Tom Richards announced as the head judge for the PM Society Awards 2018
A summary of September's key appointments, hires and promotions from across the North West.
Lawyers Brown Turner Ross appoints two new directors
Liverpool City Region lawyers Brown Turner Ross have appointed two new directors at the firm. Kendra McKinney is a specialist in family law while Chris Mason works in the field of dispute resolution and property litigation.
Kendra McKinney is a member of the family law department at Brown Turner Ross, having joined the firm in September 2014 as a Trainee Solicitor before qualifying as a Solicitor in March 2016. She is instructed in relation to a wide range of litigation including but, not limited to public and private law child care issues, divorce and property and financial disputes.
Chris Mason joined the firm in 2016 working exclusively in civil litigation, acting for clients in a wide variety of disputes. He is an expert in commercial dispute resolution, property litigation, non-contentious corporate matters and employment law. With offices in Liverpool and Southport the firm’s expanding portfolio has seen Chris and Kendra promoted to director.
Manchester leading creative named as Head Judge for the PM Society Awards
One of healthcare’s most recognised global creatives has been announced as the head judge for the PM Society Awards 2018.
Manchester’s Tom Richards will lead a team of experts charged with assessing some of the brightest talent and campaigns associated with marketing excellence, across the health and life science industries.
Nine new apprentices join hotel group’s culinary academy
Nine teenagers from Cumbria and North Lancashire have stepped onto the first rung of their career ladder in the hospitality sector, thanks to a hotel group’s unique training initiative.
English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues has recruited the cohort to train as commis chefs as part of its ‘Culinary Academy’, which was set up in 2017.
Davis Blank Furniss appoints new head of private client
Manchester and Glossop based law firm Davis Blank Furniss has appointed Libby Holding as the new head of its private client department.
Libby joins Davis Blank Furniss from Beaumont Legal in Wakefield. Her new role will see her focusing on a variety of core work including wealth and succession planning, inheritance tax advice, trust creation and administration, wills, lasting powers of attorney and estate administration.
Huddle Digital expands with first permanent hire
Manchester digital agency start up, Huddle Digital, has taken on its first permanent member of staff following a string of client wins and new projects.
Emily Triplett, a final year student at the University of Salford, joins the firm, run by co-founders Tom Parson and Harry Potts, as Account Executive following a recent internship.
Brabners invests for real estate growth with number of senior appointments
Leading independent legal practice, Brabners has announced a number of significant appointments in its real estate team as it continues to invest for growth.
Paul Firth, who is widely recognised as a pre-eminent real estate lawyer, has joined the firm as head of real estate, along with senior associates Matthew Barnes, Usha Sharma and Helen Burns.
Two new directors for PCS
Plastic Card Services (PCS) one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of plastic cards and associated services, is pleased to announce the promotion of two new members to its Senior Management Team. Paul Hansford will be stepping up into the role of ‘Sales Director and Louise Ray will become director of marketing and communications.
Double celebration at Clough & Willis after STEP exam success and new trainee appointment
Bury and Bolton law firm Clough & Willis is celebrating after one of its young solicitors passed her first exam in the prestigious Society of Trust and Estate Practioners (STEP) accreditation programme. It has also announced that Jack Trickett has been offered a training contract in the Corporate and Commercial team.
Rhianna Bateson is studying with Central Law Training which is the leading provider of high quality post qualification CPD training for the legal profession and one of the most respected schemes in the UK.
Expanding Manchester office of Clarke Willmott LLP appoints new Private Client team
Further expansion at the Manchester office of national law firm Clarke Willmott LLP has seen the appointment of a high-quality Private Client team.
Nicola Walker and Rebecca Clarke have joined as Senior Associates along with their secretary Jennifer Daly from the Private Client team at DWF Manchester.
Raft of promotions at Hurst
Accounting and business advisory firm HURST has announced a raft of promotions across four of its teams.
Liz Gallagher has been made a partner in the tax team. She provides tax advice to small and medium-sized businesses and owner-managed companies, specialising in reorganisations, acquisitions and disposals, employee ownership trusts, succession and inheritance tax planning.
Family lawyer strengthens team
Award-winning family lawyer Merrick has appointed a new solicitor, Gabrielle Dugan, to its team.
Gabrielle said she was looking forward to using her skills to help people through their most vulnerable times. She has previously worked with Co-op Legal Services in Manchester following working as a paralegal and undertaking her training in London.
Pugh expands team with property auctioneer appointment
Property auction house Pugh has appointed Edward Feather as associate director and auctioneer.
Joining the firm from SDL Auctions in Chester, Feather has 12 years’ property auction experience. He was also a director at the Cheshire and North Wales franchise of the Auction House business, based at estate agent Humphreys in Chester, before its acquisition by SDL in 2016.
Atradius grows from strength to strength in the North West
Trade credit insurer Atradius is better placed than ever to deliver crucial support to North West businesses.
