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New Chief for Acas East Midlands

Monday 21 January 2013

Workplace experts Acas have appointed a new Regional Director for the East Midlands.

Kate Nowicki has been appointed East Midlands' Director helping businesses with practical workplace advice, preventing disputes and settling strikes across Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.

Kate was previously a Senior Adviser working with local businesses to improve their employment relations and train managers and employees on topics from absence, to managing change, redundancy and discipline and grievance.

Kate's appointment comes at a critical time for the employment relations service following the Government's announcement that from April 2014 all potential employment tribunal claims will go to Acas' new early conciliation service.

The service is being introduced following the success of a similar free service that Acas launched in 2009 called pre claim conciliation. Demand for the service continues to grow in the region. In the last six months, the Nottingham office has received over 900 requests from local employers and employees and successfully resolves over 50 per cent of cases. This has resulted in hundreds of people avoiding a costly and stressful tribunal claim.

Kate says:

"It may seem like a cliché to say that a business's greatest asset is its workforce. However the reality is that many businesses still do not harness the huge power within their workforce as well as they could. Our experience tells us that employers who engage effectively with employees can help ensure their staff are happier, more motivated and play their part in helping the organisation grow. Everybody in a company should understand why what they do is important - and what happens to the company if they don't do it.

"Acas has a key role to play in helping businesses in the East Midlands through difficult economic times when things go wrong as well. Our new early conciliation service will mean that disputes will be referred to Acas before a tribunal claim is made. The work we do helps reduce the cost, stress and time involved in disputes at work."

Kate's expertise comes from 20 years with Acas, working with employers and trade unions across the across the region. She is a working mother of three children, hailing from the East Midlands, and pleased to support the local business community.

Ms Nowicki succeeds Noel Lambert, who held the post for more than five years. He has moved on to become an Acas director in London, preparing the organisation for the introduction of early conciliation next year.