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Cotswold career power moves

PUBLISHED: 15:35 19 March 2019 | UPDATED: 15:35 19 March 2019

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

Parveen Rai, CWLEP

An experienced businesswoman in strategic planning and the property and development sector has joined the board of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP).

Parveen Rai is Chief Executive Officer at Leamington-based Pav Rai Limited and Rai Properties Limited which have grown rapidly over the last three years and she has now become a board director at the CWLEP.

The 49-year-old worked in the banking industry for Lloyds for 15 years where she was ranked fifth nationally in the sales division. She then set-up two property lettings and development companies in Leamington and she has an MBA from Aston Business School.

“The CWLEP is having an amazing impact in the area and it is great to have joined a pro-active board,” she said. “It’s vital we support young, talented businesses as well as bring international businesses to Coventry and Warwickshire.”

Chris Hobday, Holt Commercial

A young property professional has been promoted to Associate at a commercial agency – just nine months after joining the company.

Chris Hobday joined Holt Commercial, which has offices in Coventry and Birmingham, as a Chartered Surveyor last spring. Chris, who grew up in south Warwickshire, arrived from Tapp Chartered Surveyors in Leeds after recently qualifying.

And he’s made such a positive impression that the directors of the company approached him to become an Associate.

Peter Holt, Director, said the promotion was a reward for Chris’s drive and commitment since joining the company.

He said: “Chris has gone above and beyond from day one. He’s taken a keen interest in how we market the company.

“It’s no surprise, therefore, that he is developing a wealth of contacts and a strong knowledge of the region. We are delighted with what he has achieved.”

Chris HobdayChris Hobday

Robert Rice, Victoria Baker, Beth King-Smith and Chris Mayers, Harrison Clark Rickerbys

Four new partners have come on board at Harrison Clark Rickerbys. The corporate, employment and wills, trusts and estates teams have benefited from the new additions.

Corporate lawyer Robert Rice and wills, trusts and estate expert Victoria Baker join the firm’s Thames Valley office, while Chris Mayers’ experience in employment and professional negligence claims boost the Wye Valley team and Beth King-Smith takes on the leadership of the firm’s contentious probate team in Worcester.

Richard Knight, the firm’s senior partner, said: “Our growth has always followed client demand and so it is now – we are always ready to take on talented people who can offer our clients the standard of expertise and care that we expect. We are delighted that Robert, Victoria, Chris and Beth have joined us and we look forward to working with them.”

Victoria Baker, Beth King-Smith, Robert Rice and Chris Mayers (c) James GreenoffVictoria Baker, Beth King-Smith, Robert Rice and Chris Mayers (c) James Greenoff

Ian Brookes and James Huntington, Charles Stanley

Wealth manager Charles Stanley has expanded its Oxford office with two new hires. Ian Brookes (pictured) has joined as a Financial Planner from Critchley’s Financial Planning, where he worked for 16 years. He will be advising clients across the full spectrum of their financial planning needs.

Ian’s appointment follows that of James Huntington who joined as a Paraplanner from McGrath Rathbone, where he worked for six years. He covered all aspects of technical paraplanning, while also overseeing a team of junior Paraplanners and financial administrators.

Andrew Meigh, Managing Director of Financial Planning at Charles Stanley, said: “I am delighted to welcome Ian to the team, who together with James, will significantly enhance our ability to work with individuals and families looking for help in managing their financial planning needs, both in the immediate and the longer term.”

Ian Brookes of Charles StanleyIan Brookes of Charles Stanley


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