Businesses from across the North West have announced a raft of appointments in recent weeks as they continue to bounce back from the last 15 months of Covid disruption.
With lockdowns easing and business confidence recovering, companies in sectors from professional services to law firms, including the likes of Manchester’s newest venue which is currently under construction, have made new hires to boost their growth.
Here are 78 from across Liverpool, Manchester and further afield that you may have missed:
Deloitte has made 18 senior promotions across its North West offices, comprising four new partners and 14 directors.
The newly-appointed partners are Helen Cutting in Risk Advisory and Stephane Laffly, Dean Lonsdale and Alan Simpson who all work within the Consulting arm of the firm. All four partners will be based in Deloitte’s Manchester office.
Across the practice, the highest number of new directors is within Tax, with Hannah Townsend, Mo Undre, Kym Handbridge, Chris Brady, Alex Hall and Eleanor Caine all being promoted.
There are two promotions in both Audit and Financial Advisory, with Natalie Maguire and Larry Rhodes in the former and Nick Sands and Dan Murphy in the latter.
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The remaining director promotions all come from within Consulting and comprise Matthew Clark, Michelle Jermy, Richard Cole and Rob Machin.
Andy Westbrook, practice senior partner for Deloitte in the North West, said: “We are absolutely delighted to announce these senior promotions. Each one is richly deserved and marks a tremendous milestone in the career of the individuals involved.
“The investment we continue to make in the region is significant, as evidenced not only by these promotions but also by those that have happened over the past couple of years.
“The talent within our North West team is exceptional, and these promotions further bolster the strength and depth of our expertise in the region. Huge congratulations to all those who have been promoted.”
Grant Thornton UK LLP has announced a flurry of new hew hires and promotions in its North West corporate finance team.
Alex Parry joins the team as an assistant manager from a Big Four firm, where she spent more than five years after graduating from the University of Nottingham with a first-class honours degree in accountancy.
A second external hire is Humza Khan; an experienced mid-market deal originator with particular expertise in private equity and M&A activity. He has an MBA in Corporate Finance, Venture Capital & Private Equity from Alliance Manchester Business School.
Also joining the North West corporate finance team is manager Rachael Taplin who is shifting her focus within the firm. She started at Grant Thornton in 2018 and has been working in audit, where she has risen quickly through the ranks with two promotions in successive years.
Cariad Mudford has been promoted to associate director. Meanwhile, Alex Hirst and Amy Huddleston have both been promoted to manager.
Co-op Live, the new music and live entertainment arena opening in Manchester in 2023, has announced the appointment of the team that will lead on sales of the arena’s hospitality offering.
The five-person team is being led by head of premium sales, Becci Thomson, and will be responsible for the sale of 28 suites, 12 lounges and club spaces, and 2196 premium seats.
Paula Jupp joins as senior sales manager, who spent 15 years at the Manchester Evening News, latterly as head of commercial business and events, and, most recently in a strategic role at the city’s inward investment agency, MIDAS.
Three sales managers have also joined the team including Maxine Price, Edward Coulson and Mark Bennett.
Essar Oil has announced the appointment of Tim Bullock as independent non-executive director.
Mr Bullock brings more than 30 years’ experience working across the oil, gas and power industries, both within the UK and internationally.
He is currently chair of Bonroy Petchem, and former roles include having served as chief executive of German firm Mabanaft and Litasco in Switzerland, as well as spending 27 years with BP.
He said: “I am delighted to join EOUK. The company plays a critical role within the UK’s national infrastructure and I have been hugely impressed by the board’s vision for a sustainable future, exemplified by its role in the HyNet consortium.
“Company leadership is deeply committed to ensuring the highest standards in corporate governance and I look forward to playing my role in delivering it.”
Parfetts has announced a raft of board-level changes to create a platform for further growth.
The wholesaler and symbol group operator has appointed Guy Swindell and Noel Robinson as joint managing directors (designate). Steve Moore has also joined as head of retail.
Guy Swindell is promoted from retail director, where he has led the company’s expansion in recent years. He has spent over 20 years at Parfetts and worked within every layer of operations.
Noel Robinson joins Parfetts from Bestway, where he spent the last three years relaunching Bestway Vans and taking responsibility for Best Pets.
