Jo Haigh and MD Poonam Kaur to increase the company’s capacity and capabilities. 

CEO Jo Haigh set up fds in 1989 and in the last few years the company has experienced a period of change and considerable growth. With the advent of new skills, and an increasing product and service line, the company will continue to offer specialist corporate finance advice but will also provide key business decision makers and owners with honest, creative and personal support throughout their business journeys.   

Jo Haigh said;

“I am thrilled that Gillian has joined the team here at fds, her experience alone presents such an incredible asset to the business and will allow us to expand the services we can offer to local and national businesses. We are so lucky to have someone of her expertise on the team and I just can’t wait to see what the future hold for us”.

fds has recently launched its new website which provides key business decision makers and owners with honest, creative and personal advice, resources and content that can support them throughout their business journeys.   

To keep up with the exciting developments happening at fds follow them on twitter @wearefds or follow the company page on LinkedIn