Grass Roots reorganises in wake of departures

Grass Roots chairman David Evans has announced a reorganisation of its event business, restructuring its Marlow office into two units headed up by Jon Shilling and Warren Hillier.

Grass Roots chairman David Evans
Grass Roots chairman David Evans

One unit will be focused on key market sectors, and will be overseen by Hillier, while the other unit will focus on specialist services and will be run by Shilling. Both report to founder and chairman David Evans, who said: "Having spent a great deal of time with the team at Grass Roots Marlow, the conclusions seemed clear.

"Very good people, but far too complex as a structure. The outcome is an organisation with the same operating strength of numbers in the plan, but with the best people focused on the right things."

The news follows a series of high-profile departures, as reported by C&IT, which included Amanda Stranack, Paul Nicholls, Karen Brock and Debbie Donaldson.

Evans added: "The refocus threw up lots of opportunities for many people. Staff were invited to pitch for new roles, focused on client work. Some were successful, some were unsuccessful. The raft of confusing roles has been replaced with a much more client-centred plan."

The Marlow office has also just completed a refurbishment, the result of a review by the group on its operations in the Thames side team. It cost around £500,000 and will include new technology and telephony.

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