People on the move: TLC; Naismiths; Salford Professional Development; We Are Nova; Vincents; CandidSky

TLC team: Frankie Lyons, Sarah Nunn, Liz Taylor, Jess Randall, Ellie Barnes. Seated: Natalie Eastwood & Lauren Worsley

With steady growth in the private events sector this year, and an upsurge in corporate event enquiries for 2018/9, events management company the Taylor Lynn Corporation (TLC), has strengthened its events team with the recruitment of two new event managers this month.

Natalie Eastwood joins TLC from Silverstone Circuits and Lauren Worsley from Hallmark Hotels, both taking up the role of corporate events manager.

The duo, both graduates in events management, bring with them more than 15 years of events management experience across the international sports, corporate and private sectors.

The appointments bolster Manchester-based TLC’s corporate team and is part of the strategic development plan for 2017-18 that also saw Ellie Barnes promoted to the post of operations director earlier this year.

“Business is growing. Corporate enquiries are already up by 30% for 2019. It’s clear from the increase that companies are keen to invest in quality business events.” said TLC’s managing director Liz Taylor.

“In spite of the economic uncertainty surrounding Brexit, I am seeing an increase in confidence by our corporate clients in their own marketing futures. Meetings, conferences and recognition events are firmly back on their agenda.”

She added: “Natalie and Lauren have joined us at an exciting time and their roles give us the additional employee support to deliver a series of events lined up this year, but also a platform upon which to secure further growth in 2019.”


National property consultancy Naismiths has recruited four experienced surveyors to consolidate the growth of the firm’s successful surveying practice across Northern England.

Chris Wilman, who was formerly a head of department at Currie & Brown, joins Naismiths as a director. With a CV that also includes more than six years at JLL, Chris will now lead Naismiths’ building surveying team in Manchester, helping the firm extend a period of rapid expansion across the Northern Powerhouse region.

He is joined by senior surveyor Matt Gaffey whose pedigree includes work across both the commercial and residential property sectors for Currie & Brown and JLL, and by assistant surveyor Chris Greasley.

Chris Wilman

Together with senior surveyor Steven McKay, who has joined Naismiths’ Leeds office from Cushman & Wakefield, the new recruits will play a vital role in boosting Naismiths’ capability – and driving continued growth – across the North.

The consultancy, which is currently monitoring more than £2bn of development funding on behalf of institutional investors and finance providers, offers a full suite of surveying and project management services across the whole asset lifecycle.

Gareth Belsham, national head of building surveying at Naismiths, said: “Chris, Matt, Chris and Steven have joined Naismiths at an exciting, challenging and rewarding time. The firm is enjoying sustained growth across all its UK operations, but the Northern market has emerged as a real hotspot – meaning our teams in Manchester and Leeds are playing a key role in our success.”


Conference and training provider Salford Professional Development has made two senior appointments to its training arm, ONECPD.

Danny Clarke has joined as operations director while Dr Karen Stansfield has been recruited as director of the new health and social care academy which forms part of ONECPD’s sector-led focus.

ONECPD runs training courses, conferences and briefings for individuals, companies, organisations and public sector bodies from across the UK and

As well as health and social care, it covers areas including business, health and safety, innovation, media and digital, leadership and management.

Danny’s role sees him take responsibility for ONECPD’s sales, marketing, programming and events teams.

Dr Karen Stansfield and Danny Clarke

He has more than 16 years’ experience in senior management roles, most recently as group operations director at Eccles-based ELAS, which provides advice and support to businesses on areas including employment law, health and safety, food safety, occupational health, payroll and training.

Karen’s role will see her develop links between ONECPD, the university’s Schools of Health Sciences and Health and Society and the health and social care sector, with the aim of expanding the range of sector-focused programmes on offer.

She was previously the head of education and quality at the Institute of Health Visiting and has extensive management, leadership and quality assurance experience in the health and social care sector, in industry with Mott MacDonald and in academia at the University of Derby and Sheffield Hallam University.

