Rowlinson appoints two directors in job share role

Leanne Gainford and Nicola Ryan will share the newly created role of director of people services

Nicola Ryan and Leanne Gainford have taken up the newly created role of joint director of people services at Rowlinson Knitwear.

Ms Ryan is Rowlinson’s former head of people services and Ms Gainford is the former people development manager. The job share role is Rowlinson’s first, as well as the first appointment to the company’s new senior management board which will lead Rowlinson to achieve its next growth goal.

Joining Rowlinson in 2008 and 2013, Ms Ryan has 15 years’ experience in recruitment/HR, and Ms Gainford over 20 years’ experience in sales, personal development and coaching. In 2017, Ryan was Stockport Business Awards’ Business Person of the Year and shortlisted as IIP People’s Manager of the Year. Ms Ryan will work Monday to Thursday and Ms Gainford from Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, reporting directly to Rowlinson’s managing director.

Submitting a joint application for the role, the duo presenting a compelling business case for combining their complementary skills as an outstanding total candidate responsible for delivering an enhanced service to Rowlinson’s employees, while enabling both women to successfully achieve a fulfilling work-life balance.

The pair said: “We’re thrilled to take on this exciting role at such an important time for Rowlinson. It’s critical that we make all our decisions through the lens of our people, and our joint appointment enables us to continue to develop our high performing culture. We’re very proud to be part of a successful business that supports women to progress into board level appointments.”

Donald Moore, managing director at Rowlinson, added: “We have a longstanding commitment to put our employees first and believe that flexible working is a commercially sound strategy for recruitment and retention. This crucial job-share role fosters our values-led culture through the exemplary role models Nicola and Leanne are. We’re proud to stand alongside forward-thinking organisations, including The Guardian, Age UK and the BBC, as a beacon for flexible working practices and promoting women into senior leadership roles.”

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