He has held several senior roles within wholesale.
Current Joint managing directors Greg Suszczenia and David Grimes will remain in their roles until 1 January 2022 to ensure a smooth handover.
Greg Suszczenia will then become chairman of the executive board and continue to represent Parfetts on the Unitas board.
Mr Moore will oversee the next phase of the wholesaler’s expansion of its symbol group.
Beever and Struthers
Recruitment has continued at chartered accountants and business advisors Beever and Struthers.
The firm, which has offices in Manchester, Blackburn, Birmingham and London, has recruited a director to its corporate team to meet growing demand from clients.
Dean Curtis has re-joined the team from Ballard Evans Corporate Finance and will support corporate services partner John Jones.
Mr Curtis said: “Having spent the past four years further developing my M&A skills and experience in the SME market, I’m delighted to have re-joined the firm at this point in its growth.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to help build a team focusing on advising our clients across a variety of sectors, from business sales through to private equity transactions, acquisitions, MBO/MBIs and fundraising.”
British Business Bank
The British Business Bank has appointed Dr Sophie Dale-Black as a director to lead the Bank’s UK Network team across the North of England and Midlands.
Dr Dale-Black’s role will cover the North West, North East and Yorkshire and the Humber.
In her new role, she will focus on helping enhance the small business finance ecosystem in the North, to support smaller businesses access the finance they need to recover, grow and prosper.
She said: “I have worked closely with the British Business Bank for a number of years and recognise the critical role it is playing in transforming finance markets for smaller businesses across the UK and specifically in the North of England.”
Bibby Line Group
Leading marine asset provider Bibby Marine has appointed Nigel Quinn as CEO to lead the company through its next phase of development.
Mr Quinn will take up the position from his current role as CEO at Bibby Line Group’s Garic subsidiary.
Mark Albiston, currently operations director at Garic will move into the Garic CEO role.
Both Bibby Marine and Garic are subsidiaries of Bibby Line Group (BLG). Jonathan Lewis, BLG group managing director said: “Bibby Marine continues to provide excellent service to customers, whether supporting the offshore windfarm sector or providing environmentally friendly shoreside accommodation solutions for large infrastructure and other projects.
“Nigel’s experience of successfully leading marine businesses, combined with his passion for customer service and teamwork, make him the ideal person to lead Bibby Marine through its next phase of development.
“Mark’s proven leadership in all functional areas stand him in good stead to lead Garic in its ambitious growth plans and to ensure it maintains its position as the premier UK supplier of construction site welfare products and workplace equipment hire, sales and bespoke solutions ”
Manchester-based DF Capital has announced it has hired Ian Martin as industry leader – motorhomes and caravans.
Working alongside Corvin Baks, he will be responsible for developing the business’ position as a leading provider in this leisure sector.
Mr Martin joins from Blackhorse Finance, where he spent almost 33 years in senior sales management roles.
He said: “I am thrilled to join DF Capital. It is an ambitious, driven company and an innovator in its field.
“Working for an organisation that is relatively young and wants to expand is a massive draw, as is our strong commitment to customers and the industries they are in.
“Our personal touch makes us stand out in the market and I’m eager to get started.”
Consumer law firm Simpson Millar hired Kayleigh Smith as associate solicitor will oversee the day-to-day management of property, investments, welfare benefits, vehicle requirements, therapy and employment of carers on behalf of her clients.
Based in Manchester, she brings her experience in mental capacity law, and has managed the affairs of vulnerable people and supported the litigation process since 2009.
She also has extensive experience in managing the financial affairs of clients who are unable to do so themselves.
Ms Smith said: “I am thrilled to be joining the team at Simpson Miller and to have the opportunity to continue working within an area of law that provides a valuable service to our clients, which has always been a passion of mine.
“I take a huge amount of pride in building a relationship with the individuals I work with – many of whom are extremely vulnerable – in order to best understand their needs and be creative in my approach to their problems.
“Simpson Millar’s similar ethos of providing the best possible legal support to clients at the key moments in their lives, and when they need it most, is something that really resonates with me, and I am looking forward to becoming a part of the team.”
Civil and structural engineering firm Sutcliffe has boosted its workforce with three new recruits, with the company still actively looking to fill two more positions in the coming weeks.
