Despite a slowing economic recovery, second lockdown and continuing Brexit uncertainty, firms across the North West have continued to make top hires and promotions.
Companies from sectors including banking, HR, insurance and law have been busy recruiting since our last roundup, and feature in this week’s ‘People on the Move’ feature.
The big announcements include firms based in Liverpool, Manchester, Chester, Lancashire – and further afield.
Here is the BusinessLive roundup of 40 North West appointments we think you shouldn’t miss:
Gary Chapman and Ralph Edwards
Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking has appointed two senior bankers as co-heads in the North of England for its segment that supports large corporate and institutional clients.
Gary Chapman, a director in the industrials and infrastructure team, and Ralph Edwards, who supports businesses in the services sector, have taken up the roles in Lloyds Bank’s Corporate and Institutional Coverage business, which serves clients with revenues of £100m and above.
They will lead a team of almost 40 relationship managers and directors supporting businesses across the North West, Yorkshire and the North East.
Mr Chapman joined Lloyds Bank in 2008 from BDO’s corporate finance team. Mr Edwards moved from Barclays in 2014.
Mr Chapman said: “The North is an incredibly diverse region, with world-class larger businesses in heritage industries like manufacturing as well as in fast-growing sectors such as tech and life sciences. Ralph and I will be working to ensure our clients continue to receive outstanding service and highlight Lloyds Bank’s ongoing commitment to the region.”
Mr Edwards added: “This is a difficult time for all businesses and we have spent the past six months focused on supporting our clients as they grapple with the challenges of Covid-19. Our message is simple – we’re open for business and we will do all we can to help companies through the pandemic and beyond.”
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Bev McGowan and Simon Benson
IN4.0 with The Landing has boosted its executive team with the appointment of two industry leaders further enhancing its capabilities in the immersive tech and cyber arena.
Bev McGowan, an industry leader in data and information security, joins the MediaCityUK-based digital and innovation hub as director of cyber security while Simon Benson, a global leader in XR user experience and award-winning Sony PlayStation pioneer, joins as director of immersive technology.
The double appointment comes as The Landing enters an exciting new phase of growth after its management was recently handed to fast growing tech firm, IN4.0 Group, to drive a new era of innovation excellence.
Ms McGowan said: “I’m excited about what we are building at The Landing and what we are doing aligns with my experience, vision and values.”
Mr Benson added: “This is an opportunity to bring my world class expertise to the heart of MediaCityUK and to enable businesses that are stepping into immersive technology to take those first steps with confidence.”
Sarah Creedon and Danielle Caveney
Brock Carmichael has announced two new appointments at the Liverpool-based practice.
Sarah Creedon joins in the new role of marketing and bid co-ordinator to assist with the development of the marketing strategy, after spending the last three years at London architects Tp Bennett.
Danielle Caveney also joins as senior administrator, responsible for the day-to-day running of the practice.
Partner, Phil Malthouse said: “Sarah brings considerable skills and knowledge to the partnership to assist in its further growth with both new and existing clients. We have a great, 45 year track record and an exciting future with a growing portfolio of work in and around Liverpool, Birmingham and the South East.”
Seamus Lennon has joined TODD Architects to head up its new Manchester studio.
Mr Lennon, a former director of IBI Group’s city office, joins the firm set to be based at 125 Deasgate.
He will be supported by a team of over 80 people from across the company’s studios.
He said: “TODD Architects is a practice that I have known and respected for some considerable time. Their enviable track record in design and delivery coupled with my experience and knowledge of the North West make for a strong proposition.
“I look forward to building up a successful office and placing TODD Architects firmly on the map here in Manchester and the North West.”
Onward Homes has appointed Dena Burgher as a non-executive director following an extensive search and competitive recruitment process.
Ms Burgher’s new position with Onward is the latest in a series of senior roles in property spanning the commercial and social housing sectors.
Career highlights for Ms Burgher include director roles in business development and customer experience at Vistry Partnerships and Kier Living.
