A summary of December's key appointments, hires and promotions from across the Midlands.
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Foundation Home Loans appoints new regional account manager
Foundation Home Loans has added to its senior sales team with the appointment of Keith Jones as regional account manager for the Midlands. Jones has over 20 years’ experience in the mortgage and financial services industry, working for Lloyds Banking Group, The Northview Group & Together.
At Foundation Home Loans, Jones will be responsible for managing the team covering the Midlands, developing existing relationships and attracting new business leads as per the overall company strategy.
Appointment Of Birmingham Airport chief executive
Birmingham Airport has announced the appointment of Nick Barton as chief executive. Nick was most recently, from 2014 until December 2018, chief executive of London Luton Airport. Nick is joining Birmingham Airport at an exciting time in its history following the recent announcement of its ambitious draft Master Plan covering the next 15 years.
Service with a smile as Fracino further bolsters customer support
Espresso machine manufacturer Fracino is demonstrating its commitment to front-line customer service with the appointment of service administrator Callum Halpin. The company’s dedication to developing its employees to deliver a top class service is also reflected in the recent sales team expansion where two new roles have been created to meet growing demand.
British Business Bank appoints UK network senior manager for the east and south-east Midlands
The British Business Bank has appointed Lewis Stringer to a new position as senior manager, UK network for the east and south-east midlands. Lewis will engage closely with business finance stakeholders in the region. He will be supporting Geoff Whiteland, the recently appointed UK network director, north of England and the midlands.
Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce appoints new president.
The new president of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce will use his time in the post to try to solve one of the biggest issues facing the local economy. David Penn, of Bromwich Hardy, has been handed the presidential chain by his predecessor John Nollett and follows in the footsteps of his grandfather, Sydney Penn, who was president of the junior chamber in Coventry in the 1930s.
New appointment to drive Derbyshire manufacturer’s world-class commitment
Mark Morgans has been appointed as IT and ERP (enterprise resource planning) manager at Derbyshire-based Blachford UK, a leading manufacturer of acoustic components for industrial and agricultural vehicles. The latest appointment at the Chesterfield-based firm, takes Blachford UK’s commitment to becoming a world-class manufacturer a further step forward.
West Midlands Combined Authority welcomes Allan Cook as new chair of HS2 Ltd
The Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority and the Chair of the region’s HS2 Growth Delivery Board have welcomed the appointment of Allan Cook CBE as chair of HS2 Ltd. The arrival of chartered engineer Allan Cook, as the new chair, comes as the high-speed rail project enters a transformative phase in the West Midlands, with construction set to start in earnest across the region in 2019.
New Chair appointed to the board of the City Centre Partnership
The City Centre Partnership in Stoke-on-Trent has welcomed a new chair to their board. Lyn Rowe, commercial director at Strategi Solutions Group has been voted in, following on from the departure of Jonathan Bellamy who will now take up his new role as chair of the Business Improvement District. The longest standing member of the City Centre Partnership having served for over 20 years, Lyn has previously held the position of Secretary, as well as providing the lead for the Communications and Media strategy.
Senior appointment announced at Enterprise Loans
Responsible finance provider Enterprise Loans has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of Adrian Twelvetrees as its new senior investment manager.
Adrian brings more than 30 years’ experience in the finance industry after working for a major high street bank, starting off as an office junior and working his way up to senior bank manager. He will work closely with the senior team and be in charge of managing the loan fund.
Parveen Rai appointed to CWLEP’s board
An experienced businesswoman in strategic planning and the property and development sector has joined the board of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP).
Parveen Rai is chief executive officer at Leamington-based Pav Rai Limited and Rai Properties Limited which have grown rapidly over the last three years and she has now become a board director at the CWLEP.
EY’s focus on developing its people in the Midlands results in four further senior appointments
Hannah Griffin has been promoted to Director in the Forensic & Integrity Services team. Griffin is specialised in litigation support services and has extensive experience acting for both claimants and defendants through litigation, arbitration and mitigation processes.
Kyri Papathomas has been promoted to a Director in EY’s restructuring team. Papathomas advises underperforming and distressed businesses and their stakeholders to protect and preserve value, with a particular focus on supporting mid-market companies through refinancing, restructuring and insolvency processes.
