People on the move: CandidSky; Turner Parkinson; N8 Research Partnership

Nazma Noor

Manchester-based digital marketing company CandidSky has appointed Nazma Noor as a digital strategist and SEO specialist Tom Chapman.

Noor, who joins Paul Jasper as second digital strategist, will help to achieve the companies client’s objectives and ensure campaigns meet commercial requirements.

Tom Chapman

She will also be an integrated part of acquiring new business, through research and recommendations, producing proposals and attending discovery meetings and pitches.

Noor has worked in both in-house and agency roles, previously at Tecmark as a senior search strategist and at in a multi-channel marketing position.

Chapman brings five years’ agency experience to the table. e has relocated from Portsmouth to Manchester. Chapman said: “In my role I will further develop link building strategies and off-site knowledge within the company. I also intend to expand my knowledge of technical SEO.”

Simon Fryer, search director, said: “As the end of a hugely successful year for CandidSky approaches, the appointment of Nazma and Tom means we are ready with the best possible talent in place to kick off the new year.

“I look forward to working with both of them and helping them achieve their career development plans at CandidSky.”


Independent business law firm Turner Parkinson has welcomed former Brabners partner Adrian Rogers to its fast-growing corporate team.

James Sheridan head of corporate said: “We have been looking for some time to bolster our deal execution team with a high quality, experienced, technical lawyer, and in Adrian we have found someone, who we think will bring both top level skills and a new dynamic to our team.

“Adrian will work together with David Hayes and Louise Chesher in managing our deal execution team, a key part of our internal focus on operational excellence.”

Rogers move comes at an opportune moment for Turner Parkinson. The firm is consistently ranked in the top three law firms for deal volume in the North West and in 2017 has worked on some market-leading deals.

Sheridan said: “Looking back over recent months, we have sold Sterling Lloyd to GCP for $94m, helped Mobysoft with its investment from Livingbridge and advised the founders at Wilsons Insurance on its Inflexion-backed merger with Bollington Insurance.

“These are market-leading deals, and looking at our pipeline we have more to come over the next few months.”

“To continue to develop our deals business and deliver the market-leading quality of service, that we demand of ourselves, it’s critical that we are able to get the right people into our team.
“We are very careful when it comes to selecting our people, but like any good team we only want the very best – both in terms of skills and attitude. With this, we make no compromises and in Adrian I know we have someone, who will help deliver further growth to our business.”


The N8 Research Partnership (N8), a collaboration of the North’s eight research universities, has announced the appointment of Dr Annette Bramley as its new director.

Dr Bramley joins the Manchester-based partnership from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), where she held numerous senior positions over an 18-year period.

N8 is the partnership body for the universities of Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York and aims to maximise the impact of this research base to enable business innovation and societal transformation.

Bramley’s new role will see her building on N8 relationships with public and private sector organisations and with funders, and forging new ones inside and outside of the N8 network.
N8 creates programmes involving a critical mass of world class academics, which form networks of innovation excellence with partners in other sectors – to drive investment and economic growth. It is the largest research-pooling partnership in the UK.

Bramley said: “N8 has an excellent track record of establishing multidisciplinary partnerships across sectors and I look forward to building on its recent success and helping to drive it forward.

“N8’s role is to promote deeper collaboration between universities, business and society. Now, more than ever, we need to support the development of leading-edge research programmes that support and drive the growth of the knowledge-based economy.”