On the move: the latest East Midlands hires

David Cooney

Leicestershire-based land development and property consultancy Mather Jamie has appointed David Cooney as a commercial valuation surveyor.

Cooney joins the company from Deloitte, where he was part of the property valuation team. He has also worked for the Valuation Office Agency as a district valuer and held roles at Avison Young (GVA), Lloyds Bank and Norwich & Peterborough Building Society.

He said: “I am delighted to be joining Mather Jamie as I really wanted to get back to working in a local professional team rather than large corporate organisation as I think you feel much more part of a team. The advice given can also be more valuable as it impacts the outcome for local landowners and businesses and may affect several generations of the same family.”

Elsewhere, WBR Group (WBR), the UK’s largest independent SSAS services provider, has appointed two former martial arts world champions at its Leicester office.

Sofija Radionova joins the firm as group deputy head of finance while Jainali Vyas joins as a tax associate.

Radionova, a former world Karate champion, brings over nine years’ experience in the finance sector to the role. Two-time Taekwondo world champion Vyas recently joined promoted tax director Tom Lodge on the tax planning team in Leicester.

WBR Group CFO Rocky Leanders said: “Not everyone who works at WBR Group must be a martial arts expert, but we certainly enjoy having two join our team at the same time – and in the same office! We are delighted to have Sofija and Jainali on board and their joining takes WBR Group to 150 employees. Their great sporting success is a testament to their professional attitude, and I am delighted to welcome both as we strengthen our tax and finance capabilities across WBR Group.

“Achieving world champion status in any arena requires huge dedication and focus – we have no doubt they will be great additions to our fast-growing team in Leicester.”

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