Ceridian UK, one of the UK's leading HR outsourcing and payroll service providers, has made four senior new appointments, two of which are in international services. Sonia Dempster takes on the new position of consultancy director while Katie Gillard has been appointed to the newly-created position of senior knowledge manager. As Ceridian expands its international capability, Andrew Brown moves to the position of global delivery director and Nicholas Bland joins Ceridian International Services as partnership director.
We are delighted to announce, in addition to the recent senior leadership team appointments, these significant appointments within our senior management team - three promotions from within and one outside appointment.
All four appointments will significantly support our drive for growth, in domestic UK and Ireland markets and internationally. It's great to see the majority coming through the internal promotion route, demonstrating the strength in depth of our capability and teams.Doug Sawers, managing director, Ceridian UK
Sonia Dempster has been promoted from head of corporate programmes, where she led a key transformational change programme, to consultancy director. Sonia will oversee all of Ceridian's key client implementation work in SME, mid and large markets.
Before joining Ceridian UK in 2010, Sonia was head of resourcing and global assignment management at Siemens IT Solutions and Services. Other positions she has held include account/relationship manager at BBC Technology and principal consultant at Atos KPMG Consulting.
Sonia Dempster holds a BA (Hons) Business Studies degree, and now reports to Mark Merrick, chief operations officer.
Katie Gillard has been promoted from solution architect to the newly created position of senior knowledge manager. She will be responsible for centrally co-ordinating the decades of global know-how within Ceridian into an HR transactional knowledge database so that all areas of the organisation can be better placed to deliver even greater value to customers.
Prior to joining Ceridian in 2010, she was a strategic programme manager at the Limo Foundation, whose members included Motorola, NEC, Panasonic, Samsung and Vodafone, and before that was HR business assistant with Cisco Systems. Other positions she has held include HR project manager at Centrica PLC.
Katie holds a Bachelor of Education in English Literature and Language, and now reports to Nick Laird, chief commercial officer.
Andrew Brown has been promoted to global delivery director, having spent the majority of his 13-year Ceridian career in senior positions in its consultancy team.
His leadership in consultancy was marked by very strong colleague engagement scores and much improved utilisation and customer satisfaction scores.
Andrew has an HNC in Business Studies, and now reports to David O’Connor, senior vice president, Ceridian International Services.
Nicholas Bland has joined Ceridian as partnership director from Patersons Global HR and Payroll Solutions where he was vice president of global solutions for four years. In his new role within the International Services business unit, Nicholas will be responsible for helping Ceridian extend its global proposition and increase its position within the global payroll industry.
Before Patersons, he held programme director positions with the RR Donnelly Group and smartFOCUS Group plc and project manager positions with Polk European Holdings and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC).
Nicholas holds a diploma in management studies from Leeds Business School, and reports to David O’Connor