On the move: the latest East Midlands hires

Georgina Grundy and Libby Bye

Landscape architecture practice Influence Landscape Planning & Design has appointed two new team members as part of its growth strategy.

Georgina Grundy and Libby Bye have joined the Newark-based company as an architectural technician and office administrator.

Grundy studied interior architecture at the University of Lincoln and has been delivering architecture projects at well-known organisations across the East Midlands since.

At Influence, she will work on technical support post planning, the coordination of external works packages, and on public realm, schools and town centre regeneration projects.

She said: “I wanted this next step in my career to be for something I was passionate about, so my aim is to blend my architectural knowledge and carefully crafted skills with my love for nature, to create sustainable and visually appealing landscapes.

“I’m excited about working with nature as a canvas, helping to enhance the natural beauty of outdoor spaces, while actively contributing to enriching the biodiversity. I am also looking forward to broadening and deepening my knowledge about plant life and the different natural habitats that contribute to our landscape, both historically and in today’s world.

“Along with my architectural knowledge and experience, I will be bringing my keen eye for detail and excellent drawing standards to Influence.”

As office administrator, Bye will be supporting Influence’s business manager in ensuring the smooth running of the practice and working alongside the wider team on administrative support.

She said: “I’m excited to have joined the Influence family and I am looking forward to using my skills and learning new ones to fully support my new colleagues.”

Managing director of Influence, Sara Boland, said: “Where possible we like to make team-led decisions and following internal conversations and reviewing the requirements of our portfolio, it was a strategic decision to again expand our team.

“Welcoming Georgina and Libby to our practice enables us to build the technical team and increase the administrative support across all our projects and systems, which in turn will enable our business manager to further develop her role as our services continue to be in demand.

“With Georgina’s skills and passion and Libby’s track record of organisation and attention to detail, we are pleased to be working with them and wish them all the best in their new roles with us.”

Specialist lender Cambridge & Counties Bank has made an appointment to its real estate finance team in the Midlands.

Victoria Pearce

Victoria Peace has been appointed as business development manager for the Midlands. She holds nearly 23 years of experience in the industry, having started her career at Santander before moving to Aldermore.

During her career, she has specialised in all aspects of residential, commercial and specialist lending.

Jayne Follows, head of real estate finance at Cambridge & Counties Bank, said: “Real estate finance remains at the core of the bank’s business model, and these new appointments show how deeply committed the bank remains to the market. We have continued to help our clients seize opportunities, often through complex and nuanced solutions, and firmly believe our dedicated relationship-based approach will continue to see the bank attract further clients.”

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