New to the team are senior BIM technician Benjamin Downey, geo-technical scientist Daniel Evans, and structural engineer Adam Leek.
Previously working for five years at Lancashire County Council as an environmental services officer, Mr Evans has a wealth of experience in the geo-technical field, while his new colleague Mr Leek has worked most recently as a graduate structural engineer at Warrington-based Atkins.
A BIM expert having worked as a manager in a host of roles before joining Sutcliffe, Benjamin brings over a decade’s worth of experience to the company.
North-West law firm Slater Heelis is naming a series of new appointments across a range of legal departments as it continues to bolster its operations across Manchester.
The full-service law firm has welcomed seven new legal recruits and four team members in business support roles since 2021, with further appointments in the pipeline for the coming months.
With offices in Manchester city centre, Sale and Timperley, the full-service law firm now has over 160 employees and growing.
The growth in legal talent also sits alongside ongoing recruitment drives for practice management roles, with Lawrence Stansfield having recently joined as a new business administrator, Kate Miller as a marketing executive, and Debbie Hughes as a file opening administrator.
Of the new legal appointments, Hannah Costley has been appointed as a solicitor in the crime and regulation department.
The firm’s private client team has also been strengthened with three new arrivals, including solicitors Claire MacKenzie and Fakhruddin Maimoon. Marcus Sorton also has joined the department as a data input administrator.
The Dispute Resolution team welcomed solicitor Lauren Adams in January.
Further appointments include Jodi Tuson and Louise Richardson, who have both joined the family law team as a solicitor and consultant respectively. Paralegal Kelsey Marron also joined the team in June.
Manchester-based Pannone Corporate has strengthened its insolvency and restructuring team with the appointment of Richard Wolff as partner.
Mr Wolff, who joins from JMW where he established the firm’s insolvency practice over a decade ago, brings nearly 25 years’ experience to the role.
He will assist in team growth and development, as well as the expansion of the practice’s client base and professional network.
Specialising in both non-contentious and contentious insolvency and restructuring work, he has acted for a wide variety of clients – from insolvency practitioners and lenders, to corporates and private individuals.
A former Warrant Officer Tony Charnley, who has served on operations around the world, has joined Liverpool-based law firm CEL Solicitors to help develop strong leaders and strengthen communication skills across the firm.
Tony Charnley has been appointed as Staff Performance and Group Operations Manager at CEL, following a full career in the British Army that spanned more than 22 years.
As part of his role, Mr Charnley will work closely with the business’ board of directors to develop managers’ leadership skills, coach staff on effective communications, implement empowerment, and lead a new mental health and wellbeing training programme.
He said: “Throughout my military career, I’d always been passionate about training managers to be exceptional leaders – anyone can be given a promotion to hold the title but being able to inspire and lead a team to success is a skill in itself.
“I was drawn to CEL’s ethos of putting people before profits, which includes both the staff and the clients, so I’m looking forward to helping to take the team forward and, hopefully, put my military background and skills to use.”
P3 People Management
Outsourced HR business P3 People Management has made two further appointments to the team.
P3, based in Altrincham, helps SMEs based across the North West, to increase their profits by investing in the performance of their people.
Michaela Lewis, from Irlam, has joined the team as HR and business administrator, a new role for the business.
She supports the team with client work, providing HR focused administration, as well as a business administration function for P3.
Hannah Pryjmachuk has also joined P3 as a HR consultant. She qualified with a Masters in HR management in 2014 before spending five years living and working in Sydney, Australia, within various HR roles with the legal, electronics and recruitment industries, including her last role in Sydney with Nikon Australia.
After moving back to the UK in 2019 with her husband and 6-year-old son, Hannah took some time out to have her baby daughter before starting work as a HR Officer for humanitarian charity MAG in Manchester where she worked for 10 months during the Covid lockdown.
North West law firm SAS Daniels LLP is announcing the appointment of eight recruits across its four offices.
Anna Sharp joins as an associate solicitor in the litigation team at the Stockport office, whilst Jessica Shore has been appointed as a solicitor in the private client team in Chester.
