People on the Move: Zerum Consult; interactive investors; C&C Catering Engineers; CG
Manchester-based property consultancy Zerum Consult has appointed Russell Wright-Turner and Alice Murphy to strengthen its growing cost consultancy division.
Russell, who was previously at Davis Langdon and then AECOM, will head up the team to oversee delivery of the cost consultancy division for Zerum’s growing client base.
He said: “This move is really exciting for me – the team has ambition, unrivalled experience and a reputation for quality delivery.
“I’m looking forward to continuing to grow and develop the offering, and to working with a truly fantastic roster of clients.”
Russell has previously worked with clients including Schroders, Legal & General, Great Portland Estates, British Land on its Canada Water Masterplan, and with Sky on its Innovation Centre.
Russell and Alice’s arrivals will take the company headcount to 30.
Andy Duffy, Divisional Director at Zerum, said: “Russell provides a wealth of experience, from delivering large, mixed-use regeneration schemes to sensitive commercial refurbishments – both in London and the North of England.
“He shares our values and will provide excellent client service, innovation and growth, and will be a brilliant leader.
“We are always looking for good people to join our team and grow with us as our client base grows.”
Throughout the lockdown period, the Zerum team has continued to work on a diverse range of projects and has made significant progress with new applications and planning approvals.
Mike Ralph, partner at Zerum Planning said: “We have successfully maintained our normal working routines and, as such, haven’t seen any reduction in productivity. I’m pleased to share that we’ve been involved in a number of planning approvals in recent months – including several schemes in Liverpool such as Azure on Rose Place (280 Student Beds), and a residential development of around 450 units on Blackstock Street.
“We’ve also gained approval for much-needed affordable housing developments in West Lancs and Sefton and, most recently, a development of two hotels totalling 255 beds on Duke Street in Liverpool.
“As we continue to emerge out of lockdown, we are revisiting planned recruitment of additional graduate support in our offices in Manchester and Leeds.”
Among other schemes, Zerum’s planning team has also been involved in securing approval for the UK’s largest electrolyser for hydrogen production, capable of producing enough fuel to power 500 buses per day.
This slew of success has seen the division promote Matthew Dixon to associate, as a recognition of his continued contribution and the continued expansion if its planning client base.
Manchester-based interactive investor (ii), the UK’s second largest direct to consumer investment platform, has appointed Libby Jones and Anna Clifford as chief people officer and head of talent, respectively.
Following a period of rapid growth over the past four years, Libby and Anna’s roles have been brought in specifically to support the ongoing expansion of ii and ensure it continues to attract and nurture talent.
Libby Jones has extensive experience and a proven track record in implementing human resources strategies within large organisations, having worked for the John Lewis Partnership for more than 15 years.
She started with them as a graduate trainee within Waitrose and became the HR director for the John Lewis brand, leader of the HR business partner team and a member of the John Lewis management board, in 2016. Libby will have group responsibility for the strategic people agenda across ii. She will report to chief executive Richard Wilson.
Anna Clifford is responsible for progressing ii’s diversity and wellbeing strategies as well as recruitment, learning and development and talent management.
She brings with her a wealth of experience in recruitment and talent management, having worked at blue chip companies including Vodafone, Ernst & Young and BAE Systems. She was most recently the UK senior talent and youth programme manager for Vodafone.
Libby Jones said: “I’m really excited to join ii at a time of significant growth and progress. People are the most important asset to any business and the focus on the value of talent in organisations is leading the agenda for many progressive businesses looking for innovative ways of maintaining a high-performing and healthy workforce.
“I look forward to working with the team to enable ii to evolve our people agenda and corporate culture, so we can continue to deliver positive outcomes for the customers we serve on a daily basis.”
Anna Clifford said: “I am impressed by the ambition, tenacity and growth of ii. The business has earned a well-deserved reputation for championing the rights of customers.
“I’m excited about working with the team to ensure we have a strong bench of talent, from graduates to senior hires. This will back ii’s growth and help to develop further an inclusive culture which nurtures and supports diverse talent.”
Richard Wilson said: “I am very pleased to welcome Libby and Anna to ii. We look forward to working with them both to become the employer of choice across our offices in Manchester, Leeds and London as we continue to invest in people to support our rapidly-growing business.
“We have a commitment to our colleagues to champion a respectful, diverse and inclusive environment in which they can develop their careers and achieve their full potential. We owe it to them and to future employees who join us to make ii an exceptional place to work.”
C&C Catering Engineers is delighted to welcome Lee Marsh to the team as refrigeration managerat the Deeside-based firm.
After the turmoil of the past few months, managing director Craig Barnett said he is pleased to be expanding the team and bringing Lee on board to set up, implement and help grow the refrigeration department within the company.
With more than 16 years’ experience working in the refrigeration industry with companies including BBCS and Nisbets, Lee brings a wealth of industry knowledge as well as leadership and managerial experience.
He said: “I’m really pleased to be joining the C&C team and look forward to bringing my industry experience and knowledge to the role. I’m looking forward to working on all things refrigeration, helping the department grow and making sure we become an important part of the C&C business.”
Craig Barnett said: “We’re pleased to be welcoming Lee to the team as we grow the refrigeration department within C&C Catering Engineers, as well as the wider company.
“Lee brings a wealth of knowledge with over 16 years’ experience in the industry, and we’re delighted to be working together and for C&C Catering Engineers to further expand and strengthen its offering.”
Group managing director, Peter Kitchin, said; “In these uncertain times it’s still so important to employ the right people. Lee is right for us and I’m sure we are right for Lee.
“We are trying to view the current pandemic situation as an opportunity. I welcome Lee to the company and look forward to working with him.”
Didi Ogbo is joining Chorley law firm CG as an associate employment solicitor, from Knights’ Wilmslow office.
The appointment has been made to bolster an already well-established team to assist with an increased growth in demand.
Didi said: “I’m incredibly excited to be working at CG. Their modern vision and approach sets them apart from many other law firms and I’m looking forward to being part of their growing, dynamic team.”
CG has seen a growth in demand for its employment services with many companies looking for additional help and support due to the COVID-19 situation.
Managing partner, Stacey Turner, said: “We’re very pleased to welcome Didi to the CG family.
“These have been unprecedented times for many companies, with lots of changes, especially around staffing, for them to adjust to. This has, in turn, meant that many more companies have turned to us for help and advice.
“We pride ourselves on offering the level of service usually restricted to big city law firms, and for that we need the right calibre of staff. Didi, I’m sure, will deliver that professional level of service we demand from all our staff.”