On the move: the latest East Midlands hires

L-R Lydia Reynolds, Issie Stratton, Kathryn Dunk, Ella Cosgrove, Jake Haywood, Lauren Harrop

Newark-based Influence Landscape Planning and Design has promoted Kathryn Dunk to principal landscape architect and expanded its design team.

Dunk joined Influence in 2015 as senior architect/landscape designer.

Meanwhile, over the last 12 months the company has hired four design assistants and one administration assistant. Of which three are graduates and one has joined straight from school after completing A Levels.

Influence’s most recent hire is design assistant Ella Cosgrove, who joined the practice having completed an Interior Architecture degree at Sheffield Hallam University.

Sara Boland, managing director, said: “It is wonderful to be acknowledging talent at a senior level as well as supporting the next generation coming into landscape.

“Kathryn’s 25 years of experience and technical and creative expertise are a real asset to the business. Her ability to apply practical solutions to challenges and her sensitive approach to design, plus strong client relationship skills, are why she has become principle. I’m really pleased for her, and I look forward to the next stage of her career.

“Exposing young people to our craft early on has always been important to me, and it feels right to be expanding our design team with lots of new talent and energy straight from education. Entry to landscape is so varied now and no one

Michael Cronan

should be put off by where they are in their education, or career, or by what course they have taken, there is always a route.

“Seeing our junior team grow and the quality of work they deliver makes me very proud. One day they will be the ones designing the green spaces around us.”

Leicestershire-based label printers, Label Apeel has appointed Michael Cronan as sales manager for Scotland.

Cronan previously worked for Label Apeel in 2018 before leaving during the Covid pandemic. He rejoined the team in September and is based in Stirling. After just two months, he is already in talks with numerous Scottish distillers to bring their labels to life.

Stuart Kellock, owner of Label Apeel said: “It’s great to welcome Michael back. He brings with him fresh ideas and enthusiasm that will help us build on the existing success of Label Apeel Scotland. As well as being a genuine salesperson, he is warm, approachable and knows the secret ingredients to what makes an eye-catching label.”