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Cotswold career power moves

PUBLISHED: 16:23 16 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:23 16 October 2017

Hayley Simmons

Hayley Simmons


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

Hayley Simmons, Shaw Gibbs

Insolvency specialist Hayley Simmons has been appointed Head of Insolvency and Advisory for Shaw Gibbs in Oxford and London.

She takes on the role with over 25 years’ experience in corporate and personal insolvency and restructuring.

Hayley is a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner and director of the firm, which she joined from KPMG in 1996.

She has spent the past 20 years building her knowledge and expertise in this specialist field. Hayley is also a member of NARA, the Non-Administrative Receivers Association, specialising in law of Property Act receiverships.

Shaw Gibbs’ Managing Director Peter O’Connell said: “Hayley has been a driving force in the development of our Insolvency and Advisory Division.

“I am delighted she’s taking on this role to further develop the division and the services offered as our firm continues to grow.”

Hayley acts for companies, directors, individuals and creditors in formal insolvency and advisory situations. She also helps professional executors, charities and family members with deceased insolvent estates and voluntary liquidations.

Hayley succeeds Clive Everitt, who remains with the firm in an advisory role.

Charlotte Dover, The Buying Solution

Charlotte Dover has joined The Buying Solution’s country team as an Associate covering Oxford, Cheltenham, Bath and the Cotswolds.

Charlotte, a member of ARLA, came from managing the lettings office of a large national agency in south-west London.

Now she will work in the Kingham office on behalf of clients looking to buy houses in the £750,000 to £2m bracket.

“I’m delighted about Charlotte joining us,” says Jonathan Bramwell, Head of TBS. “She will add further strength to our coverage of the Cotswold region having been brought up in Lechlade and schooled in Oxford.

“Many of our clients are schools-driven and it is important that we offer full coverage of the Oxford, Cheltenham and Bath markets.

“Lack of supply means that some clients will need to consider renting and being able to offer both a rental and purchase search adds more value to our service.”

Charlotte Dover Charlotte Dover

Charlotte added: “I’m excited to use my skills to work on behalf of clients searching for property in an area that I’ve known all my life.”

Ed Mawle, Investec

Ed Mawle has joined Investec Wealth & Investment’s Cheltenham office as a Senior Investment Director. Ed joins from Brewin Dolphin and has more than 20 years’ investment experience managing investment portfolios for high net worth individuals, charities and trusts.

Chloe Blower, The Wood Norton

Luxury Worcestershire hotel The Wood Norton has promoted hospitality star Chloe Blower to Weddings and Events Supervisor.

The 19-year-old fell in love with the venue, near Evesham, when she helped organise her father’s wedding there in 2014, and landed a part-time job in the food and beverage team.

By March last year, Chloe was offered a full-time contract in weddings and events, having impressed senior management with her dedication to hotel guests and colleagues, management skills and attention to detail. Since then, she has helped organise more than 150 weddings.

Chloe said: “As soon as I stepped into The Wood Norton three years ago, I knew I wanted to be part of their weddings team. In this sector, experience is everything so I’ve worked hard to prove myself and my capabilities, and am now delighted to have been rewarded with this new role.”

General Manager, Steven Sweeny, added: “Chloe is an excellent example of true hospitality talent. From the moment she arrived at The Wood Norton she has approached each day, each wedding and each task with 110 per cent dedication.”

John Harris, HR Wallingford and UCL

Wallingford’s Technical Director John Harris has been appointed Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in Coastal and Offshore Engineering at University College London.

Working in the Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering Department, he will contribute to UCL’s current degree programmes, advising on multi-disciplinary design projects, guiding curriculum development and supervising third-year research projects.

He will also help develop two new modules: the design of marine structures, and coastal and seabed processes.

These will extend the scope of work possible in integrated design projects, as well as providing graduates with practical and industry knowledge.

Technical Director in the coasts and oceans group at the Oxfordshire civil engineers, John is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Marine Scientist, with specialist skills in numerical hydrodynamic modelling, turbulence and sediment transport.

He has more than 25 years’ experience in the application and development of turbulence models for modelling wave and wave-current boundary layer interaction in the coastal zone and 30 years’ experience in the application of numerical models for river, estuarine, coastal and offshore studies.

