People on the Move: Napthens; Anwyl Partnerships; +24 Marketing; SAS Daniels; APS Group

Jo Cooper

The award-winning corporate team at regional law firm Napthens has expanded its ranks with the appointment of senior associate solicitor Jo Cooper.

Jo, who will be based at the firm’s Preston office, joins Napthens after five years with Addleshaw Goddard in Manchester where she advised businesses across a range of sectors on a wide variety of corporate transactions.

She has worked on complex and sizeable deals including the recent £220m sale of a North West business to a US buyer. Her experience also includes several months spent on secondment in the legal team of a FTSE100 company.

Jo’s arrival is on the heels of a record year for Napthens’ corporate team, which transacted its largest volume of deals by value during 2019 and saw it ranked among the top 10 in the Experian deals table for the North West region.

Keith Melling, head of corporate at Napthens, said: “Jo joins us at an exciting time, fresh from our award win and looking to build on our recent success.

“Jo’s experience and expertise will be of real benefit to our clients in the region as we cement our reputation as the genuine alternative to larger City-based law firms.

“She will play a key role in the team as we continue to advise new and existing clients on implementing their strategic growth plans through M&A activity.”


Anwyl Partnerships, specialists in the provision of residential land and build developments, continues to strengthen its growing team and has announced the key appointment of Jack McCabe as land manager.

Jack brings with him five years’ experience working as a land and commercial property Chartered Surveyor in Manchester, where his advisory role centred on the identification, acquisition, and disposal of land and property across the North West.

At Anwyl, based in Ewloe, near Chester, Jack will be responsible for sourcing, acquiring, and delivering new immediate residential development opportunities across a range of family housing tenures, including PRS, retirement living and extra care.

Jack McCabe

Tom Anwyl, managing director of Anwyl Partnerships, said: “It’s great to be able to welcome Jack on board the Anwyl Partnerships team. Our growth strategy is at an exciting stage and Jack’s appointment brings a unique insight and skill set that will undoubtedly benefit our business and our partners.”

Jack said: “Joining the Anwyl Partnerships business represents an excellent opportunity, at a time when the business is embarking on an incredibly ambitious growth strategy.

“The partnerships division is very acquisitive, dynamic and versatile, enabling us to unlock a range of development opportunities for our partners.

“I look forward to working with the partnerships team, proactively identifying and securing immediate land opportunities.”


Burnley-based digital marketing company +24 Marketing says it has further strengthened its growing reputation as one of the North West’s premier technology businesses by recruiting former Burnley Council brand manager Amber Corns.

Amber has joined +24’s burgeoning team of digital marketing experts, creatives and software developers as account manager, working alongside founder and managing director Dave Walker and marketing manager Sam Keenan.

This newly-created role is the latest in a string of newly-created posts for the business as it enjoys unprecedented growth over the past 12 months.

Amber Corns, with Dave Walker

Amber joins +24 after five years as Burnley Brand Manager. She said: “My background is in big brand marketing, having worked for PZ Cussons, Northern Foods, Boohoo, the Co-op head office, on brands like Goodfellas Pizza, Carex handwash. I now have a new challenge with Dave and am thrilled to be part of the +24 team at such an exciting time in the company’s future development.”

She added: “I have known Dave for several years and watched with great interest how the business has grown and developed. This is a dynamic company brimming with talent and energy, right at the forefront of what they do.

“I intend to make a valuable contribution in developing new relationships, helping to manage their existing client portfolio and engaging with the wider community.”

Amber’s appointment brings the +24 team to 16 and rising as Dave Walker seeks to further grow the business, creating a raft of new jobs, including senior sotware developer roles.

He said: “We are delighted to welcome Amber into the +24 team. It seems such an obvious fit for us all. Amber knows so many people in both the East Lancashire and Manchester business communities and has a track record of helping to forge strong business links between different partners and stakeholders.

“Amber joins us at a really interesting time in the business as we look to further extend our reach and the range of leading-edge technology support we give to help businesses grow and prosper, including award-winning digital marketing projects, product development, and software management systems that can revolutionise the way a company operates.”


North West law firm SAS Daniels Solicitors is expanding its team with the addition of eight new starters.

The commercial property team has welcomed solicitors Marina Banks from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner to work in Stockport, and Ben Thomas from Oliver & Co to work in Chester.

Furthermore, the residential property team has made additional recruits to its Stockport team, appointing Claire Stockwell as a conveyancer, Aisha Tanveer as a conveyancing assistant, and Sehrish Iqbal as a paralegal.

The new starters at SAS Daniels

Elsewhere across the firm, Tahsin Khan has joined from Lanyon Bowdler as an employment and HR solicitor in Stockport, Shameen Ali has joined as a dispute resolution solicitor in the Congleton office, while Emma Royle started as an HR apprentice within the central management team.

Managing partner Jeremy Orrell said: “It’s great to start the New Year by welcoming our new starters to the growing firm which now exceeds 150 personnel.

“Every recruit is highly-talented and brings a wealth of experience that will benefit our clients. We’re committed to developing talented recruits as we plan for the future and they will each play a part in our continued success.”

SAS Daniels is a full-service law firm with four offices in Chester, Congleton, Macclesfield and Stockport.

Its specialisms include corporate and commercial, dispute resolution, employment law and HR, commercial property, residential property, wills, trusts and probate, and family law.


Global marketing services business APS Group has strengthened its team with two new senior appointments.

Danny Turnbull comes on board as group head of agency services while James Lawton-Hill joins the Cheadle Heath-based group as marketing director.

Both will be based at the company’s Greater Manchester headquarters and will support the group’s international sites across the UK, Europe and the US.

Danny joins from Stein IAS, where he was EMEA managing director for three years.

Prior to this, he was managing director of B2B agency, gyro Manchester.

With more than two decades’ experience leading and growing businesses within the global creative services industry, Danny will be responsible for expanding the group’s local and international client base as well as introducing a broader range of creative and production services to existing clients, such as Philips, British Heart Foundation, Superdrug and Royal London.

James’s previous experience includes nearly five years in the professional services industry, as well as holding a number of senior marketing roles at Brother UK and Chime Communications.

Danny Turnbull and James Lawton-Hill

He has more than 16 years’ B2C and B2B marketing experience across a range of industries and will be responsible for leading an ambitious global marketing strategy as APS continues to grow.

“I’m hugely excited to be joining APS Group as we continue to scale at pace and expand our services across key sectors and regions,” said Danny Turnbull.

“APS has always had an excellent creative reputation. This, coupled with a unique end-to-end offering via our print management, marketing technology and branded physical retail environment capabilities, gives us a standout place in the market. Our global reach, vertical integration and blue chip client base gives us a great foundation for that growth.”

James Lawton-Hill added: “Danny and I have worked closely together in previous roles and I’m thrilled that we’ll be joining forces again. With over 900 people across the globe, the shape and scope of work is hugely exciting and I can’t wait to see how we can do even more in 2020.”

John Holmes, executive director, said: “I’m delighted that Danny and James have joined our senior team. 2020 is set to be one of our most ambitious years yet and their wealth of experience means we’re in the perfect position to achieve our vision.”