A summary of December's key appointments, hires and promotions from across the North East.
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YoungsRPS announces appointment of new Valuer Manager to its expanding Alnwick Office
The Alnwick branch of YoungsRPS, who offer property solutions across the commercial property, rural and residential agency markets, has announced the appointment of Rosie Spours, who joins the business as a valuer manager of their estate agency division.
This is the latest development for YoungsRPS, which recently relocated to larger premises due to increasing demand in property services. Based at its town centre premises in Bondgate Within, this newly created position will see Rosie dedicated to offering a complete range of estate agency services which will include residential sales and lettings.
Gateshead insurance brokers strengthen board with new appointment
Talbot Jones Risk Solutions is delighted to welcome Chartered Insurance Broker Tom Hall to their team, in the role of non-executive director. At this exciting time of change and growth, the charity insurance specialist firm welcome Tom’s expertise and 25 years’ experience to help guide their continued growth and development and to provide accountability for the family firm.
Miller Homes bolsters north east team with strategic appointment
Miller Homes North East has recruited a senior planning expert to support its ambitious growth plans to bring more new homes to the region.
James Reid has joined the award-winning housebuilder as strategic land and planning manager for the north following the creation of the new position. As part of his role, James will be responsible for the identification and delivery of longer-term development opportunities.
Simon Bailes Peugeot Stockton welcomes experienced Fleet & Business Specialist
Simon Bailes Peugeot in Stockton is welcoming an experienced motor trade professional to oversee its fleet and business provision at its Teesside dealership.
In her new role as dedicated fleet & business specialist, Emma Griffiths will continue to manage the dealership’s current portfolio of clients, in addition to securing relationships and fulfilling the fleet and business requirements of new customers.
Communicate confirms future growth with new appointment
Tees Valley based Communicate Technology PLC continues to experience significant growth after recently appointing David Johnson to manage the growth of their Cyber division.
David joins the team after nine years in the cyber security industry, working with various large firms across the globe. An experienced cyber security consultant, ISO 21001 lead auditor and a certified GDPR practitioner, David is well positioned for the role. The appointment will enable the firm to further develop the department which is in high demand.
North East recruitment firm appoints new chair
Jackson Hogg has appointed experienced engineer and entrepreneur, Mark Dixon, as its non-executive chairman. Mark, an MBA qualified chartered engineer, joins Jackson Hogg after a successful career – including the notable achievement of founding Promanex Group and leading its growth from its inception to a turnover of £70million and a workforce of more than 1,000.
Visualsoft appoints new head of social media ahead of exciting period of growth
Teesside based e-commerce and digital agency, Visualsoft has appointed Daniel Dixon to direct social media strategy as the company continues to grow. As head of social media, and alongside an already-established team of social media professionals, Daniel will be responsible for scaling the company’s offering, overseeing social media marketing campaigns, developing content topics and managing day-to-day social media output.
Northumbria University has strengthened its US expertise with the appointment of a visiting Professor from across the pond
Northumbria University has one of the largest and most active centres for American Studies in Europe – bringing together academics with expertise in the history, literature and culture of the United States. Now Northumbria has welcomed Devin Fergus from the University of Missouri to join its American Studies team for a year-long visiting professorship.
Continued growth in Commercial Property for Burnetts
Burnetts’ Commercial Property team continues to expand with the appointment of Ben Crystal as a Solicitor in the team, the recruitment of three paralegals, Dan Warwick, Lorraine Harrison Rogers and Jessica Quigley, and more appointments to come in the months ahead.
Senior board appointments for Sutton Tankers
Gary Oliver joins as Operations Director West, replacing Roger Parr who has now been appointed the company’s new Commercial Director. Roger’s appointment recognises his successful leadership in a series of continuous improvement projects for leading customers of Suttons Tankers. Gary joins the company from DX Network Services where he has worked as a Regional Director and Operations Director since 2010.
Rhaynor Garvin becomes managing partner at Peter Millican Law
The central Newcastle law firm specialising in corporate law and commercial property, has appointed Rhaynor Garvin as Managing Partner. Rhaynor has worked with Peter Millican, the company’s owner, for more than 13 years. In recent years, she has been involved in developing the company’s growth strategy, which has seen it double in size in under two years.
Watson Burton’s Real Estate team boosted by new solicitor
Newcastle-headquartered commercial law firm Watson Burton has strengthened its Real Estate team with the appointment of a new solicitor. Olivia Brown has joined the team after successfully completing a two-year graduate training programme with Watson Burton and qualifying as a solicitor.
