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Cotswold career power moves

PUBLISHED: 15:12 10 January 2018

Julie Price and Jorge Silver of DCS with Denys Shortt

Julie Price and Jorge Silver of DCS with Denys Shortt


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

Julie Price and Jorge Silva

DCS Group, Banbury

Health and Beauty sales and marketing company DCS Group in Banbury has appointed two new Directors.

Julie Price joins the board as Financial Performance Director. Julie has previously worked with leading retailers Next and GAP. She will manage all areas of improving financial performance, driving excellence throughout the business whilst heading up the senior leadership team.

Jorge Silva joins the Board as IT Director. Jorge has been with the business for four years and leads a team of five developers. He has recently successfully implemented a new Deal-Track system as well as a new JDA Dispatcher Warehouse Management System.

Denys Shortt OBE, founder and CEO said: “Jorge and Julie are important additions as we work towards our target of £300m within five years.”

Steven Wilmer

Malmaison, Cheltenham

Boutique hotel brand Malmaison has promoted Steven Wilmer to General Manager of Malmaison Cheltenham.

In his new role, the former Deputy GM will be responsible for the successful operation of the hotel’s 61 bedrooms, three event rooms, and the brasserie and bar, as well as overseeing the development of his team.

Steven has been at the hotel since December 2016, where he was selected to join this year’s companywide Rising Star programme, which identifies and nurtures the general managers of the future.

Steven said, “We have an incredibly strong team and a brilliant community in Cheltenham – I’m delighted to be working with them in this new role.”

Scott Harper, Chief Operations Officer at Malmaison, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Steven to his new role. He’s been a real asset to the hotel over the past year and we’re excited to see where he takes it over the coming months.”

Steven Wilmer, Malmaison Steven Wilmer, Malmaison

Louise Fleming

Royds Withy King, Oxford

Oxfordshire-based UK Top 100 law firm Royds Withy King has announced the appointment of Louise Fleming as non-executive chair of its board – the first time this role has been filled externally.

Louise has extensive strategic, financial and governance experience in the professional services sector and has worked in the south west, London and internationally. Louise previously headed up the professional services sector and the south west region at Barclays.

Graham Street, managing partner at Royds Withy King, said: “Louise is a highly talented individual with fantastic experience in helping firms like ours lead and manage change. Louise’s experience will add an important external perspective as we refocus the business for the benefit of current and future clients.”

Other recent appointments to Royds Withy King’s senior management team include Jessica Burston as Director of Operations, Emma Palmer as Head of Risk and Best Practice and Natalie Birrell as Head of Marketing Communications.

Graham Street, Managing Partner, and Louise Fleming, of Royds Withy King Graham Street, Managing Partner, and Louise Fleming, of Royds Withy King

Vanessa Randall-Short and Jessica Nevin

Newland Homes, Gloucester

Housebuilder Newland Homes has appointed Vanessa Randall-Short as Field Sales Manager and Jessica Nevin as Graduate Land Buyer.

Vanessa has 12 years’ experience in managing the sales of new build developments across the region, joining from competitor Strongvox where she was Sales Manager.

Vanessa said: “Newland Homes is not just your run of the mill developer; they’re different, they really do care about their customers and employees.”

Jessica has just completed her BSc Hons degree in Real Estate from the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester.

She said: “Working in land buying appealed to me – it involves being out visiting different places and meeting a range of people. So far I’ve been getting to grips with Newland Homes’ current sites and reviewing land opportunities available for future developments.”

Vanessa Randall-Short and Jessica Nevin of Newland Homes Vanessa Randall-Short and Jessica Nevin of Newland Homes

Victoria Borrow

Lodders, Cheltenham

Cheltenham law firm Lodders has appointed top wills, trusts, probate, care and capacity solicitor Victoria Borrow.

Victoria joins as Assistant Solicitor from Cheltenham firm Willans LLP. She previously trained and qualified at regional firm MFG Solicitors, and spent several years in the probate department of Harrison Clark Rickerbys.

Victoria said: “Lodders is a progressive and expanding firm and the Private Client team is long established and respected, with a reputation as a high calibre team that consistently delivers exceptional client service and advice.”

Head of the Private Client team and Lodders’ Senior Partner Martin Green, said: “The calibre of our people is testament to our performance and reputation.”

Also joining Lodders Private Client practice as an Assistant Solicitor is Sharon Crosby. The move marks her return to the firm where she trained and qualified, following periods with Chorus Law where she specialised in estate administration, and the Stratford upon Avon office of HCB Solicitors.

Jessica Beddows and Victoria Borrow from Lodders Jessica Beddows and Victoria Borrow from Lodders

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