Paul Bolton, managing director of ONECPD, said: “They bring with them a wealth of experience which will enable us to deliver on our key strategic goals and continue to deliver exceptional results year-on-year.”

Danny said: “I’m excited to join the team and look forward to playing my part in enhancing a strong brand and reputation for the business, ensuring we continue to deliver the best and most innovative content for events, conferences and training courses, while also expanding our portfolio of products and our audience in the UK and internationally.”

Karen added: “HASCA has been created to capitalise on the university’s expertise and I look forward to engaging and collaborating with the health and social care sector to help professionals access this vast pool of knowledge.”


Following an impressive period of company growth, with 15 new businesses co-founded since the beginning of the year, Liverpool-based We Are Nova have begun the first in a series of marketing recruitments.

The company’s success will allow further strengthening of the team and an enhanced depth of support for their digital start-up partners.

Paul Dodd, previously of Gyro and Bevie, has joined Nova to lead the marketing team through the next phase of business growth.

Paul will be responsible for developing the growing marketing team and creating a strategic plan to support the increasing number of tech start-up businesses that they co-found.

Speaking of his appointment Paul said: “Throughout my career I’ve loved creating and growing brands.

Paul Dodd

“This new role has given me the opportunity to work with, and shape, some of the tech businesses of the future. I’m excited to join such a customer-focused business that is aligned with my approach of using customer understanding and insight to build successful brands.”

Andy Davidson, We Are Nova chief executive, said: “We are delighted to have Paul on the team, his marketing experience and successes speak for themselves. He has brought with him some really exciting plans that will allow us to grow both Nova and our co-founded digital startups.”



Vincents’ growing personal injury department has recruited yet again to help deal with an increasing number of workplace accident claims.

Senior litigation executive Tracy Stanbridge brings to the team almost 15 years’ experience working on employer and public liability cases.

She joins Preston-based Vincents from Scott Rees in Skelmersdale, prior to which she worked at Curtis Law and Birchall Blackburn.

Tracy will be offering a regular advice surgery to give people who have been injured at work or in a workplace, information about making a claim.

Tracy Stanbridge

The weekly clinics will be every Tuesday morning from September at the Winckley Square office.

She said: “A lot of people, particularly older people who ‘don’t want to be a nuisance’, aren’t sure if they should make a claim. But anyone injured at work or in a workplace has the right to claim compensation and perhaps get changes made to help others in the future.

“A walk-in surgery gives people the chance to have an informal chat and get all the information they need to make the decision which is right for them.”

Despite the Health & Safety Executive recording a drop in accidents at work nationally, Vincents has seen its workload in this area increase over recent months, prompting the recruitment drive.

Director Olivia Robinson, head of the employer and public liability department, said: “Tracy has a vast amount of experience in this sector, and knows exactly how to deal with the intricacies of these cases.”


Manchester digital agency CandidSky continues to grow, with the appointment of two new recruits – Josh Boot and Ben Young.

Josh joins CandidSky from McCann Manchester where he spent two years working for such clients as BT.

Josh Boot

He joins the search team as an SEO consultant where he aims to improve the organic visibility of any website he works on and assist in developing their online presence.

He said: “It was interesting to hear the directors’ plans for the agency and the types of clients they’re aiming to work with in the future. It was simply too good of an opportunity to pass up on.”

Ben Young was previously based at Hit Search in Liverpool but has now joined CandidSky’s PPC department as a senior paid media consultant. As well as managing key client accounts, he intends to help develop and grow the team.

Ben said: “It was obvious CandidSky really care about providing a leading service whilst simultaneously offering a great working environment. I’m very happy to be here.”

Ben Young

These appointments come at a time of continued growth for the company, with the recent hires of Scott Bampton and Vinicius Prado in March as well as Nick Druce and Deividas Ambrazevicius in January.

CandidSky director Simon Fryer said: “Josh and Ben both bring unique skills and experience to our team.

“Their ambition and enthusiasm for what they do really shone through when we first met. This, combined with their belief in our agency strategy, made adding them to our team an easy decision.”