People on the Move: Cushman & Wakefield; Fairhurst Design Group; FMB; Falconer Chester Hall; Huddle Digital

From left: Zara Nickson, Lewis Chester, Eddie Surtees, Will Westley and Joseph Parker

Property specialist Cushman & Wakefield has welcomed its latest influx of emerging talent with 45 graduates and 14 apprentices taking the first steps of their real estate careers with the firm.

The graduates will spend the next two years working towards a professional qualification through the RICS, CIBSE and RTPI.

The apprentices have a structured five-year programme, including studying part-time for a BSc undergraduate degree, and will also work towards their APC in their final two years.

Graduates Lewis Chester, Will Westley and Zara Nickson have joined the Manchester office, at No.1 Marsden Street. In addition, apprentices Joseph Parker and Eddie Surtees have also joined the office.

Selected from around 1,000 applicants, the new joiners have a packed induction week in London, including talks, workshops and activities.

This includes meeting current graduates and apprentices, and mentors who will provide support and guidance across the programmes.

They are also welcomed to the firm by George Roberts, head of UK & Ireland, James Maddock, head of global occupier services EMEA and John Forrester, global president.

Caroline Baker, partner and head of Cushman & Wakefield’s Manchester office, said: “I am delighted to welcome another substantial intake of talented and enthusiastic new graduates and apprentices. Real estate is such a fascinating sector to be involved in and where, more than ever, creativity, problem solving and an ability to adapt will stand them in good stead.”

Kirsty Bannerman, early career development manager at Cushman & Wakefield, said: “Our programmes ensure each individual takes on responsibility for their own work, with appropriate support, and gains the foundations necessary to then become specialist advisors later in their careers. We look forward to helping them progress.”


The Manchester headquartered architecture practice, The Fairhursts Design Group, has strengthened its senior management and design teams with the appointment of Anthony Jones as associate director.

Previously at Gilling Dod Architects, and before this Mersey Design Group, Anthony Jones has 17 years’ experience in delivering high quality healthcare and educational facilities across the UK. These include Calverton MH Hospital, Oldham Centralised Pathology and West Cumberland Hospital.

Anthony Jones

FDG, which currently employs around 40 in its King Street office, and a further 10 in Southampton and recently-opened Cambridge offices, has developed a reputation for designing world-class advanced manufacturing and science laboratories for the likes of the Universities of Liverpool, Nottingham and Cambridge, as well as the Wellcome Trust.

Teams also work across briefs for commercial offices, hotels, industrial facilities, sports clubs and media organisations.

The company is now looking to expand its presence in the aligned healthcare sector with Jones taking a lead.

Managing director of The Fairhursts Design Group, Richard Sagar, said: “As a company, we are always looking for talented individuals who share our passion for delivering inspirational buildings for a broad range of clients.

“Anthony has a great work ethic and detailed knowledge of a sector we are keen to grow in, so we are delighted that he has joined us and look forward to benefitting from his expertise.”

FDG, which is currently in its 122nd year in business, has been shortlisted for Architectural Practice of the Year at the Education Estates Awards 2018. The winners will be announced at Manchester Central this month.


A financial advice manager has been promoted to the board of the company he joined straight from school.

Roger Jackson, 29, joins the board of directors at Financial Management Bureau (FMB) after 10 years at the Kendal-based financial planning company.

He joined the company, based at Shenstone House, Helsington, after taking his A-levels at Dallam School, Milnthorpe, instead of taking a place he was offered at university.

Roger Jackson

He recently gained his second set of higher level qualifications in financial planning, becoming a Chartered Financial Planner as well as a Certified Financial Planning Professional.

He takes over the role of director of financial planning and will now contribute to the strategic development of FMB, which employs 30 people.

Over his years with FMB Roger has worked in many roles to gain a broad understanding of financial services, as well as overseeing the professional development of other colleagues.

Managing director Liz Beavis said: “Roger has always understood what we are trying to achieve here at FMB and the kind of company we want to create.

“His positive problem solving skills and calm, pragmatic manner make him a valuable addition to our board.

“As well as being an outstanding financial planner, Roger has the values of loyalty, honesty and integrity that make it a pleasure to work with him.”

Financial advice firm, FMB, was set up 1987 by Les Beavis, who died in 2008. Sisters Ruth and Liz are his daughters.


Falconer Chester Hall, one of the North West’s largest architecture practices, has announced the promotion of Mike Gore, 32, to the board of the rapidly-expanding firm.

Mr Gore joined the practice 15 years ago from college, completing his technical and professional qualifications while working in practice.

“It’s a great example of someone rising through the ranks,” says FCH managing director Adam Hall.

Mike Gore

“Mike joined us as a trainee technician and, through hard work, determination and a real focus on our clients, has shown what’s possible. I’m delighted for him.”

The move comes as the company gears up to manage a surge of new business wins for major clients, including Watkins Jones and Elliot Group.

Mike said: “My professional and creative direction has been shaped at FCH and I’m delighted to be able to now help guide the direction of the firm I’ve grown up with.

“Our Manchester and London studios are expanding steadily as well as Liverpool and our focus is on adding to the talent we have at all levels in the business.”


Manchester digital agency start-up, Huddle Digital, has taken on its first permanent member of staff following a string of client wins and new projects.

Emily Triplett, a final year student at the University of Salford, joins the firm, run by co-founders Tom Parson and Harry Potts, as account executive following a recent internship.

Emily was initially recruited through the Santander Salford Advantage Internship Fund – a scheme run by the University of Salford in conjunction with banking giant Santander, and has spent the past six months working with Huddle to manage the day-to-day running of their various client accounts.

Following the success of her internship at the agency, Emily has been offered a full-time position from August.

Tom Parson, founder and client services director, said: “We’re pleased to be in the position to offer Emily a permanent role with Huddle in our client services team. We were really impressed with her tenacious attitude and eagerness to learn new skills, and are delighted that she can join us at what is an exciting time for the business.”

Since the business was founded in 2015, Huddle has worked with a number of clients to develop everything from complex websites to bespoke cloud-based software products, increasing turnover by 77%.

Following the development and launch of its specialist web-based software product, Foleo, earlier this year, the firm went on to be recognised by the BQ and Business Growth Hub Innovation 100 Greater Manchester as one of the region’s most innovative businesses.

Emily said: “I’ve really enjoyed my internship here at Huddle. The team has fully supported me and helped me to develop my skills in lots of different areas and I’m excited to have been offered a permanent role.”

Ian Boardman, head of career development & employment at University of Salford, said: “We are delighted that Emily, who studied Digital Marketing at the University of Salford, has successfully engaged in an internship with Huddle Digital and that she has now been recruited into a permanent role. Congratulations to both Emily and Huddle.”

From left: Tom Parson , Joseph Tirone (University of Salford), Emily Triplett, and Ian Boardman