Katie Allen, 26, has been appointed group operations director of Lytham, Lancashire-based Danbro – two years after joining the accountants as a temp to ‘fill in time’ ahead of a planned move to India.
The former Carr Hill High School pupil is now helping to oversee major systems development and the integration of a recent acquisition based in London which has brought Danbro’s turnover to £225m and staff numbers to 200.
Helen Broughton, co-founder of Danbro and director of people and standards, said: “Katie first joined us in January 2013. Her rise to group operations director has been nothing short of meteoric and no less than she deserves.
“Danbro is one of the fastest growing companies in the North West. We need dynamic individuals of the calibre of Katie who are not only prepared to grow with us – but help lead the way.”
The new group operations director will help spearhead managing director Damian Broughton’s ‘2020 Vision’ to more than double staff, clients and turnover over the next five years.
Katie gained a first class honours degree in International Business at Manchester Met and joined British construction group and global infrastructure giant Balfour Beatty’s graduate scheme.
As Ops manager she managed the mobilisation of the ArcelorMittal Orbit, the impressive spiralling sculpture and observation tower at the heart of the Olympic Park for London 2012 Games. She also oversaw integration of a 30-office acquisition into Balfour Beatty Plant and Fleet.
Katie recalls: “I left my job to go travelling at the back end of 2012. I was supposed to be moving to India in March with my partner James but his job fell through there.
“I was gutted – I’d set my heart on doing charity work there for a couple of years.”
Having temped as PA to Helen and managing director Damian Broughton for a couple of weeks, Katie applied for a permanent role as the improvement and change coordinator, later becoming manager, then head of group operations.
Katie oversaw the firm’s move from Whitehills Business Park, to the 66,000sq ft Jubilee House, on Lytham Green, and took over management of the IT and marketing teams.