Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 09.35.07CORNMILL Shopping Centre has welcomed a new recruit to the team responsible for running the busy Darlington centre, while a long standing member of staff has been promoted.

Thirty-one year old Ian Boyd, who was born and raised in the town and now lives in Newton Aycliffe, has been appointed as centre administrator in a role that involves undertaking a broad scope of administrative tasks relating to the centre’s operation, supporting the administration manager.  The role also involves manning the reception desk within the centre management offices and acting as the first point of contact for contractors and other visitors.

Ian is no stranger to the Cornmill having worked at the eurochange, the currency exchange centre, within the centre for seven years. He said: “It’s only early days but I’m loving the role so far.  Although I’ve worked in the centre for several years, I’m learning new things every day.  I’m enjoying the change and the variety of the role which keeps things interesting.”

Meanwhile, Kelly Hutchinson has been promoted from centre administrator to the role of admin manager where she will oversee all administration for the centre relating to personnel, finance, promotions and the Cornmill car park.  In addition, the 34 year old, who’s also from Darlington, will provide cover for the centre manager.

Kelly started life as part of the centre’s security team before moving into the admin role.  She celebrates 10 years of employment at the centre later this year.  Commenting on the promotion, she said: “Having been employed by Cornmill for the past decade, stepping into the role of admin manager was a natural progression.  I’m enjoying the extra responsibility that the role entails and gaining a deeper understanding of key areas.  The team here is fantastic and I’m delighted to be able to progress the next stage of my career here at the Cornmill.”

The Cornmill Shopping Centre employs 27 people responsible for running the centre including the management team, security and cleaning staff.

Susan Young, centre manager at the Cornmill, said: “Ian is a welcome addition to the team and has really taken to the role.  He has a background in retail so has a good understanding about the environment in which we’re operating, I’m sure he’ll be a real asset.  Kelly’s promotion is really well deserved; she’s shown true commitment to the centre over the past 10 years and is rising to the challenge of the admin manager role.”

Cornmill Shopping Centre is owned by Moorfield Group, the proactive asset, development, operational and financial manager of its investments to optimise their value.

The Cornmill Shopping Centre was acquired by the Moorfield Real Estate Fund in 2006 and is managed by Plus Shops Retail Ltd.  The scheme currently comprises 220,000 sq ft with over 40 retail units and is anchored by tenants that include Primark, Next, New Look, Top Shop, Dorothy Perkins, WHSmith and Clarks. For further information, visit: www.cornmillcentre.co.uk