Danielle Smith has joined EPIC Risk Management as Director of Operations, following a 13-year career in the British Army, specialising in legal matters.
The former Military Police officer served as a staff officer, conducting ‘a lot of HR-focused work’ in personnel and policy as well as investigative work – the consultancy expects the new hire to bring ‘military precision’ to its operational focus.
In her new role, taking over from fellow former services member Paul Wallis, Smith will work to enable and support EPIC’s general activities with an HR and admin focus, including coordination of ‘client-facing pillars’.
“I’ve come into EPIC at quite an interesting point,” she adds, between planning meetings for key projects including the implementation of a new staff intranet and looking at the company’s longer-term facilities needs.
“There are lots of really tasty projects ongoing and lots of opportunity and potential for the future, so it’s really exciting. I’m super happy to be here, get on board and get involved in the growth of the business.
“What attracted me to EPIC is the passion that everyone has. Passion runs through the company, no matter what level you’re at. Making that difference to people and delivering that impact is really what sold it to me.”
Smith’s recruitment to the organisation follows the appointment of Josiah Ojofeitimi as Business Development Consultant and Abby Barlow-Lloyd as Business Administration Apprentice.
The consultancy is seeking to ‘ensure impact on a global scale’ through international growth, conducting operations and making appearances at speaker events in Europe, North America and Australia.
The appointment of former Army officer Smith as a senior member of EPIC’s team also comes amid increased focus on the prevalence of gambling addiction among Armed Forces personnel – EPIC has included servicemen/women as a target group for its Interactions Masterclass training.
EPIC’s Senior Director, John Millington, remarked: “We are very pleased to welcome Danielle to EPIC at a time of real growth for the company, not just in the UK but in key global territories like the USA and Australia.
“Her experience and skillset are a perfect fit for the role, and her efficiency and positivity are fantastic traits for someone who will be an important go-to figure for so many pillars within the business.
“We look forward to seeing how her expertise in delivering key infrastructure projects helps to improve the processes and day-to-day organisation for the benefit of the whole company, as we continue the rapid global expansion of both our people and our projects.”