On the move: the latest East Midlands hires

Hannah Leese

Roythornes Solicitors has appointed food and drink expert Hannah Leese as an associate.

She joins the firm’s Nottingham office. Her background is in food litigation with a niche understanding of the meat industry – a highly regulated sector.

Leese said: “I’m delighted to join the Roythornes team as the practice is renowned for its expert agriculture and food and drink teams – two areas I work very closely in.

“My working history is firmly rooted in food and drink litigation, specialising in food regulatory law. This includes appealing over-zealous enforcement action, defending criminal prosecutions in the Magistrates’ and Crown Court, reviewing and advising food businesses on operational procedure and much more.

“I’m therefore looking forward to working with the various teams to help and support existing clients and also bring some historic cases with me.”

Alex Crow

Alex Crow has been hired as the general manager at Mint Lane Café in Lincoln.

The café, based in the Involve@Lincoln centre in the city at 12 Mint Lane, uses supermarket food that would otherwise go to waste to make nourishing hot meals and takeaway sandwiches priced at £3 or less.

It operates as part of the Lincoln Food Partnership, which aims to ensure that everyone in Lincoln has access to fresh, healthy, affordable food that is produced and consumed in an ethical and sustainable way.

Crow, who had been volunteering at Mint Lane Café for several months before she accepted the managerial position, said: “I’m inspired by my friends at the centre; I look at what has been accomplished so far and it excites me to think about what could be achieved in the future.

“It’s fantastic to be part of something that helps so many people and it’s such an inspiration to see the passion and drive people have to make a difference in the world.”