People on the Move: Science in Sport; Fisher German; Gerald Eve; R3 NW New Professionals Group; Team17; Lovell

Prof James Morton

Science in Sport has made three key senior management appointments, supporting its ambition to become the world’s leading premium performance nutrition business and reflecting the group’s sustained ability to attract talent.

Richard Wyborn is new group strategic projects director. He has worked for more than a decade as a strategic consultant and project manager at global businesses.

He began his career with IAMCO, providing counsel to clients such as Cadbury. He subsequently worked as an M&A consultant with Deloitte, served seven years with global conglomerate and brewer SABMiller, and most recently worked for Bain & Company.

Richard Wyborn

His early focus will be on introducing the recently-acquired PhD brand to the USA, the world’s largest protein market and combining its operations with the existing SiS brand in that territory.

Richard will also develop the group’s international strategy and structure to maximise opportunities in existing and new markets, with China a particular focus.

In addition he will support existing teams on the launch of a new PhD e-commerce platform and support the integration of PhD protein manufacture into the SiS manufacturing facility in Nelson.

Both of these projects are on track to launch in the coming months. He joins the business on March 11.

Prof James Morton, group chief scientific officer, is a professor of exercise metabolism & nutrition at Liverpool John Moores University, a globally-recognised institution.

Since 2015 he has also been head of performance nutrition for Team Sky, responsible for nutrition strategies underpinning four Tour de France victories, a Giro d’Italia win and a Vuelta a Espana win.

He was head of nutrition at Liverpool FC from 2010 to 2015 and also supports athletes in sports including boxing and MMA.

He has consulted on a part-time basis for Science in Sport as world class knowledge director in recent years.

His focus will be to further develop new science claims and intellectual property across the group’s already strong innovation pipeline.

Over recent years innovation has contributed to more than 25% of SiS’s revenue growth annually and James will be key to ensuring this strategically important growth engine remains central.

He joins the business on April 1.

Science in Sport marketing director, Richard Whitty, was most recently global marketing manager for Carlsberg and led work across its recent rebrand and football activations.

Richard Whitty

Prior to that he spent six years with Unilever in global marketing roles on a number of major portfolio brands.

Richard will be responsible for marketing strategy and activation across all key global markets for the SiS brand, with particular focus on commercialising the innovation pipeline. He joined the business on February 26.

Stephen Moon, Science in Sport, chief executive, said: “Science in Sport continues to attract leading talent and these three appointments typify our focus on growth and global ambitions.

“Our intent is to become the world’s leading premium performance nutrition business through investment in science, innovation and brand equity and this calibre of new talent is another step in realising that ambition.”


Property firm Fisher German has made a senior appointment to head up a new agency team in Cheshire to take advantage of an improving market.

Rod Waldron has been appointed at their Knutsford office after the firm wanted to tap into the growing property market in the area.

In a career spanning more than 20 years, Rod has exceptional experience dealing in the brokerage of mid- to high-end properties throughout Cheshire and is now ready to take on a new challenge.

He said: “I’m really excited to be joining everyone at Fisher German and confident I can lead the new Knutsford team to great success.

“Although I’ve worked in the sector for more than 20 years, I’m always looking for new challenges, so I’m really looking forward to getting started in this new role.

Rod Waldron

“Fisher German are a well-respected, progressive and innovative business with expertise in various aspects of the property sector, so they were a really strong fit for me.”

Rod will be joined at Knutsford by an experienced sales negotiator, Hollie Cammiss, who lives on the fringe of the town, and has a wealth of local professional and social contacts.

Partner Michael Harris, who heads the North West agency team, said: “We have been planning for some time to launch a dedicated agency team in Knutsford to take advantage of the significant opportunities there.

“The strengthening Fisher German brand in the area in recent years, coupled with identifying an excellent candidate in Rod for the role, makes this a very exciting proposition for us.

“Rod has had an excellent career as an estate agent, and he’s the perfect fit to lead the new team in Knutsford.”


Gerald Eve has strengthened its Manchester office with the recruitment of three new employees in its lease consultancy, rating and building consultancy teams.

Stephen Woodford arrives as a lease consultancy partner from JLL.

Stephen has more than 25 years’ experience of the North West lease advisory, with a focus on industrial and business space and a client base including major corporates, government departments and both local and national propcos.

