People on the Move: Napthens; Gerald Eve; Eric Wright Group; Bamburgh Capital; Addleshaw Goddard; CG

David Walker

Solicitor David Walker has become the latest new recruit to join Napthens solicitors’ Kendal office.

He joins the team as a licensed conveyancer from Cockermouth firm Waugh and Musgrave.

He has previously worked in contracts and procurement roles in the nuclear industry and for government departments.

A specialist in dealing with residential property matters including sales, purchases and leaseholds, he will handle all aspects of the conveyancing process for Napthens’ clients.

He is the latest staff member to join the Kendal office, following the appointments of construction and engineering litigation specialist Katherine Sibley, and Daniel Coll, solicitor in the commercial property team.

The firm is also looking to recruit a further conveyancer to join the property team in Kendal in the coming months.

Jamie Allison, head of Napthens in Cumbria, said: “The team here in Kendal has seen significant growth and David’s appointment is a welcome one.

“The county’s economy remains strong and our clients tell us they are keen to access quality legal advice from a firm with real expertise in the property sector, based on their doorstep.”


Gerald Eve has strengthened its building surveying capabilities with the recruitment of a new salaried partner in Manchester, where Dean Collins has arrived from Trilogie Corporate Real Estate.

He has more than 16 years’ experience across both the public and private sectors, and has previously led the Manchester building consultancy team, at Deloitte Real Estate.

He has advised a range of clients including Edinburgh City Council, BP, Henley Investors, Lloyds Development Capital and Manchester Airport Group.

Richard Fiddes, head of building surveying partner at Gerald Eve, said: “The expertise of Dean perfectly complements the team’s existing skills.”

He said he has joined at an exciting time for the firm and will play a key role in the future growth of the business and in broadening the range or expertise available to its clients.


Preston-based construction and property company, Eric Wright Group, has appointed a new group finance director.

Gill Chadwick, who was previously group financial controller at the firm, has been promoted to the new role.

Having worked in a variety of finance roles, she has a wide range of experience in audit, business advisory and financial management.

Prior to joining Eric Wright Group she was finance director for transport provider H&M distribution and spent 14 years at Deloitte, in Manchester, where she worked with some of the North West’s largest property and construction businesses.

In the new role, Gill will have responsibility for the finance functions of all divisions within the Eric Wright Group.

Gill Chadwick

She will also be responsible for funding and financial strategy, including investment in future regeneration and development schemes and financial planning for Eric Wright Group’s growing investment property portfolio.

Speaking about her appointment, she said: “It is a real privilege to have been appointed to this position.

“I am looking forward to the exciting challenges that lie ahead to shape the future of the business.”

Eric Wright Group managing director, Jeremy Hartley, said: “Gill has already made a significant contribution to the management of the group’s finances during her time with us, bringing excellent experience and knowledge of the commercial property market to many aspects of our business.

“Her promotion is a key strategic appointment to the main board at a period of significant growth and will ensure our broader business plan strategies receive the best possible financial and commercial input.”


Manchester-based Bamburgh Capital, an independent corporate advisory business, has recruited Jessica Metcalf, previously head of investor relations at WH Ireland, as its head of investor relations.

She joins newly-launched subsidiary company Bamburgh Capital Investor Relations which will work with UK listed companies to provide access to new potential shareholders and to enhance their communication with existing shareholders.

The service will be offered nationally from an initial base in Leeds and will offer access to investors in both London and the UK regions.

Ms Metcalf said: “I am very pleased to be joining the Bamburgh Capital team at an exciting stage in their development.

“Direct investor communication has become increasingly important following the introduction of the MIFID II regulations in January of this year.

“I look forward to working with management teams to help support their investor telations activities.”

Chris Brinsmead, chairman of Bamburgh Capital, said: “We believe that high quality investor relations is a critical activity and propose to provide this service on a fully national basis in both London and the regions.

“This activity is a great fit alongside our other corporate finance services.”


Addleshaw Goddard partner Mike O’Connor is taking up a new leadership role following his appointment to succeed Malcolm Pike as head of the firm’s Manchester office. The three-year term of office is effective from May 1.

Throughout his 30-year career Mike has played a formative role in many of the region’s highest profile inward investment and regeneration projects, most recently advising Trafford Council on its UA92 University scheme with Bruntwood, Gary Neville and Lancaster University, and Beijing Construction & Engineering Group on its participation in the joint venture at Manchester Airport City.

He joined Addleshaw Sons & Latham as a trainee in 1987, becoming a partner in 1996, when he established the firm’s infrastructure, projects & energy team which he has led for 22 years.

Mr O’Connor will combine his new leadership responsibilities with his client-facing roles specialising in health, inward investment and regeneration.

In the North West, Mike is an experienced non-executive director of North West Ambulance NHS Trust, a director trustee of Factory Youth Zone and chair of the board of trustees of Manchester Concert Hall (The Bridgewater Hall).

Addleshaw Goddard managing partner John Joyce said: “Mike is one of our best connected partners and will bring energy and enthusiasm to our local markets efforts, leading, encouraging and ensuring that we continue to play a full and active role across the North West community.”

Mr O’Connor added: “It is an exciting time for the region and I look forward to ensuring that we combine together across our teams to collaborate with our clients, public sector bodies and other influential figures in the North West in a way which brings mutual benefits, further growth, opportunities and commercial success.”


Legal firm CG has made a key appointment with experienced commercial lawyer Jennifer Bell joining the growing team.

The appointment of Ms Bell further expands CG’s services which now include corporate, commercial, commercial property and employment law.

“Jennifer’s appointment represents another major step forward for the business,” said Stacey Turner, who co-founded the business with Louise Myers.

“She has a successful track record covering all aspects of corporate and commercial work, including mergers and acquisitions, shareholder agreements, restructuring and banking and finance.”

The Chorley-based business was launched by employment lawyers Turner and Myers.

It advises a number of well-known and established organisations from across the UK.

The CG team has become known for offering bespoke, commercially-savvy and solution-focussed advice.

Ms Bell said: “I am really excited to be joining such a progressive and dynamic business.

“CG has built its reputation on delivering a new approach to legal services in the North West and I’m eager to help take the business forward.”

Jennifer Bell

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