Sara will make it count at IT specialist

EXPERIENCED: Sara Eckert, Leighton's new senior management accountant.
EXPERIENCED: Sara Eckert, Leighton's new senior management accountant.
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North East technology firm Leighton has stepped up its expansion plans after seeing turnover increase by almost half.

The Rainton Bridge-based firm has appointed Sara Eckert as its new Senior Management Accountant.

She previously held senior finance roles at St Oswald’s Hospice, and Madison Capital Funding, a division of New York Life Investment Management, in Chicago.

The appointment will support the company’s ambitious growth plans, which come on the back of an impressive 2014.

Having seen turnover grow by 45 per cent last year, bosses are bullish about prospects for 2015, with increasing international trade and attracting another leading brand, to join current clients British Airways and software giants Sage, seen as priorities.

The company has set a number of ambitious targets in order to achieve growth in excess of last year’s results.

CEO Lyle McCalmont said: “Sara brings a wealth of experience and talent to this role at just the right time.

“We are proud to have recorded some impressive growth figures in the last 12 months, and with the plans that we have in place for the short and medium term, the board and I are delighted to welcome someone of Sara’s calibre to the company.”

Working from the firm’s Houghton-le-Spring head office, with financial responsibility across the business, Eckert will offer considerable experience to the company’s senior team.

“I am delighted to be a part of such a dynamic and growing company, and I’m sure the position will be a great fit for both of us,” she said.

Leighton assists businesses with digital strategy, supporting project management and delivery.