HART BIOLOGICALS has welcomed three new faces to its team after an overwhelming 2015.

Nicole Slater and Andrea Graham have joined the manufacturing department as technicians whilst Alison O’Reilly has joined the Quality Assurance team as a QA Officer.

Nicole, 21, completed her degree in Bio Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Sunderland before joining the company in October last year.

She said: “It’s brilliant being able to take what I’ve learnt at university and apply it to my real life work. Because the labs at Sunderland University are so advanced and similar to the ones at Hart Biologicals, I’ve been able to settle into my new role quickly.

“I really enjoy working somewhere when there is a different focus each day. It definitely keeps me busy.”

Andrea, who is based in Hartlepool, was an employee of SSI for 23 years, working throughout its conversion from British Steel until the company went into liquidation in October 2015.

Andrea said: “I’ve been extremely lucky, after 23 years of working in one place its such a shift to move to a different company but I’ve felt so welcomed by the team here.

“The role I’m doing now is obviously a completely different specialism but I’m really enjoying learning all about it.”

Alison, who grew up in Lancashire, relocated to the North East with SSL International in 2001. Due to site closure in December 2013 and with just short of 25 years service under her belt, Alison was made redundant from her role of Validation Compliance Analyst/Principle Transfer Coordinator.

She said: “Since then I have held several positions within Quality environments, all in different sectors, until finally being lucky enough to be offered a permanent position with Hart Biologicals.”

 “Hart Biologicals was the perfect company for me to join and I’ve really enjoyed working with and getting to know the fantastic team here. Everyone has helped me settle in and made me feel really welcome.”

As Hart Biologicals looks forward to further sustained growth in 2016, Managing Director Alby Pattison is delighted with the new appointments.

“In 2009 the company had 11 members of staff and in 7 years that’s risen to over 40. With further growth expected, I’m confident we will have more roles to fill in the future.

“Our new staff have really excelled themselves and it’s been great to see them settle into the company.”