People on the Move: Bromleys Solicitors; Creation ADM; ILS; Black and Ginger; Douglas Scott

Mark Hirst, left, and Keith Bull

Bromleys Solicitors has appointed Keith Bull as head of its family law department.

Keith is an experienced family law specialist who has held senior roles at firms in the Home Counties, the South West and the North West.

He specialises in cases involving divorce, children, domestic abuse, cohabitation disputes and complex financial and property matters.

Keith qualified in 1990 and is accredited by Resolution as a family law specialist and collaborative law solicitor.

Resolution is an organisation of family lawyers and other professionals who are committed to constructive, non-confrontational ways to resolve divorce, separation and other family-related legal issues.

Mark Hirst, senior partner at Bromleys, which is based in Ashton-under-Lyne, said: “Keith has an excellent reputation with his clients, colleagues and peers in the area of family law.

“He always seeks to go the extra mile to achieve the best results for his clients, who include business owners and their spouses, in often complex cases.

“With his extensive legal and management experience we’re confident that he will prove a big success with his approach and commitment to growing the department and building on our existing team.

“We’re delighted to welcome him to the firm and see him as a great fit with the culture and way we operate at Bromleys.”

Keith said: “Bromleys is a forward-thinking, multi-award winning firm with a clear focus on client service and expert advice, and I very much look forward to contributing to its future success.”

Meanwhile, Kristie Fawcett has been appointed as a trainee solicitor in Bromleys’ family team.

Kristie, who achieved a commendation on her legal practice course at The College of Law’s Manchester campus, joined Bromleys as a paralegal in 2017.


CreationADM has welcomed Abi Allen as a new creative designer.

Abi will join the experienced creative team as they gear up to look after new account wins and an increasing number of new projects from existing customers.

She will support the existing creative team as well as taking on her own group of clients, in time.

After graduating from Nottingham Trent with a degree in architecture, Abi made the decision to pursue a career in graphic design.

She worked in-house as the designer at YMCA East Surrey, working on a range of their services, including childcare, accommodation, fitness and fundraising.

Abi Allen

When the charity commissioned a national rebrand working with the ASHA agency, Abi not only gained invaluable knowledge working with their design team, she also discovered a passion for branding.

In 2015 she moved to Manchester and made a complete sector change – to the built environment – by joining Planit-IE, a studio of landscape architects and urban designers.

With an organised approach and attention to detail, Abi created brand guidelines and bespoke creative for projects and clients.

She began carrying out training sessions for her colleagues to share her knowledge of software and design principles.

Abi said: “I’m delighted to be here at CreationADM as I’ve always wanted to work in an agency environment, working directly for clients and designing a broad range of products. I love Creation’s content and I’m excited be part of such a creative team.”

Gary Young, creative director at CreationADM, feels Abi is an exciting addition to the team. He said: “As with everyone at Creation, no-one is a ‘traditional’ anything. We’re a mix of all sorts, from all walks of life, rather than ‘designers’ or ‘art directors’ or ‘PR types’, so Abi’s architectural background was a fascinating one.

“It allows her to look at things differently, rather than through a pure designer’s eye.

“Having said that, she is a brilliant designer first and foremost. We’re really rather chuffed and feeling fortunate to have her here.”


Growing demand for state-of-the art print and apply labellers and robust automated pallet labelling systems has led Industrial Labelling Systems (ILS) to expand its premises by 6,000sqft and make two additional appointments to its team.

The Manchester-based business, which reported an increase in sales of around 20% in 2018, has appointed Dean Sherrington to boost the business’s technical capabilities, while Diane Hyde becomes its new operations manager.

A highly experienced engineer, Dean honed his technical expertise in the crane and demolition industries.

His remit at ILS will include overseeing and fulfilling the installation and maintenance of a range of print and apply labelling machines into sectors encompassing food and drink, construction, logistics and warehousing, healthcare, automotive, retail and e-commerce.

A key part of Dean’s role will also include bringing client orders to a timely completion while working collaboratively with customers to guarantee the minimum of disruption to production cycles.

Dean Sherrington and Diane Hyde

Meanwhile the firm’s new operations manager, Diane, has more than 13 years’ experience in the wholesale, food and drink and catering industries and comes with an impressive track record in management positions.

Part of Diane’s vision for ILS is to offer world-class customer service and manage the workshop team in a way that delivers outstanding results for the business and its clients.

She intends to focus on building customer relationships and will make sure the business keeps delivering the latest technology and reliability, for which ILS is renowned.

She said: “It is fantastic to join ILS’s team at such an exciting time for the company.

“One of the key aspects which attracted me to the firm was its committed professionalism to delivering first class products and service for customers.

“I hope to build further on this success and will be working closely with both clients and our technical team to nurture sustainable and successful partnerships.”

ILS offers full after-sales support and maintenance service for its clients.


Liverpool creative agency, Black and Ginger, has appointed Jon Humphreys, co-founder and creative director of The Neighbourhood, as non-executive director.

Jon set up The Neighbourhood creative agency, alongside Ben Davies, in 2006.

The Manchester agency worked with clients such as Sony Playstation, JD Sports, The Saucy Fish Company and Urban Splash before closing earlier this year.

Alex Frech, managing director at Black and Ginger, said: “Jon is hugely talented, both as a creative director and a business mentor and I am absolutely thrilled to welcome him on board.

Jon Humphreys

“After 11 years as joint head of The Neighbourhood, Jon’s expertise, passion and commitment is set to be a real boost to the business.

“It’s clear that we have a good synergy and I am really looking forward to Jon playing a part in shaping the future of Black and Ginger.”

Jon Humphreys added: “This is a truly exciting time for Black and Ginger and I am pleased to be in a position to help steer the agency through its ambitious plans for future growth.

“Black and Ginger has delivered some wonderful work to date, and with such a talented team of creatives on board I am very much looking forward to the next chapter.”

Black and Ginger, based in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle, delivers branding and creative content for a range of clients, including Nextbase, ACC Liverpool, Edge Hill University, Kilner and Chester Zoo.


Manchester-based legal recruitment firm, Douglas Scott, has appointed Gina Swaim-Rutter as commercial director as it drives forward ambitious growth plans.

With more than 10 years’ senior leadership experience and a number of industry awards, Gina joins the business to support the management team as it seeks to enhance and grow its offering.

She joins Douglas Scott from a private equity-backed, award-winning, and high growth law firm where she held the positions of executive director and operations leader.

She is in her final stages of achieving an MBA with Manchester Metropolitan University, alongside undertaking Lean Six Sigma and Prince2 Training.

Gina Swaim-Rutter

The hire follows news of Lisa Spink’s appointment, rejoining the firm to launch and lead Douglas Scott’s in-house contract desk.

Gina said: “Douglas Scott’s story is a compelling one – the opportunity to join them at such a critical point is really exciting.

“I look forward to focusing on the evolution and expansion of the firm’s offering, while driving operational efficiencies to support growth.

“As the industry advances, there is huge opportunity for firms to leverage innovation and new technologies, streamlining processes and enhancing client offerings.

“Douglas Scott is already doing this, and I look forward to being part of a market-leading team, setting best practice.”

Douglas Scott founder and managing director, Kathryn Riley, said: “Gina’s legal background is already proving a real asset to the business as we seek to further enhance our client offering.

“There are few individuals who can offer strong expertise within the intersection of these industries, so we’re delighted to welcome Gina and her excellent credentials to the team.”