People on the move: WorkMobile; Galliford Try; GHP Legal; Legacie Contracts; Peppermint Soda

Jessica Mallard

Manchester-based mobile data capture specialist, WorkMobile, has appointed a new branding and marketing executive as part of ambitious plans for growth.

With a wealth of marketing experience both in-house and as a freelance creative, Jessica Mallard is the latest highly-skilled addition to WorkMobile’s rapidly expanding team.

Jessica has spent time working in marketing and events for InternChina, a global education and internships company, organising and marketing intensive programmes for Education New Zealand and The British Council.

Returning to the UK, she was able to use the cross-cultural connections made in her previous role to establish herself as a successful freelance marketer.

With clients spanning the travel, media, charity and technology sectors, she has created original content and devised social media strategies for WildChina Travel, Macau Lifestyle Media, and Creative Tourist, among others.

In her new role at WorkMobile Jessica will be refining the brand’s identity and messaging, solidifying its reputation as a leading provider of bespoke workflow solutions. On a more practical basis she will also be tasked with increasing the number and quality of sales leads the company generates.

Having recently developed a three-year business plan with the approval and support of its long-term South African investors, WorkMobile is on track to achieve its target of growing recurring revenues by 30% by the end of the year.

Jessica said: “Having worked with technology clients in a freelance capacity, I am thrilled to now be joining an innovative tech business at such an exciting time.

“WorkMobile has a fantastic product, which, thanks to the hard work of a passionate team, is constantly improving and evolving.

“This constant evolution is one of our key messages as a brand, and I am keen to ensure that it is conveyed effectively in every aspect of our communications strategy.”

Andrew Huntly, chief executive of WorkMobile, said: “Jessica is a brilliant addition to the WorkMobile team, bringing with her a host of fresh ideas and enthusiasm.

“Her expertise will be vital in helping us achieve our three year growth plan, ensuring that we are able to capitalise on new opportunities and bring our solutions to an ever greater number of sectors.”


Galliford Try Partnerships Northwest is building on a period of significant growth since its launch in 2015 with the promotion of three key members of the team.

The North West office delivers a combination of housebuilding, contracting and regeneration projects across the region since its launch three years ago. These include a landmark £20m regeneration scheme at Edge Lane, Liverpool, and a £14m development on Princess Road, Manchester.

The team is now adding to its ranks and has announced a raft of promotions: Aimee Law has been promoted to head of partnerships following three years in her prior role as development manager within the North West business unit.

She will be responsible for securing new land and contracting opportunities for the business. She will also use her significant public-sector experience to develop public and private sector partnerships across the region.

Eoin O’Donnell has been promoted to associate pre-construction director from his four years as commercial manager, with Martin Opara stepping up to replace him from his previous role as managing quantity surveyor.

O’Donnell now focuses on contributing to future growth through tendering and pre-contract matters. Opara, who joined Galliford Try Partnerships in 2016, will be in charge of running the commercial department in all matters relating to live sites.

Galliford Try Partnerships regional managing director, Brendan Blythe, said: “We are delighted that Aimee, Eoin and Martin have been promoted within the North West office.

“These opportunities follow a significant level of growth within the North West business unit since 2015, along with a real diversification of its projects portfolio.

“Galliford Try Partnerships is committed to the development of staff and promotion from within the business. We are thrilled to announce these important positions.”

They will all be based at Galliford Try Partnerships’ office at Innovation House, Warrington.


Wrexham-based law firm GHP Legal has appointed a new solicitor to its head office commercial and civil litigation team.

GHP Legal, which ranks in The Legal 500 list of top UK law firms and, with around 100 employees, is one of the largest independent law firms in the region, appointed Rachel Lillie at the end of July.

Robert Williams and Rachel Lillie

Having held previous legal positions in Chester and Nantwich, Rachel has gained a particular expertise in the field of wills, trusts and estate disputes, dealing among other things, with claims for financial provision from an estate and challenges to the validity of wills on the grounds of lack of capacity, undue influence or fraud.

Rachel represents both individuals and companies in a broad range of matters including property and neighbour disputes, professional negligence and contractual disputes.

Speaking about her appointment, GHP Legal Partner, Robert Williams, said: “Rachel is a welcome addition to the commercial and civil litigation team here at GHP Legal and will be a great asset to the firm hopefully for many years to come.

“Her wealth of legal knowledge combined with her determination to succeed and get the best outcome for the client is the perfect recipe for an eminent career in the law.”


Liverpool’s Legacie Contracts, the construction element of Legacie Developments, has appointed three new directors to ensure the continued successful delivery of projects across the city that the company is renowned for.

Ian Waterson has secured the role of finance director after working as director/chief finance officer for four years at Swiss Marine, the £2bn per annum freight operation company. Ian is a chartered accountant and brings a wealth of experience in all aspects of financial business management.

Paul McGowan has joined as construction director and has more than 30 years of management experience within the industry, controlling schemes up to £70m in value across numerous sectors. Paul is a chartered construction manager and has most recently headed up the landmark X1 development on Sefton Street in the thriving Baltic Area.

Paul McGowan

Legacie has also promoted in house with Ian Williams taking on the role of commercial director, having worked within the business from its inception.

Ian has more than 30 years of experience in commercial management of construction projects and has been intrinsic in the success of the company.

This move strengthens the director team responsible for delivering some of the most renowned hospitality venues in the area (including Doubletree by Hilton Chester, Hotel Indigo on Chapel Street and Days Inn on James Street) alongside an extensive number of internationally branded hotels elsewhere in the country, throughout the last decade.

A spokesperson for Legacie Contracts said: “We are delighted to announce these key appointments which will assist in ensuring our continued track record of delivering high quality schemes for both clients and investors.”

Legacie Contracts is currently on site delivering various projects including Ropemaker Place on Renshaw Street and Water Street’s Reliance House, comprising of more than 200 residential apartments, and will be commencing on a further four landmark schemes in the city by early 2019.


Peppermint Soda – the North West-based integrated marketing agency – is celebrating after boosting its client portfolio, while appointing two senior director roles.

The multi-award winning consultancy has been appointed by innovative mortgage franchise network The UK Adviser to handle all its branding, websites, national launch and ongoing marketing.

Peppermint has developed a multi-channel marketing strategy for The UK Adviser, incorporating the design and build of a website, social media, PR, advertising, events and the development of collateral.

Jade Hayman and Will Lloyd

The UK Adviser is the first mortgage business to receive an accreditation from the British Franchise Association.

Overseeing the delivery for The UK Adviser will be new account director Jade Hayman and digital project director Will Lloyd.

Will – who has gained experience at some of Manchester’s leading creative and digital agencies, and more recently headed up a digital project management team at Venn Digital – has worked with UK and international clients, including Diageo, Siemens, Rekorderlig and Bahco.

Jade Hayman, who recently joined from Optical Express where she was PR manager, has more than seven years’ experience in corporate and consumer PR. Jade worked with brands such as Dr Oetker, Wilko, PZ Cussons and Merlin Entertainments at Brazen PR.

Jane Hudson, client services director at Peppermint Soda, said: “It’s an exciting time of growth for Peppermint and the perfect time for Jade and Will to join the team.

“We embrace the opportunity to offer our full suite of services to businesses looking to accelerate their marketing and our new recruits offer us vital skills to drive that area of Peppermint’s business.

“Increasingly, our clients are benefiting from a tailored blend of the agency’s skills to meet their objectives and taking this holistic approach is delivering impressive results across the board.”