People on the Move: Baldwins; K7 Media; Amoria Bond

Helen Binns

Baldwins, the North West-based accountancy and business advisory firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of Helen Binns as a partner in the group’s Rossendale office.

Helen brings more than 20 years’ industry experience and joins Baldwins from PM&M, where she was a partner and head of the Burnley office.

Helen is highly experienced in dealing with all aspects of accounting, auditing and financial management for a range of companies of varied scale and sectors, including professional services, manufacturing, retail and not for profit organisations.

More recently, her focus has also been on SME’s, owner-managed businesses, and not-for-profit organisations.

Helen will complement a strong management team, made up of Nicholas Stockton (partner) and Les Nutter (managing partner), Peter Johnson and Tony Reynolds, supported by directors Simon Read and Stephen Kerrigan.

Baldwins, a CogitalGroup company with six offices in the region, continues to develop its reach and breadth of services across the North West and Helen’s appointment is a further example of the group’s growth trajectory.

David Travis, regional managing partner, said: “We are very pleased to have appointed Helen as a partner in our Rossendale office.

“She has a wealth of experience in advising businesses on key accounting, tax and cash flow issues. She is a great addition to the team.

“In particular, her experience of advising local businesses will be crucial as we look to continue our support for those companies across the region.

“Her appointment is further evidence of our strong growth in the North West.”

Helen Binns said: “I am really looking forward to the prospect of joining Baldwins, a firm that is built on strong values of client service and investment in its people.

“The Rossendale team has a brilliant reputation for delivering high level service across its client base in the area and I am excited to become an integral part of its future growth.

“I believe that the strong relationships and network I have developed in the region will be an asset for the team and I look forward to expanding these with Baldwins.”


Global media consultancy K7 Media has expanded its team with the appointment of Trang Nguyen as Asia Pacific researcher.

She joins the business full time following the completion of a 12-month internship alongside studying for a Master’s degree from Manchester University. Prior to moving to the UK, Nguyen spent almost 10 years living in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Trang Nguyen

K7 Media sponsored Nguyen’s visa application, allowing her to stay in the UK and continue working at the end of her studies. Her new role sees her provide research and expert insight across territories, including Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Hong Kong.

Nguyen said: “I’m delighted K7 Media were willing to sponsor my visa application and provide me with the opportunity to continue working in the UK.

“I feel extremely lucky to have secured a permanent role that allows me to utilise my language skills and knowledge of the Asian TV landscape.”

The appointment follows a period of sustained investment in K7 Media’s Asia Pacific offering. Earlier this year, the business appointed its first Asia Pacific consultant, responsible for growing the business’s client base in the territory.

K7 Media’s Asia Pacific manager, Michelle Lin, said: “It is fantastic having Trang join the team full time.

“She brings with her extensive regional knowledge and language skills. There is so much innovation within Asia Pacific territories, it is great to have the opportunity to bolster our team with another native speaker.”

Offering bespoke research and media consulting services to broadcasters, streaming platforms, distributors and production companies, K7 Media continues to expand its current range of client services, while maintaining the delivery of highly sought after media reports.


Amoria Bond has announced the appointment of former chief executive of SThree, Gary Elden, as its new chairman, who joined the business in January.

The multi award-winning Dmidsbury company has achieved impressive financial results and rapid international growth year-on-year since its launch in 2006.

Gary’s appointment further strengthens the board’s knowledge and capabilities to continue to deliver its ambitious future business goals.

Gary has more than 29 years of experience in the staffing industry.

Having joined SThree during its early years, Gary worked his way up to serve as company CEO for seven years. During his tenure he grew SThree’s global headcount by 40%, increased gross profit by 55%, and doubled both turnover and profitability.

His in-depth knowledge of international STEM markets (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), will significantly strengthen Amoria Bond’s board capabilities and operating effectiveness in these and other complementary market-sectors.

Gary Elden

Gary Elden said: “I’ve been watching the rise of Amoria Bond with interest over the last few years, and have been really impressed by their success in establishing themselves as an international industry leader in specialist recruitment consultancy services.

“Their growth and financial results have been impressive from day one, and I look forward to working with the board as chairman to help them take the business through the next stages of growth.”

Ian Cross, managing director, said: “We are delighted to welcome Gary to his new position as chairman of the Amoria Bond board. His plethora of experience in strategy and governance will perfectly complement and strengthen our executive board and business capabilities.

“I am excited by the perspectives and impact he will bring as Amoria Bond continues on our strategic journey of international growth and profitability.”

David Etherington also joins Amoria Bond as a non-executive advisor to the board, having worked within the staffing industry for more than 25 years. David has an excellent delivery record across numerous senior management and board positions.

Working with the board as an operating partner, David will build upon the leadership coaching and development consultancy he’s been delivering to the company.