Movers & Shakers April 2016

Movers & Shakers April 2016

A round-up of the month's appointments, hires and promotions...

 

North East

Scotland

West Midlands

Yorkshire

North West

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North East

Robyn Peat, managing partner at land, property and business consultancy George F. White, has been appointed to the North East Council of CBI, one of the UK’s leading independent lobbying organisations that provides a voice for employers at a national and international level.

Robyn has been appointed to help the organisation represent the thoughts and views of those working in the agricultural and farming industry across the North East. 

A big part of his role is to provide a voice for the region’s rural community - ensuring their concerns, opinions and ideas are promoted and shared. 

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Durham-based law firm EMG Solicitors has appointed two new members of their team. They have been joined by 39-year-old Samantha Edwards as an Associate Solicitor and Ursula Collie as Consultant Solicitor for general litigation and disputes. 

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Dominic Johnstone has been appointed as Head of Information Management Services for Crown Records Management to drive the business forward in the digital era.

Dominic, an expert in information management strategy with more than 17 years of experience, arrives from Repstor Ltd where he was Sales Manager EMEA.

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Tyne and Wear Metro’s new Customer Service Director has vowed to use his drive and passion to improve customer experiences.

Paul Walker joins the team at Metro following almost 13 years in customer-focused roles at RWE npower.

As a North East native, Paul was keen to progress his career within an organisation that was representative of the region.

The 33-year-old’s extensive experience includes a number of operational, strategic and management roles in the energy sector which saw him lead a team of more than 300 people, including around 100 frontline engineers.

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Ringtons’ food services arm Ringtons Beverages has boosted its sales team thanks to the appointment of Craig Lazenby as Business Development Manager. 

 Craig has been brought on board to reach new clients and support existing business across hospitality, leisure, retail, public sector and business markets within the north east and north Yorkshire. 

Craig joins the 108 year old family business from Belgian coffee company Pelican Rouge.

Commercial vehicle hire company Northgate Vehicle Hire has appointed a new UK managing director.

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Eddie Aston has joined the business after previously holding several executive positions with multinational companies, and has a providing leadership to multi-billion pound turnover businesses and has worked across automotive, industrial, energy, retail and healthcare sectors.

Mr Aston’s appointment is part of a strategic focus to extend the Northgate offering into new markets through the adoption of new technologies and new services, and by building on the significant investment in fleet, branch and workshop infrastructure over the past 2 years.

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Health care cashplan provider Sovereign Health Care has appointed Martin Powis as head of business services and operations to help deliver a consistent and standardised approach to the IT services across the organisation.

In his new role, Martin will utilise the extensive experience he has built up in IT services to make improvements to the company’s IT infrastructure, delivering a step change in the way the business delivers customer service.

Martin will also take on responsibility for operations including company premises, plant and machinery, company vehicles and insurances, as well as business continuity and disaster recovery plans. 

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Langleys Solicitors has appointed Andrew Fearn as its first ever chairman.

The York and Lincoln-based firm has also strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of experienced family lawyer Mark Day as head of private law - a role previously held by Andrew Fearn.

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An Italian chef, who has climbed the ranks at one of hospitality’s biggest brands, is now bringing a taste of the Americas to the North East.

Luca Tomassetti, originally from Rome, has been appointed Head Chef at the new Karbon Grill Kitchen and Bar, Sunderland, which is expected to open as part of the Hilton Garden Inn Sunderland later this month.

As head chef Luca will manage the day to day running of the kitchen, catering for restaurant visitors, those attending events at the hotel and overnight guests via the restaurant or room service. 

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John Connell is the newest development and innovation chef to be employed by SK Chilled Foods.

Based at the company’s head office in Wynyard, near Billingham, Teesside, the 46-year-old has joined an existing team of four chefs who create the dishes which are enjoyed by millions of people who shop at some of the UK’s biggest supermarkets.

The New Zealander, who now lives in Newcastle, has worked in some of the world’s best restaurants during his career, including Harvey’s the double Michelin starred restaurant once run in Wandsworth, London, by Marco Pierre White.

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Jesmond Cairn hotel has added a new member to lead guest relations in the form of 30-year-old Islam Ragab who will take on the role as front of house manager.

He will be responsible for looking after guests visiting the venue as well as its neighbouring sister site, Carlton Hotel. 

Islam will also work alongside the hospitality teams at Cairn Hotel’s on-site dining destinations – gastro cocktail bar 97 & Social and Asian-fusion restaurant Sohe – as well as colleagues in sales and marketing. 

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Newcastle based electro mechanical engineering specialist Houghton International has promoted Chris Robson to Sales and Marketing Director.

Chris joins the board of directors following 10 years at the company in various roles.

