Cotswold career power moves
PUBLISHED: 14:26 06 March 2018
We find out whose career is going places in the Cotswolds...
Nick Rowe and Jessica Beddows
Law firm Lodders has appointed two of its partners to lead its growing Cheltenham practice.
Employment lawyer Nick Rowe and private client specialist Jessica Beddows take up the role from recently announced managing partner Paul Mourton, who has overseen the growth of the Cheltenham practice since it opened in 2013.
The pair describe the opportunity as ‘exciting’ as Lodders celebrates the fifth anniversary of its Cheltenham operation, which works with family and privately-owned businesses, high net worth individuals, property investors and developers.
Head of Lodders’ Employment Law team Nick Rowe joined the practice in 2015 from neighbouring firm Maitland Walker LLP.
Partner in the firm’s top-ranking Private Client team, Jessica Beddows is a leading advisor in the private client sector, with a specialism in advising elderly and vulnerable clients. Jessica joined Lodders in 2016 from local firm Harrison Clark Rickerbys.
Gloucestershire law firm Willans LLP has appointed a new solicitor to its Legal 500-rated litigation & dispute resolution team.
Katie Duthie has joined Willans from the Bristol office of national firm Lyons Davidson.
She works with the team across a wide range of private and commercial work, including disputes arising from commercial contracts, landlord and tenant and property. Katie also deals with civil litigation and contentious probate and trust cases.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution Partner Paul Gordon said: “Katie’s appointment will help us to meet increasing demand from our growing client base, enabling us to continue to deliver the first-class client service that we are known for”.
Katie said: “I am really pleased to have joined the highly-regarded litigation & dispute resolution team at Willans, and am looking forward to working with a varied base of clients across Gloucestershire.”
Lindsey Young, who started her career at Clarkson Evans as a training administrator 16 years ago, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer.
She has established herself as an influential woman in construction and member of the board of directors at Clarkson Evans, after being promoted to HR & Training Director in 2011.
Reporting to Managing Director Nathan Evans, Lindsey will oversee all departments in the Gloucester business, ensuring there are suitable plans and systems in place to drive the company’s ambitious plans for growth.
“I can’t imagine working anywhere else,” she said. “I already feel as though I’ve been given the opportunity to make a difference and now more than ever I’m looking forward to influencing the future direction of the business.”
Luxury retirement specialist Aura Care Living has welcomed Cliff Hasler as Managing Director.
Cliff, who has four years’ care experience and 25 years in the luxury hospitality industry, is to oversee all operations across the Aura Care properties and work closely with the onsite teams.
“Aura Care breaks the mould for conventional care environments,” said Cliff. “Beautiful properties with a luxurious feel set in locations that you would choose to live in. The care and expertise at Aura is provided by passionate people.”
Cirencester-based Aura Care Living was awarded second place in the Knight Frank’s, Luxury Care Home Awards last year.
Harrison Clark Rickerbys inc Shawcross has appointed David King as Head of Private Client services in the Wye Valley and Hereford.
His experience includes advising the high net worth clients of high street banks and insurance companies on estate planning, estate administration and trust matters.
Dawn Oliver, head of Private Client for the firm, said: “David’s appointment is a real win for our clients who will benefit from his outstanding skills and experience if they want to protect their family’s assets.”
David said: “I look forward to working with a wide range of clients, from individuals to charities and financial bodies, to advise them on trusts and estates issues.”
Harrison Clark Rickerbys has 450 staff and partners at offices in the Wye Valley, Hereford, Worcester, Cheltenham, Birmingham, the Thames Valley and London.
Bob Leather, Chantelle Forbes, Eyvonne Dight and Sophie Beckett
Help is at hand for buyers of new build homes in the Wye Valley.
The New Build Property team adds to Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ real estate services and is led by Bob Leather, who has many years’ experience as a specialist on newly built properties. Joining him is Chantelle Forbes as Senior Conveyancer, Eyvonne Dight as Operations Manager and Sophie Beckett as Administrator.
Rachel Turner has been appointed as head of Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ corporate team in the Thames Valley.
Rachel is an experienced corporate partner and, having spent 12 years in the area, has strong relationships with the professional and business community which will build on the firm’s growing reputation.
She said: “I look forward to showcasing the considerable expertise and range of services that it offers, particularly the firm’s international reputation, which is well served by the office’s proximity to Heathrow”.
Rod Thomas, managing partner and head of the firm’s Corporate Team nationally, said: “I know she shares our commitment to outstanding client care and will develop our corporate team in such an active market.”
Craig Davies-Ratcliffe, Sarah Turner and Jo Burgess
Grove Business Park has appointed Craig Davies-Ratcliffe, Sarah Turner and Jo Burgess to the Boston House Business Centre management team.
Craig takes the role of Operations Manager while Sarah and Jo have been appointed as Customer Services Representatives at the park, near Wantage.
Sarah and Jo’s positions play a crucial role in delivering outstanding customer service to the Boston House tenants and visitors to the centre. In his role as Operations Manager, Craig manages the day to day operation of the building and the wellbeing of the companies based there.
Richard Lyall, project director at Grove Business Park Ltd, said: “Having carefully built a team with fantastic personalities, I am confident they will be warmly welcomed by the companies already based at Boston House and provide exceptional professional support in running the business centre.”
Law firm Lodders has appointed senior HR professional Sarah Naffine to the newly-created role of HR Director. Sarah brings more than 20 years of experience in providing day-to-day HR support and a strong track record of delivering strategic HR solutions. She joins Lodders from award-winning private healthcare provider Prime Life, where she had been HR Director since 1995.
“As a multi-site firm, it’s important that we continue to maintain the scale and focus of our growth strategy,” said Managing Partner Paul Mourton.
“People are the most important asset in the firm’s future growth plans, and an effective HR function is essential.”
Sarah said: “There are few roles that provide opportunity to deliver both strategic and hands-on operational HR support and initiatives, and I join the firm at an exciting time.”
Lodders has more than 130 people across offices in Cheltenham, Stratford upon Avon, Birmingham and Henley in Arden.
National audit, tax and advisory firm Crowe Clark Whitehill has appointed Guy Biggin as its new Managing Partner in Cheltenham.
Guy joined Crowe’s London office in 2004. Guy will continue to advise his charity and education clients while also leading the Cheltenham office.
He said: “I will build on existing achievements and relationships and encourage new initiatives to meet client needs and expectations, as we adapt to technological advances and a changing business environment.”
Nigel Bostock, Chief Executive of Crowe Clark Whitehill, said: “Guy has consistently demonstrated his strategic vision and has played an invaluable role in growing our presence.”
Lucie Rowe, who started her career with Cirencester auction house Moore Allen & Innocent 15 years ago as a part-time sale-day porter, has been promoted to her first management position.
The trained silversmith and jewellery expert, who introduced the salerooms’ biannual textile sales, has been appointed Assistant Saleroom Manager.
She has made several appearances TV at the saleroom, including Bargain Hunt and Dickinson’s Real Deal, and she will now organise sale dates, manage lots before auction days and look after customers.
Lucie said: “I really enjoy working at the saleroom. The boxes come in and you don’t know what you’re going to unpack – every day offers a new surprise.”
During her time at Moore Allen & Innocent, she has been involved in the sale of an undiscovered Rembrandt for £2.2m a Meiji period carved ivory netsuke for a record-breaking £28,500.
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