Ben Collins has been promoted to a Director in the Transaction Advisory Services team. Collins specialises in utilising data analytics to support mid-market clients undergoing a sale, refinancing or acquisition process. Most recently, Collins has advised on the sale of ITG, GCI and Freshcut.
James Golder has been promoted to a Director in the firm’s assurance business. Golder specialises in working with hospitality, retail and private equity-backed companies, supporting clients deliver transparent reporting to investors and other stakeholders as well as giving robust perspectives to audit committees.
Alex Smith announced as managing director of Volkswagen Group UK Ltd
Alex Smith is to return to Volkswagen Group UK Ltd as managing director in the New Year, replacing Paul Willis who is leaving the company.
Former Willmott Dixon director joins mac-group UK construction division
Martin Adie joins mac-group from Willmott Dixon, where he was director of quality improvement, with the remit to lead construction site and delivery teams, support their development and encourage innovation. He has a background in major contracting, with experience of large, technically challenging projects.
UKLPG appoints George Webb as interim chief executive
The trade association for the LPG industry has announced the appointment of its new interim Chief Executive, following the departure of Peter Westwood, George Webb will take up the role for an initial period of six months. Webb brings much experience to the role having worked at Countrywide LPG for 18 years; he also has close ties to the association, having held the positions of UKLPG Chair and Vice Chair for a total of five years until October 2018.
Trio of architects qualify at rg+p
Three newly qualified architects are celebrating at multi-disciplinary design practice, rg+p. Yasmin Butler, Sarah Grocock and Rebecca Sharpe have all passed their Architectural Practice Postgraduate Diploma (Part 3) qualification after completing their academic studies at De Montfort University, Leicester.
Lilium appoints first head of communications
Lilium, the disruptive aviation startup developing a revolutionary on-demand air mobility service, has announced the appointment of Oliver Walker-Jones as head of communications. Oliver will focus on Lilium’s growth on a global scale. He will be responsible for the communication of all elements of the business, in the innovative and exciting category of mobility which is powered by Lilium.
Seven new starters for growing Newark architecture & engineering consultancy
BE Design, the multi-disciplinary architecture and engineering practice, is rounding off the year with a series of new appointments, announcing seven additional members to its team.
Adam Hancocks, brings 12 years’ experience to his new role as principal engineer. Joining Adam will be: Tim Wallis, senior engineering BIM technician; Sam Johnson, engineering BIM technician; Sophie Hayes and Will Turner, junior BIM technicians and Su Ford, administration assistant. Katie Barnes also joins the team as an architectural placement student from Newcastle University.
Wildgoose Construction adds two new faces to board
Andrew Tilford has been appointed as commercial director and has taken charge of the company’s business development, estimating, buying and commercial teams.
Mr Tilford has worked for Interserve and Morgan Sindall and joined Wildgoose from Skanska UK, where he was the commercial director of the firm’s £300m Infrastructure Services business unit, delivering high profile Highway Maintenance and infrastructure development contracts across the south of the UK.
Investment in skills pays off at FSP
A former apprentice has taken up the role of production manager at a Midlands manufacturer after graduating with a manufacturing degree. Chris James obtained his Bachelor of Engineering Degree with Honours in Manufacturing Engineering after studying part-time at the University of Wolverhampton whilst working at access and drainage manufacturer Fabweld Steel Products (FSP) in Telford.
Multi-Fan Systems sets out ambitious expansion plan with new appointment
A Shropshire specialist in customised air movement, filtration and extraction systems has made a high-profile appointment to help it meet ambitious plans to increase its current £6m turnover by 40% over the next three years. Multi-Fan Systems, which is part of Filtermist International Ltd, has appointed Carolyn Lee as systems engineer manager to support a concerted move into offering turnkey solutions for customers in the automotive, aerospace, food processing, paper and woodworking sectors.
Family solicitor strengthens Sutton Coldfield law firm
Following the successful launch of its first branch office in Sutton Coldfield, law firm Enoch Evans LLP has appointed a matrimonial and family solicitor to further strengthen its offering. Monica Ghai brings over eight years of legal experience to the Sutton Coldfield market after working for a well-established high street firm in Doncaster as well as managing the Birmingham office of a London based law firm.
