SBFM, one of the UK and Ireland’s leading and fastest growing soft FM service providers, has strengthened its senior leadership team with the appointments of David Mountain as Head of Human Resources (HR) and Gail Lees as Head of QSHE & Workplace.


As Head of Human Resources, Mountain will lead on the strategic development of SBFM’s human resources division and the company’s industry leading people strategy to position the business for its next phase of growth.


Mountain has over 15 years’ experience in HR and a history of working in the FM industry. He joins from facilities management and professional services company Mitie, where he was Senior People Business Partner and a member of its senior management team. 


An enthusiastic advocate of diversity and inclusion, Mountain spent 11 years leading talent development programmes in roles at Interserve Industrial Services, Adviser Plus Business Solutions and Barnardo’s.


He will lead on SBFM’s critical HR functions – including talent acquisition and retention, succession planning, change management and employee engagement, amongst others. 


In leading the company’s HR division, Mountain will help to build resilience and a future-fit workforce for changing market forces, while driving the business forward.


In a further investment in its executive team SBFM has also appointed Gail Lees as Head of QSHE and Workplace.


Lees will focus on delivering ever-improving QSHE performance across the business, including best practice in health and safety and environmental management, continual improvement of quality systems, and increasing staff engagement with QSHE policies and systems.


Prior to joining SBFM, Gail was QHSE Manager for Filtermist International Limited Group and Fera Science Ltd respectively, where she developed technical expertise in QSHE, strategic awareness of health and safety management systems, and improved safety performance across the businesses.


Matthew Chapman, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at SBFM, said: “We are pleased to welcome colleagues of such a high calibre, with demonstrable industry experience to our executive team. The appointments of David and Gail come at an important time for SBFM as we build upon a period of sustained growth and evolve to meet the needs of our expanding client portfolio.


“We are confident that under their leadership, the business will build on what we have already accomplished, grow and develop our industry leading services, and deliver on SBFM’s vision to reimagine what can be delivered and achieved within the industry for people, places, and society.”