People on the Move: Lloyds Bank; Back to the Garden Childcare; Roger Hannah; Irwin Mitchell; Marks & Clerk

From left: Toby Biollo, David Sacca, Richard McKay, Chris Yau, Chris Beech, Sara Sell, Glenn Bennett, Martyn Kendrick

North West businesses are set to gain additional specialised support following the expansion of Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking’s business development team in the region.

The expansion sees the appointment of business development directors Sara Sell and Toby Biollo, who will further grow the bank’s support for firms with turnovers of between £3m and £100m. They are joined by David Sacca who will increase customers’ access to Lloyds Bank’s commercial finance solutions. David joins from RBS.

Together with business development manager Chris Beech, large corporate business development director Christopher Yau and head of business development Richard McKay, the team will offer a wide range of services, including tailored funding solutions for firms across all sectors.

The business development team will also work alongside Glenn Bemment, head of mid-corporates in the North, and Martyn Kendrick, regional director for SME banking in the North West.

Nick Laird, managing director for SME and mid-corporate in the North at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said: “The growth of the business development team is part of our ongoing plan to help Britain prosper, and comes at a time when efforts to rebalance the economy and bring greater prosperity to the North are of national priority.

“Lloyds Bank has a long history of supporting entrepreneurial talent in the North West and, as such, we’ve developed the breadth of funding models to match the commercial ambitions of business owners – be they investing in the financial growth, international relationships or sustainable footprint of their business.

“These appointments will enable us to take that support to the next level as our regional network of more than 70 relationship managers and directors remain by the side of North West businesses in 2020 and beyond.”


Back to the Garden Childcare, located on Sinderland Road, Altrincham, has appointed Holly Howarth, from St Helens, as nurse practitioner specialising in target support work co SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordination).

Holly’s role was created specifically for her following many months of volunteering at Back to the Garden while finishing her degree in Early Childhood Studies at Edge Hill University.

Holly’s lecturer, Dr Sally Hester, introduced her to the nursery and encouraged her to volunteer with a view to securing a permanent position after graduation.

During her time volunteering, Holly showcased her ability to deliver high-quality care. She also voiced her desire to work with children with additional needs, and as a result, this new role was created and is part-funded by Trafford Council.

Working four days a week, Holly works on a one-to-one basis with a four-year-old boy with autism. She is tasked with supporting him with his additional needs, liaising with his mum to create targets, then putting them in place and meeting them. All targets are analysed and reviewed regularly, with new targets created when required.

Holly Howarth

Holly is also furthering her study and is currently undertaking SENCO Level 3 training, which will allow her to further her career.

She said: “I am thrilled to have officially joined the Back to the Garden team. I really enjoyed volunteering at the nursery whilst I was studying and I learnt so much, particularly in regard to the direction I want my career to go.

“Working with children with additional needs is a real area of interest for me and to have been given a role where I interact on a one-to-one basis with a boy with autism is such a privilege. By working closely with his mum, we hope to help him be happy and more independent.”

Lorraine Webb, manager at Back to the Garden Childcare, said: “Holly’s passion, professionalism and dedication was clear to see when she volunteered at the nursery so it is great news that we can welcome her to the team and support her as she embarks upon her career in childcare.”


John Hussey has been appointed as associate director for property management of Roger Hannah.

This department, originally formed in 1979, has continued to grow year-on-year and is now responsible for more than 1,000 tenants collecting more than £16m of income and prides itself on being the largest independent firm of Chartered Surveyors and commercial property managers in the North West.

Paul Partington, director of property management, said: “I’m delighted to welcome John to our business. He brings a wealth of wide-ranging property management experience and knowledge, which will further strengthen our team.

“I really look forward to working with him, as we continue to build on our existing service offer and growth plans.”

John Hussey

John has more than 10 years’ experience in commercial property management. Working for Savills, Cushman & Wakefield and MAPP during this time, he has managed key assets for clients such as The Crown Estate, Aviva Investors, Tesco Pension Investors, AEW, Henderson and Boots, amongst many others.

He has experience with managing all asset types from multi-let offices, industrial estates, city centre retail, out-of-town retail, mixed use developments and business parks.

John said: “Roger Hannah are an ambitious company who are growing at a fast rate. I’m delighted to have become part of the team at this time to help with the expansion and support Roger Hannah as the North West’s premier independent property consultants.”


Manchester-based planning and environmental partner, Claire Petricca-Riding, has been promoted to take over as national head of Irwin Mitchell’s newly-combined planning & environment department.

Claire joined Irwin Mitchell last October to spearhead development of the firm’s environmental practice, joining from Brabners, where she was a partner and head of planning & environment.

Carl Dyer, previously head of Irwin Mitchell’s planning department and who recruited Claire, remains a partner in the new practice.

Irwin Mitchell’s planning & environment team now consists of nine professional staff, of whom four are partners, based across the UK.

The department plans to expand further and is currently recruiting in Manchester and Birmingham.

Planning & environment sits within Irwin Mitchell’s national real estate practice headed by Adrian Barlow, which now consists of 26 partners in a team of 82 lawyers in seven offices across the UK.

Claire Petricca-Riding

IM’s total property team, including residential, numbers 166 lawyers and 31 partners.

Adrian Barlow said: “Environmental issues are increasingly coming to the fore as property investors, lenders, developers and occupiers are putting sustainability higher up the agenda and as environmental regulation increases.

“Environmental issues are now intrinsically bound up in planning – so it makes sense to combine these two areas of expertise into one department.

“Claire has an amazing track record in both disciplines and is expanding our skills set, enabling us to cater for our clients’ needs in today’s changing market place.”

Carl Dyer added: “I was delighted when Claire agreed to join us last year.

“Her environmental law expertise has filled a key gap in what was our planning team’s armoury.

“She is the perfect partner to lead our newly-renamed and growing planning & environment team. I am looking forward to working with her in what promises to be a very exciting 2020, now that the election uncertainties are behind us all.”


Intellectual property practice Marks & Clerk has boosted its trade mark practice in the North of England with the appointment of a new partner, Heather Williams.

Heather joins Marks & Clerk from Walker Morris and will be operating out of Leeds, to complement the firm’s existing presence in Manchester.

She brings experience of filing and protecting trade marks for clients across multiple sectors, including food and drink, beauty, fashion and retail.

Heather’s appointment follows growth for Marks & Clerk’s trade mark team last year and further enhances the firm’s capabilities.

The firm says it is already one of the UK’s top trade mark filers having filed a total of 759 UK trade marks in 2019, along with 395 EU trade marks.

Heather Williams

Alongside trade marks, Marks & Clerk, which has offices across the UK, EU, Canada and Asia, is regularly ranked one of the UK and Europe’s leading patent filers.

Heather said: “Much has been made of the Northern Powerhouse in recent years. Behind the hype, however, there is a tangible energy across Leeds, Manchester and the wider region and it’s great to be joining Marks & Clerk as it signals its commitment to the North through the growth of its trade mark practice.

“Business is booming across the North, especially in the food and drink and retail sector. Brands such as Henderson’s Relish, Fox’s biscuits, John Smith’s brewery and Bettys Cafe and its Yorkshire Tea brand are synonymous with Yorkshire – and trade marks are essential to locking in and protecting the value inherent in these brands.

“Likewise, the industry across the North is leading the way on current consumer trends such as meat alternatives, low and no alcohol beverages and sustainable, ecologically-sound packaging and business models.

“By leveraging my own experience, and the expertise and global reach of the Marks & Clerk network, I hope to continue working with the many exciting businesses to be found in Yorkshire and beyond.”