People on the Move: Mills & Reeve; Savills; Knight Frank; Ellis & Co; McMenon Engineering Services

Hannah Cheminais, Mike Edge and Lindsey Clark

People on the Move: Mills & Reeve; Savills; Knight Frank; Ellis & Co; McMenon Engineering Services

Mills & Reeve has appointed two senior lawyers to its Manchester real estate team in a move to service its growing client base.

Lindsey Clark has joined the team as a principal associate from Eversheds Sutherland.

Lindsey advises on a broad range of complex, high-value commercial property matters, specialising in acting for developers on development and regeneration projects.

Hannah Cheminais has also been appointed as a principal associate.

Hannah, who joins from DLA Piper, has a wealth of experience in commercial property transactions, including acting on investment transactions, sales and acquisitions, development work and dealing with both landlord and tenant in lease transactions.

The appointments are the latest in an ambitious expansion of the Manchester real estate team and this has doubled the total number of fee earners in the team over the past two years.

Mike Edge, who heads up the real estate team, said: “When Rachel Pitman and I joined the firm two years ago, we set out to rapidly grow the team through the recruitment of highly-skilled lawyers and new client wins.

“Over the last two years the team has expanded through significant lateral hires and this expansion and the delivery of excellent client service have enabled us to secure high-profile wins from new and existing clients.

“We are particularly pleased that Lindsey and Hannah have joined us because both of them have worked with us before and we know them to be exceptional lawyers.”

He added: “We made no secret of our ambitions to become a major player in the North West real estate sector. We have continued to grow our market share of work within the region and UK-wide for both regional and national clients. We have also extend our business development activity overseas and we are now winning work from international businesses.”


International real estate advisor Savills has announced 20 promotions at its Manchester office, effective from March 1.

Rob Hall

The promotions will see six people move up to director level, four become associate directors and a further 10 take on the role of associate.

The full list of promotions involves people from a range of teams including property management, retail and building and project consultancy.

James Evans, head of Savills Manchester, said: “The strength of our Manchester business is reflected in the continued progression and development of our staff.

Alison Tollerfield

“I would like to congratulate and thank these 20 individuals, who have all played a key role in the success of their divisions and the Manchester office as a whole.”

Alison Tollerfield, Rob Hall, Jodi Potter, Antony Hunt, Emma Crilly, Lynn Connor, have been made directors.

Associate directors are Catherine Barnard, Mark O’Brien, Shelly Goggins, and Angelina Blesic.

Promoted to associates are Craig Woolley, Natalie White, Hannah Sayle, James Robertson, Katie Regan, Heather Paul, Lara Pownall, Warren Foster, Jennifer Clinch and Shaun O’Shea.


Sam Royle has joined Knight Frank’s industrial and logistics team in Manchester as partner.

Sam, who joins from Cushman and Wakefield to work alongside partner Rob Tilley and Bradley Norton, said: “Knight Frank has the best reputation in the market and it is a huge opportunity for me to join an office that has been involved in some of the largest and most high-profile deals in recent years.

“There is still lots of pent-up demand from occupiers in this sector and the North West continues to attract new business.”

Sam Royle

Head of office, David Porter, said: “‘We are delighted that Sam has joined us. He’s already made a significant impact in the North West industrial market and we very much look forward to developing this at Knight Frank.

“We have an array of extremely talented and driven people within our business and Sam’s appointment continues to add to this.”


Ellis & Co Chartered Accountants and business advisers has welcomed a new member of staff to its Chester office.

Lisa McLeod, has joined the team on Northgate Street, as payroll manager.

Lisa (41) has worked in the world of payroll since 1996, and is currently studying for a CIPP in payroll management.

Lisa McLeod

She will be responsible for processing all aspects of payroll, administering the auto-enrolment pension schemes, and resolving queries with clients and HMRC.

“Ellis & Co have made me feel part of the team since day one,” said Lisa.

“I can see myself working here for many years, the role be will be challenging but rewarding at the same time.”

Robert Ellis, director of Ellis & Co, added: “We are all delighted to welcome Lisa.

“She has settled into her new role quickly and is fitting in well with the team.”


McMenon Engineering Services has made a strategic appointment as the business targets further growth in UK and international markets.

Industry expert Craig Marshall has been appointed to the new role of product development director. He was previously a flow measurement consultant for 10 years with TUV SUD National Engineering Laboratory.

Based in Workington, McMenon, a globally-recognised manufacturer and supplier of flow and temperature measurement instrumentation, has an engineering heritage going back 70 years.

Craig has been brought on board to develop McMenon products, add new ones and work with clients to solve measurement problems in their operations.

Craig, who has an MSci in Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde, is a former chairman of the technical committee for the North Sea Flow Measurement Workshop and is chairman of a British Standard Institution (BSI) committee that develops and reviews flow measurement standards.

Anand Puthran, chief executive, said: “The addition of someone with Craig’s level of expertise is another example of our unrelenting commitment to product quality and customer service. His arrival is a clear reflection of our plans for growth.

Anand Puthran, with Craig Marshall

“Appointments such as this one are vital as we look to broaden our capability, build successful relationships and deliver across multiple markets. We are delighted to have Craig on board to help achieve our goals.”

Craig, who will be based at the company’s Glasgow office, said: “I’m thrilled to be joining the McMenon team. To be at the centre of developing McMenon products and bringing new ones to the market presents an incredibly exciting opportunity. McMenon has a first-class industry reputation for the manufacture of flow and measurement products.”

McMenons markets include the energy, nuclear, industrial, and pharmaceutical sectors. Products manufactured at the Workington facility are used in more than 50 countries.

To meet its global growth ambitions, McMenon has opened a support operation in India and recently set up a manufacturing facility in Saudi Arabia.

Led by Anand, the Cumbrian business was acquired from global industrial technology giant ABB in February 2018.