The Creative Alchemist appoints Steven Askham
A summary of September's key appointments, hires and promotions from across the North East.
Branding Agency Welcomes A New Recruit
Tees Valley based branding and marketing agency, The Creative Alchemist, has recently welcomed a new full time recruit to strengthen its team.
The agency, which is based in Boho One, Middlesbrough, has appointed Steven Askham as Marketing Manager.
Marcus North appointed as Durham’s Director of Cricket
Former Australia International batsman Marcus North has been appointed as Durham County Cricket Club’s Director of Cricket.
The 39-year-old, who has spent the last three years as Chief Executive at South Northumberland Cricket Club, will start his new role on October 1st.
North played for Durham in 2004 as an overseas player making 4 centuries with a highest score of 219 against Glamorgan.
Logistics academy student Emily starts a career with PD Ports
Teesside student Emily Clark says experiencing the Tees Valley Logistics Academy at Stockton Riverside College convinced her to change plans to study architecture at Cambridge or Lancaster to instead start a civil engineering apprenticeship with
The Logistics Academy, part of the college’s offering to make students career-ready, exists to tackle the skills shortage within the logistics sector, a key part of the lifeblood of the Tees Valley industrial landscape.
Emily attended the Academy whilst studying for A-levels at SRC Bede Sixth Form and said it “opened my eyes” to the exciting and wide-ranging career opportunities within the logistics sector.
Tharsus CEO named Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering
An entrepreneurial North East business leader in product design and manufacturing has been honoured by a prestigious industry body this week.
Brian Palmer, CEO of Northumberland-based Tharsus, is one of 50 leading engineers from the UK and around the world to have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering in recognition of their outstanding and continuing contributions to the profession.
George F. White Bolstered with New Associate Planner
Planning Consultant, Kevin Ayrton, has joined George F. White as an Associate Technical Planner in a key recruitment move for the firm’s Bedale office.
Kevin joins the land, property and business consultancy to further enhance its range of planning and development services, attract a wider client base and help to grow the planning team.
NBS appoint Chief Financial Officer
NBS, the leading global provider of technical information, specification and BIM tools to construction industry professionals, has announced the appointment of Chris Blaxall as its new Chief Financial Officer.
Chris will join as a group executive director, working alongside CEO Richard Waterhouse and COO Helen Whitfield and will have both a strategic and commercial role to support future growth initiatives for NBS in the UK and overseas.
Northumberland homecare organisation strengthens management team
A Northumberland based homecare organisation recently appointed two new members of staff to strengthen its management team.
Helping Hands Community Care, which provides care and support services people across Northumberland, has appointed Steve Massey as the new head of homecare and compliance across its Hexham and Cramlington branches.
Julie Ling, who will be based in the Hexham branch, has been appointed as head of finance. The pair bring more than decades of knowledge to the team.
Successful first year of trading sees business growth specialists expand team
Business growth specialists, 360 Growth Partners, has appointed five new associates following a successful first year of trading.
Alice Ackroyd joins the company as leadership development & HR associate, Emma Richards as HR associate, Mark Jenkinson as business technology associate and Sharon Coull as finance associate. Aisha Brannan-Grossett joins the team as marketing associate at the end of September.
New COO and CFO appointed at QuantuMDx
QuantuMDx Group Ltd, the Newcastle-based multinational molecular diagnostics company, today announced two key leadership appointments. Dr Allan Brown has been appointed Chief Operating Officer and David Matthews joins as Chief Financial Officer.
South Shields man scoops senior role at global training group
Newly formed technology and training group, 3T Energy Group, has appointed a new vice president to help deliver its ambitious global growth plans.
Gavin Ames will be responsible for strengthening existing customer relationships across 3T, as well as expanding the Group’s global reach in territories including the Middle East, South America, and Asia.
Sally Hart named new equity partner at George F. White group
George F. White, the land, property and business Group, has appointed a new Equity Partner in a key strategic move for the business.
Sally Hart, operations director at George F. White, is the first female board member to become an equity partner, following the instrumental role she has played in the restructuring of the business.
AVID increases its presence in the US auto industry with key appointment
Award-winning, UK automotive clean-tech firm AVID Technology Group has appointed Mike Dowsett vice president of business development, to lead its expansion in North America.
To capitalise on the boom in vehicle electrification and clean automotive technology in the USA and Canada, Mike Dowsett will lead the business growth strategy and operations at AVID’s new US office based in Michigan state.
The Sweet Beet appoints social media & web manager
The Newcastle based food condiment producer The Sweet Beet has confirmed the appointment of a new social media and web manager who joins the company with immediate effect.
Louis Rowan Glazzard, from Leeds, joined the expanding firm via Newcastle University's intern scheme and has impressed the company that much that its founder Lizzy Hodcroft has made the appointment a permanent one.
Two key appointments strengthen innovation support at SuperNetwork
The Innovation SuperNetwork has strengthened their business engagement team with two key appointments to support growth in regional businesses.
Peter Riddell has joined as Partnerships Director, whilst Graeme Miller has taken up the post of Innovation Manager to support the delivery of the GX Project, working with the Great Exhibition of the North.
