People on the Move: Redrow; Pulse Cashflow Finance; RSM; Pannone Corporate; Powell Williams
Jason Newton has been made managing director of Redrow Homes’ North West division based in Daresbury, Cheshire.
Promoted from sales director – a position he has held for the past five years and previously in the early 2000s – Jason now takes charge of a business that builds circa 700 new homes per annum across Cheshire and parts of North Wales, Merseyside and South Manchester.
“It’s a privilege to take on this role and I look forward to overseeing our continuing success in every area, including land acquisition, planning, construction, sales and customer care,” said Jason, 53, who, with his family, has lived in Redrow-built homes for the past 20 years.
“When it comes to quality, I am a huge believer that we build the best product and I can say this with hand on heart having lived in two different Redrow homes over the last 20 years. I’ve experienced life as a Redrow customer as well as an employee, which gives me useful insight in my new role.”
He takes on the top job at Redrow Homes (NW) during an exciting period, with a major new development just launched at King’s Moat Garden Village, in Chester, planning permission granted for a new £100m-value scheme in Knutsford, and plans advancing for the new Daresbury Garden Village alongside the divisional headquarters at Daresbury Park, near Warrington.
Existing developments, like the flagship Woodford Garden Village, near Stockport, are flourishing and show homes will open this month at Allerton Gardens, in Liverpool.
Jason started in the housebuilding industry as an estimator before moving into sales as an advisor.
He first joined Redrow in 1999 as a sales manager and undertook the company’s senior management training programme before gaining a promotion to the role of sales director for the North West. He left in 2004 and worked for two other major national homebuilders, before returning to Redrow in 2015.
Matthew Pratt, Redrow’s chief operating officer, said: “Jason was the natural successor for this role and we are delighted to announce his promotion.
“His record as sales director has been exemplary and he has proved himself to be an excellent team leader. Now he can bring those skills to a wider remit and ensure that Redrow’s North West business, one of our largest, continues to thrive.”
Alan Thompson has been appointed as regional director for Pulse Cashflow Finance.
Alan joins an expanding team as it capitalises on an increasing demand for invoice finance.
The appointment comes as Pulse Cashflow notches up 10 years in business and is focused on a renewed pursuit of ambitious growth having seen a sustained period of growth during the past 12 months.
The business said it is committed to ensuring that UK SMEs can access the flexible and transparent funding solutions they need to support their business growth.
Alan brings to Pulse Cashflow a passion for working with SMEs to support their growth plans.
He has built a strong reputation for supporting their financial aspirations having experience working with firms such as BizLoans4U, Corporate Credit Debt Recovery, CBC International, as well as independent factoring companies.
Working directly with businesses and their advisors in the region, Alan said he is intent on bringing greater awareness of the benefits of invoice finance to businesses looking to achieve a healthy supply of working capital to support their plans.
He said: “I am really excited to be joining Pulse Cashflow. They have a real proactive and committed approach to supporting local businesses who are looking to access fast, transparent and fair funding solutions.
“I am a firm believer in the positive difference that invoice finance can make to a business and its growth prospects through the provision of a continuous and flexible supply of working capital.”
Pulse Cashflow Finance has seen consistent growth, with the number of facilities made available to SMES increasing by 24% in the past 12 months with the business now supporting more than £200m of client turnover per annum.
Brit Pearce, sales director, said: “Alan is a great addition to the team and we are delighted to have him on board. His wealth of experience will prove valuable as we continue to demonstrate our ambition and flexibility in delivering funding to support the growth of businesses across the UK.
“Alan is well known in the region and has an excellent reputation for tailoring funding packages to match requirements and, thus, deliver faster and more relevant solutions to our clients. With a healthy level of funding available for businesses in the North, we are looking forward to helping more SME’s realise their growth plans.”
Audit, tax and consulting firm RSM has appointed a new employment tax director, Julie Moore, who will lead the employer solutions team in the North West.