A world leader in trade credit insurance with an established local presence in the north west, Atradius has created a new and larger team to enhance its offering in the region.
Thomas Murphy and Chelcee Witkowski have joined Atradius as business development managers alongside James Armitage and Lisa McMillan as account managers. They join senior business development manager Sally Nolan and account managers Sarah Seddon and Nicola Hinchliff. The team, which is based in Atradius’ Manchester Regional Hub is headed up by Regional Manager Mike Rowan who is already very well known in the region.
Aaron & Partners announces key promotions
Chester legal practice Aaron & Partners LLP has announced six key promotions across its two offices – including three new Partners – as it continues to grow across Cheshire and Shropshire.
Chester-based Jamie Hawley, who specialises in advising owner-managed businesses and SMEs on a range of corporate matters, becomes a Partner in the acclaimed Corporate and Commercial team.
Joining Jamie in receiving a promotion to Partner are Shrewsbury-based Sandy Edwards (Family Law) and Lynda Richards (Wills, Trusts & Tax).
PM+M announces 2018 intake of apprentices
Blackburn, Bury and Burnley based PM+M – the chartered accountancy, business advisory and wealth management group – has welcomed its latest group of young apprentices who will be working in the firm’s Run My Business, Corporate Services, Tax, Wealth Management and Payroll teams.
The firm has appointed seven apprentices this year which is one more than in 2017. All seven will be completing a three-year training programme. The new apprentices are: Anya Fallon, James Cocker, Ellie Manley, Rebecca Nuttall, Rebecca Taj, Mohammed Aamir Patel and Zayn Khan.
Henry Howard Finance expands into North West with two key retail appointments
Henry Howard Finance (HHF) has appointed its first senior account managers in the North West, as the independent funder continues its ambitious growth plan.
Angela Werner, from Wigan, and Kevin Edwards, from Salford, are joining the firm’s innovative vendor and retail division under Sarah Freeman, as the company celebrates exceptional half-year results.
Mrs Werner and Mr Edwards have worked together previously with both holding senior account management posts at Academy Leasing prior to joining the Newport-headquartered firm.
BIG creative director brings big-ticket brand expertise
Marketing agency BIG Partnership has appointed Steven Hill to the new role of creative director, bringing heavyweight experience with some of the UK’s most high-profile brands.
Steven has developed strategies for leading brands including Kraft Heinz, Highland Spring, Tennent’s, the Famous Grouse and Royal Bank of Scotland. He has also led hard-hitting public sector creative campaigns for the NHS and Scottish Government.
Steven will work in the agency’s office in Spinningfields, Manchester as well as its bases in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dunfermline and Dundee.
New Head of Lending to lead GC Business Finance into fresh era of growth
Manchester based responsible finance provider GC Business Finance has appointed Chris Hutchison as Head of Lending to drive growth and awareness of its loan and investment products and services.
Chris joins GC Business Finance, which is part of The Growth Company, from RBS Group, bringing over 60 years’ experience in commercial banking, asset finance and SME support to his new role.
Chris will be responsible for delivering growth in the lending and management of the £160m GC Business Finance loan portfolio, across a mix of products including Start Up Loans, the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, GC Angels and business growth loans.
New addition to Manchester-based legal team
BLM, the UK and Ireland’s leading insurance and commercial risk law firm, has invested in its Commercial Advisory and Private Wealth practice with the appointment of Iskander Fernandez as partner, bringing a wealth of experience in advising and representing clients with white collar crime issues.
Onward Homes appoints director of corporate services
Catherine Farrington has been appointed director of corporate services at Onward Homes.
Catherine, a qualified solicitor, has joined Onward, the largest registered provider of social housing based solely in the North West of England, from the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA), where she was head of legal for the social housing regulator.
Regency appoints new BDM to lead UK business expansion
Regency Factors welcomes new business development manager Lee Jones.
Manchester based Regency Factors PLC, the specialist invoice and trade finance provider, is pleased to announce and welcome Lee Jones as a BDM as it continues to expand its sales team. Lee will be responsible for driving business expansion to support the UK SME sectors with their finance needs.
New appointments at Markel Law
Markel Law, the independent solicitors firm owned by Markel, a leading specialist insurance provider, has made two appointments in its Manchester office.
Karen Parry has joined the firm as a solicitor in the commercial property department. Karen has worked in commercial property since 2002. Soibi Iketubosin has joined the firm as a corporate and commercial solicitor. He advises individuals and businesses in relation to a wide range of corporate and commercial matters.
Hotel Indigo® Manchester - Victoria Station Reveals Leadership Team
Hotel Indigo® has unveiled the executive leadership team behind its latest residence, Hotel Indigo® Manchester - Victoria Station, which is set to open this October.
James McDevitt has been appointed as general manager of the hotel, bringing with him 25 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. James has previously held leadership positions with InterContinental Hotels and Resorts in three countries before arriving in the UK to work with brands that include Guoman, DeVere Collection, Macdonald Hotels and Resorts and Hotel du Vin.
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