The residential property team in Stockport has been bolstered by five new appointments as the region continues to experience a record number of property transactions. Senior conveyancer Florence Jordan and four conveyancing assistants; Ayesha Roshan, Bhajan Khalsa, Kardam Gupta and Hannah Bhatti join the Stockport office.
Catherine Peers has been appointed business development and marketing manager for the full-service firm.
INTU Your Home
INTU Your Home, part of AET Global Limited, is continuing its drive for commercial growth with the appointment of Lee Miles as the new sales director.
The experienced sales director will join the team to help develop the INTU brand and strengthen its relationship with the trade, as well as helping to amplify the consumer offering.
Having worked across all channels of the bathroom, plumbing and kitchen sectors, the 49-year-old brings excellent strategic process and analytical capabilities to the INTU sales team.
Winter Olympics legend Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards has been handed a non-executive director role at a Merseyside-based digital marketing agency.
Former ski-jumper Mr Edwards, who recently appeared on ITV show The Masked Dancer, won the heart of the nation and became an overnight phenomenon for “capturing the spirit of the Olympics” back in 1988, also becoming the first Brit to compete in the sport for 60 years.
He has now joined Birkenhead-based OON Media, a firm that was hit hard by the impact of the Covid-19, but continued to trade and has recently moved to larger premises in the Wirral town.
MHA Moore and Smalley
North West accountancy and business advisory firm MHA Moore and Smalley has strengthened its tax team with a new senior appointment at its Manchester office.
The firm has appointed Kirsty Foster as senior tax manager. Ms Foster has experience across a range of tax consultancy roles. After beginning her career at Deloitte PCS Limited, she worked her way up to senior manager with several independent North West practices, including Jackson Stephen LLP and DTE.
She said: “I believe that companies get the best from their people by providing a supportive environment where ideas, queries and solutions can be freely discussed. That is a key value of MHA Moore and Smalley and something that really attracted me to the firm.
“I am looking forward to working with the team in Manchester and also with the wider MHA network to support clients at a unique and challenging time for businesses and individuals.”
Self-employment technology business Wise has bolstered its senior team with one of the UK’s leading compliance experts in a major coup for the firm.
With over 30 years of experience in the tax industry, featuring stints at HMRC and Grant Thornton, Jeremy Leach joins Wise as chief compliance officer to oversee how the firm supports its growing base of clients.
Mr Leach said: “Helping companies stay compliant is a constant challenge in an ever-changing status landscape and adopting technology has now become essential if companies want to tackle this challenge effectively.
“I’m excited to have joined the growing team at Wise as we continue to expand how we can support logistics businesses across the UK.”
Online mortgage broker Mojo Mortgages has announced the appointment of Cassie Stephenson as its new director of mortgages.
The Macclesfield-based business counts the likes of Uswitch, Zoopla and Snoop as digital partners.
Ms Stephenson joins Mojo following her time at fellow online broker Habito as VP operations, as well as previous spells at Atom Bank, Tesco Bank and Lloyds.
She said: “I am delighted to be joining the team at Mojo as the business enters its next stage of growth. It’s no secret that the past year has been challenging but the market appears to be gaining some real momentum with new government-backed schemes, competitive rates amongst lenders and a bustling property market, so it’s an exciting time to join the team.
“Mojo already has such strong foundations, systems and amazing people – it’s now time to take what we have and accelerate it to make us the number one brokerage in the UK.”
Northcoders, the Manchester and Leeds-based technology and education group, has formally appointed a number of new members to its board of directors.
Charlotte Prior and Amy Wild join existing executives Chris Hill, Amul Batra and Sandy Lindsay to complete the strategic appointments of the last six months. Nick Parker has also agreed to join the board later in the year.
Chief executive Chris Hill said: “We are in the middle of a period of transformational growth at Northcoders, and I am delighted that we have attracted such an experienced board to help guide us at this exciting moment in time.
“Moving away from the pandemic, the demand for digital training has never been stronger in the UK.
“The Government has clearly signalled its support for improving access to all forms of education, especially through apprenticeships like ours, and the rapid increase in our corporate hiring partners is evidence that private sector investment in our industry is increasing.
“As we assess the next steps to accelerate further expansion, I look forward to working with our new board and all of the team at Northcoders who have shown faultless dedication to our journey so far.”