She said: “Onward has shown leadership in the North West this year by proactively helping customers and communities through times of crisis.
“I look forward to working with colleagues to define our contribution to helping customers, their communities and our region get through these testing times and build back better.”
Manchester HR software and employment law advice service BrightHR has announced the appointment of Jenny Marsden as associate director of service.
In the role, Ms Marsden will spearhead and develop the firm’s global service engagement and delivery strategy.
She said: “I feel incredibly privileged and excited to be part of the leadership of BrightHR at such an exciting and crucial time.
“BrightHR has worked extremely hard to develop a unique proposition in terms of service and delivery. We will continue to build on those successes and help BrightHR become even better at delivering great experiences for our clients.”
International tax, audit and advisory firm Mazars has appointed Julien Irving as a restructuring partner at its Manchester office.
Mr Irving will be responsible for continuing to grow Mazars’ restructuring offering both in the North-West and across the UK, while supporting teams across the business with his specialist expertise in assisting distressed companies.
Simon Chandler, head of restructuring at Mazars, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Julien to our team and the partnership. His depth of experience will be invaluable to the team here in Manchester, ensuring we continue to deliver client service of the highest level, and stand out in the industry by virtue of quality. I am sure he will be a great advocate for the company too, fostering wider stream opportunities on behalf our of clients and Mazars.”
Katie Hodson and Jennifer Platt
North West firm SAS Daniels has strengthened its employment team with a partner promotion and senior appointment.
The law firm, which has four offices in Chester, Congleton, Macclesfield and Stockport has promoted Katie Hodson to partner after 17 years with the firm.
The team has been further boosted with the addition of Jennifer Platt as senior associate in the employment team.
Jeremy Orrell, CEO at SAS Daniels, said: “Katie is one of our longest serving colleagues and has built up a raft of experience over the years. Katie stepped up in difficult circumstances during lockdown to manage our Employment team. It is fantastic to be able to reward her hard work and dedication with this well-deserved promotion.
“I’m also delighted to have recruited a senior associate to the team. Our clients will benefit from Jennifer’s wide range of experience including a particular expertise in handling employment tribunal claims.”
Chris Cox, Alex Harrison and Paul Gardiner
Falconer Chester Hall has announced three senior promotions to support growth of the practice including the appointment of a new director and two senior architects.
Associate director Chris Cox, who leads the London studio, has been promoted to director.
Alex Harrison and Paul Gardiner have both been promoted to senior architect based at the practice head office in Liverpool. Ms Harrison joined in 2016 and is currently focusing her time on the regeneration India Building in Liverpool, which will become the North West headquarters for HMRC.
Mr Gardiner joined Falconer Chester Hall in 2017 and he leads on the Grade II-listed Municipal Building in Liverpool city centre being renovated as a four-star hotel.
Director Alastair Shepherd sad: “Staff reward and retention remain a top priority and we are thrilled to be able to offer these promotions to recognise the talent we have within our team. It is fantastic to see continued growth at Falconer Chester Hall and be able to recognise our talent, despite recent challenges.”
Mark Cawson QC
Mark Cawson QC from Exchange Chambers has been appointed as a specialist civil circuit judge at the Business and Property Courts in Manchester.
The appointment takes effect from November 30.
Mr Cawson QC said: ““I very much look forward to the challenge of sitting as a Judge of the Business and Property Courts in Manchester, but will leave behind many good colleagues and friends at Exchange Chambers who I will greatly miss.
“My almost 20 years at Exchange Chambers has been a highlight of my career. I am very grateful to the clerks and other staff for all their help over the years, and I know that I leave Chambers in very good shape, and in very good hands for the future.”
Keystone Law has appointed leading Manchester-based dispute resolution lawyer Elaine Chan who joins the firm as a partner from Ward Hadaway.
