People on the move: PwC; Wainhomes; GHP Legal; Paul Crowley and Co; Glendale; BioClinics

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PwC has appointed Stephen Mills as a new data analytics director to focus on the North.

Mills, who will be based in Manchester, will also be part of the national leadership team of PwC’s risk assurance analytics and data practice.

He joins from IBM where he spent 12 years as an associate partner in its data, analytics and cognitive consulting group.

Mills has spent a number of years working with clients on complex data and consulting projects ranging from data-warehouse programmes through to data and analytics strategies.

More recently, he has been focused upon the cognitive subject area advising clients on where to start with cognitive and artificial intelligence.

In his new role, Mills will focus on leading the analytics and data capability for PwC in the North of England across all industries to help bring new and innovative solutions to market.

Mills said: “I’m really pleased to be joining PwC’s Analytics & Data practice. With the continued explosion in available data sources it is an exciting time to be working with clients across the north region on analytics opportunities.”

Nick Bouch, co-leader of the analytics and data in assurance practice at PwC, said: “Stephen’s wealth of knowledge across sectors and specifically around advanced analytics, data management and the compliance challenges that many of our clients are increasingly experiencing will significantly increase our ability to serve the Northern market and will help many of our clients to address these key challenges”.

Jonathan Boulton, risk assurance leader for the North of England said: “Stephen brings with him a wealth of experience gained over a number of years within the sector which will be a tremendous asset to our practice across the region.”


Wainhomes, the housebuilding division of Wain Group, has announced three senior appointments across its business.

Steve Toghill has been appointed to chief executive of Wainhomes and will be responsible for overseeing all the existing housebuilding operations in the North West and South West.

Toghill’s previous position of managing director at Wainhomes North West has been taken by Peter Barlow, previously the land and planning director with the company.

In a separate announcement, Wainhomes South West finance director, Roger Treweek, is to take up the position of managing director in July 2017 following the retirement of Bob Taylor.

The promotions follow last year’s reorganisation of Wain Group, which saw HIMOR become part of the wider business.

Toghill said: “We are all looking forward to taking the Wainhomes business through its next phase of growth. We are aiming to take our North West completions to more than 700 units a year by 2019 and  to continue building over 450 units a year in the South West.

“Our growth aspirations are underpinned by a substantial operational landbank and the significant financial resources available within the group. We also have an appetite to explore expansion into other regions as and when suitable opportunities arise.”

Will Ainscough, executive chairman of the Wain Group said: “I am delighted with these senior appointments. All three are longstanding members of our executive team with each one having over 20 years’ service at Wainhomes. It is testament to the strong culture and depth of talent we have within the business.”


A Wrexham law firm has appointed a new solicitor with special interest in child law to its growing family team.

Aishah Etoumi joins the team at GHP Legal which also has offices in Oswestry, Llangollen and Chirk.

Prior to joining GHP Legal, Etoumi worked at Humphrys Dawson where she completed her legal training after graduating with a degree in law from the University of Bangor and gaining a commendation in the LPC at Chester College of Law.

Welcoming Aishah to the firm, Nathan Wright, a partner of GHP Legal and head of its family team, said: “Aishah is a welcome addition to the family law team here at GHP Legal and will be a great asset to the firm hopefully for many years to come. Her wealth of legal knowledge combined with her determination to succeed and get the best outcome for the client is the perfect recipe for an eminent career in the law.”


The Liverpool-based solicitors practice Paul Crowley & Co has appointed a new operations director.

Paul Crowley & Co, which has offices in Liverpool city centre, Anfield and West Derby, has welcomed Philip Barnes to the firm’s management team.

He brings a wealth of expertise to the firm with over 25 years’ experience in strategic development and operational improvements on an international scale.

Barnes was also an accredited assessor in providing audit services to the legal profession, as part of the SQM Delivery Partnership.

Whilst at the firm, Barnes will continue in his role as a supervisor for the global MBA programme at the University of Manchester.

The firm’s continued growth follows a raft of new appointments to the property, clinical negligence and personal injury teams within the last twelve months.

Paul Crowley, senior partner, said: “I am delighted to welcome Philip to our management team. Philip’s vast experience will be invaluable in helping to direct and guide our strategic development.

“Philip has proven track record for designing and delivering successful business strategy programmes, and I am keen to see where this new partnership will now take the firm, as we look to continue our impressive growth and success.”

Barnes said: “Paul Crowley & Co is a highly successful firm, which delivers a professional and quality service to its clients and so I am keen to build on this strong foundation and develop the firm even further.

“I believe that there is great potential here for further growth and success, which will be aided by a new strategic plan to enhance productivity, skill sets and performance.”


National green services provider Glendale has appointed Daniela Blomeley to manage its new contract to provide grounds maintenance for social housing provider Stockport Homes.

Bromeley will be responsible for overseeing a team of operatives carrying out grass cutting, shrub maintenance, litter clearance and weed control in communal areas and residential gardens across Stockport to enhance the environment and benefit local people.

The 36-year-old began her career through Glendale’s graduate scheme, before studying Horticulture at Myerscough College near Preston which involved undertaking work experience as a gardener at Tatton Park, Knutsford. She also has a degree in management sciences from Loughborough University.

She joins from landscaping company Flora-Tec where she held the role of contract manager, following a role at green services provider Ground Control.

Glendale has provided grounds maintenance for Stockport Homes for the past 10 years, and has recently been awarded a new five-year contract.

Alan Wilkins, regional director for the north at Glendale, said: “Daniela has an abundance of experience and industry knowledge which makes her the right candidate to take control of the new Stockport Homes contract. She’s a fantastic example of how far our graduate scheme can take people.

“Local communities are at the heart of much of the work Glendale does and under Daniela’s leadership the team will maintain outdoor spaces for all to enjoy and be proud of.”

Bromeley added: “I was fortunate to be given my start in the industry through its graduate scheme so it’s fitting I return to Glendale to take up this new challenge. With experience at both operative and managerial level, I’ll be able to relate to how all aspects of a contract work together to deliver successful outcomes and I’m looking forward to working with the team.”


Testing firm BioClinics has added three members of staff after launching a graduate recruitment programme.

The Salford-based company has strengthened its clinical team with the arrival of Emily Croasdale, Kaytie Evans-Jones and Qesma Mohammed.

Mohammed and Croasdale, both 22, graduated from the University of Manchester in biomaterials and biosciences respectively.

They have joined BioClinics as clinical administrators with responsibility for receiving samples for laboratory testing, co-ordinating client appointments, tracking test results and compiling reports.

Evans-Jones, 23, graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in biomedical sciences and has joined BioClinics as a clinical adviser.

Her role sees her handling private client and commercial inquiries for the firm’s testing services, providing technical information and helping them to choose the right test for their circumstances.

BioClinics conducts workplace drug and alcohol testing, weight-loss, DNA and polygraph (lie detector) testing services.

The firm operates a network of 170 testing clinics and 80 mobile sample collection officers across the UK and Ireland.

Founder and scientific director Nichola McChrystal said: “Emily, Kaytie and Qesma have demonstrated an ability to quickly learn about the business and our industry, and have an excellent grasp of the science behind the testing services we provide.

“They are able to put their knowledge into action by dealing with clients on a daily basis and communicate with them in a way which inspires confidence and assurance in the testing process.

“With the increasing diversity and complexity of the testing services we provide, and with our focus for growth on emerging technologies, the need to recruit high-calibre graduates is more important than ever.

“We envisage further graduate recruitment towards the end of this year.”