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Summer movers and shakers in the East Midlands

Here is our regular round-up of appointments and promotions at businesses across the East Midlands:

Howes Percival

Howes Percival has appointed Paula Dumbill as a partner and head of the commercial team within its corporate, commercial, and banking (CBB) practice.

Paula will be based at the firm’s Leicester office and joins from Browne Jacobson where she was head of the commercial team in the East Midlands and lead health tech partner.

Howes Percival’s CCB practice advises clients on significant and transformational acquisitions, disposals, as well as contractual matters.

It also provides a banking and finance service to its borrower clients, and to banks, financial institutions, funds, and other lenders.

In recent years, the CCB team has grown to more than 30 fee earners.

Paula has experience of advising clients on technology, infrastructure and outsourcing projects, mission-critical joint venture arrangements and drafting and negotiating commercial contracts for businesses.

She is recognised as a ‘leading individual’ in Legal 500 and has also led a commercial team ranked by Legal 500 in Tier 1 in the East Midlands in Legal 500.

Ms Dumbill said: “I’m very proud to be joining Howes Percival. The firm has a fantastic reputation for the quality of its work, and I am excited to be involved in helping to develop its commercial practice.”

Luke Evans Bakery

David Yates, the managing director of Derbyshire-based Luke Evans Bakery, has been elected chairperson of bakery products distributor BAKO Group Ltd.

BAKO is supplies bakery products and ingredients to customers throughout the UK, with business units in Durham, Preston and Wimbledon – and takes pride in the fact that it is owned by bakers, for bakers.

David Yates and BAKO Group CEO Mike Tully

David has served on the board since January 2018 and as deputy chairperson since December 2019.

He said: “The coming years present many challenges but also many reasons for huge optimism for the bakery industry.

“As the world and the industry recovers from the impact of Covid-19, I am really excited and honoured to have been elected as chairperson of BAKO and look forward to a bright future of innovation, diversification and positive change for the benefit of our members, partners, customers and colleagues across the baking industry.”

Luke Evans Bakery is one of the oldest family-run bakeries in the country, and was founded in 1804 by Henry Evans and named after his brother Luke.

Based in Riddings, in Derbyshire, it has been passed down seven generations and is still in the same family over 200 years later. It operates 24 hours a day, producing bread and cakes for clients in Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Nottinghamshire and has been a shareholder of BAKO for 35 years.

Barratt Developments

Barratt Developments has appointed Mike Scott as an executive director and chief financial officer.

He will join the business, based in north west Leicestershire, at a date yet to be announced.

Mike Scott, who is chief financial officer of Countryside Properties, has extensive experience in the housebuilding sector, having joined Countryside as group financial controller in 2014.

Summer movers and shakers in the East Midlands
Barratt Homes Findrassie

During the past seven years, he has overseen a period of significant growth at Countryside, including the Group’s IPO in February 2016 and the acquisition of Leicester-based Westleigh Homes in April 2018.

Prior to joining Countryside, he held senior finance roles at J. Sainsbury Plc, including as head of investor relations.

He qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in 2002.

He said: “I have long admired Barratt’s commitment to delivering high-quality, sustainable homes and I join a business in a strong financial position.

“I look forward to working with the Barratt team as we continue to deliver operational improvements across the business, whilst maintaining industry-leading standards in sustainability, quality and service.”

He will replace Jessica White who has stepped down from the board. In the meantime Barratt chief executive David Thomas – who previously held the chief financial officer for six years – will assume temporary responsibility for the finance function.

MAF Finance Group

Two healthcare finance experts who have arranged more than £500 million of funding for the sector have been appointed as new directors at MAF Finance Group (MAF), the East Midlands-based finance broker that was recently taken over by Begbies Traynor Group.

The appointments of Jonathan Thompson as senior director of healthcare and John Anderson as director of healthcare are part of an ambitious growth strategy for the national finance broker, which is based in South Normanton, Derbyshire.

Summer movers and shakers in the East Midlands
MAF Finance Group senior members (l-r) John Anderson (director of healthcare), Mike Gascoigne (director, head of healthcare), Dave Chapman (director, head of sales & property), Jonathan Thompson (senior director of healthcare)

Both directors specialise in structuring deals and delivering complex, multi-layered debt facilities for a healthcare businesses.

Jonathan has more than 40 years of banking experience in senior healthcare roles at Royal Bank of Scotland and Barclays; and John has more than 15 years corporate banking experience, beginning with Bank of Scotland Corporate before spending 11 years at Barclays as a healthcare relationship director.

MAF Director, Dave Chapman, says: “Having both Jonathan and John join MAF at this crucial stage of our growth is really important for us.

“With these new appointments, we are well on the way to creating one of the premier healthcare teams in the UK and with the help of Begbies Traynor Group, we are building a strong future for MAF and the businesses we help to grow.”

Precision People

Specialist technical and management staffing business Precision People has added to its growing contract team with the appointment of Chris Deverson as principal consultant.

Chris joins the growing team of five consultants in Precision’s contracts division, which specialises in blue and white-collar contracting roles across the East Midlands and the UK.

Summer movers and shakers in the East Midlands
Chris Deverson of Precision People

Prior to joining Precision People, he worked at ATA and SF for 15 years.