Ms Chan has over 17 years’ experience advising on commercial and insurance litigation, and is an expert in managing high-value product liability claims on behalf of insurer and corporate clients.
She said: “Keystone has an excellent reputation in the market and a large team of highly experienced litigation lawyers.
“The flexibility and autonomy that Keystone’s innovative model provides is perfect for my practice and I will continue to support my clients in the North West, nationally and internationally. I very much look forward to developing my practice at the firm.”
DLA Piper has appointed Andrew Smith as the new location head of its litigation and regulatory practice in the North West, replacing Stewart Plant, who has stepped down having previously held the role for the past two decades.
Mr Smith joined the DLA Piper team in 2000 and has more than 20 years’ experience in complex dispute resolution. He joined the firm as a trainee in 1998.
North West managing partner Mark Beardwood said: “I have the highest regard for Stewart, who is an outstanding litigator and has successfully led the practice for many years. I am delighted that we have such an able replacement in Andrew, particularly given his expertise in international corporate litigation.”
New senior management team among five hires at Boda Skins
Manchester-based global fashion brand Boda Skins has appointed a new senior management team to support its ambitious expansion plans, with Ashley Waring joining as managing director and Cameron Lee as finance director to work alongside founder and CEO, Nathan Alexander.
The firm has also appointed Laura Millington as head of product and creative, Rachel Davies as garment technologist and Mia Joel as global ecommerce assistant.
The firm is looking at expanding to Asia and CEO Nathan Alexander said: “We’re so lucky to have such talented new employees on board, with the experience and expertise to help us achieve our ambitions. We’ve had increased demand from Asia but haven’t launched fully there yet, so that will be our main focus for the remainder of the year and 2021.
“The whole team has been amazing in working through the pandemic and it’s testament to their hard work that sales have soared, despite the delays and challenges with global supply chains.”
Brown Shipley, a Quintet Private Bank, has announced the appointment of Martin Cuthbert as head of the Manchester office, joining from Julius Baer.
Mr Cuthburt has more than 30 years’ experience working in financial services and wealth management, and will focus on leading Brown Shipley’s strategic growth plans in Manchester.
He said: “I’m delighted to join Brown Shipley to lead the Manchester office at an exciting time, as the business continues to work more closely with Quintet colleagues to deliver the personalisation of a boutique with the fire power and capabilities provided by Quintet.”
Trio of hires at Bridge Insurance Brokers
Bridge Insurance Brokers has made three senior appointments at its Manchester headquarters.
Rob Morrison has joined the real estate team as an account executive following 12 years in the property team at Reich, while Laura Whitby and Joanne Pitcher have been appointed into the FlatGUARD division. Ms Whitby takes on the role of client service executive, moving over from RSA, while Ms Pitcher joins as a claims executive following 14 years at Masons.
Michael Regan, director of real estate, said: “The construction industry has had a kickstart this year after a period of uncertainty, and we are hugely busy thanks to the owner-controlled insurance programmes, which cover a range of risks and puts the developer back in control. Rob’s experience means we can continue to drive this industry shift with existing and new clients.”
Chris Okey, Chris Pells and James Forrington
North West homebuilder and placemaker Northstone has welcomed three new recruits to its commercial and development teams.
Following the launch of its Huddle marketing suite and show homes at Silkash in September, Chris Okey has joined as managing estimator from Placefirst Construction Ltd.
Also joining are Chris Pells as architectural manager and James Forrington as engineering manager.
Craig Nutter, commercial director, said: “As we begin to progress in Barrowford and await planning approvals for sites in Ellesmere Port, Wigan and Bolton, it is certainly exciting and busy times ahead at Northstone. It’s a pleasure to welcome Chris, James and Chris to the team, we’re confident their experience will help us to deliver more well-designed and energy-efficient family homes across the region.”
Manchester-based housebuilder House by Urban Splash has appointed Tom Jarman as director of architecture.
