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Akcess CIC appoint new Operations Director
 Akcess CIC appoint new Operations Director

Not for profit mobility specialists Akcess CIC have appointed Nicky Hamlen as their new operations director, to oversee the day to day running of the business and to concentrate on growth strategies.

The organisation, which provides transport to schools and within the community for people with disabilities, wheelchair users and people with restricted mobility, relies heavily on the management of its logistics to oversee the rotas of some 180 drivers.

Nicky has a long history with Akcess, having initially worked for the organisation as a driver, before moving into the taxi and delivery business as a driver and then an operator. Nicky brought with her the organisational and industry skills she learned in these related sectors of the transport industry when she moved back to Akcess 18 months ago as an operations manager. She brought a huge amount of experience to the company in managing the logistics of a large number of drivers, as well as five office staff, and also working with various sub-contractors, making her a logical choice for the post.

About her new role, she said: "Akcess are a fantastic company who do so much good for some of the most vulnerable people in society, helping those with limited mobility and the elderly go about their day to day lives as independently as possible.

"Akcess gave me my start in the industry as a driver, and it always felt right that I should be able to go back to the company and give something back to them and the community with all I've learned since. I'm extremely excited to take on a new challenge, and I can't wait to help us expand our services to help even more people."

Mark Kennedy, managing director of Akcess CIC, said: "Nicky has made a big impact on the business ever since she re-joined the team at head office, and her organisational skills will be a tremendous asset to the company going forward. In this role, Nicky will be able to help us drive the business forward by streamlining our current operations, and helping us to integrate new ones as seamlessly as possible."

With more than 100 vehicles and nearly 200 drivers and staff, Akcess CIC is a major provider of mobility services to schools in the Swindon, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire councils and in the local area, where they also provide day centre access for the elderly. More than two-thirds of their fleet is wheelchair accessible, more than any transport company in Wiltshire.
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