Technical director adds fresh voice to the board

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Leading direct marketing and information company Communication Avenue, based in Newark, has strengthened its board with the addition of a Technical Director.

Ryan Thorley joined the company’s IT team in 2007 before developing his role to take the lead in IT, production and development. He quickly established the definitive roles of individual departments and fostered a culture of accountability and visibility through effective monitoring and reporting.

Phil Lightfoot, Communication Avenue’s CEO, said: “As Head of Data and ICT Ryan managed the day-to-day operational activities of the company and is responsible for the smooth running of internal data systems to ensure quality and productivity are maintained to the highest possible level.

“His contribution to Communication Avenue’s strategic plans and procedures, alongside his vigilance and promotion of industry standards and best practice caught the attention of the senior management team and led to this recent promotion as a member of the board.”

Ryan will join the board, CEO Phil Lightfoot, Financial Director Rachael Trott and Sales Director Mike Allen, in his new role as Technical Director.

Ryan said: “Working at Communication Avenue has always provided me with opportunities to develop my skills and increase my knowledge. The data industry moves at such a pace that we are constantly having to adapt and I enjoy overcoming the challenges we face.

“Being asked to join the board of directors is an honour and I hope that I can contribute positively to the company, whose ethics mirror my own, for many years to come.”

Phil added: “We are delighted to be able to invite Ryan to join on the board of directors. He has worked tirelessly within his role since joining Communication Avenue and I’m so proud to see him step up to this new challenge.

“Ryan is a great example of someone who joined the team relatively early in his career and who has flourished in this environment.

“We champion those wishing to develop within the data industry, especially those just starting out. Our in-house Academy Programme is an apprenticeship scheme for young people aged 16 to 24 who are looking for real experience in business.”