New roles at Clive Owen, Muckle, GSC Grays, CTS and Broadacres
A BUSINESSiQ roundup of key moves in influential companies in the North East – who’s in and who’s out
Clive Owen LLP has appointed a new experienced partner.
Phillipa Symington joins the firm, which has offices in Darlington, Durham, York and Middlesbrough, from KPMG in Leeds.
She was born in Bristol but emigrated to South Africa with her parents at an early age. Phillipa trained at Grant Thornton in South Africa, returning to the UK at the end of 2018.
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As an audit team partner, Phillipa will work with a broad client base, providing auditing and technical compliance services. She has over 18 years of experience working with owner-managed businesses and has worked in many different industries including retail, pharmaceutical, leisure and hospitality, real estate, technology and the making.
Phillipa said: “I am thrilled to be joining a company that is so people-centric, open and inclusive in the way it works. I’ve never experienced an environment where everyone has a smile on their face all the time, but Clive Owen LLP is exactly that. The culture is amazing and as a single mother of two, the work-life balance offered by the company is perfect.
Cumbria-born Georgia Sproat celebrates after signing a full-time contract with Newcastle-based business law firm Muckle LLP.
After working in the company’s Corporate, Banking, Construction and Engineering teams, Georgia has now completed her training contract and has taken up her role in Muckle’s Banking and Restructuring team.
Georgia said: “I think what makes Muckle such a great place to work is the people – there’s a real family feel to working here. Everyone is so adaptable and helpful, and the work environment is flexible and inclusive. I am very happy to continue my career here.
Muckle is ranked second in the world compared to law firms of the same size, and 147th globally, following the results of its Investors in People survey where it retained “Gold” status. Overall, over 98% of employees said Muckle was a great place to work.
Louise Duffy, Partner and Head of Banking Services, said, “Like everyone here, Georgia is committed to providing our customers with technically excellent service. Our clients love working with her and she is already a tremendous asset to our company.
CTS UK, the thriving North Yorkshire-based enterprise supply chain specialist, has bolstered its talented team with an important leadership appointment
Lisa Ford joins as Director of Sales at a pivotal stage in the development of the Northallerton company following a banner year.
Lisa, from Wrenthorpe, near Wakefield, has 30 years of sales experience, mostly in management, working for the Yorkshire Post, Supplies Team Solutions and stationery and office supply company Banner.
She said: “It’s a dream move for me. It’s a wonderful opportunity to join a young, dynamic and growing company with a clear vision and a great team spirit. I will lead a talented sales team as we build on CTS’ reputation as one of the leading business supply companies in the North of England.
“CTS is now experiencing significant growth across all categories, providing PPE, uniforms and custom workwear, merchandise, facilities and stationery as well as sourcing, warehousing and fulfillment and our list of clients, including Frasers Group, is stellar.”
The rural land and property specialists have promoted six members of their staff at a key time for the company as it continues to expand its team of experts.
The six promoted are:
Rachel Morris – promoted to Associate Director of General Medicine
Jake Nixon – promoted to agricultural business consultant
Hannah Proctor – Promoted Farm Consultant
Helen Simpson – promoted to Associate Rural Director
Hamish Smales – promoted to associate rural manager
Georgina Watson – promoted rural director
In addition to these promotions, the business has recently opened a new office in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire and the expansion comes as GSC Grays has been appointed to provide free personal advice to agricultural businesses in North England. England as part of Defra’s £32m Future Farming Resilience Fund. (FFRF) Scaling Project.
Guy Coggrave, Managing Director of GSC Grays, said: “At GSC Grays, we bring together amazing people to build a better future for rural land and the business community in the North of England.
“Recognizing and rewarding talent is at the heart of our philosophy and we are delighted to announce the promotion of six of our outstanding colleagues at a time of exciting business opportunities, including our recent appointment by Defra as provider of the Future Farming Resilience Fund (FFRF) Scaling Project.
“This project will involve providing personalized farming business advice to 1650 farms across the North of England in addition to workshops, webinars and business group meetings and the quality of our staff is key to our success. .”
The free service is available to BPS beneficiaries in the North East, North West, Yorkshire and North Midlands and a total of 1,650 farms will receive personalized business advice from GSC Grays under the national scheme.
The housing association has appointed Helen Fielding as director of development and investment.
Helen has spent the past nine years (the last two as a growth manager) working at Homes England, the body that funds affordable housing in the country.
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She was previously responsible for housing at Hambleton District Council, so she comes to her new job in Broadacres with a wealth of local, regional and national social housing experience.
As Director of Development and Investments, Helen will oversee a team responsible for the development of new homes for Broadacres Group and strategic investment in existing homes, including the continued implementation of the company’s energy efficiency program. association and its strategy to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
Helen said: ‘I am really delighted to join Broadacres and look forward to helping to deliver more quality, sustainable and improved homes in North Yorkshire.
“I’ve worked in this part of the world and with Broadacres for many years, so in a way it’s like coming home.
“I’m passionate about supporting rural communities to grow and prosper, and I’m thrilled at the opportunity to join such a great team to make that happen, working with partners and partnerships to make our collective ambitions a reality.”
Gail Teasdale, Managing Director of Broadacres, said: “Helen brings a wealth of rural experience which I know she will use to deliver more quality new homes and to invest in our existing homes to ensure affordable housing is available for North Yorkshire communities.”
Helen Simpson, Chairman of Broadacres, said: “Attracting someone of Helen’s caliber is a real boost for Broadacres and adds value and experience to an already very strong management team.