People: Squire Patton Boggs; SLC Property; New Care; Circular1 Health; Making You Content

Louise Barber and Rob Elvin
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Squire Patton Boggs has announced that senior corporate lawyer Louise Barber has been promoted to partner.

Louise has a particular focus on cross-border public and private mergers and acquisitions – including public takeovers – equity capital markets transactions, joint ventures and corporate governance.

From an M&A perspective her experience includes advising UK, US and European companies on cross-border public and private transactions, and her capital markets experience includes advising on a number of initial public offering (IPO) and secondary fundraising transactions on the London Stock Exchange’s main market and AIM.

Louise has advised on a number of high profile transactions, most recently advising ECI Partners as selling shareholder on the £600m main market IPO of Auction Technology Group.

Rob Elvin, managing partner of Squire Patton Boggs in Manchester, said: “I would like to congratulate Louise on her well-deserved promotion to partner.

“She is an exceptionally talented lawyer who has established a very strong reputation in the North West.

“She has played a key role in the growth of our corporate practice and we are delighted to recognise her achievements by promoting her into the partnership. We wish Louise every continued success.”


Rail specialist SLC Property has grown its Northern team with two new appointments and the property and planning expert promises this is just the start of wider growth to meet the demands of new rail infrastructure projects in the North.

Peter Eustance

Set up specifically to help organisations who are delivering projects on or near the railway, Birmingham-based SLC Property is employed by a number of public sector clients across the North.

As part of its expansion plans, SLC Property has appointed Peter Eustance as property & development surveyor and Chris Moore as graduate surveyor. Peter is a registered valuer with 30 years’ experience valuing across different property sectors and Chris is a graduate with a passion to develop his experience in surveying.

These appointments are both based in the North and will broaden the capability in property and compulsory purchase advice and help prepare for an expected demand in supporting schemes in the land value capture sector.

Chris Moore

Russell Mills,senior property manager North of SLC Property, said: “This is an exciting time for us as we are already experiencing a jump in new opportunities with our clients. We expect to see this continue to grow because of the various initiatives through the Northern Powerhouse Rail and Restoring Your Railways Fund to transform the North’s infrastructure.”

Rob Smart, SLC Property managing director, said: “We are delighted to welcome Peter and Chris to help with our ambitious growth plans, but even more importantly to help our clients improve infrastructure for future generations.

“There is a real demand for this specialism, and we see these new appointments as being the beginning of further appointments in the North over the longer term.”


New Care has appointed Lisa Astley, from Bolton, as the registered home manager of Ashlands Manor, its 57-bed care facility in Sale.

Lisa has more than 15 years’ experience in care home management and will be responsible for a team of approximately 80 employees and 57 residents.

Lisa Astley

She is tasked with the overall operational responsibility for the day-to-day running of Ashlands Manor.

Chief executive, Chris McGoff, said: “With vast experience in care home management, Lisa is a welcome addition to the New Care team and a real asset to the company.”

New Care has a growing portfolio of care facilities across the UK. Ashlands Manor is a state-of-art care facility with an exceptional clinical offering, including residential, nursing and dementia care services.

The care home features 57 private bedrooms, each fully furnished and with an en suite wet room, as well as stylish communal lounges and elegant dining rooms, a spa assisted bathroom, hairdresser and nail bar, plus secure landscaped gardens.


Circular1 Health, a COVID testing and digital health business located in Carlisle, Barrow in Furness, Manchester and Surrey, has announced a major expansion of its senior executive team.

The business, established just under a year ago, has appointed Paolo Benedetto as CFO. This key executive appointment was placed by Claire Sofield from North West firm Four Recruitment.

Circular1 Health CEO, Stuart MacLennan, said: “As a fast growth company, the need for an experienced CFO was incredibly urgent.

“We launched the business in March 2020 and the growth we have experienced in this period has been phenomenal. We continue on an upward trajectory, enabling mission critical businesses to continue operating through this challenging time, while also expanding the digital health side of our business.

Paolo Benedetto

“We are now working on international projects, providing a fully managed service to the nuclear, defence, energy and travel sectors.”

He added: “The requirement for an experienced CFO with a solid track record in business growth was essential to support our business strategically now and in the future. Paolo brings skills and experience that will help take the management of the business’s growth to the next level.”

Paolo joins with many years’ experience in executive roles including a record of implementing strategic growth initiatives. He has held roles at Taziker, IDEX and more recently as a consulting CFO for a number of private equity businesses.

He said: “I am excited to be a part of the team, helping in the journey to deliver a truly outstanding value proposition for clients and a working environment that is inclusive and rewarding for employees.”


Manchester-based content marketing agency, Making You Content, has announced three new hires as it strengthens its editorial team and looks ahead to growth.

Victoria Clare joins as editor, while Dale Burgess is the agency’s newest copywriter, and Jai Worsman joins as the agency’s latest apprentice.

Their roles bring the team’s total headcount to 11.

Their appointments come as the agency reaches its seventh anniversary milestone. Founder Kelly Gilmour-Grassam, 28, said: “This year has been a significant one for MYC. Like many agencies, we’ve faced uncertainty and re-evaluated the way we work.

“But, if anything, this focus has allowed us to crystallise how we add value to clients, providing a more holistic content marketing service that includes design and social media.

Kelly Gilmour-Grassam

“Ria, Dale and Jai all blew me away with their enthusiasm and clear commitment to quality content, so I couldn’t be more excited to welcome them to the team.”

Victoria joins from fostering organisation, By The Bridge with Cambian, where she was project and communications executive. Dale is one of the founders of music collective Beeswaxx MCR, where he takes charge of content creation.

The agency is also set to recruit for a second apprentice, after finding success with its first apprentice placement. Jai will help support the growing client base with social media, while learning key skills that will help him in his future career.