Vodafone Platinum Partner OneCom has appointed solicitor Stephen Hunter, former director of the Hampshire Trust bank, as its non-executive chairman.
The company said Hunter’s brief will include reviewing OneCom’s corporate structures and business processes and making recommendations regarding corporate governance, strategy, policy and business diversification.
Hunter (pictured) has a long-standing association with the company’s chief executive, Darren Ridge, which began over 25 years ago as a client of Ridge’s former mobile retail business KJC. He is a qualified solicitor whose previous posts include managing partner at Brutton & Co solicitors and deputy MD of Hampshire Trust.
The Trust was launched in 1977 by Brutton to generate new sources of fee income related to property mortgage lending, subsequently diversifying into specialist lending to law firms across England and Wales.
Hunter said: ‘I’ll be looking at every aspect of the business to help build on its well-established reputation and strengths and make it even more effective. This will include looking at what we do and how we do it, asking why we do it and seeing if there’s a better way.
‘I’ll be offering support and advice as mentor to the chief executive and the members of the board, looking at strategy and policy in the big picture whilst challenging them to find ways to make the currently superb product offering and service even better.’
Darren Ridge said: ‘I’ve known Stephen for a long, long time and the team at OneCom are looking forward to benefiting from the wealth of experience that he will bring.”
‘Our company is rapidly expanding and as it grows it is vital that we do so in a controlled manner to ensure that we maintain our focus on unrivalled customer service supporting first class products.
‘Stephen’s extensive business experience combined with his corporate and financial awareness will be very useful on the board and his advice will be invaluable as OneCom continues to go from strength to strength.’ OneCom
OneCom was formed by the merger of Premier Telecom and Business Phones Direct in the summer; giving it more than 200,000 mobile phone connections and a combined staff of more than 300 in 10 locations around the UK and a turnover in excess of £40million.
OneCom is on an acquisition drive which has seen it make several acquisitions this year including the purchase of Brighton-based Black Sheep Communications, IT services provider Simplicity4, and Norfolk telecoms firm OneStream.