Precision People is based at the Meridian Business Park near the M1 Junction 21 in Leicester, and provides recruitment services in engineering, technical, consultancy and sales, alongside executive search and has been operating in sectors including aerospace and automotive.

Mr Deverson said: “I’m very excited to be joining this already well-established and solid team, with an extensive client base.

“The team has maintained excellent relationships throughout the difficulties of the last year, and now as we’re seeing the market really start to gain traction once again, I look forward to the future, building on the client base and growing the contract division in line with the ambitious five year growth plans.”

Planning & Design Practice Ltd

Specialist conservation architect Lindsay Cruddas and chartered town planner Michael Bamford have joined the board of Derby’s Planning & Design Practice.

They will help run the firm alongside Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) chartered town planners Richard Pigott, and Jon Millhouse at the team of town planning consultants, architects and heritage specialists.

Summer movers and shakers in the East Midlands
Lindsay Cruddas, Michael Bamford, Jon Millhouse and Richard Pigott of Planning and Design

Ms Cruddas said: “After leading the architectural team for over six years I’m delighted to be appointed as a director.

“The change in the company reinforces our practice core values that Planning and Architecture go hand in hand to make spaces better for the people who live in and use them.

“We are all excited to assist our clients in developing new and exciting projects.”

Mr Bamford: “I am excited to be a part of the next chapter in the future of Planning and Design.

“We have seen considerable growth over the past two years within the Yorkshire region as well as across the country and I look forward to working with the team to continue to deliver projects we are proud of.”

The news coincides with the announcement that Planning and Design’s founder Jonathan Jenkin is stepping down as managing director to work part time in a consultancy role.

Motorfinity

Newark-based specialist car discount service Motorfinity has appointed 13 new members of staff, following a period of growth.

Motorfinity specialises in providing vehicle discounts for NHS, emergency services, social care, teachers and defence workers.

Since April 2020, the company has from six staff to 22.

Summer movers and shakers in the East Midlands
Motorfinity finance manager Matt Potts

The new recruits include Beth Twohig-Lawton as marketing executive, Jayne Kerins and Paris Bennett as account managers and Sharon Hockley as officer manager.

Further support will be provided by apprentices Oliver Bentley and Jordan Allen, who will be gaining experience working in the sales division.

New finance manager Matt Potts said: “I’m delighted to have joined the Motorfinity team.

“It’s a company I’ve heard great things about for some time, and I particularly admired its approach to customer service.

“At previous companies, I found the day-to-day operations were driven solely by profit – which is often a characteristic of the finance industry.

“But here, the company – and its rapidly expanding team – is motivated by providing hardworking individuals with a great car at unbeatable prices and delivering the very best, personable service possible.”

Nielsen McAllister

Derby-based public relations and communications specialist Nielsen McAllister has welcomed the latest member to its growing team, with the appointment of Rhiannon Hopper as account executive.

Summer movers and shakers in the East Midlands
Rhiannon Hopper has joined Nielsen McAllister

The 21-year-old from Swadlincote recently graduated from Warwick University, where she studied English literature with film.

During her three-years there, Rhiannon developed a passion for writing, content creation and communications, as well as working as deputy social media manager for The Boar, the university’s student newspaper.

Access Legal

Access Legal – a division of The Access Group – has appointed Ed Jones as its new product manager for legal content, briefed to help practices become more efficient and effective in legal learning and compliance.

He joins the newly formed division at the Loughborough headquartered business after spending more than five years in operational roles at legal online training, compliance and risk management solution provider Riliance, which The Access Group acquired in 2019.

Summer movers and shakers in the East Midlands
Access Legal has appointed Ed Jones as its new product manager for legal content

As part of his first major project, Ed has successfully overseen the rollout of Access Legal’s online anonymous survey system.

Designed to help save firms valuable time when it comes to diversity data collection as part of the SRA’s Diversity Survey, it offers full anonymity and comes complete with pre-loaded questions and automatic calculations.

Every law firm has a regulatory duty to allow employees to take part in the bi-annual survey, which helps to monitor socio-economic background, ethnicity, gender identity, religion and sexual orientation in the sector.

Ed said: “Access Legal presented an exciting opportunity.

“I have an extensive background in legal learning and compliance, so it has been great to take the lead on this and join Access’ new dedicated legal division that already has a customer base of over 3,500 firms.

“We’re aiming to create an eco-system of learning and compliance for the sector that is more akin to the hybrid working models that we are likely to see in many firms going forwards.

“Time, effectiveness and reputation are all so important to legal practitioners and our aim is to present learning and compliance software solutions that meet those needs.

“The online anonymous survey system is a perfect example of this.

“When it comes to data collection for the SRA’s Diversity Survey, we all know how important anonymity is, particularly in relation to GDPR’s special categories of data. Law firms need to be asking themselves if the way they collect the survey data is secure and if it protects the user’s privacy.

“We’ve created a solution that sends users a unique link to a pre-formatted survey tool built with the latest SRA question set.

“This acts as a safeguarding mechanism by anonymously collecting responses and compiling them into an aggregated report.

“These automatically calculated results can then be inputted into the SRA’s portal once it goes live. It’s a truly anonymous solution that has compliance and efficiency at its core, which is so important to us as we move forward with our product roadmap.”

Those already using Access Legal software solutions include renowned firms such as Eversheds, Minster Law, Winn Solicitors, Wolferstans, Neves Solicitors LLP and The MAPD Group.

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