New associate for planning team
Planning expert and associate Laura Greenman has joined Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ planning and highways team, bringing experience with both local authorities and commercial clients. Her expertise includes working with public bodies, landowners, statutory authorities and charities on planning proposals and appeals of all kinds.
Caulmert bolsters its environment and waste team with new hire
A civil and environmental engineer, who once rode through Thailand on a motorbike to measure air pollution, has been appointed by leading engineering, environmental and planning consultancy, Caulmert. Dr Chris Crosby has joined the firm’s environment and waste team at its Nottingham base as a principal project engineer.
Cowens strengthens its financial planning team with two new appointments
Financial services company, Cowens Financial Architects, part of Cowens Group, has further strengthened its growing team with two new appointments in a month. David Carroll and Josh Coelho join the Mansfield-based firm at a crucial time, as the newly rebranded company looks to expand its network of private and commercial clients across the Midlands and beyond.
Industrial team grows as LSH invests in talent
National commercial property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) has invested in the growing warehouse and distribution market in the West Midlands by expanding its industrial team. Douglas Harvey and Daniel Rudd have joined the Birmingham industrial team as graduate surveyors as LSH continues to support new talent. They will work alongside director of industrial agency, Matthew Tilt.
Liquid appoints new board director
Communications consultancy Liquid has appointed leading Birmingham chef David Colcombe to the board following three successful years as chef director at the agency. An honorary fellow and visiting professor at University College Birmingham, David is a member of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA) and the British Culinary Federation.
Wilson Vale promotes from within
Wilson Vale has promoted Renier Oberholzer to general manager of operations to support its growing catering business. Renier first joined the independent caterers in 2015 as a chef manager and was promoted to account operations manager at the Royal College of Nursing in April 2017. This latest promotion is an operational role which sees Renier work alongside three other Wilson Vale general managers to lead their operational teams across 95 diverse catering sites.
Former JLR executive to help drive innovation in the West Midlands
A former executive director with Jaguar Land Rover has been appointed chair of the West Midlands Innovation Board. Mike Wright will bring his vast expertise in global industry and engineering to bear as he helps drive innovation and technological development across the West Midlands.
Team player Caroline promoted to Head of Audit
Caroline Walpole, from Leicester, has worked at the Regent Road head office of the company since 2012, after graduating from Sheffield University with a degree in Chemical Engineering.
She studied to be a chartered accountant while working at the firm and qualified after three years in 2015. Her promotion means she will be managing a team of five of her colleagues, overseeing and reviewing audit jobs for the company’s many clients.
Clarke Willmott continues to expand Birmingham family team
Leading national law firm Clarke Willmott LLP has appointed Hannah Bridgwood as a new associate to its Birmingham Family Team.
Hannah will complement the team’s established practice offering advice on complex financial remedy cases and private law children matters.
Her appointment marks further growth and expansion of the Family Team, which has doubled in size since 2014.
Story Comms turns the page with national rebrand and growth plans
Birmingham-based public relations agency, Story Comms has inveiled its new brand identity as it celebrates a record twelve-month period and makes plans for growth.
To support its growth ambitions, Story has appointed a new director, Gill Holtom, who arrives at the firm after holding a number of leadership roles across Midlands agencies. Vicky Malone has also joined from WAA Chosen, bolstering the senior leadership in her new role as junior account director.
New tax expertise for HCR clients
Tax barrister Sarah Woodall has joined Harrison Clark Rickerbys to offer clients the benefit of many years of experience and expertise from her career at the top of the Senior Civil Service in HMRC, combined with her mediation and advocacy skills.
Stoford strengthens senior team with director appointment
Stoford Developments has appointed a new planning director as it looks to strengthen its senior management team.
Jo Russell joins the award-winning Birmingham-based property developer from planning and development consultancy Turley, where she was director, working with key clients to deliver sites from early promotion to planning permission.
GBW appoints new fabulous four
Award-winning full service marketing agency, Gough Bailey Wright (GBW) is finishing the year with a dose of girl power, with the addition of four new team members at the West Midlands based office.
The thriving team of creative marketing, digital and PR specialists has been boosted with the arrival of Louise Morais, Margot Kimask, Cheryl Watson and Daniela Ferrante who will work on key accounts across the property, leisure & tourism and charitable sectors.
