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12 Cotswold career power moves

PUBLISHED: 15:35 15 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:42 15 March 2017

Patrick McMahon

Patrick McMahon


We find out whose career is going places in the Cotswolds…

Senior partner stays on for third term

Leading Oxford property consultancy Bidwells has chosen Patrick McMahon to continue as senior partner for a further four years.

Despite senior partners usually serving a maximum of two terms, the firm’s Partners voted unanimously for Patrick to lead the firm for an unprecedented third term.

The decision will see Patrick, who joined the firm’s London Investment team in 1989 and took up the role of senior partner in 2009, retain the role through to 2022.

In his previous seven years as senior partner, Bidwells’ operating profit has grown by 118 per cent to over £6 million a year, average Partner earnings have increased by over 40 per cent and borrowing has reduced from £5 million to zero.

Patrick has also found time to lead on a number of ground-breaking mixed-use development schemes including advising Brookgate on the delivery of CB1, Lord Rogers’ 1.6 million sq ft masterplan vision to redevelop the area around Cambridge city station.

Patrick says: “I have had the privilege of leading the firm for a number of years and I am proud of the things we have achieved together in that time.

“The firm is as financially and culturally strong now as it ever has been in my time at Bidwells. I am also proud of the fact that we’re a bit different, we’re not distracted by global expansion and can choose the markets that offer the greatest opportunities for our clients.”


Legal expert launches own firm

Legal expert Frank Smith has achieved a long-held ambition to run his own business.

The founder of Frank Smith & Co solicitors has over 15 years’ experience working in the legal sector and fully understands the needs of those who want to buy, sell, manage or develop their property.

Frank Smith, Managing Partner, Frank Smith & Co Solicitors (c) Carl Hewlett / Thousand Word Media LtdFrank Smith, Managing Partner, Frank Smith & Co Solicitors (c) Carl Hewlett / Thousand Word Media Ltd

Frank is a nationally-recognised legal expert in property matters and is recommended by Chambers UK and Legal 500. He set up the firm after working full-time in the legal sector since 2001. Frank started his legal career at Wragge & Co in Birmingham before moving to Cheltenham. He was previously a partner and head of department at Rickerbys Harrison Clark LLP and Willans LLP.


New director to strengthen team

Solicitors Hughes Paddison has announced the appointment of a new director to strengthen their established team of lawyers and to help grow the firm’s Corporate and Commercial Department.

Jon Rathbone joins Hughes Paddison, in Cheltenham, from international law firm, DAC Beachcroft. He brings with him over 14 years’ experience.

Jon RathboneJon Rathbone

Initially he specialised in mergers and acquisitions, but then branched out into a range of corporate and commercial transactions, including setting up a new model for investing in dental practices, and advising on complex, high value procurements of high-tech equipment. Jon has also designed one of the UK’s bestselling children’s potties.”


New managing director at Ubico

Ubico Ltd in Cheltenham has announced the appointment of a new managing director.

Gareth Edmundson’s previous experience with the Royal Borough of Greenwich played a pivotal role in the decision-making process. Ubico felt his extensive experience in commissioning and managing services will prove invaluable.

Gareth said: “I am delighted to have been offered the position of Managing Director at Ubico Ltd and I am looking forward to joining a successful and ambitious team.

Gareth EdmundsonGareth Edmundson

“Ubico has grown significantly in the last two years and continues to do so. The company is increasingly gaining national recognition as a high quality provider of environmental services.”


Promotion for tax specialist

National audit, tax and advisory firm Crowe Clark Whitehill has promoted Nick Latimer to partner.

Based in Crowe’s Cheltenham office, Nick is a tax specialist who works with business owners, entrepreneurs and families. He joined the company in 2014 and has been a Director since 2016.

Nick specialises in income tax planning, capital gains tax planning, partnerships, inheritance tax and trusts, as well as advising internationally mobile individuals who may or may not live in the UK. Richard Austin, Managing Partner in the Cheltenham.

