People on the Move: Run2; GHP Legal; Hugh Jones Solicitors; LIMA; Statiflo
Manchester digital agency Run2 has appointed Hannah Ward as its managing director.
Since joining the agency in 2014, Ward has played an integral role in client wins and new business, has overseen the delivery of some of the agency’s biggest projects, and has been responsible for implementing a series of employee benefit schemes.
Her strong communication, management and client-liaison skills have made her an invaluable member of the team, both internally and externally, said the firm.
Within three years of joining the company as a client liaison manager, Ward became operations director and she’s excited about the challenges the new appointment has to offer.
She said: “Since joining Run2 nearly five years ago I’ve seen the agency go from strength to strength, and that’s down to the fantastic team we have working here.
“I’m thrilled to become MD at what is such an exciting time for the business. We have a great opportunity to build on our strong position in the marketplace, focusing on providing outstanding growth and service for our client base, as well as implementing new products and services that will push the agency forwards.”
Christian McGinty, founder at Run2, said: “I am delighted to welcome Hannah into her new role. She has worked alongside myself and the management team for the past five years and has helped guide the business so far.
“I’m looking forward to working with her in her new role and delivering both client and agency growth. A very well deserved promotion within Run2.”
Ward’s promotion comes at a time of transition and development within the agency following the receipt of a £500,000 investment from a dedicated fund for innovative tech and media companies.
The cash boost will be used to grow the already expanding agency, as well as to implement a new AI platform for online client hyper-personalisation. It’s believed the changes will ‘completely transform’ the agency over the coming years.
GHP Legal, one of the region’s largest independent law firms, has announced the qualification of another trainee.
The Legal 500 Top Tier law firm, which has offices in Wrexham, Oswestry, Llangollen and Chirk, confirmed that Mari Sherrington qualified as a solicitor on July 1.
Mari joined as a paralegal in early 2017 and was later offered a two-year training contract with the firm. She had previously been a legal advisor in the field of private law, providing advice on a broad spectrum of matters including family, employment, private client and litigation.
Nathan Wright, head of training and a partner at GHP Legal, said: “GHP Legal has recently undergone a substantial period of strategically-planned growth, so Mari’s escalation to qualified solicitor had come at an appropriate time.
“Her across the board experience means she will be able to split her time comfortably, not just between different offices to appease our growing workload, but also between different departments.”
Based mainly between the firm’s Wrexham head office and one of its two Oswestry offices, Mari will be assisting clients with family and matrimonial issues, with particular interest and specialism in children law.
Boutique law firm, Hugh Jones Solicitors, has grown to 50 members of staff following a recent recruitment drive.
The Manchester-based Court of Protection specialist has welcomed seven new team members to its city centre office across a range of departments.
Lucy Law has joined the firm as senior HR manager and brings with her a wealth of experience. She is qualified with The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Institute of Leadership and Management and highly skilled in dealing with high volume and varied employment-related issues.
She said: “As well as managing the firm’s HR requirements, I’ll be working alongside the Court of Protection team to advise family deputies who employ support workers directly to assist our clients with their day-to-day care needs.
“It’s an exciting new role that promises challenge and variety and I look forward to working with some of the country’s leading experts in this field.”
The firm has also appointed four paralegals – Kayleigh Wren, Laura Hassett, Sophie Hill and Lashay Noble – as well as Jenna Devenish and Lauren Miller, who will work as administrators in the Court of Protection team.
Managing director, Rachel Dobson, said: “We’re always on the look out for the industry’s future stars. It’s wonderful to welcome our new team members and we are absolutely committed to nurturing their talent – I have high hopes that they’ll remain with Hugh Jones for years to come and enjoy great success.”
The firm boasts the largest team of Court of Protection lawyers in the UK and has built an impressive reputation for supporting vulnerable people.
Salford-based IT services company LIMA has promoted Ryan Ratcliffe to the role of chief sales officer.
Ryan has worked in IT sales for more than 15 years and joined LIMA in 2012 as a senior network sales specialist before moving into his new role.
Following a recent restructure, LIMA is making key appointments in line with a focused strategy that positions the company as the leading managed service provider to the SME market.
LIMA aims to achieve this by delivering real business value through strategic engagements where service and technology combine to deliver tangible and measurable value to clients.
Chief executive, Lisa Thornton, said: “Ryan has extensive working knowledge of the IT sector and a passion for delivering strategic business outcomes. He is the perfect candidate to lead our existing experienced team into a new era for LIMA.”
Ryan added: “LIMA has always had a strong reputation for delivering transformational projects and seamless customer service while enabling business outcomes for our clients.
“I’m looking forward to helping LIMA achieve its ambitious growth plans while retaining our cultural integrity and passion for our clients.”
Engineering company Statiflo has made a key appointment as it gears up for Brexit and further expansion in markets outside of the EU.
Ryan Sparrow has joined the company as logistics and contracts engineer.
He has joined Statiflo from fashion company Visage, based in Trafford Park, where he was a customer co-ordinator and stock controller.
Before that, Ryan spent four years at Cardinal Maritime in Manchester as a senior logistics co-ordinator.
His role at Statiflo sees him responsible for managing the shipment and tracking of orders and liaising with freight forwarders, customs officials and airport authorities in territories such as Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, which are growing markets for the company.
In the UK, he works with haulage firms and couriers over the delivery of Statiflo’s bespoke products.
The company, which has its headquarters in Macclesfield, Cheshire, and subsidiaries in the US and Germany, is a world leader in the design and distribution of static mixers and other process equipment.
Its products are used in a variety of industries, including water and wastewater treatment, oil and gas, petrochemicals, food, pharmaceutical, pulp and paper.
Gareth Fry, Statiflo managing director, said: “Ryan has slotted in very well into an important position within the business.
“We are responsible for the delivery of almost every component we sell, regardless of whether its destination is the UK or overseas.
“Even deliveries in the UK can be complex, especially when they involve our larger static mixers, as consideration has to be given to site access, safe loading and unloading.”
He added: “Having the correct paperwork and documentation and ensuring the right transport arrangements are in place are critical, and make a big difference to every order being delivered smoothly.
“Because of our experience and knowledge, we sometimes end up supporting and advising our customers on the best way to handle the importation.
“These aspects will become more important in the future, as we see significant growth coming from exports and, more importantly, from developing markets in the post-Brexit era.”
Ryan said: “I love the variety of the role, as every item shipped is bespoke and every job is different. It’s a great time to join Statiflo with Brexit around the corner and excellent opportunities for export growth in non-EU markets.”