BDO promotes 14 people and welcomes five new faces to its Nottingham office
Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP has promoted 14 people across its East Midlands business. The promotions span the firm’s tax, audit and advisory practices in the region.
This news follows the appointment of five new trainees who recently joined the Nottingham office. The latest cohort of trainees, which includes both graduates and apprentices, will embark on a programme that gives opportunity to earn a level 7 qualification – the equivalent to a masters’ degree.
LSH grows Midlands planning team
Commercial property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) has today announced three new appointments in Birmingham as part of a strategy to strengthen its national planning and development consultancy offer.
Nick Harrison has moved to LSH to head up the planning team in Birmingham. Also joining the business is associate director Ben Rayner and senior planner Louise Hinsley.
New finance director joins bdht
Bromsgrove District Housing Trust (bdht) has appointed Abi Holland as director of finance, following the promotion of the company’s former director of finance, Mark Robertson, to chief executive earlier this year.
Abi was previously financial controller at one of the largest employers in Worcestershire, Kanes Foods in Evesham, which produces washed and ready-to-eat bags and bowls of salad, fresh vegetables, noodles and sauces, fresh salad dressings and ready-to-cook prepared vegetables.
Stoke-based Blink Creative to expand senior team in Chinese office
Following a period of sustained growth, international creative agency, Blink Creative, is expanding the leadership team in its Chinese office.
Blink Creative’s UK-based management team is currently in Hangzhou recruiting for senior positions, including the agency’s first Chinese sales director.
National property company announces new managing partner
A national property company has announced the appointment of a new managing partner.
Fisher German has announced that current Chief Operating Officer (COO) Andrew Bridge, who holds more than 23 years of experience within the firm, has been appointed to the role.
The decision came following a unanimous vote by partners after Andrew Jackson confirmed he will step down in March 2019 after 19 years in the role.
New sales executive joins Queensbury Park
Lovell Homes has recently added to its professional sales team with the appointment of sales executive Ryan Harris, who is based at the company’s Queensbury Park development in Priorslee, Telford.
After a friend of Ryan’s recommended Lovell as a good employer, Ryan applied for the position at Queensbury Park and was accepted. With 10 years in the housing industry, Ryan has a wealth of experience in sales and plenty of property knowledge, helping potential purchasers through the buying and moving process.
Neil brings years of tax knowledge to growing team of consultants at Newby Castleman
Neil Kinnerley, from Wigston, has 24 years of accountancy experience as a result of working across the UK for several different firms, and has spent the last 15 years living and working in the Leicester area. He will be based in the firm’s Leicester office on Regent Road.
Neil, 43, is being brought in as Newby Castleman’s Personal Tax team expands, as a result of the success of businesses in the area and to prepare for changes to the tax system.
New recruits and roles for growing Midlands architectural practice
A Midlands architectural practice has undergone a significant restructure to support its long-term strategy for growth.
Base Architecture & Design, which has offices in Shrewsbury and Chester, has promoted Shrewsbury based associate Ben Embrey to the new position of practice associate with a brief to oversee projects being carried out at each office.
Chelsea Wilkes has been hired as Base’s practice co-ordinator and will be responsible for administrative support for both teams, reporting to senior associate Bryn Jones, and will be based in Shrewsbury.
Adam Turnell has moved from architect to junior associate and will manage a team of four within the Shrewsbury office while Dan James has joined the Chester team as a technologist.
Lloyds Bank strengthens senior Midlands team
Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking has strengthened its senior team in the Midlands with the appointment of Amanda Dorel to SME regional director.
Based at Lloyds Bank’s flagship office on Colmore Row in Birmingham, Amanda brings more than three decades of banking and commercial finance expertise to her new role. She began her career at the bank in 1987 and previously held the positions of head of real estate nationally and senior regional manager in Bristol.
Shakespeare Martineau’s new CEO revealed
Shakespeare Martineau has appointed Sarah Walker-Smith, currently COO at Browne Jacobson, as CEO.
Following an exhaustive process which attracted a large field of high calibre candidates from across the legal sector and beyond, Sarah’s commerciality and ambition as well as her personal style and vision for the firm shone through.
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