People on the Move: Mitchell Charlesworth; New Care; Alpha Digital Networks; Endless; Lambert Smith Hampton

From left: Tim Brock, Julie Webster and Jeremy Oddie
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North West accountancy firm Mitchell Charlesworth has bolstered its corporate recovery and insolvency team with the appointment of Tim Brock.

Tim has more than 16 years’ experience in restructuring, accelerated mergers and acquisitions and insolvency across a variety of sectors including retail, education, charity, manufacturing and property.

A chartered accountant and insolvency practitioner, Tim qualified with KPMG and has undertaken roles in industry in strategic management, cost reduction and business partnering. He joins as an assistant manager in the firm’s Manchester office.

Jeremy Oddie, partner and head of the corporate recovery and insolvency team at Mitchell Charlesworth, said: “As a firm we are focused on continually investing in our team and recruiting the best talent we can to ensure we continue to deliver the highest quality service to our clients.

“Tim’s track record and broad expertise make him an ideal fit for the team.”

Tim said: “Mitchell Charlesworth has a well-established and highly-regarded corporate recovery and insolvency practice and I’m looking forward to working with the team to help organisations experiencing underperformance, financial challenge or distress to find practical commercial solutions.”


Suzanne Scholz and Justine Hornby have been appointed by Altrincham-based New Care as home manager and deputy manager, respectively, at The Hamptons Care Centre in Lytham St Annes.

Local ladies, Suzanne and Justine are familiar with Lytham, having both lived, been to school and worked in the area.

The duo has worked together in the past and are a strong nursing team, bringing an enormous amount of knowledge and expertise to the state-of-the-art care facility, which offers residential, nursing and dementia care services.

Together, Suzanne and Justine will be responsible for the 76-bed care home, its residents and 100-strong team.

Suzanne’s career started in banking and retail in Lytham St Anne’s. She also worked as a care assistant where she developed a passion for dementia care, which prompted her to embark on a degree in mental health nursing, qualifying with a first class honours degree.

She said: “Being local I was aware of The Hamptons and knew that it was the best care facility on the Fylde Coast, so I was thrilled to join as home manager.

Suzanne Scholz, left, and Justine Hornby

“I want to carry on the good work, further improving the excellent standards of care we provide. By motivating my team, I will ensure they continue to go the extra mile for our residents, so that they can enjoy their retired life at The Hamptons.”

Justine, a qualified general nurse for more than 30 years, was attracted to The Hamptons’ friendly and family-orientated environment.

She said: “It is great to be working with Suzanne. She focuses on the residents’ mental health and I monitor their physical health, so we complement each other.

“I hope to build on resident and family relations as well as support Suzanne as she leads the talented team, already well-established, who all have a common goal – to do their very best for the benefit of all residents.

New Care chief executive, Chris McGoff, said: “We are pleased to welcome Suzanne and Justine to New Care. We were impressed by their career achievements, both separately and as a duo, having previously worked together.”


Darwen-based AV technology specialist, Alpha Digital Networks, is celebrating increasing its workforce by a third after taking on two new engineers and a business development manager.

The expansion follows the firm reinforcing its reputation as an end-to-end solutions provider and achieving a series of recent contract wins from blue chip clients, including The Jockey Club and Blackburn Rovers FC.

Alpha Digital manufactures, installs and maintains audio-visual and digital signage solutions, including providing hardware and content.

Based at Arkwright Court, Alpha Digital has been delivering innovative technological solutions to the education and corporate sectors for 10 years. Catering for a diverse range of clients, more than 65% of the firm’s business comes from repeat orders and referrals.

From left: Jason Munday, Robert Taylor, Joe Makepeace, Leighton Chance and Jay Dullenty

Jason Munday (49) has been employed as an AV engineer and brings 15 years’ experience in IT support. He is a specialist in managing networks, has previously installed AV in sporting venues, and has also done CCTV, network support, PC fault finding and server installation work.

Jason Dullenty (31) joins the firm as an AV technician and is a former Royal Marines Commando with extensive information management and administration experience.

Technically knowledgeable with a foundation in AWS cloud, MySQL, Python, and working in an Agile team, he was an information technology manager in the Royal Marines.

Completing the hat-trick of new recruits is Robert Taylor (46), business development manager, with previous experience working for Yell, BT, Lloyds TSB, Time Computers, 4U Business and The Caudwell Group.

With extensive experience as a commercial, key, senior account manager, Robert brings a high level of account management and customer care knowledge.

Joe Makepeace, Alpha Digital general manager, said: “Our attention to detail and commitment to providing a complete service from start to finish is helping us to win major clients and we’re glad to be able to offer employment opportunities to highly-skilled people from the area.

“Our new team members are a real asset to our company and will help us to further grow our potential as an end-to-end solutions provider.”


Private equity investor, Endless LLP, has recruited James Warburton into its Manchester team.

James joins Endless as an associate director from Deloitte, where he spent eight years in the Manchester restructuring team, including spending 12 months on secondment at private equity firm LDC.

James Warburton

As an associate director James’s focus will be to help drive deal origination and execution in the North West, working alongside partners Matthew Deering and Tom Jack and a team that has now grown to seven investment professionals.

Mathew Deering said: “With our North West-based investment portfolio continuing to grow following recent deals such as American Golf and BBF’s acquisition of Greencore’s cake manufacturing business, we continue to invest in building a top quality team.

“James brings a great blend of restructuring and private equity experience and I am confident he will add real value to our future investment activity.”

James said: “I am delighted to be joining the team at Endless and look forward to contributing to the further success of the firm as it continues to grow its investment activity across the North West.”


Manchester City Council’s planning and infrastructure manager has joined Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) as it boosts its planning and development consultancy team further.

James Shuttleworth has worked for Manchester City Council for 12 years and has been instrumental in shaping the city’s local planning framework and contributing to the recently-published Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF), as well as the Northern Gateway SRF (Strategic Regeneration Framework) and Piccadilly SRF amongst others.

He now joins LSH as an associate director in the planning and development consultancy team.

James will deliver enhanced support to public and private sector clients in the planning and delivery of regeneration and development across the city region and the North West and will build on LSH’s relationships with key stakeholders and decision makers to help facilitate and unlock strategic investment.

Paul Shuker, director of planning and development consultancy at LSH, said: “This appointment is a real coup for Lambert Smith Hampton. James will strengthen the strategic counsel, planning expertise and market insights we offer to clients.

“He has unrivalled knowledge of planning in the city, not to mention the huge regeneration opportunities that will be realised in Manchester and the Northern Powerhouse over the next 20 to 30 years.

James Shuttleworth

“His understanding and intelligence in relation to current and emerging government strategic direction will be of significant value to our clients.”

James is one of 14 new appointments in LSH’s planning and development consultancy teams and follows recent investment in the company’s Manchester, London, Bristol and Birmingham teams.

James said: “I am extremely excited to be joining Lambert Smith Hampton, a company with an excellent reputation and real ambition.

“I’m looking forward to helping to expand the work of the planning and development consultancy team, enabling Lambert Smith Hampton and its clients to realise investment and regeneration opportunities across the North of England.”

LSH’s Manchester planning and development consultancy team is now eight-strong, including three appointments made toward the end of 2018, which included the return of Phil Crowther as associate director.