North East-based surveillance technology start-up Ocucon announces appointment of Maral O’Brien
Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) system, Ocucon, has expanded its team with the appointment of Maral O’Brien, as Business Operations Support Executive. Joining from a marketing role in a Newcastle-based education start-up, where she gained significant experience in new business generation and stakeholder engagement, Maral will be responsible for aiding Ocucon’s business development and furthering growth as the company continues to expand.
Trouva.com launches in Amsterdam, Madrid and Copenhagen as Niall Wass joins in newly created non-exec director and chair role
This appointment comes at a significant time of growth for the start-up, following a £8m Series A funding round last year. In his new role at Trouva, Niall Wass will be working alongside the current leadership team to devise and execute strategies for growth as it looks to further establish itself as the global destination for the best of independent retail.
Jak HQ’s growth set to accelerate following appointment of new non-executive director
Jak HQ, a leading creative agency, has announced the appointment of its new non-executive director, Gary Lumby. With over 30 years’ experience in the banking sector, Gary Lumby is sure to bolster the company’s growth.
Tyne Housing appoints new chief executive
Tyne Housing Group has appointed Steve McKinlay as Chief Executive to lead the organisation and deliver its new strategic priorities. Steve joins the organisation from homeless charity Depaul UK where he was Area Director (North) – a position he held for almost five years.
Port of Tyne appoints new CEO
The Port of Tyne has announced the appointment of Matt Beeton as Chief Executive Officer. He brings a breadth of experience in the transport industry with a career spanning over 20 years within the road, rail and aerospace industries, having held director positions at Rolls Royce, Bombardier, Serco plc, Northern Rail and National Express.
RMT Technology has added two new members to its team.
Graham Finlayson and Chris Renshall have joined the Gosforth-based firm as engineers, and are working on a range of IT strategy, network infrastructure, information security and data management projects, in the specialist technology support division of RMT Accountants & Business Advisors.
It all adds up for new finance director at Parsons Containers
County Durham shipping container and self-storage businesses, the Parsons Containers Group, has appointed a finance director to support the company’s expansion in the North East and across the UK. Chartered accountant Helen Parsons has joined the Sedgefield based firm, bringing over 10 years’ experience in auditing and finance to the new role at the business. For Helen, it’s a move back to the North East to the company founded by her father, CEO Ean Parsons.
DTL expands management team in response to growing demand
Develop Training Ltd (DTL) has hired Matthew Gray in the newly-created role of Operations Manager as demand grows for training in the construction and utility sectors.
Reporting to DTL’s Operations director, John Kerr, Matt will oversee delivery of compliance training and apprenticeships across DTL’s seven UK training centres as well as bespoke courses at customers’ premises.
S43 Brewery appoints senior craft brewer
North-East based brewery, S43 have appointed new Senior Craft Brewer Alex Rattray to diversify their offering, with a range of progressive new beers yielded from an American craft beer style.
Alex Rattray will be working with innovative and experimental ingredients and process such as hybrid hop’s and new liquid yeast strains.
Site director appointed at TT Electronics Hartlepool
TT Electronics Hartlepool has announced the appointment of Nigel Freeman as site director, with responsibility for all aspects of leadership, production and internal logistics. Previously manufacturing director, He takes up the role on January 1st.
North East company ‘primed' for growth with business expert appointment
Acclaimed North East businessman, Gary Lumby has been appointed non-executive director by Newton Aycliffe firm BTS Facades & Fabrications, to assist the company in achieving its ambitious growth plans.
The well-established firm, which has worked on projects including Tottenham Hotspurs' new stadium, the Jaguar Land Rover Gaydon site, and student accommodation in Wembley and Coventry, met Gary at its recent open day and believed that his unique skills could offer considerable benefits.
High profile marketeer and business leader to join Precept
A senior marketing professional who has worked for some of the North East’s most recognisable organisations has taken a senior role at brand performance business Precept.
James Ealey has left his role as a director of NGI Solutions the commercial marketing agency spun out of Newcastle Gateshead Initiative, the public private partnership charged with delivering economic growth for the area.
Coleman James welcomes new director to drive business growth
A fast-growth niche recruitment business has announced the appointment of a new director who joins the company to spearhead its exciting plans for expansion.
