A.F. Blakemore appoints new H.R. Director

West Midlands based retail, wholesale and distribution company A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd has appointed Ian Diment to the role of Human Resources Director.

Ian held the position of Human Resources Manager for Capper & Co at the time of the Welsh-based company’s acquisition and merger with A.F. Blakemore, last March, and has played an important role in relation to the on-going integration of the two businesses.

The new director is a graduate of Oxford Brookes University and has previous HR experience at Arjo Wiggins and Centrica.

Ian was appointed Assistant HR Manager at Capper & Co in 2004 before being appointed HR Manager in 2010. He has sat on the National SPAR HR Group since 2008 and has been heavily involved in the integration of the Capper and Blakemore businesses over the past 18-months.

Ian explained that his new appointment provided a great opportunity across the enlarged group and he was excited by taking up the challenge.

He said: “I see this as very much a strategic role with the aim of supporting the HR function deliver a world class service across the business.

“Over the past year there has been a great deal of focus upon integration and the alignment of departments, terms & conditions and people policies across the business.

“Once these foundations are in place we will launch a new Shared Service function and deliver a HR plan built around the concepts of employee engagement, people development and corporate responsibility.
“It is great to be part of A.F. Blakemore.  It is already clear that this is an organisation with an entrepreneurial spirit and like Capper & Co, one which is underpinned by strong values.”

Group Managing Director, Peter Blakemore added: “I am pleased to announce the appointment of Ian Diment as Human Resources Director of the company.

“Ian has been a Human Resources Manager of Capper & Co Ltd since 2004, and has been closely involved in many aspects of the integration of our businesses over the last year.

“I congratulate Ian on his promotion and wish him success in his new role with A.F. Blakemore.”

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