People on the move: Slater Heelis; GVA; Langricks; db symmetry; SaveMoneyCutCarbon; Hotfoot Design

Liz Taylor

Manchester and Cheshire law firm Slater Heelis has expanded its successful private client team with the appointment of Court of Protection specialist Liz Taylor.

Taylor joins from Slater and Gordon, having previously worked at Pannone, as well as in roles in the financial services sector.

She brings extensive experience managing the financial affairs of clients who have lost mental capacity and will work closely with Slater Heelis’ Court of Protection financial deputy to deal with the finances of clients both young and old.

Chris Partington, head of private client at Slater Heelis said: “Liz has a wealth of experience in sensitively and effectively dealing with the finances of a wide range of clients, many of whom have complex requirements and have been awarded substantial damages in settlement of personal injury or clinical negligence claims.

“Her previous Court of Protection work will be invaluable as we continue to work with a growing client base in 2018.”

Slater Heelis LLP is a full-service law firm with offices in Sale, Timperley and Manchester city centre offering a range of legal services including, corporate, employment, personal injury, residential and commercial property, family law and private Client.


GVA has made four new appointments to establish a project consultancy and management team, based in Manchester.

Barry Crichton has been appointed from Deloitte to lead the new team, strengthening GVA’s project management capability.

He brings more than 20 years of experience, and was a partner within real estate advisory at Deloitte, leading its capital projects business in the North. Barry has worked extensively with a varied client base to overcome complex real estate challenges and deliver building projects.

Crichton is joined in this new team by Will Nightingale, Nick Wisken, and Jen Howard from Deloitte.

Nightingale, formerly a director at Deloitte, has more than 20 years of project management and consultancy experience in the office, education and infrastructure sectors. Wisken was an assistant director at Deloitte, working closely with Crichton to deliver real estate solutions for various Government departments.

Howard will join the team later this month and provide project coordination and support.

Crichton’s team will be completed by Peter Bates who is moving across from GVA Second London Wall.

He will bring 30 years of construction experience, having led the delivery of a range of complex projects. This has included Scottish Power’s HQ building in Glasgow, as well as St Paul’s Square in Liverpool for the English Cities Fund and the Green Quarter development in Manchester for Crosby Living.

GVA is one of the leading project management businesses in the country, with a track record that includes Spinningfields Manchester, Westfield London and the Battersea Power Station development, delivered through its GVA Second London Wall.

Regional senior director Chris Cheap said: “Barry Crichton is a highly regarded and talented project manager, and his appointment underlines the strength of our ambition to grow our Manchester operation offering local expertise and an end-to-end service that can navigate a property through its life cycle.”


Chartered accountancy and business advisory firm Langricks has announced two key appointments.

Andrew Milnes comes on board at the Wilmslow, Cheshire-based practice as a non-executive director to help develop and improve the business.

Mike Bowker has been appointed to director from associate director to boost day to day provision of financial management services for a range of clients. He joined the business in 2010.

Langricks managing director Chris Langrick said the goal was to become a top 100 UK accountancy firm in the next 10 years and these were key appointments on that journey.

He said: “Andrew brings a wealth of knowledge and experience on how to build an independent firm and grow a profitable, sustainable business, having done it for 25 years at Hurst and established it as one of the best independent accountancy practices in the North West.

“Mike’s appointment to Director is also a significant development. He has been with us seven years and is highly familiar with our culture and drive for service excellence. He will provide operational leadership across our customer service areas, taking over some of my day-to-day responsibilities to allow me to expand our advisory work.”


National logistics developer, db symmetry has announced the appointment of Matt Claxton as planning consultant to the company’s growing team.

Claxton, a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, joins the Manchester office from GVA where he was an associate for over two years.

Prior to GVA, he worked for Indigo Planning and then Knight Frank. Over the last 12 years, he has advised on a range of complex projects for clients including the Greater Manchester Property Venture Fund, Commercial Development Projects, St Modwen and Seddon Construction.

At db symmetry, Claxton will work with planning director Jonathan Dawes, who is based in the company’s Northampton office. His remit will be to provide strategic advice on a range of planning issues, relating to submissions, negotiations and appeals for sites across the north of the UK.

This news follows hot on the heels from the appointment of Paul Chatterjee as the company’s new development director last month.

Andrew Dickman, development director at db symmetry, said: “The volume and the complexity of the sites we are involved in has meant we had an urgent need for an in-house planning consultant. Matt’s experience in working with planning authorities, developers and key stakeholders on sites across the UK lends itself extremely well to our business.

Claxton said: “Db symmetry is now seen as one of the UK’s heavyweights in the logistics sector. The directors’ appetite to acquire and develop out sites across the country really appealed to me and I look forward to working with Andrew, Jonathan and the team to bring sites forward through the planning process in the most efficient way.”


Lee Simmonds has been appointed to lead business expansion of energy and water-saving company SaveMoneyCutCarbon following a £3.2m investment deal.

Simmonds, based in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester joins the company to build business across the region by helping organisations of all sizes to reduce energy and water bills.

As regional sales manager, he will expand on hundreds of successful projects and rapidly growing online presence of the fast-growth company.

The potential for further rapid growth as energy and water bills continue to rise was a key driver of the successful conclusion of the investment round by IW Capital.

SaveMoneyCutCarbon chief executive Mark Sait said that the new funding would expand the company’s presence on the ground in the region to deliver savings, payback and peace of mind.

He said: “Many companies and other organisations are not yet reaping the immense financial rewards from reducing energy and water consumption. We are driving awareness and partnering with them to achieve sustainable business.

“Lee is based in Greater Manchester and will work with our wider team to deliver building surveys and product specification through to project management and installation. He will deliver investment-ready proposals and our range of new financing options including a completely capital-free option.”


Lancaster-based Hotfoot Design has hired Fiona Lambert as senior designer, bringing with her a wealth of experience, having spent nearly 10 ten years at Fat Media.

Lambert trained as a graphic designer at De Montfort University in Leicester and over her career has worked with clients in a range of sectors including food & drink, hospitality, education and fashion. As a result she has extensive experience of branding, web and graphic design, plus design for high-end print.

Charlie Haywood, creative director and founder of Hotfoot design said: “Fiona is a talented, multi-disciplinary professional with tonnes of experience across a broad range of sectors, including hospitality and leisure. We’re absolutely thrilled she has joined our team of experts at Hotfoot.”

Michael Gibson, chair of Digital Lancashire, recently became a non-exec director at the company.

A raft of new business wins saw the agency working with Ascentis, Brades Farm Barista Milk, Hest Bank Dental Care, Jewels of the Ummah, Kankku, Keswick Tourism, Leonard Dews, Miralis, Relative Insight and Yordas Group.