People on the Move: Eddisons, BGF, The Hollies Farm Shop Group, Cowgills and Total Fitness

Ashley, Phil and David from Eddisons

Property consultancy Eddisons has expanded its Manchester office with two new appointments to its valuations and building and projects consultancy teams.

Valuer David Rose has joined as an associate director, while Ashley Parkinson is a senior building surveyor with the firm.

David comes on board with four years’ experience as a valuer at North West business Longden & Cook, carrying out commercial and residential valuations for secured lending and pension funds as well as sourcing or selling investment property for clients.

He was also previously at Axis Property Consultancy and Lambert Smith Hampton.

With a range of private and public sector survey and project management experience, Ashley joins Eddisons from JLL, where he spent 18 months in the Manchester project and delivery services team, after qualifying as a surveyor at Rider Levett Bucknall.

“I’m really excited to be joining the vibrant and motivated building and project consultancy team here at Eddisons in Manchester and am looking forward to playing a pivotal role in the growth and success of the team over the coming years,” said Ashley.

David added: “Eddisons’ valuations team has a strong pipeline of quality work and I’m looking forward to getting started in the new role.”

Simon Blackaby

BGF, the UK and Ireland’s most active investor in growing companies, has bolstered its Quoted team with the appointment of Simon Blackaby as an investor.

Simon joins from the EMEA Equity Capital Markets team at Jefferies International and will be working with Tom Jenkins, Matt Singh and Paul Stevens in BGF’s Quoted team, specialising in funding options for AIM-listed businesses.

BGF’s Quoted team has invested almost £200m into more than 40 quoted companies since inception. In addition to supporting businesses with initial investments, such as Manchester’s genedrive, the team have also made follow on investments into several current portfolio companies to support their growth, including Accsys Technologies and Inspired Energy.

Nathalie Hallworth

The Hollies Farm Shop Group has boosted its team with the appointment of Nathalie Hallworth as senior accounts manager.

Nathalie brings with her over 15 years of management accounting experience, having worked with large plc organisations such as Steinhoff UK Group and also within smaller companies such as The Stanneylands Hotel and Knutsford Admin. She has experience of working in both the retail and hospitality sectors.

Nathalie has specialist knowledge of implementing procedures that improve efficiency and cash control and takes pride in ensuring that all information fed into the accounts is reflected in clear reporting.

With a degree in Business Studies and qualifications in IT and payroll, Nathalie’s current studies will see her complete her CIMA qualification. She is based at The Hollies Farm Shop at Little Budworth, near Tarporley.

Nathalie said: “I am thrilled to join the finance team at The Hollies. I am looking forward to adding value to their in-house processes and helping to maintain a streamlined and effective management reporting system within this vibrant and growing business.”

Alex Hesketh

Independent audit, accounting and business advisory firm Cowgills has appointed Alex Hesketh as its latest partner.

Alex, 35, who joined the Bolton-based firm’s graduate scheme in 2007 has more latterly been responsible for growing the company’s international client base and has advised a number of high-profile clients on both their inward and outward overseas investment plans.

He is also heavily involved in the firm’s family business offering and through a combination of succession and new client wins, has significantly grown his client portfolio over recent years.

Alex said: “It is rare to join a firm as a graduate trainee and make a complete progression through to partnership.

“This clearly demonstrates the scope for personal development at the firm, which has been facilitated through a period of uninhibited growth and a remarkable support network. Without the backing of the partners and the commitment consistently demonstrated by my colleagues, this simply wouldn’t have happened.”

Paul McNicholas

Total Fitness has appointed Paul McNicholas to its board as operations director.

Paul will oversee the day-to-day running of Total Fitness’ 17 health clubs, located across the North of England and Wales.

In particular, Paul will continue to drive the business’ ‘people-powered’ transformation which has seen it turn-around a shrinking membership with figures showing a membership growth of 6,000 in 2019 to date. He will also help plan tactical capital investment across the estate in both property and the latest fitness equipment.

Paul has spent the last 19 years working in the health and fitness industry. Most recently, he worked across the UK for David Lloyd Leisure as Regional Sales Manager and head of Orangetheory Studios whilst David Lloyd owned the rights to the brand in the UK.

In joining Total Fitness, Paul has renewed a working partnership with CEO Sophie Lawler, whom he worked alongside when he first started out in the industry, and is a key addition to the board as the business continues to nurture its people-led development.

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