In addition, Rick Paterson has joined as a senior associate in the rating team. Rick brings a wealth of experience of business rates valuations in the North West, including 30 years at the Valuation Office Agency, where he was latterly a senior valuation executive and qualified caseworker.

Rick Paterson

James Plowman has been recruited as a senior surveyor in the building consultancy team. James has previously worked for Capita in Manchester, where he worked predominantly on refurbishment and fit-out projects in the retail, industrial, office, infrastructure and residential sectors.

Callum Robertson, partner at Gerald Eve, said: “Manchester and the wider North West region is a crucial market for Gerald Eve, and an area where we’re continuing to invest in talent.

“The arrivals of Stephen, Rick and James strengthen our existing capabilities and will help deliver a superior level of service and advice to clients in their respective areas of expertise.”


The R3 North West New Professionals Group, which organises networking events for insolvency and restructuring professionals in the early stages of their career, has appointed Amy Lowden-Brown as its new chair.

Amy, who takes over from the previous chair Nicola McAvoy, has seven years’ experience in the profession.

Having worked in both London and the North West he is now assistant manager at the insolvency and restructuring firm, Lucas Johnson, based in Altrincham.

Amy Lowden

She has been an active member of the R3 New Professionals committee for more than a year and most recently organised its sell-out Winter ball at the Menagerie, Manchester, in November 2018.

Amy said: “I am looking forward to the challenge and to engaging more new professionals at our events across the North West.”

Paul Barber, North West Chair of R3, the insolvency and restructuring trade body, and also a partner at Begbies Traynor in Manchester, said: “Insolvency and related professions employ thousands of people in the North West.

“The New Professionals Group provides a vibrant social scene to help those coming into the profession to build their contacts book and further their career.”


Team17, a global games label, creative partner and developer of independent premium video games, has appointed Jennifer Lawrence as a non-executive director.

Jennifer joins from Costcutter Supermarkets Group where she has held the role of HR director since August 2016, working with the executive team responsible for the successful financial and operational running of the business.

With more than 900 people employed nationwide, Jennifer is responsible for ensuring the employment base is aligned with delivering strategic objectives.

Prior to joining Costcutter Jennifer served as HR director at TDX Group, overseeing its integration into the core Equifax Business, and spent four years at Boots, the last two of which as head of HR for Boots Opticians.

Jennifer will chair Team17’s remuneration committee.

Debbie Bestwick, Team17 chief executive, said: “We are very pleased to be welcoming Jennifer to the board of Team17 and look forward to benefiting from her expertise as Team17 continues to deliver on its strategic objectives.”


Lee Sale has been appointed by Altrincham-based partnership homes developer Lovell as regional managing director for the company’s North West business.

He joins Lovell – part of leading construction and regeneration company Morgan Sindall Group – from Jones Homes North West where he was regional director.

Lee, who started his new role with Lovell this week, brings extensive residential sector experience and an impressive record of delivering significant sustainable growth during a 27-year industry career which has included senior roles with Bellway and Wates Residential.

Lovell managing director Steve Coleby said: “Lee is a proven business leader with an outstanding track record of success in residential development and contracting across both open market sale housing and affordable development.

“I’m excited to welcome him to our team and delighted that he has joined us to drive Lovell’s continued expansion across the North West.”

Lee Sale said: “Lovell’s reputation for delivering quality new-builds and customer service excellence is matched by the company’s achievements in creating a genuine sense of community and lasting benefits for local areas.

Lee Sale

“I look forward to working with the regional team to deliver our strategic growth plans for the region, helping the Government meet its housing targets and working with our partners to deliver the high-quality homes which the North West so urgently needs.”

Lovell’s current North West forward order book is at £385m with the business set to complete more than 440 homes in the region this year.

Major schemes include a £40m, 200-home development at Altcar Lane, Leyland, Lancashire, which will be the first North West development through the Government’s Accelerated Construction programme.

Other key projects include a £12m development of 105 family homes in Yew Tree, North Liverpool, for Liverpool City Council’s housing company, Foundations.

They are the first homes to be built through Foundations’ £1bn programme to deliver 10,000 new and refurbished homes over the next decade.

Lovell is continuing work on Oaktree Grange, a 220-home, £53m development at Clayton-le-Woods, Chorley, Lancashire, which will create 198 open market sale homes and 22 affordable starter homes.