People on the move: Mitchell Charlesworth; HIMOR; e3creative; Hippo Motor Group; Bibby Financial Services

Tim Adcock, Phillippa Britchford, Phil Hartley, Alison Birch

North West accountancy firm Mitchell Charlesworth has strengthened its expert tax team with two senior appointments.

Phil Hartley and Phillippa Britchford have both joined the firm as tax managers.

Phil Hartley is a chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser with more than eight years’ experience of dealing with owner-managed businesses and providing tax advice on a wide range of issues.

In particular, Phil specialises in owner-managed business tax planning, corporation tax planning and research and development tax relief claims. He joins the firm from Haleys Business Advisers.

Phil said: “Mitchell Charlesworth has a well-established tax practice which provides a high-quality service to a range of clients and I’m looking forward to working closely with the team as we build on this together.”

Phillippa Britchford has returned to Mitchell Charlesworth after having spent 10 years working for other accountancy firms in Cheshire.

When previously working at the firm she completed accounts and audits. She has spent the time since leaving the practice developing her knowledge of personal tax and returns to look after personal tax clients, especially those with residency issues.

Phillippa trained in Belfast and recently become a FCA of the Institute Chartered Accountants Ireland.

She said: “Having previously worked at Mitchell Charlesworth I was aware of the excellent team that they already had and was keen to join it again to bring both my own experience and to further develop my knowledge.

“I look forward to developing long term relationships with my clients, and helping them plan for their future in the most tax efficient manner.”

The appointments follow on from the promotion of Alison Birch, who recently became a VAT partner in the tax team.

Tim Adcock, partner and head of Mitchell Charlesworth’s tax team, said: “As a firm we are continually investing in our team and recruiting the best talent we can to enable us to deliver the highest-quality service to our clients.

“Phil and Phillippa’s knowledge and expertise make them both key additions to the team. It’s great to have them on board.”

Paul Wainwright, managing partner at Mitchell Charlesworth added: “Our clients’ needs have become less about tax compliance and more about dealing with their tax planning.

“In response to this, we have further enhanced our senior tax team with both appointments, strengthening our well established specialist tax offering and enabling us to add even greater value and service to our clients.”

Mitchell Charlesworth’s tax team spans across the firm’s five offices in Manchester, Liverpool, Chester, Warrington and Widnes.


Regeneration and property group HIMOR has appointed Mark Booth as its new managing director.

Booth takes up the role with immediate effect, following two years as the company’s finance director.

A fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, he has worked alongside HIMOR’s founder and executive chairman Will Ainscough since he launched the business 12 years ago, initially serving as company secretary.

He succeeds Darren Jones, who left the business in late 2017.

Mark Booth

His appointment comes as HIMOR prepares to break ground on the first phase of its Future Carrington regeneration scheme, which will transform the 1,660-acre Carrington Estate with new homes, employment space and transport links.

Mr Booth said: “I am thrilled to be given this opportunity at an exciting time for HIMOR. Our investment property portfolio and strategic land holdings are performing profitably, while our flagship Future Carrington project will break ground in the Autumn, kick-starting one of the most significant regeneration opportunities in the region.”

HIMOR is owned by Bill and Will Ainscough. Will Ainscough will continue in the role of executive chairman of Wain Group Holdings, the holding company for HIMOR and Wainhomes.

Will Ainscough said: “Mark and I have worked closely together since HIMOR’s inception and his understanding of our business and strategy makes him uniquely well-placed to drive us forward over the coming years.”

In 2017, HIMOR secured outline approval for one million sq ft of employment floorspace and 725 new homes at Carrington in 2017 and a reserved matters application for a 212,000 sq ft industrial development known as Carrington Gateway was submitted in May.

Wainhomes has also submitted a reserved matters application for its Carrington Village scheme of 269 homes. Both schemes are due on site later this year.

HIMOR is a land and property company that specialises in commercial development, land promotion, property investment and regeneration. The company is based in Manchester and operates throughout the country.


e3creative has appointed Lucy Gregory, production manager, and Niall Morrison, technical delivery manager, to lead the technical and creative teams within their Manchester studio.

Gregory joins e3creative with more than 16 years of experience leading integrated teams for large digital agencies across the UK, including Manchester’s Building Blocks and TBWA Manchester.

She’s a proven leader with a strong track record of introducing new processes to streamline communications between departments and improving operational efficiencies.

She said: “It is exciting to join an agency that is achieving unprecedented levels of business growth whilst continuing to set the bar for quality and innovation on an international level.”

Ms Gregory is now overseeing the entire production department at e3creative, including areas of design, app and mobile development, UX, testing, project management, as well as Digital Operations Services (DOS).