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North East civil engineering firm The Owen Pugh Group has bolstered its finance team with the appointment of a new Finance Director and a new Finance Manager.

Richard Lowery, who boasts a 28 year career in finance, steps into the director role having undertaken an interim position for the North Tyneside headquartered firm for the past five months. 

Richard joins Geoff Brown, who recently joined the company as the Finance Manager for Owen Pugh Services, and Michelle Pope who assumed the role of Finance Manager for the Contracting Businesses a year ago.  

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Kavli UK, the company which owns Primula Cheese, pate maker Castle MacLellan Foods and St Helen’s Farm goat milk products, has expanded its central marketing team at its UK headquarters in Gateshead.

Mark Platten has joined the Kavli UK team as Assistant Consumer Marketing Manager with a specific remit to follow customer behaviours and trends to influence future product innovation and subsequent marketing strategy. 

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NORTH EAST accountancy practice Tait Walker has announced seven new appointments across several teams in its Gosforth office.

The Corporate Finance team has welcomed Graham Dotchin, who joins as an Associate.

Lauren Tennant joins the company as a forensic services executive.

The Wealth Management department sees Kim Hancock joining as a wealth support executive.

The Business Services department will see Emily Vasey joining as a trainee.

The final three appointments are within Tait Walker’s IT and Payroll departments.  Rebecca Patterson joins as an IT group support administrator, with Glen Scott and Katie Gardiner joining as payroll administrators.

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Sarah Cockerill has joined Ken Wilson & Associates (KWA) as a recruitment consultant.

Previously she worked as a sales consultant for Santander before moving into recruitment with Adecco Group. 

In her new role at KWA she will be responsible for sourcing workers for permanent roles across a variety of sectors, including IT, customer service, finance, and procurement.

Meanwhile Victoria Burton has joined KWA’s parent company, Direct Recruitment, as a recruitment resourcer. In her new role she will source workers for vacancies, conduct interviews, obtain references and carry out a range of administration duties. 

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Telecommunications specialist, Odyssey Systems has expanded its sales team with the addition of former Teesside University Student Union President, and Business Management undergraduate, Will Ridley.

Twenty-one-year-old Will, originally from Selby, has joined the Stockton-based business following a summer placement.

For the next four months Will is going to work two days a week, until going full-time when he graduates university in May. 

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Scotland

Scottish accountancy and business services firm French Duncan has expanded its hospitality and leisure team by appointing Ian Bremner as its new Hotel Accounting Director.

Ian was targeted by French Duncan due to his 20 years of experience in the hotel sector in the UK, he served as Finance Director of a Scottish Hotel Company which owned and operated six properties in Scotland.

Ian will head up a team that will build on the firm’s existing sector expertise, to offer hotels across the world a newly created cloud based accounting management service.

Lindsays strong growth continues with the announcement of three partner promotions  - Nina Taylor (Family Law), Kate Wyatt (Employment Law) and Sandy Lamb (Private client), taking the firm’s number of partners to 44, as well as three associate promotions.

The promotions involve people at all three of the firm’s city offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee.

Within the Edinburgh office Nina Taylor has been promoted from director to partner in the family law team; residential conveyancing associate, Kirsty Cooper becomes a senior associate; and Lauren Cook and Louise Norris become associates within the firm’s rural services and commercial property teams respectively.

The two further partner promotions are Dundee-based Kate Wyatt, an employment expert who has been promoted from director level, and Sandy Lamb, who was a senior associate in the private client team in Glasgow. 

Aberdeen City Council has appointed two new positions to work on the new community of Countesswells, which will comprise of 3,000 homes.

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Allan McGregor has been appointed as project manager and Claire Burt as community Liaison Officer for the development.

Allan will support the Countesswells Project Director, Jim Fitzsimons, in the delivery of the major enabling infrastructure works and site servicing provision required to meet the needs of the new community. It is anticipated that there will be three major phases of development at Countesswells and one of Allan’s roles will be to manage the staging of the infrastructure through the initial years of the project and the long-term development programme.

Claire will be the primary communications link, providing information to local residents, members of the public and other stakeholders, ensuring that up to date and accurate information on aspects such as traffic and travel information is available throughout the project.

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International law firm Pinsent Masons has announced the promotion of 18 individuals – three in Scotland - to its partnership.

Glasgow-based Nick Carlin, who started at the firm as a trainee 12 years ago and is an expert in procurement and supply chain aspects of major energy projects, has been appointed partner in the Energy team.

Procurement specialist Caroline Ramsay (EU & Competition) has a wide ranging European law practice advising across the UK and Europe.

Edinburgh-based Jae Fassam has been appointed partner in the Pensions team and has experience of advising on pension aspects of corporate and finance transaction, large-scale M&A projects and in dealing with the Pensions Regulator and HMRC on regulatory matters.