Crowe Clark Whitehill LLP appoint new partner Nick Latimer (right) with fellow partners Sue Daye, Azeem Zafar, Chris Mould, Martin Regan, Mark Hunt and Richard Austin (c) Antony Thompson/TWMCrowe Clark Whitehill LLP appoint new partner Nick Latimer (right) with fellow partners Sue Daye, Azeem Zafar, Chris Mould, Martin Regan, Mark Hunt and Richard Austin (c) Antony Thompson/TWM


New Sales Director at RE Resource Group

Gloucestershire based recruitment consultancy RE Resource Group has appointed Mark Cuzner as their new sales director to join an expanding team. RE Resource Group have four specialist divisions – RE, Catercrew, Ambrose Recruitment and Safehands Recruitment.

Mark was headhunted from the media sector and has been advising the Gloucestershire business community for over 20 years and is also a Director at Cheltenham Town Football Club.


Cheltenham grows partnership

The Cheltenham office of audit, tax and advisory firm Crowe Clark Whitehill continues to grow with the latest appointment of Chris Mould to partner. Originally based in the Midlands, Mr Mould has joined the team in Cheltenham as audit partner, strengthening the corporate audit and advisory team.

He is focused on working with owner-managed businesses, both in the UK and internationally in a wide range of sectors and industries including manufacturing, engineering, retail and pharmaceuticals.


Ecclesiastical appoints Group Development Director

Ecclesiastical, has appointed David Moore as Group Development Director. Ecclesiastical is a specialist, British-owned, international financial services Group with unique, charitable ownership.

David comes to Ecclesiastical from Assicurazioni Generali in Milan where he was Global Head of Group Strategy. Prior to this role, he was Director of Group Strategy and Transformation at Direct Line Group and his broad, international career includes senior roles with McKinsey, Bain and Company and Christie’s International.


Two new partners for Royds Withy King

Two lawyers with extensive experience of the healthcare and social care sectors have joined Oxford-based Royds Withy King as partners. James Sage and Hazel Phillips have joined Royds Withy King’s Health and Social Care team from Burroughs Day in Bristol, bringing a long track record of advising care providers, pharmacies, dental practices and GPs.

Their appointments signal further expansion for the team, strengthened recently through the appointments of senior associate Aman Hart and associate Ruth Bowen.


Blenheim’s John Hoy boosts Bidwell’s rural offering

Chief Executive of Blenheim Palace, John Hoy is joining leading property consultancy Bidwells as the head of its rural division. Hoy joins as an Equity Partner and will also be a member of the firm’s Main Board. He will be based in Bidwells Oxford office which has grown significantly in recent years, partly through a key merger with Meeson Williams Phillips in 2015.

Hoy has been Chief Executive of the Blenheim Estate in Oxfordshire for the past 14 years. He is also a member of the VisitEngland Advisory Board, a position he hopes to retain.


New Principal for Berkeley Green University Technical College

Berkeley Green University Technical College (UTC) has appointed Rhian Priest as its Group Principal. Rhian is also Principal of Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy (BTEA). Rhian started as a maths teacher 25 years ago. She joined BTEA in 2013 as the founding Principal of the first UTC in the West of England. SGS College is the main sponsor of the UTC. Principal and Chair of the UTC Governing Body, Sara-Jane Watkins, said: “Rhian’s experience will be an asset to Berkeley’s UTC.”

Find out more about SGS College Financial and Professional Services qualifications here.


New partner for Smith & Williamson

A ‘Big Four’ private client tax specialist has joined the Cheltenham office of Smith & Williamson as a partner. Peter Ball joins accountancy, investment management and tax group Smith & Williamson from EY.

He will be helping private clients, particularly business owners, with all aspects of their private tax affairs. Peter works with entrepreneurs, family groups, companies seeking venture capital investment and management teams.

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