Newcastle based Coleman James has welcomed on board recruitment specialist Astrid Clough to head up the facilities management team and work alongside company founder Andrew Mackay to shape the future of the business.
College makes double appointment
Gateshead College has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of two assistant principals.
Deni Chambers will lead a number of curriculum areas including digital tech, while Suzanne Slater will be the strategic lead for the delivery of apprenticeship programmes.
In their new roles they will build on the college’s long track record of providing the highest quality training which gives students the skills, confidence and business acumen needed for a successful career.
Leading lawyers enhance Teesside’s Endeavour Partnership
Two leading lawyers- with a combined experience of over 40 years- have joined Endeavour Partnership in Stockton as it continues with its year of growth and recruitment.
The Stockton-based legal firm has appointed Gareth Jones to its commercial property team and Kelly Kirby to its commercial disputes department.
Gareth Jones has been well known in his sector over 25 years' and joins the commercial property team as its third partner. Gareth has vast experience in dealing with landlord and tenant work, as well as real estate aspects of bank funding and finance, acting on behalf of both the borrowing businesses and major banks.
Kelly has more than 15 years’ experience in land and commercial property disputes with a specialist knowledge in the property and agriculture sectors representing landlords and tenants, trustees and banks.
Sales expert joins Malhotra Group plc
A leading North East care and leisure organisation has strengthened its team with the appointment of a new sales and business development manager.
Newcastle-based Malhotra Group plc has recruited Fabian Pritchard to the role. Fabian has held a wide variety of sales roles within the leisure and hospitality industry and has also worked extensively in the field of event promotions.
New faces and head office mark next chapter for Transmit
A round of appointments and a new head office mark the beginning of the next exciting chapter for the North East’s Transmit Group.
Three new faces have joined the existing Transmit team and further recruitment is expected as the group’s business finance and support services continue to grow in popularity.
Suzy Jackson, former Senior Digital Journalist at BQ, has been appointed Marketing Manager. Luke McStea and Sophie Cooke have joined the team as administrative assistants; Luke from Unipres, and Sophie from Alnwick Castle where she led Harry Potter tours.
Hay & Kilner adds to residential conveyancing team
Hay & Kilner Law Firm has added two new members to its residential conveyancing team to help manage growing client demand.
Rachel Armstrong and Chantelle Oxley have joined the Newcastle-headquartered firm's specialist team as paralegals, bringing different areas of experience and expertise with them.
Chantelle graduated from Northumbria University after completing both a Masters degree in Law and her professional Legal Practice Course qualification.
After graduating with a first class degree in Spanish and Management, Rachel spent three years worked for a real estate company in Spain before deciding to come home and pursue a legal career.
New hires and expanded HQ for Berrison’s 10th birthday
Berrison is celebrating its 10th anniversary by expanding its office and its team.
The learning and development company has added new storage to its Kendal headquarters and has appointed three new associates.
Formed in the Autumn of 2008 by Colin and Tina Dulson, Berrison offers leadership development and team coaching events and activities to organisations all over the world.
RTC appoints managing director
Jamie Ollivere has been named as the new managing director of innovation and technology transfer company, RTC North.
Jamie joined the company in 2002 as a press officer, later becoming marketing manager. He went on to have responsibility for a succession of large publicly financed business support contracts designed to work with small and medium sized businesses.
He has more recently led on expanding the company’s consultancy and training portfolio and today, the company delivers business improvement projects for clients across the UK.
Burnetts doubles Newcastle-based banking team
Three recent appointments to the Burnetts Banking team double its size and offer lender clients the very best understanding of bank funding processes and decision-making at a crucial time for the property sector.
Sarah Willshire was recently promoted into the new role as Head of Banking in Burnetts and she is excited about the growth: “We’ve always emphasised our understanding of banking needs as a major advantage for clients working with Burnetts,” she says, “and the appointment of Karen Threadgill and Marc Caffrey, both from Lloyds Bank, strengthens this insight into the banking world and how it works. We’ve also brought in Emily Booth who combines banking and property knowledge.”
New general manager spearheads Amble Inn recruitment drive
Hospitality maven Chris Taylor has been appointed general manager of The Inn Collection Group’s new £4m Amble Inn which opens in January.
Chris, who has a wealth of restaurant and hospitality experience, will be overseeing a major recruitment drive for the purpose-built hotel, bar and restaurant including head chef, chef de partie, commis chef, kitchen porters, front of house and housekeeping positions.
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