John Harris, HR Wallingford John Harris, HR Wallingford

Karen Vaughan-Edwards, Robert Hitchins Ltd

Karen Vaughan-Edwards has rejoined developers Robert Hitchins Ltd as its new Asset Manager.

Brought up in Surrey, she moved to Gloucestershire more than 23 years ago and first joined Robert Hitchins’ team in 2011 as Facilities Manager, having worked in the insurance industry for six years.

She moved to Knight Frank’s Cardiff office in 2015 as Senior Facilities Manager, and is delighted to return to RHL’s offices in Boddington where she will work alongside Asset and Development Manager John Jones.

“I’ve covered all elements of the role and have a vast knowledge of the Robert Hitchins portfolio and its tenants. It’s an honour to be asked back. I like the way Robert Hitchins does business – it’s a unique company with a good approach,” said Karen.

Property and Development Director Simon Tothill welcomed Karen.

“Her professionalism, coupled with her wealth of knowledge of the Robert Hitchins portfolio, its properties and tenants makes her a great asset. She knows the company ethos well,” he said.

Karen Vaughan-Edwards Karen Vaughan-Edwards

When she’s not working, Karen enjoys motor racing.

Robert Hitchins Ltd, formed in 1958, is one of the leading property developers and investors in the South West and South Wales.

Suman Dulku, Scott Parmenter, Ravinder Heer, Aquib Yusaf, Lydia Elvin and Lauren Pearson, Lodders

Law firm Lodders has added a clutch of new members to its Warwickshire team. Starting a two-year training contract is Suman Dulku, while Scott Parmenter and Ravindeer Heer are both promoted to trainee after 18 months as paralegals.

The trio join Aquib Yusaf who is already part way through his training contract. In addition, Lydia Elvin - working in Lodders’ employment and commercial departments whilst studying for the LPC qualification - will take-up her trainee contract next year when she finishes her studies.

At the same time, Lauren Pearson has completed her training contract and qualified as a solicitor in Lodders’ top ranking Real Estate team, one of the largest specialist practices in the region with nine partners, and 24 fee earners and support staff.

Lodders’ Training Principal Alastair Frew said: “All our trainees represent an important element of our succession planning and the future of the firm.

“Not only does our selection criteria seek out individuals who are ambitious, personable, professional and bright, but also those with whom the firm can build a strong two-way, hopefully long-term, professional relationship, and all our current trainees certainly match these criteria.

The new team at Lodders The new team at Lodders

“They now begin a comprehensive training and development programme, that from day-one, sees them truly become part of the team, and very much hands-on working for high quality clients.”

Lauren added: “Lodders’ trainees are given a good level of responsibility and exposure to quality work throughout their training contracts, running files and being actively involved in the work of their supervising partner. Close supervision and assistance ensures maximum progression and development. The training programme is flexible so trainees gain as much experience as possible in their preferred areas. I am delighted to have qualified into the firm’s Real Estate team.”

Dan Mallier, Michelle Horrobin and Anthony Davey, All Fleet Services

Dan Mallier has taken up a new role as Director of Online Services at Gloucester-based All Fleet Services to oversee the growth of the team.

Dan has been with the company for eight years and his new role will lead the development of market-leading customer-focussed digital products for the fleet and automotive industry.

Michelle Horrobin and Anthony Davey have joined the business as Product Managers, responsible for shaping the future product lifecycles for the new digital arm of All Fleet, All Fleet Online.

Michelle has a strong background in product management and brings together these skills with experience in both the IT and automotive markets providing a perfect fit. Her new role is integral to drive and continue to develop the flagship Fleet Fine Online product ensuring it remains market leading.

Having previously worked with Michelle at the Chartered Institute of IT, Anthony also brings senior project and product management experience with a focus on customer experience alongside his technical capabilities.

(L-R) Dan Mallier, Anthony Davey, Dave Scobie and Michelle Horrobin (c) Antony Thompson/TWM (L-R) Dan Mallier, Anthony Davey, Dave Scobie and Michelle Horrobin (c) Antony Thompson/TWM

Anthony will be developing a new Connected Car proposition and overseeing the new development team.

Dave Scobie Managing Director of All Fleet Services, said: “This is an exciting time for the company, we’re positioning ourselves for the future and building a series of exciting products which will set us aside from the competition and drive the fleet services market into a new digital age.”

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