People on the Move: Pavis Financial Management;; Horwich Farrelly

Nicola Williams

Highly-experienced financial advisor Nicola Williams is among three new arrivals at Pavis Financial Management in Liverpool.

Williams is a CII-qualified financial planner with more than 40 years’ experience in the financial services sector, with specialist qualifications in personal taxation, retirement planning and pension planning.

She joins Pavis following previous senior roles within the financial planning sector.

Joining her at Pavis are Gaurav Sibal and Tracy Evans, who have been added to further strengthen the firm’s advisory support services.

Pavis now advises clients across the UK on investments in excess of £240m and recently promoted three directors to help lead the firm’s ongoing expansion at its offices in St Paul’s Square.

Quentin McCormick, managing director at Pavis, said: “In these most difficult of times we are continuing to support the needs of our clients and support our staff however we can.

“As we hopefully look ahead to more normal times in the future and refocus on development of our business, it is crucial that we continue to recruit talented, insightful advisors who can help expand our service to clients.

“We are confident that the additions of Nicola, Gaurav and Tracy will allow our team to go from strength to strength.”


Seasoned flexible workspace expert Edward Coulson has moved to office space start-up to head up its new Manchester sales team, ahead of an exciting time in the Manchester office market.

Coulson was crowned Flexible Workspace Broker Representative of the Year at the Flexible Space Association Awards in November 2019.

He said: “Flexible workspace is an ever-growing industry and I am proud to be part of an expanding start-up, with big plans for the future.

“During uncertain times I am confident we have the ability and expertise to enable companies to transition through this period of change as we plan to get back to a new normality.”

Edward Coulson provides workspace consultancy services to SMEs in Manchester looking to reduce costs and find more efficient office spaces. The start-up was set up in 2019 by chief executive Jonathan Ratcliffe.

Mr Ratcliffe said: “We are really excited to have Edward head up the Manchester team at – his personality is amazing, and the relationships he enjoys with the operators is second to none.

“He’s worked for one of the leading brokers in the office space industry, and this is his opportunity to help grow a fast-moving start-up in an exciting time for flexible office space.”

The challenges facing all real estate businesses during the COVID-19 crisis is well documented. The problems are extremely real for small Manchester businesses who occupy leasehold properties with long tenures.

The attraction of using flexible office spaces reduces risk, overall long-term cost and allows businesses to move up and down workspaces following their business demands – an attractive feature in the current climate.


Horwich Farrelly, the Stretford-based specialist insurance industry law firm, has appointed information services expert, John Presland, as its new chief information officer.

Having held a number of senior leadership roles within the insurance services sector, John has developed unrivalled experience successfully leading large scale complex IT integrations and multimillion-pound digital transformation projects.

This includes senior roles at Churchill Insurance, RBS, Royal Sun Alliance and LV=.

His most recent role was as head of global information services operations at the British Council, where he was responsible for service delivery in 220 sites across 120 countries.

John is no stranger to Horwich Farrelly, having previously worked closely with the firm, contributing his external expertise and insight to its IT strategy. In addition, he worked with Horwich Farelly’s chairman, John O’Roarke, during his time at LV=, successfully transforming their business and creating one of the most successful insurance brands in the sector.

John said: “I am both delighted to be taking up this role in a law firm that is so successful within the insurance market – a sector I know very well. I am truly excited by the opportunity this gives me in an incredibly innovative and growing business

John Presland

“Through continual investment in best in class IT solutions, we can help Horwich Farrelly’s legal and operational teams to carry out their jobs as efficiently as possible, thereby ensuring the insurance industry receive the best possible service. I believe my experience will ensure we do this to the highest standard, whilst also future-proofing the business from an IT perspective.”

John O’Roarke said: “Even without the current crisis, the insurance market is changing faster than ever with increasing pressures on improving efficiencies without compromising quality of services.

“I know John well from our time together at LV= and, like all at Horwich Farrelly, he is results-driven, pragmatic, but commercially-focused and places great value on team leadership, development and engagement.

“Although joining us at a difficult time he has already got stuck in to his new role through meeting his team, negotiating with our IT suppliers and identifying key priorities.

“Importantly, these include a focus on the delivery of IT projects which will support new ways of working as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and which will be fundamental to our ongoing success as we emerge from it.”