People on the Move: LFC Foundation; MSB; Morecrofts; Springhill Care Home; Jackson Fire & Security

Matt Parish

LFC Foundation, the official charity of Liverpool FC, has appointed Matt Parish, as director.

Matt brings a wealth of experience, having worked across the football, community and sports development sectors for the past 20 years.

His previous roles include director of education and inclusion at Burnley FC in the Community, and chief operating officer at Charlton Athletic Community Trust.

LFC Foundation chairman, Gavin Laws, said: “Matt’s appointment is excellent news for the LFC Foundation – we’re certain that he has the quality and experience to drive the charity forward.”

He added: “LFC Foundation is currently in great shape, and Matt’s appointment reflects our desire for continued growth, enabling us to help more young people in Merseyside and beyond.”

Matt said: “It goes without saying, I’m extremely excited about joining such a renowned club.

“I have been fortunate to have worked at two great clubs and played a part in developing their charities to become leaders in the sector.

“I’m honoured to get the opportunity to lead the LFC Foundation and build on the excellent work that is already happening.”

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Fast-growing Liverpool law firm MSB has announced a raft of promotions among its senior team, under the watch of managing partner Emma Carey.

Emma took up the mantle of managing partner in March 2018 and has overseen a significant recruitment and acquisitions drive at the firm to increase its expertise in key areas, including commercial property, commercial litigation and family law.

This latest move will see associate solicitor Darren Barwick become a partner, taking the total number of partners at the firm to 15. Experienced property law professional, Darren, previously worked at MSB from 2010 to 2014 and returned to the firm last year.

He has acted on all aspects of property law right across the North West and deals with site acquisition and assembly, planning agreements, unit sales and ground rent sales.

Emma Carey with new partner Darren Barwick

He has particular expertise in secured lending and acts for a number of private bridging finance companies, as well as institutional lenders.

He also deals with general commercial property and commercial work, including acting for landlords and tenants in commercial lease transactions, commercial property acquisitions and disposals, business sales and acquisitions and commercial contracts.

Darren has also worked on a number of significant residential schemes in the city, including Grosvenor’s One Park West.

Solicitors in MSB’s commercial team, Philip Coburn and Chris Hayes, will become senior associates, along with Wendy Eves from the firm’s family department.

Philip joined MSB in January 2017, followed by Chris in 2018. Both were brought in to bolster MSB’s overall commercial services offer for SMEs in the region, with Chris bringing specific experience and expertise in employment law.

Wendy Eves has been with the firm since 2016 but has more than 20 years’ experience as a family lawyer. She is a resolution specialist and is Law Society-accredited in the areas of children and domestic violence.

Laura Harrild and Esme Poulter, solicitors in MSB’s property team, will also become associate solicitors. Laura deals with all aspects of commercial property law but has developed a strong reputation among bar owners and restaurateurs in the city.

Esme works in MSB’s residential property team and covers all aspects of conveyancing, but specialises in working with investors. She also has experience in various schemes including Help to Buy, Right to Buy and Housing Association Shared Ownership.

Managing partner Emma Carey said: “All of these promotions are incredibly deserved and very much in line with my vision for MSB moving forward.

“I am committed to developing in new and niche areas of the law, and the combined experience and expertise of the individuals here will be key to us doing that.

“In my first year as managing partner I’ve been proud to see MSB achieve a great deal, both commercially and in terms of our profile, and I am excited to see what the next year will bring with so many talented and dedicated people driving our growth and development.”

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Morecrofts Solicitors has reinforced its property, family and litigation teams with a raft of senior appointments.

Christine Fisher has joined the firm as a solicitor in the property team after almost 30 years in law and will be based primarily at its office in Crosby.

Fellow solicitor Derek Dawson arrives at Morecrofts’ city centre office with more than 20 years’ experience in commercial litigation and property dispute resolution, working on behalf of business owners and property developers.

Simon Higgs will work as a solicitor in the family law team across Morecrofts’ South Liverpool offices in Woolton and Allerton after joining from PDA Solicitors in Chester. He has worked in law for more than 25 years and specialises in divorce and financial settlements.

Fom left: Derek Dawson, Alison Lobb, Christine Fisher, Simon Higgs

Their appointments are complemented by the arrival of five new paralegals across those teams.

Erin Spadafora, Alex Battle and Kathy McQuillan join the family and litigation teams in Liverpool; meanwhile, the arrival of Jessie Sun and Liam Fitzgerald bolsters the firm’s property team in Allerton and its new Prescot office.

Liam Easson and Dominic Fayer have also been recruited as administration clerks in the Liverpool office.

Alison Lobb, managing partner at Morecrofts Solicitors, said: “Our client base and service offer both continue to expand, so it is crucial that we continue to attract the best talent to deliver on behalf of those clients.

“We have been able to bring in three incredibly experienced solicitors alongside a host of talented young lawyers, leaving us well placed to grow even more in the coming months and years.”

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An Accrington care home has appointed a wellbeing lead to help improve the health of its residents.

Victoria Huntriss joins the team at Springhill Care Home and brings a wealth of experience to her new role within the care setting.

Victoria’s main aims are to positively change the impact of ageing, to build strong links with the local community and to improve the quality and meaning of people’s lives at Springhill.

Victoria Huntriss

She said: “My passion is for supporting and empowering people to improve their sense of wellbeing to ensure they get the most out of their life that they possibly can.

“The priority is the residents’ needs and I am looking forward to developing their personal plans and encouraging them to develop, offering fulfilment and a high quality of life.”

Recently, a new partnership was introduced across Springhill Care Group with an organisation called Oomph. The programme offers daily activities delivered by staff with high-quality evidence-based fun incorporating physical, mental, creative, emotional and spiritual needs.

Victoria said: “Our collaboration with Oomph is inspiring and I am looking forward to seeing this develop.”

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An IT and engineering professional with international experience has become the manager of a fire and security firm’s new Manchester branch.

Mohammad Salim Iqbal, 30, is heading up Jackson Fire & Security’s expansion into Manchester and will be putting his extensive technology knowledge to use, particularly on security services.

The launch of the Manchester office further strengthens Jackson Fire & Security’s foothold in the North West. The firm also has branches in Warrington, Liverpool, the Wirral, and Bolton.

And Salim, who studied electrical engineering at the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences in Pakistan, is looking forward to transferring his skills to the fire and security industry.

Mohammad Salim Iqbal

He said: I have worked for a large international company as well as smaller businesses, in both large and small team structures, and the varied nature of those organisations will stand me in good stead.

“My roles required me to be switched on to technology developments, and ensuring the clients had the best possible solutions for their business needs, as well as making sure it was future-proofed. This will give me an edge, especially on the security side.”

After spending two years in London, Salim is excited by the prospect of building the branch in ‘the capital of the North’.

“The training aspect has been very in-depth and thorough, including time spent with key people across the business from engineers and project managers, to marketing and back office support,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to getting out and about to meet new people and building relationships. The North is the place to be for business, particularly with the progress and development of the Northern Powerhouse.

“I view Manchester as the capital of the North and the opportunity to help Jackson Fire & Security expand into this city was too good an opportunity to turn down.”

Jackson Fire & Security employs 43 people across its branches in the North West, North Wales and Cheshire, Guildford, Teesside, Walsall, Cambridge, and Leeds.

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