In addition, three senior associates, Stacey Cassidy (Projects), Lesley-Anne Todd (Property) and Joanne Stewart (Technology, Media, Telecoms) have been promoted to Legal Director.

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Bilfinger GVA has announced promotions for two senior directors and three directors in Scotland.

The senior director promotions are Danny Lafferty in building and Gordon Martin in rating while Graham Thompson in lease consultancy, Andrew Renouf in hotels and Tom Davidson in rating have been promoted to director level. 

In Glasgow, Danny Lafferty has been promoted to senior director in building and Tom Davidson director in rating while in Edinburgh Gordon Martin has been promoted to senior director position whilst Graham Thompson and Andrew Renouf have been promoted to directors in lease consultancy and hotels respectively.

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Distell has announced the appointment of Angus Upton as its new Global Brand Ambassador.

Angus joins the leading drinks producer from The Scottish Malt Whisky Society where he specialised in offering personalised tastings for high-value clients.

In his new role, Angus will represent Distell globally for its single malts portfolio, which includes Bunnahabhain, Deanston, Ledaig and Tobermory. 

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The Blue Parrot Events Company Ltd is investing in growth with the appointment of Sarah Crossley as regional director of business development.

Sarah will help deliver the organisation’s ambitious growth strategy as it aims to become the UK’s largest event hire and management company.

 She will be responsible for implementing a targeted business development strategy for The Blue Parrot Events Company Ltd brand in the east of Scotland.

 

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West Midlands

National property and construction consultancy Wakemans has added three new trainees to its team in the West Midlands and the South West.

The three students are all attending university part time in order to gain their professional qualifications whilst gaining valuable work experience on a diverse range of projects at Wakemans.

Richard Coles and Matthew Gannon both joined the company after A levels and are studying at Birmingham City University whilst working at Wakemans Birmingham office. 

Samuel Longley is a former business studies student attracted to the profession because of the career opportunities.  He is working in the Bristol office and is studying at the University of the West of England.

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A Coventry based conveyancing lawyer has recently been promoted following her team’s stellar performance over recent years.

Sarah Avern has reached Partner status at Band Hatton Button after originally joining their residential property team in 2002.
Sarah will continue in her role as Head of Residential Property at the firm, and the 11-strong team is now each handling around 100 cases at any one time.

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Bruton Knowles has appointed Carl Kesterton and Nicola Harrington as associates at its office in Birmingham.

Carl has joined Bruton Knowles to help drive the growth of the firm’s building consultancy team in the Midlands, using his extensive knowledge and contacts within the industry.

Nicola is returning to Bruton Knowles having previously worked for the firm from 2002 to 2004 before setting up and running her own consultancy business. 

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Cheshire-based law firm Chafes Solicitors has appointed Jo-anne Green as Marketing and PR Manager.

Jo-anne will be fully responsible for marketing at the firm including digital, print and events.

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Midlands law firm The Wilkes Partnership has added to its employment law team with the appointment of solicitor Sarah Begley, who joins the firm from DBS Law in Birmingham.

With seven years’ experience in employment law, Sarah will be working on a wide variety of employment law issues for individuals and businesses alike.

 She will be based at the firm’s office at Stanton House in Shirley.

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Rachel Eade has joined Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks on an advisory basis. She will be based in Birmingham, and will have a UK-wide role as part of Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks’ specialist automotive team.

Rachel has more than twenty years’ experience in automotive supply chain development.

Her role at Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank, working alongside head of manufacturing Kevin Rimmer and automotive directors Heather Griffin and Meg Salt, will be to support the bank’s new and existing customers in the supply chain. 

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Business Growth Fund is continuing to grow its investment team in the Midlands with the appointment of Debbie Sorby.

Based in BGF’s Birmingham office, Debbie joins a team of 10 investors covering the Midlands who, in addition to identifying investment opportunities, provide support to the companies they back.

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Yorkshire

Filtronic plc has announced the appointment of Michael Tyerman as Finance Director of the company.

Michael joined the Filtronic group as Financial Controller of the Broadband business in 2007 and was promoted to the position of Group Financial Controller in 2009. He has been Interim Head of Finance for the Filtronic group since July 2015. 

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Leeds and York-based accountancy firm Garbutt + Elliott has boosted its VAT service offering with the appointment of leading VAT specialist Alex Millar as a senior consultant.

Alex brings with him a vast wealth of experience having worked in the industry for 19 years. 

Thanks to Alex’s appointment, Garbutt + Elliott is able to help clients throughout Yorkshire with all aspects of VAT compliance and planning including complex matters such as international transactions, construction and property, and advising charities on VAT recovery, partial exemption and non-business activities.

