People on the move: Hodder + Partners; Royce Peeling Green; WSP; S I Sealy & Associates

Angela Pownall

Manchester-based architectural practice Hodder + Partners has appointed Angela Pownall as associate.

Pownall joined Hodder + Partners – which offers services across all sectors including interior design, masterplanning and urban design – in 2014.

During her time with company she has focused on the delivery of 10-storey commercial office building 3 St Paul’s Place, a contained city centre site in Sheffield for developer CTP Limited and is now leading a student accommodation project in Oxford.

Stephen and Claire Hodder welcomed Angela’s appointment.

Stephen Hodder, chairman of Hodder + Partners, said: “Angela is a tremendously talented architect who continues to drive forward many of the important projects we continue to work on.

“It’s just reward that she now has the title of Associate as the practice moves into 2018, a year which will see us start to deliver some very significant projects.”

Pownall, who graduated from The University of Sheffield in 2004, joined Hodder + Partners in 2014 with more than seven years post qualification experience.

Prior to that she held senior positions with the Manchester office of Austin-Smith:Lord and Birmingham-based Weedon Architects, where she worked on an £11m heritage lottery funded conversion in Leeds, a £50m mixed use development in Manchester, a £7m residential development in Castlefield, Manchester and the £42m refurbishment of Liverpool Central Library.

Commenting on her appointment, which comes a little over a month since the launch of new book ‘Contexts: The Work of Hodder + Partners’, Angela said: “I’m delighted to now be Associate of Hodder and Partners.

“I want to contribute and sustain the significant reputation that the practice has established over the last 25 years.

“I’m also sure 2018 will be another good year for Hodder and Partners.”


Insolvency practitioner Royce Peeling Green has recruited James Fish to work alongside Alan Coleman, who heads up the business recovery team at its Manchester office.

Licensed insolvency practitioner Fish, 36, has extensive knowledge of corporate insolvency having previously been a Senior Manager at Begbies Traynor Group Plc, where he spent more than 17 years.

He has worked on a wide range of administration, liquidation and company voluntary arrangement assignments throughout his career to date and has experience of trading companies in the short-term and negotiating and completing sales of businesses and assets as going concerns.

Fish qualified as an accountant in 2010 and has since performed a number of independent business reviews (IBRs) to assess the financial viability of companies and provide options and recommendations to both lenders and directors.

Coleman said: “We are delighted that James has joined RPG as we look to strengthen and grow the Business Recovery team, James will be a great addition to the team.”

Fish added: “I am very happy to be joining the team at RPG as like RPG which was established over 100 years ago, I have similar values as RPG in putting the client first and building on long lasting relationships with fellow professionals.”


Professional services and engineering consultancy WSP in Manchester has appointed Professor David Healey to the role of director of Smart Energy.

His appointment is part of the ongoing expansion of the energy business at WSP, which is looking to play a leading role in the transition of the UK energy sector to a low carbon, sustainable economy.

With more than 25 years’ experience internationally across the energy and utilities industries, David will be responsible for building a new Smart Energy team which will offer specialist sustainable energy services as part of the company’s power networks discipline.

Healey, who grew-up in Salford, will also continue his work with Keele University developing their ground-breaking Smart Energy Network Demonstrator project (SEND), as well as his advisory role on the United Nation’s Sustainable Energy and Energy Efficiency policy which is developing strategies to support international agreements on climate change.

He said: “WSP is focused upon playing a leading role in the energy sector revolution which will form the basis of a future low carbon global economy. I believe as part of the WSP team, we can assist our clients to effectively embrace this transition in our urgent battle against the impacts of climate change.”

Healey’s appointment is part of the company’s wider Future Ready strategy; the first training programme of its kind in the UK consultancy sector which aims to equip its engineers with the tools to design more future-proof, sustainable solutions for clients.

Paul Glendinning, head of WSP’s power networks discipline, said: “The push for change in our energy systems around the world will include a move to more smart energy solutions which will give homes and businesses more control over their energy use, and support innovative new digital technologies.

“WSP is at the forefront of these changes and we’re excited to bring David and his wealth of expertise on board.”


Stockport based building services design engineers S I Sealy & Associates has appointed three new engineers – Andres Romero, James Robinson and Ben Rathbone.

Romero, who has a master’s degree in building services engineering, is a mechanical design engineer with more than five years’ experience and is a member of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.

Robinson has joined S I Sealy as an apprentice engineer, which includes attending Trafford College one day a week. He is a second-generation employee of S I Sealy, as his father, Michael Robinson, who is a principal electrical engineer, has been with S I Sealy for more than 35 years.

Rathbone, who upon leaving school trained as an electrician, has joined S I Sealy as an electrical design engineer, and with S I Sealy’s support, he is undertaking a building services engineering degree at the University of Central Lancashire.

S I Sealy director David Stafford said: “We have recently won a number of contracts and appointments to Frameworks; and therefore needed to recruit additional engineers.

“The appointment of Ben and James, who we will support through their studies, also demonstrates our desire to encourage and develop the engineers of the future.”