Leeds-based digital transformation consultancy, Axiologik, has made three new appointments.

The business was founded by Rob Stanger, Ben Davison and Adrian Stanbury in 2016 and has grown by 100 per cent in each of its first five years.

The fast-growing technology firm has appointed Maya Mort as enterprise architect; Arifa Chakera as engagement and programme director; and Kate Appleby as delivery lead.

Prior to joining Axiologik, Mort was part of the Enterprise Architecture Practice at Yorkshire Building Society (YBS) for over 10 years.

Chakera has a proven track record in successfully delivering comprehensive programmes across the industry including utilities, retail, logistics, mining and the NHS.

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Appleby previously held positions in public health delivery, spending the last two-and-a-half years in senior management roles in DHSC, PHE and UKHSA.

Ben Davisson, co-founder of Axiologik said: “It’s a really exciting time for the business as we

continue to grow exponentially both client side and internally with staff members.”

Axiologik is currently recruiting for a further 14 roles across the company.

  • Investor Mercia has expanded its equity finance team in Yorkshire, Humber and the Tees Valley with four new appointments.

Alla Kokosha, Charlotte Scott, Natalie Norman and Tom Hammond are the latest to join the team, which provides businesses with equity investment from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF).

Mercia Kokosha, who is from Ukraine, joins as an analyst in the Leeds office.

Scott joins as investment associate with a specific focus on the Humber ecosystem. Previously she was a founding member of The New Monday, a network for people in creative industries.

Norman will be based in Leeds and has been appointed as a portfolio support manager

Finally Hammond joins the team as a fund administrator, having gained four years’ experience in financial management, most recently with St James’s Place in Leeds.


Will Clark, MD of Mercia’s regional venture funds,  said: “Our Yorkshire & Humber and Tees Valley equity team has invested almost £80m of NPIF funding since its inception five years ago and has helped to nurture a new generation of home-grown technology businesses. These new additions to the team will help us reach out to even more businesses as we continue to invest throughout this year and the next.”