Maguire Family Law
Leading divorce and family law firm, Maguire Family Law has appointed Olivia Barry as its latest associate solicitor, as it looks to expand its growing team.
Ms Barry joins Maguire Family Law having previously worked at the national specialist family law firm, Stowe Family Law LLP, for three years.
She obtained her law degree from Keele University and master’s degree at The University of Law, Chester, and has predominately worked in family law since graduating in 2013, and exclusively practised in the area since she qualified as a solicitor in 2018.
She said: “I am thrilled to be joining the team at this very exciting time of expansion and growth for the firm. Maguire Family Law has an outstanding reputation in the Cheshire market, often dealing with very complex and high-net-worth cases.
“I look forward to helping and supporting our clients in the future.”
AIM-listed Time Finance has announced that Ed Rimmer has been confirmed as the permanent CEO with immediate effect.
Mr Rimmer brings with him a “wealth of experience” having joined the group in 2017 as managing director of the newly established commercial finance division.
Prior to that he was UK CEO of Bibby Financial services.
Mr Rimmer said: “Time Finance is a strong business operating in a sector that has played a critical role helping small businesses across the UK through the disruption of Covid-19. Our industry holds a unique opportunity to inspire confidence and growth in the UK SME market and to support businesses who are looking to recover and grow in post covid times.
“I am confident that Time Finance is in a great position to lead the sector in doing so. We have exciting plans to further develop our business as a multi-product independent SME funder helping businesses to recover and grow and I look forward to leading the business through the next stage of its journey.”
Bromborough Paint and Building Supplies
Bromborough Paint and Building Supplies, the North West’s largest independent decorators merchant, has announced the appointment of Stuart Slocombe as managing director.
Mr Slocombe joins from Travis Perkins subsidiary, Benchmarx Kitchens and Joinery, where he was operations director with a remit for 150 branches nationwide.
Between 2015 and 2019, he led Benchmarx’s expansion across the Northern and Western parts of the UK, opening 46 outlets over the period and transforming Benchmarx’s presence in the region to a strongly profitable position.
Manchester cloud hosting and data centre operator Teledata has strengthened its team with the appointment of Seb Graham as commercial development manager.
Mr Graham joins Teledata from managed service provider San IT, where he spent eight years developing his career across a number of roles including technical support, projects, solution design, helpdesk management, marketing, process improvements and sales.
He said: “I’m really excited to be joining Teledata. They have such a strong team of experts collaborating to deliver great results collectively, and I’m hoping to add to this by bringing a fresh and authentic approach to the account management and sales function and root some new procedures to further the hard work that’s already been done, helping to continue to grow the business through the formation of new partnerships, products and services.”
Manchester-headquartered Assetz Capital has appointed Irene Thomas as director of lending operations.
In her new role, she will lead, develop and modernise the marketplace lender’s operations by driving improvements and efficiencies across the business to deliver even better outcomes for customers and colleagues.
Before joining Assetz Capital, she was director of commercial operations at Together, where she transformed working practices and processes, leading to sustained growth for the commercial division of the lender.
With more than 30 years’ experience in operational management, she previously held roles with Halifax Bank of Scotland, Freedom Finance and Advantage Home Loans.
She said: “Assetz Capital is already an incredibly successful business with brilliant people, and yet I still see huge potential. There is opportunity for change and improvement across the business to enable us to scale quicker and more sustainably – while delivering an even better service to our borrowers and investors.
“The senior leadership team has a clear vision for the business and I’m looking forward to playing my part in shaping and delivering it.”
Electronic signature platform developer Videosign has appointed Adam Nichols as its new head of sales and marketing.
Mr Nichols takes wide-ranging sales and marketing experience to Liverpool-based Videosign, developer of an online platform that uses video conferencing and facial recognition software for ultra-secure remote witnessing of contracts and legal documents.
He said: “The thing that impressed me about Videosign is that it’s not just an electronic signature platform. It’s about better collaboration and interaction with your customers and better customer service.
“Users of Videosign can use the platform to talk their customers through a document before signing it and make sure any questions are answered and the key points are fully understood.
“When I first heard about Videosign it resonated with me strongly as something that companies need.”