People on the Move: Collinson Construction; Napthens; BrightHR; SAS Daniels; Northstone

Jason Rudd

Lancashire-based Collinson Construction has appointed Jason Rudd as its new pre-construction manager.

Jason joins the company after nine years with Seddon, where he was estimating manager for its North West construction division. Prior to this he spent more than two decades in estimating roles for Allenbuild, now part of Places for People.

At Collinson, Jason will head up the estimating team, playing a lead role in the management of tenders and submissions and ensuring projects are delivered to budget.

Robert Duxbury, managing director of Collinson, said: “To deliver excellent buildings, you need excellent people. Jason’s been in the construction sector since 1989, working on a vast array of construction projects and it’s a pleasure to welcome someone with his experience to the team.

“Jason will play a pivotal role in helping us secure new projects and ensuring a smooth transition to on-site delivery and completion.”

Jason, who is from Wigan, said: “Collinson is delivering some outstanding projects and I like that it’s a contractor that knows its strengths and is going in a very clear direction. It’s great to now be on that journey with them.”

Collinson Construction’s main sectors are sports and leisure, education, industrial and commercial. Its current projects include a new multi-use sports facility for Durrington High School in West Sussex, and a new teaching facility and sports hall for Backwell School in North Somerset.

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Regional law firm Napthens has promoted Andrew Holden to partner in the firm.

Andrew, a senior associate solicitor in the commercial litigation team, takes up the role of partner immediately, following five years working with the firm.

Following his promotion, Andrew will support the growing East Lancashire team based in the firm’s Blackburn office. Andrew was recently listed as a ‘rising star’ in the industry bible, Legal500, and praised for his ‘amazing’ work, particularly in shareholder-related litigation.

Andrew Holden

Andrew said: “I am delighted to undertake this new role. I have been lucky to work with some excellent staff across the whole Napthens family and am looking forward to continuing that growth across the North West over the coming years.”

Shru Morris, CEO at Napthens, said: “Andrew’s hard work and expertise have greatly strengthened our dispute management service and supported David Bailey and the litigation team in providing a truly valuable service for our commercial clients.

“He has been instrumental in helping us to grow the Blackburn litigation team and will lead the charge to help us grow our presence in East Lancashire.

“We are always keen to reward excellent service and I am happy to be the first to congratulate him on his well-deserved promotion.”

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Manchester-based international HR software and employment law advice service, BrightHR has appointed Jenny Marsden as associate director of service.

Jenny joined the Peninsula Group, which was started by award-winning entrepreneur Peter Done, more than eight years ago as service manager.

In that time she has delivered multiple online offerings across the business, ultimately moving to the group’s global flagship product, BrightHR.

While at BrightHR Jenny has helped the organisation reach 100,000 active users worldwide and overseen the BrightHR app to make it the highest-rated HR app in the Apple App Store.

Jenny Marsden

Throughout the pandemic Jenny has also worked in collaboration with BrightHR’s various departments to make sure small business owners receive super service and engage with the innovative array of newly-launched products, such as the Furlough Navigator and Back to Work Navigator.

As associate director of service Jenny will be spearheading and developing the global service engagement and delivery strategy. She’ll focus on supporting clients and users digitally through multiple contact channels.

Jenny Marsden said: “I feel incredibly privileged and excited to be part of the leadership of BrightHR at such an exciting and crucial time.

“For the remainder of this year and into 2021, we will be advancing our super service and providing much-needed advice and support to businesses throughout the pandemic. Innovation in process and systems is crucial, and BrightHR has the desire, the knowledge, and the people to remain at the forefront of service delivery.”

Alan Price, CEO of BrightHR, said: “I’m pleased to announce Jenny’s appointment as associate director of service. We aim to recognise those who deliver consistently super service, and there is no one within the business who delivers that more than Jenny. As a business, we invest in developing and training our best talent, and Jenny is testament to this.”

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North West firm SAS Daniels is strengthening the employment team with a partner promotion and senior appointment to the team.

The law firm, which has four offices in Chester, Congleton, Macclesfield and Stockport, has promoted Katie Hodson to partner after 17 years with the firm. Katie was recently ranked a Rising Star in the Legal 500 directory.

The team has been further boosted with the addition of Jennifer Platt as senior associate in the employment team. Jennifer qualified in 2006 and has vast experience working in private practices and in-house roles. She will be based at the Stockport office.

Katie Hodson

Jeremy Orrell, chief executive, said: “Katie is one of our longest serving colleagues and has built up a raft of experience over the years.

“Katie stepped up in difficult circumstances during lockdown to manage our employment team. It is fantastic to be able to reward her hard work and dedication with this well-deserved promotion.

“I’m also delighted to have recruited a senior associate to the team. Our clients will benefit from Jennifer’s wide range of experience, including a particular expertise in handling employment tribunal claims.”

SAS Daniels is a full-service law firm. Specialisms include corporate and commercial, dispute resolution, employment law and HR, commercial property, residential property, wills, trusts and probate, and family law.

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As Manchester-based Northstone submits planning applications for more of residential sites across the North West, the homebuilder and placemaker has welcomed three new recruits to its commercial and development teams.

Following the launch of its Huddle marketing suite and show homes at Silkash in September, Chris Okey has joined as managing estimator from Placefirst Construction. Now in his 15th year as an estimator, Chris has worked within a broad spectrum of estimating disciplines including construction, property and landscaping.

Also joining are Chris Pells as architectural manager and James Forrington as engineering manager.

With experience at Bellway Homes and Miller Homes, James makes his move from Keepmoat Homes and will be responsible for managing the engineering inputs to the sites from land acquisition through design, construction and final adoption.

Chris Pells also joins from Placefirst Construction where he was a chartered architectural technologist. He will work alongside Richard O’Brien and Ben Canning to design upcoming sites in Ellesmere Port, Bolton and Wigan.

From left: Chris Okey, Chris Pells, James Forrington

Chris said: “It is certainly an exciting time to being joining Northstone as we eagerly await the works at the second site at Keld in Barrowford to begin.

“In such uncertain times for employment in the UK, I’m eager to get started in my new role and look forward to being part of the Northstone journey.”

Craig Nutter, Northstone’s commercial director, said: “As we begin to progress in Barrowford and await planning approvals for sites in Ellesmere Port, Wigan and Bolton, it is certainly exciting and busy times ahead. It’s a pleasure to welcome Chris, James and Chris to the team, we’re confident their experience will help us to deliver more well-designed and energy-efficient family homes across the region.”

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