People on the Move: Hurstwood Holdings; Quinta Group; Churchill Tax Advisers; Big Partnership

Sam Ashworth

Property investment and development company, Hurstwood Holdings, has promoted Sam Ashworth to project director.

Sam joined Hurstwood, which has its headquarters in Manchester city centre, seven years ago working on all aspects of the company’s mixed development and investment portfolio across the country, including major residential, industrial and office schemes in Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Cardiff.

He said: “Whilst I appreciate that these are unprecedented times, I am fortunate to work with a great team and, despite the obvious challenges that we are all currently facing, we are continuing to go about business as usual.

“During my time at Hurstwood I have gained valuable experience in all sectors of the property market and I am proud to accept my new position to such a strong and varied board of directors.”

Hurstwood Holdings is a commercial and residential property group with more than £160m of property on 100 sites nationwide housing in excess of 700 occupier clients.


Altrincham-based privately owned property company, Quinta Group, has appointed a development director.

Neal Hunter has joined from Liverpool-based Great George Street Developments with experience in a range of residential and mixed use developments.

He will be assisting with the delivery of the company’s current £20m development pipeline along with identifying new opportunities across the North West and Midlands.

Neal Hunter

He said: “It is certainly a new experience to start a job in lockdown mode, but I am really looking forward to returning to Altrincham having previously spent 10 years at Merepark Developments.

“This is an exciting new challenge and one in which I will be using all my skills working with key consultants to nurture projects through the design and development process along with securing new opportunities for the company to develop.”

Managing director, Alexander Clarke, said: “The company was formed in 2016 and has grown at a steady pace. We needed someone with Neal’s expertise in the sector, particularly with his architectural and design background, to oversee the development of sites and properties as we take on more schemes.”

Quinta Group focuses on property development and development management.


Churchill Tax Advisers has appointed Dave Jennings as tax investigations director, which increases the firm’s experience in this specialist service to more than 130 years across the team.

Dave’s extensive experience working at HMRC and Top 10 accountants boosts Churchill’s ability to help individual and corporate clients to resolve tax disputes.

Dave Jennings

Business owner and entrepreneur, Jamal Khan, said: “Dave is a Chartered Tax Adviser and enhances our offering to clients requiring bespoke expertise across all forms of HMRC investigations and disclosures.

“We provide our specialist skills to other accountants, solicitors and insolvency practitioners and Dave’s presence in the London, Manchester and national markets extends our reach and ambitions for growth.”

Churchill Tax Advisers provides a full suite of tax services with offices in central London, Essex, Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester.


Creative communications agency Big Partnership has hired Paul Hadfield from Red Havas to lead its strategic creative work.

Paul joined Big as senior creative strategist and will take the lead in designing and delivering creative campaigns and outputs for its B2C and B2B client base, as well as supporting new business development.

His previous experience includes the creative concept behind the launch of the Greggs vegan sausage roll, as well as award-winning work across a portfolio of clients including Brewdog,, Asda, Kellogg’s, Pringles and TUI.

Paul will work alongside Big Partnership’s growing creative team, led by creative director Steve Hill.

Director, Bryan Garvie, said: “Our mantra has always been that exceptional people deliver amazing results, so we’re incredibly fired-up about Paul’s contribution to Big. As a Scot, I was pretty keen as soon as Paul mentioned Greggs and sausage rolls.

Paul Hadfield

“Our Manchester team has been involved with some brilliant campaigns recently and having someone of Paul’s calibre is only going to raise the bar again. Despite the tough environment at the moment, new appointments like this underline our commitment to doing the best work for clients and supporting their ambitions for growth.”

Paul will be based in Big’s Manchester office and will support the rest of the business across Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

Paul said: “Big has made waves in the industry over the past few years. I’ve been watching its Manchester office grow in the city since it opened four years ago, and I’m looking forward to being involved in its continued expansion.”

To support its growing client base, Beth Rogers also joins the team as an account manager after spending three years at Citypress working on clients including Centrica, Lloyds Bank and Alliance Manchester Business School. She joined Big after a spell in the comms and marketing team at the University of Manchester.

Big Partnership employs more than 120 people across PR, marketing, digital, public affairs, design and events, with offices in Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.