People on the move: JLL; Howgate Sable; HURST Corporate Finance; JBP; PHX Training

L-R Ashley Parkinson, Sulthun Mahmud, Andrew Kan and Siobhan Ellis

Property advisor JLL has appointed four surveyors across its Manchester-based cost management, property and asset management and building consultancy teams.

Chartered quantity surveyor Andrew Kan has joined the cost management team with 13 years’ experience gained across the transport, commercial, hospitality and industrial sectors in the UK and Singapore.

The dedicated North West cost management service was set-up last year after Matt Handley was appointed as associate director to develop the specialism in the region.

JLL, which has a 40-strong cost management team nationally, is growing the regional offering to meet demand from increased development in Manchester.

In addition, Siobhan Ellis has been recruited to the property and asset management team as senior surveyor.

She brings more than five years’ experience and joins from building consultancy and property management firm, Workman.

Meanwhile, JLL’s building consultancy team has appointed Sulthan Mahmud and Ashley Parkinson as building surveyors.

Sulthan has more than 11 years’ experience working on multi-million pound projects. He joins from architecture and building consultancy AHR, with sector experience including healthcare, commercial, residential, defence, industrial and leisure.

Parkinson joins the team following five years at the Salford Quays office of Rider Levett Bucknell.

David Lathwood, lead director for JLL in the North West, said: “We are continuing to attract new talent, as we broaden our offer to clients in the region.

“These latest appointment reflect strong demand for the work of our specialist teams and Andrew, Siobhan, Sulthan and Ashley each bring a wealth of diverse experience to the Manchester office.”


Manchester-based executive search firm Howgate Sable has grown its team with two new hires, as it looks to expand its offering due to increased demand.

Mark Iliffe joins the business as partner having previously held the same position at London-based Tyzack Partners.

Other positions during his 20-year career have included senior consultant at Gerard Daniels and head of practice at Redgrave Partners.

Iliffe will operate in the independent healthcare sector, as well as in Howgate Sable’s energy, manufacturing and infrastructure practice group, to which he brings significant experience in supply chain and manufacturing.

Iliffe said: “The Howgate Sable brand has true meaning and resonance, carrying an extremely positive reputation in the executive search industry. I feel my experience complements the company’s current sectors and I look forward to working with the team to build on this reputation and drive the business forward.”

Meanwhile, Noreen Curtin joins as associate partner from Macmillan Davies where she was a director, bringing with her almost 20 years’ recruitment experience.

Previously specialising in HR, Curtin will now expand her remit, becoming a trusted adviser to clients in a wide range of sectors.

Curtin said: “Having honed my skills and built up a strong network within contingent recruitment, I’m excited to now take the next step up into executive search, which will allow me to branch out and apply my knowledge to a range of exciting new industries. I was keen to join a flexible and forward-thinking practice, which Howgate Sable undoubtedly is.”

Neil Humphreys, partner at Howgate Sable, said: “We’re thrilled to have welcomed both Mark and Noreen to the team. Their combined experience is sure to bolster our proposition and help us achieve our ambitious growth plans. We look forward to seeing them thrive in their roles and continue to provide the outstanding service we’re known for.”


Lauren Roberts has been promoted to manager at HURST Corporate Finance in Manchester

She joined HURST from HSBC in 2013 as a researcher and then became a corporate finance executive.

Roberts advises on the sale of owner-managed businesses and has taken the lead role in a number of deals, including advising the shareholders of Salford-based Utilities Design & Planning on a £3m investment by private equity firm Foresight Group.

Nigel Barratt, head of HURST Corporate Finance, said: “Lauren is establishing a strong reputation in the North Wst corporate finance market and fully deserves her promotion.

“She has developed into an excellent dealmaker, with drive, ambition and capabilities beyond her years.

“Lauren has consistently demonstrated her range of skills by managing deals and building trust and respect with a variety of stakeholders.

“She plays a key part in the ongoing success of our team and we are delighted to reward her achievements with this promotion.”


Manchester-based national strategic communications and engagement consultancy JBP has appointed Steve Anderson-Dixon as its new chief executive to support the company’s future growth ambitions.

The former chief operating officer at Trinity Mirror’s Regionals Division, the largest national and regional media publisher in the UK, will take over from current chief executive of JBP, Jennifer Bryant Pearson who takes up the new role of founder director with a focus on client development.

Chris Lawrance and James Turgoose will continue as managing directors of the business in Bristol and London respectively.

Bryant Pearson said: “Steve has been a board director at JBP for a number of years and has an extensive track record in the media, as well as significant commercial acumen, which will help support our strategic business plans.

“We have set some very ambitious growth targets and Steve’s appointment, together with my new role, will allow us to focus both on new business projects as well as developing ever stronger relationships with our existing clients and networks. He will have a key role to play in developing our ambitious business strategy’’.

Anderson-Dixon added: “I’m pleased to have joined at a great time for JBP following a number of significant wins to complement our growing client base.

“The opportunity for further growth is really very exciting as we accelerate our strategic plan for what is one of the UK’s leading businesses in the PR, stakeholder engagement and public affairs industry.”


A Lancashire-based training network has appointed a new business manager to help in the drive to get more people back to work in the region.

Daniel Grahovac is leading the team at PHX Training, Morecambe, as it seeks to expand its funded learning services which aim to enable people of all ages find employment.

Grahovac, has developed his specialist expertise in the employability and recruitment industry with more than eight years’ managerial experience within the government-funded sector.

He said: “It’s a great time to join PHX Training as we grow our offer across the region in the key skills to help get people into relevant jobs across the board from individuals who need help in core skills such as English and maths to other more specific requirements.”

The Morecambe base offers training under the Journey2Work and Learndirect programmes including English, maths, IT, retail, employability and customer service.

Dan Scott, managing director at PHX Training, said: “Daniel brings a wealth of expertise to our business as we grow, and we look forward to expanding our offer in the area to those employers and learners who need it with guidance and advice at every level.”

As part of his role, Grahovac will also be leading on the work-based learning contract for Lancashire. The European Skills Funded-contract will meet the needs of the individual, the employer and the gaps identified by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.

The programme, led by the Lancashire LEP Skills Support for the Workforce, aims to enhance employee skills and career prospects in basic skills and intermediate to higher level.