Boutique Newcastle hotel hires youngest ever general manager
Thirty-five-year-old Leanne Cheek is only the third general manager in Jesmond Dene House's 13-year history and has exciting plans to further develop the business as a destination hotel and restaurant.
Growing up near Blackburn, Leanne was introduced to the hospitality business at a young age, before going on to study International Hospitality at the University of Central Lancashire.
Having previously worked in a large international hotel in Maryland, USA, and the Michelin-starred Northcote in Lancashire, Leanne is ready to make her mark in the iconic Newcastle venue.
Hay & Kilner trainees step up to solicitor roles
North East law firm Hay & Kilner has rewarded four young lawyers' hard work and dedication by taking them on in solicitor roles at the end of their practice traineeships.
Jeremy Nash, Rebecca Weir, Tom Clarke and Sophie Allinson have all completed a training programme which involved spending four blocks of six months working alongside experienced practitioners in different departments within the Newcastle-headquartered firm to give them a sound general grounding in the law and identify any particular strengths and areas of interest.
Parkdean resorts bolsters contact centre team
Holiday park operator Parkdean Resorts has strengthened its operations making a number of key appointments to its contact centre team, creating long-term local jobs and internal promotion opportunities.
Key appointments include Mel Donoghue who has joined the business from Barclays. As head of contact centre and operations she will support contact centre and customer service director Chloe Squires and the 150-strong team.
Leading the team maintaining relations with the company’s community of owners, Iain Craig has been appointed as owner support centre manager.
Filling a newly-created role as group travel becomes more of a focus area for the business, groups and partnerships manager Matt Kershaw will build upon existing and new relationships with group travel operators.
Property firm appoints chairman to support continued growth
Bradley Hall Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents has appointed established local businessman and solicitor John Marshall as chairman of the advisory board. He will work in close partnership with the senior management team to support its ambitious, continued expansion strategy.
Trio of appointments strengthen Barton Willmore
Expert planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore has strengthened its Newcastle office with three appointments.
Senior planners Richard Swann and Musa Choudhary, and graduate planner Kieran Blaydes join the city centre-based team that works with a wide range of housebuilders, businesses, energy and infrastructure providers across the North East.
North East Fund Limited appoints new external engagement officer
The North East Fund Limited, which is overseeing the delivery of the £120m North East Fund across the region over the next five years, has expanded its team with the appointment of an external engagement officer.
James Holloway joins the team from Business Northumberland where he worked as a growth advisor.
North East solicitors continues to grow
Appointments at a North East firm of solicitors means the company now has the largest independent Court of Protection department in the North East.
EMG Solicitors, based at Abbeywoods Business Park, Durham, has added to its ever-growing team of experts with the recruitment of two new staff. Mandy Cheung has joined EMG’s health and welfare department, working in the Court of Protection (COP) sector following time employed by local authorities in the adults and children’s services department.
Mandy has been joined by experienced legal assistant, Nahdia Bloundele, who has taken up the new role of COP administrator.
Wynyard Park recruits are blooming marvellous
Wynyard Park has welcomed two new young green-fingered recruits.
In partnership with East Durham College, the luxury housing development in the Tees Valley has taken on the apprentices to support the grounds and maintenance team, looking after the landscaping and gardens of the Park and ensuring the site is continually kept to a high standard for residents to enjoy.
MSP look towards future growth with new strategic appointments
North East based metrology software products ltd (MSP) has expanded its leadership team with two important appointments, which are part of an ongoing expansion strategy.
Marianne Whitfield joins the advanced manufacturing software company as director of development, while Keith Langford will join the commercial team as UK technical account manager.
University of Sunderland to welcome new vice chancellor next month
Sir David Bell KCB has been appointed as the next Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of The University of Sunderland and will take up his new post next month.
Sir David will join the University from the University of Reading where he has been Vice-Chancellor since January 2012.
Success at financial firm leads to new appointments
A North East based financial firm is celebrating expansion following a record year.
BH Financial Services has announced the appointment of commercial lending specialist, Leigh Taylor, during a time of unprecedented growth and success for the company.
BH Financial was set up as BH Group in 2015, and is a sister company of one of the region’s leading full service commercial and residential property agencies, Bradley Hall Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents.
Team of the leading Chancery and Commercial barristers join Parklane Plowden Chambers from St Philips
One of the North Eastern circuits leading sets, Parklane Plowden Chambers, has significantly boosted its portfolio of expertise following a very rare arrangement that sees 8 specialist and highly regarded Chancery and Commercial barristers, and 2 clerks join from St Philips Chambers (Leeds).
The barristers have moved to Parklane Plowden over the past few months, and have recently been joined by Clerks, Stephen Render and Claire Shephard.
The barristers joining Chambers are: Sarah Harrison, Sean Kelly, Marisa Lloyd, Stuart Roberts, Peter Cherry, Jonathan Gale, Anna Metcalfe and Cait Sweeney. Their areas of expertise cover: Probate, Inheritance & Trusts; Property; Intellectual Property and Business & Commercial law.
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