Lucy Gregory and Niall Morrison

Concurrently, Morrison was enlisted to manage DOS, a new and flourishing division at e3creative introduced just over a year ago, due to his vast experience in coding and managing reactive development teams.

Prior to e3creative Morrison was employed for three years in the Manchester branch of the globally operating digital agency Building Blocks (Dept UK).

Commenting on his new position, he said: “e3creative is an agency I’ve followed throughout my career, am constantly impressed by and anticipate big things from.

“Their fast-paced movement is a welcome new challenge. The trajectory of the business is extremely positive and DOS is a huge part of their plans, which is invigorating for me stepping in.”

Managing director of e3creative, Jake Welsh, added: “Lucy and Niall have both entered e3creative championing our vision and brand values.

“Collectively, as well as individually, the pair have a clear passion for digital and demonstrate superior levels of leadership that will play a huge part in the evolution of the agency.

“In an industry that is so reliant on talent, we’re extremely fortunate to have secured these two key recruits during a pivotal point.”

e3creative is an integrated digital agency with a full-time staff of 56 and a head office in Manchester city centre.

In 2017, the agency turned over £2.55m annually and forecasts that amount to increase to £3.5m by their 2018 October year-end.


Hippo Motor Group has expanded its digital marketing team, bringing in Fahad Hussain as the company’s new digital marketing manager.

Fahad will oversee the online and offline marketing strategy for the Blackburn-based leasing firm and its brands, which include the flagship Hippo Leasing brand and Hippo Prestige, the luxury car and supercar arm of the business.

Hussain’s responsibilities include taking ownership of the marketing mix, including paid search, SEO, social media, sponsorship of local football teams (Bacup FC), sponsorship of golf clubs (Wilpshire Golf Club) and sponsoring and attending motor shows.

He has also been responsible for a raft of new recruitments to the team and is currently seeking a PPC manager to join the team and manage the PPC strategy and manage the relationship with the current PPC agency.

Fahad Hussain

He joins Hippo from an international FTSE 100 brand, Rentokil Initial, where he was in charge of the digital content strategy.

Fahad boasts a wealth of digital marketing experience having worked in the field for the past seven years. His experience gives him extensive knowledge of paid and organic search, email marketing, customer journeys and much more.

“I am thrilled to be part of the Hippo family and to take on this huge challenge to help grow the business,” he said.

“The Hippo brand is well-known in the leasing industry and we are committed to ensuring the brand continues to grow as it has been.

“That’s why we’ve invested in promoting the Hippo brand’s visibility through sponsorship of sports clubs and events. We have also made a significant investment in organic search, as we believe there is huge potential for the business to grow.”

Hippo has also made several new additions to the digital marketing team to assist Hussain.

These include SEO executive Panayiotis Markides, social media executive Dom Jardine, and live chat apprentice Sam Holbrook.

They join marketing executive Molly Heap, content executive Aneesah Jamadar, and data analyst Chris Winstanley.

“Hippo Motor Group’s digital marketing strategy is of utmost importance to our trajectory for growth, and each member is viewed as an asset to the business,” said director and founder, Tom Preston.

He added: “I am excited to welcome the new recruits to our team and am thrilled for the experience, knowledge and ambition that each member brings to the marketing team and the Hippo family. I look forward to seeing the direction a full marketing team can take the business.”


Liverpool-based Bibby Financial Services has appointed Paul Stack as commercial director for Europe and Asia.

Paul started his new role on August 1, and will oversee product, pricing and commercial strategy implementation across the regions, reporting into Richard Carter, chief executive for Europe and Asia.

He joined the company in April 2015 as UK product director, tasked with driving the development, management and innovation of the UK product portfolio.

Following his success in the UK, Paul’s remit was extended in 2017 when he became global product director.

Paul Stack

Prior to his appointment, Paul spent more than 20 years as a commercial development leader with The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), comprising senior leadership roles across Europe, North America and Asia.

Richard Carter said: “Paul’s contribution to the product and marketing teams during his time as global product director has helped develop BFS as a market leader, supporting the business in growing its product portfolio to include ABL, stock finance and foreign exchange.

“He has a demonstrable track record of leading strategic success and growth across the SME and corporate sectors, and there is no doubt that he brings with him both the enthusiasm and experience of doing business internationally to help him to succeed in this role.”

Commenting on his appointment, Paul Stack said: “Since joining BFS in 2015, the business has gone from strength-to-strength.

“Today we’re a truly global financial services provider, supporting the growth of more than 10,000 businesses and I look forward to contributing to BFS’s success throughout Europe and Asia over years to come.”