Jarman joins the House team to lead on developments including New Islington in Manchester and Wirral Waters in Merseyside, from architectural practice FCBStudios where, as a partner, he worked across a broad range of award-winning projects.
Mr Jarman said: “I’m really delighted to be joining a business that is tangibly pioneering a new approach to housebuilding in the UK.
“It is absolutely the right time to re-frame of the agenda around UK housebuilding and bring real change to the way we conceive, create and deliver new homes and communities in this country.”
Accountancy and business advisory firm MHA Moore and Smalley has appointed management accountant Andrew Matthews to lead its Liverpool office.
Mr Matthews joins the firm as a partner after three and half years as group finance director of fast-growing Merseyside-based manufacturer and exporter Inciner8 Ltd.
He said: “I’d already experienced life as a client of MHA Moore and Smalley during my last FD role in industry, and had been impressed with the wealth of knowledge in the firm and its commitment to helping clients plan for the future.
“It’s a privilege to be given the opportunity to help the firm further grow its reach and client base across Merseyside, The Wirral, West Lancashire and North Wales. I’m particularly looking forward to renewing and developing relationships with the professional community and our clients.”
Chris Bunch and Tom Ray
Modernisation firm Cloud Technology Solutions (CTS) has hired Chris Bunch as chief operating officer (COO) and promoted Tom Ray to managing director.
Mr Ray joined CTS in February this year as the business’ first COO. His successor joins from Cloudreach and will be working alongside Mr Ray and CEO James Doggart to drive further growth at the business.
Chris worked at Cloudreach for nine years as part of the company’s leadership team. His most recent role at the business saw him run the organisation’s UK and European division. During his time at Cloudreach, Chris helped grow the business from a 10-person start-up to a 900 strong team.
Mr Doggart said: “Chris’ appointment has come at an exciting time for us. We’re undertaking bigger and more exciting modernisation projects for new and existing clients and his experience will play an important role in how we take those projects forward.
“Meanwhile, Tom has been a huge asset to us since he started at CTS. His ambition and understanding of the collective vision that we and Google have, means he’s played an important role in helping us achieve our targets. Promoting him to managing director was an obvious decision.”
Three appointments for Cracking Good Food CIC
Cracking Good Food Community Interest Company has appointed Gemma Foxcroft as its new co-director after founder Adele Jordan stood down.
The organisation teaching people to cook healthy food with affordable and accessible ingredients, has also made two additional project manager appointments – Dave Hanlon and Bob Carter.
Ms Foxcroft said: “I am excited about leading and supporting Cracking Good Food in delivering meaningful change and fighting the causes of vast food poverty and appalling levels of food waste.”
Amanda Speight and David Clews
Barrowford-based LED lighting manufacturer CFE Lighting Ltd has made two senior appointments to its team, as it looks to build on its strongest ever trading performance over the last 12 months.
The company, which specialises in bespoke LED luminaires and lighting solutions for the commercial, industrial, and public sectors, has appointed Amanda Speight to the newly created role of national business development manager.
David Clews has joined the business in the split role of general manager and North West area sales manager.
MEPC has appointed a senior development manager to support the creation of a new business district within NOMA, a 20-acre mixed-use neighbourhood in central Manchester.
Dan Hyde joins MEPC from Kier Property, where he was also a senior development manager and helped deliver a number of landmark office projects, such as 3 Sovereign Square in Leeds and Eleven York Street in Manchester.
Prior to joining Kier Property, Mr Hyde held senior roles at GVA Bilfinger and Knight Frank, before which he was a professional rugby player.
MEPC is the development and asset manager for NOMA. The International business of Federated Hermes is the investment manager and manages the 20-acre neighbourhood on behalf of an institutional investor.
He said: “MEPC and Federated Hermes put sustainable and responsible development at the core of what they do and 4 Angel Square will be one of the first operationally net zero carbon office buildings to come onto the market, so I am thrilled to be joining MEPC at what is a hugely exciting stage in the delivery of NOMA.”