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Jaella Henry-Robinson has joined Clarion in Leeds as an associate in its growing and highly respected dispute resolution and litigation team.

Jaella joins from Eversheds in Dublin where she spent almost six years during which time she completed her training contract and subsequently qualified into the general commercial litigation department.

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Criticaleye, the peer to peer Board Community, has appointed former Britvic CEO Paul Moody as a Board Mentor.

Paul, who joins a team of 45 highly experienced Board Mentors, will play a key role in guiding and supporting leaders and senior executives within the Criticaleye Community.

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Yorkshire law firm Gordons has promoted commercial property partner Joanne Fearnley to junior equity partner.

Joanne now operates at the level created by the firm to identify and develop people capable of attaining full equity partnership status.

It is a role which introduces her to the strategic running of the business and involves a greater level of decision making.

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Yorkshire property consultancy Dove Haigh Phillips (DHP) has strengthened its team with the appointments of Simon Dove and Sarah-Jayne Lishman.

Both Simon and Sarah-Jayne join the niche Leeds-based consultancy from Landwood Group, where they worked together. 

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Managers at Rudby Hall, in Hutton Rudby near Stokesley, have appointed three new members of staff as it progresses with its development plans for 2016.

Michelle Ffitch has been appointed as sales manager and Gabrielle Furness and Rosie Mills as duty managers.

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St Johns Shopping Centre in Leeds has appointed a new centre manager to lead the management team at the 155,385 square feet retail and office destination.

Susan Mendoza has joined St Johns from the Middleton Shopping Centre in Greater Manchester where she was centre manager.

She previously managed the Merrion Centre in Leeds for over two and a half years. 

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Investment manager Seb Wilkinson has joined the growing Leeds team at private equity house Key Capital Partners (KCP).

Seb joins from Jaguar Land Rover where he has spent two years in the role of finance manager – group strategy & global business expansion, working on new investments and leading due diligence on new business opportunities.

Seb’s appointment is part of KCP’s strategy to grow and strengthen its national team following the first closing of its latest fund last November.

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Wrigleys Solicitors are pleased to welcome Maria Graylen and Caroline Hawcroft who have recently joined the firm's Rural Property team.

Maria and Caroline will add support for the expanding numbers of clients with rural property interests. 

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Joel Cumberbatch has joined leading radiator manufacturer Stelrad’s new Brand Specialists Team responsible for the North East and Yorkshire area which includes from Sheffield, across to Hull and up beyond Newcastle.

The 27 year old Staffordshire University Product Design graduate is new to the heating sector but has retail experience working for Morrisons before joining Stelrad. 

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Yorkshire renewable energy firm Earthmill has appointed Nigel Farr as a new heating design engineer, as part of its expansion of Earthmill’s CHP team.

Nigel Farr has joined the business to focus on Earthmill’s newest area of expertise, combined heat and power (CHP), which delivers high efficiency renewable energy to farms and businesses across Yorkshire, Cheshire and Mid and North Wales.

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Campbell Carruth has been appointed to the position of Head of Property within ABP’s operations on the Humber to help the company develop a robust property strategy and raise the profile of the Humber Enterprise Zone.

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A new PR and Public Affairs Manager been recruited at Leeds Bradford Airport, whose role will be to focus upon further enhancing the airport’s reputation across the Leeds City region and Yorkshire.

Kayley Worsley has joined the airport team at an exciting time and brings with her strong public relations and journalism skills. She moves from her previous role as PR and Communications Manager at Sheffield charity - Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice. 

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Harrogate and Leeds practice Aspect Architecture has appointed Peter Tomkins as an architectural technologist and trainee architect. A graduate of Nottingham Trent University, Peter will attend Leeds Beckett University over four years on a day-release basis to become a qualified architect

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North West

 

Investec Wealth & Investment (IW&I) has appointed Carl Cross to head of the firm’s Liverpool office.  A Senior Investment Director, Carl has worked in IW&I’s Liverpool office for the past 20 years and is responsible for managing significant funds for private clients, pension funds, trusts and charities.

Carl replaces Jon Seal who, after 13 years leading the Liverpool office, has made the decision to retire from the company in 2017.

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Cheshire legal practice Chafes Solicitors has expanded its team with the arrival of commercial real estate specialist Katy Craik-White.

Katy joins the Wilmslow office to advise and assist clients on buying, selling or renegotiating leases on commercial property.

She is returning to work after a four-year break, having previously worked at Herbert Smith Freehills in London.

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Digital performance marketing agency iProspect Manchester appointed Matt Lacey as a new Head of Conversion Optimisation.

Matt Lacey, has joined the business from PRWD, where he held the role of Head of Optimisation. Matt’s appointment will build on the current experience in the team and unlock further growth in iProspect’s Conversion product.

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