Global testing company Exova has appointed Andrew Pickup as corporate affairs director, a newly created senior role.

Reporting to Ian El-Mokadem, chief executive officer, Andrew will be responsible for strategy development, all internal and external communications activities and stakeholder engagement for the group.   

Most recently, Andrew was corporate affairs director of Compass Group’s UK and Ireland business, leading on all communications as well as corporate responsibility and public affairs. In his tenure with Compass he also held the roles of operations director, running a £50m portfolio, and business excellence director, both in the healthcare division. He spent his earlier career in the energy and telecoms sectors in a variety of roles covering regulatory and public affairs, ending as head of strategy for Onetel, Centrica’s telecoms business.

Ian El-Mokadem comments: “Andrew has excellent strategy development experience which will help to shape the future direction of the business as we continue our growth journey. Combined with the renewed focus he is already bringing to our group communications, we welcome the addition of someone of Andrew’s calibre to our senior team.”

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