Julie, who joins RSM from PwC, brings extensive experience in all areas of employment tax risk and compliance.
She specialises in IR35 and off-payroll workforce matters and has recently worked with several large companies taking them through HMRC PAYE Audits and National Minimum Wage Compliance reviews.
Julie’s experience complements RSM’s people advisory services practice which assists businesses of all sizes with their HR and Reward policies, as well as implementing incentive plans for growing and large companies. In today’s competitive market for talent, this is a key area for all companies.
Colin Smyth, tax partner at RSM, said: “Employment Tax legislation and regulatory requirements concerning employees are constantly changing and evolving from IR35 to the National Minimum Wage compliance.
“This is a key appointment to the team and Julie’s experience will be of great value to the growing number of clients we support across employment taxes, HR and legal matters.”
Julie Moore said: “As the North West continues to drive business growth, so does the need for employers to balance their business objectives and budgets whilst ensuring compliance with relevant legislation.
“Employers face the growing challenges of adapting to new legislation and regulations, so need up-to-date support and advice. I’m looking forward to working with businesses to ensure they have the best practices in place and can offer a great working environment, which, in turn, will help with expansion by attracting and keeping talented and motivated employees.”
Pannone Corporate has made several appointments to its growing commercial teams.
Heather Morris has joined the restructuring team as a senior associate where she will specialise in contentious insolvency matters.
She was previously an associate at DWF.
Solicitor Barbara Wang has been appointed to the corporate team.
Barbara qualified in Hong Kong where she worked at an international law firm.
She advises on all corporate matters including M&A, private equity and joint ventures.
Meanwhile, Hirrah Mahmood has joined the commercial team as a contacts executive.
Pannone Corporate senior partner Paul Jonson said: “As our client base continues to grow, we are recruiting young, ambitious talent to our commercial teams.
“We are pleased to welcome Heather, Barbara and Hirrah to the firm, all of whom will be a great addition to their respective teams.”
National building surveyor Powell Williams has promoted Rob Carrotte to senior surveyor.
Based in the firm’s Chester office, Rob joined the practice in 2011 as a graduate surveyor and achieved chartered status in 2016.
Working primarily in contract administration, dilapidations and exit strategies with both landlords and occupiers, Rob’s role involves helping clients to save money, reduce their liabilities and resolve disputes.
He has been leading on projects for clients mainly within the retail and industrial sectors, and has been helping to secure additional business with both new and existing clients.
He said: “Working directly with clients and putting together solutions for their, sometimes very complex, problems has been a fascinating experience and allowed me to become a genuinely trusted advisor.
“I am very pleased to have achieved the targets and standards expected of me by the senior team, whose training and support has been so invaluable, and am delighted that my commitment and hard work has been recognised with this promotion.”
Martin Hunt, a partner in Powell Williams’s Chester office, works closely with Rob and supported him through his training. He said: “A strong ‘all-rounder’ in terms of building consultancy expertise, Rob has developed some excellent client relationships and demonstrated a high level of technical and commercial understanding, well deserving of recognition.
“Rob is also a great team player who is able to help and mentor junior members of staff while also being a valuable support for the senior team, and we all congratulate him on the promotion.”
The majority of Powell Williams employees have ‘come up through the ranks’, many from graduate through to senior staff, including at partner level.
“Investment in training is crucial to ensure we have the right quality of surveyors working in the practice, providing the very highest levels of service to our exacting client base,” added Martin.
“Those clients have an expectation of how we operate, and put their trust in the quality of our analysis and advice in support of their business plan.
“As one of the many ‘home-grown’ talents in our team, we are very proud of Rob’s achievements and will continue working with him to move forward towards an associate position.”
Founded in Chester in 1990, Powell Williams has offices in London, Birmingham, and Leeds. Clients include the BP Pension Fund, Standard Life, Cube Real Estate, AEW Europe and Aviva.