People: B8 Real Estate; Azets; Clarion Wealth Planning; Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors; Time Finance

Simon Wood, left, and Joe Sinclair

Warrington property agents B8 Real Estate has expanded its capital markets team with the appointment of Joe Sinclair as investment surveyor.

Joe joins from North West property company Bruntwood, where he spent three years on the transactional team within their portfolio. An RICS-qualified Chartered Surveyor, he previously gained an MSc in Real Estate Development from the University of Westminster.

At B8 Real Estate, he will be working with a wide variety of developer and investor clients.

His appointment comes amidst booming demand for warehousing and manufacturing space, with the total value of investment deals in the North West having reached £695m in 2020, up 37% on the previous year.

Simon Wood, who leads the capital markets team at B8 Real Estate, said: “We are delighted to welcome Joe to our growing team.

“His arrival comes at a really exciting time for the industrial and distribution property market, and the region as a whole.

“With investment demand for industrial at record levels, Joe and the team will be playing an important role in the continued growth of this sector in the North West.”


Accounting, tax and business advisory firm Azets has announced the appointment of Jonathan Amor. Jonathan joins as a partner in the restructuring and insolvency team in the North of England team, based in Manchester.

Nicola Clark and Jonathan Amor

Jonathan is a Chartered Certified Accountant, licensed Insolvency Practitioner and member of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3). He has spent more than a decade assisting businesses from multinational corporations to sole traders in matters of financial recovery, insolvency and liquidation.

He gained seven years of experience in the insolvency department of a Big-four accountancy firm before setting up his own firm, AM Insolvency.

Jonathan brings extensive experience in business restructuring, turnaround and rescue, operating at board level with directors, funders and other stakeholders, with a track record of success in numerous high profile contentious insolvency cases.

Nicola Clark, head of restructuring and insolvency at Azets in the North West, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Jonathan to Azets. His excellent reputation and expertise, combined with Azets’ local and international presence, demonstrates the firm’s continued investment in key talent in the region and commitment to growing our restructuring and insolvency practice.”

Jonathan said: “I’m delighted to join the Azets team at a time when the business is undergoing a rapid expansion. My reputation is built on the integrity of the relationships I build with clients and I’m looking forward to the next step in my career helping companies in the region build resilience into their business for the post-COVID economy.”


Cheshire-based Clarion Wealth Planning has appointed a new trainee associate financial planner.

Matthew Peoples, 21, was so eager to begin his career in the finance sector he completed his cybersecurity degree at Sheffield Hallam University early in order to join the Alderley Edge financial planners several weeks before the term officially ended.

Matthew Peoples

Matthew, from Heaton Moor, Stockport, has a long held interest in personal finance, which led him to learn about the basic principles of financial planning from his own online research and reading guidance from financial experts.

He said: “I know where my heart is, finance was always on my mind.”

Matthew is aiming to gain qualifications and experience in a wide range of financial planning skills with Clarion. He said: “I was drawn to Clarion because I admired the way they work with their clients for true lifelong financial planning. I am aiming to be a chartered financial advisor within five years.”

Adam Wareing, Clarion’s operations and compliance director, said: “Matthew is a great fit for Clarion because of his drive, determination, ambition and attitude towards his work and people. We are expecting great things from him and this is the first step of our growth plans for 2021.”


Three new members of staff have joined a law firm which operates across Cumbria and Northumberland.

Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors has recruited the trio as part of its continued expansion. Solicitor Ingrid Fraser, private client legal executive Jane Oakley, and paralegal Sarah Hinett join a team of almost 90 staff working at the firm.

Ingrid Fraser

Ingrid, who specialises in wills, probate and inheritance, is based from Cartmell Shepherd’s Haltwhistle office. Jane becomes part of the private client team based at the Penrith office, and Sarah joins the family law department based at the firm’s city centre office at Viaduct House in Carlisle.

Managing director, Peter Stafford, said: “Our team is critical to the success of the business, and to delivering the best possible service for our clients. We are committed to creating fulfilling and rewarding career opportunities for all our staff, and I’m delighted to welcome Ingrid, Sarah and Jane to the Cartmell Shepherd team.”

Jane Oakley

Ingrid, who has practised as a solicitor for 17 years, joins from Nicholson Portnell Solicitors in Hexham, where she worked for six years. Originally from Liverpool, she remained in the North East after completing her post-graduate studies in law, and worked for firms in Newcastle and Sunderland before joining Nicholson Portnell. She is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). She said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity to be part of a larger firm, while still being part of a smaller team based from the Haltwhistle office.”

A former police officer, Jane is only one exam away from qualifying as a CILEx Lawyer. She switched to the legal profession in 2004 when she joined the criminal law department at Arnison Heelis Solicitors in Penrith as a fee earner before transferring to their private client department in 2013.

Sarah Hinett

Jane is qualified through the CILEx Law School to degree level in Wills & Succession and Probate Practice, and is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), an affiliate member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and a student member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE). She said: “I’m really looking forward to starting the next stage of my career with Cartmell Shepherd. I started working in criminal law after leaving the police force but became interested in the private client sector while studying towards my Professional Diploma in Law and Practice with CILEx.”

Paralegal Sarah moved to Cumbria 14 years ago from Birmingham to be closer to her family who had relocated to the county a few years earlier. She said she was delighted to join Cartmell Shepherd’s family law department: “I’ve always found family law interesting, but, most importantly, I wanted to work in a role where I can help people through stressful and difficult times in their lives.”

Cartmell Shepherd has offices in Rosehill Carlisle, Carlisle city centre, Brampton, Penrith, Cockermouth, and Haltwhistle. The firm opened a new office in Main Street, Cockermouth last year, moving from its former base in Dovenby just outside the town.


AIM-listed Time Finance has announced that Ed Rimmer has been confirmed as the permanent CEO with immediate effect. Having previously held the position of chief operating officer until April 2020, Ed was reappointed as interim CEO three months ago.

Ed brings with him a wealth of experience having built a highly credible career over 25 years and boasts a strong commercial, financial and operational track record in financial services.

He initially joined the group in 2017 as managing director of the newly-established commercial finance division. Prior to that he was UK CEO of Bibby Financial services, rapidly building the business and doubling its profits to become the largest independent operator in the invoice finance market.

Manchester-based Time said he is a well-respected and proven chief executive with an exceptional record and was a natural choice for the business.

Ed Rimmer

Over the past three months he has reacquainted himself with the business and has outlined an exciting and compelling strategy for Time Finance over the coming years. He said: “Time Finance is a strong business operating in a sector that has played a critical role helping small businesses across the UK through the disruption of COVID-19.

“Our industry holds a unique opportunity to inspire confidence and growth in the UK SME market and to support businesses who are looking to recover and grow in post-COVID times. I am confident that Time Finance is in a great position to lead the sector in doing so. We have exciting plans to further develop our business as a multi-product independent SME funder helping businesses to recover and grow and I look forward to leading the business through the next stage of its journey.”

Time Finance specialise in the provision or arrangement of funding solutions to UK businesses seeking to access the finance they need to realise their growth plans. UK businesses can take advantage of an extensive portfolio comprising asset finance, invoice finance, loans and vehicle finance.

Chairman, John Newman, said: “We are delighted to have secured Ed’s talents on a permanent basis. He is a well-respected and proven chief executive with an exceptional record and was a natural choice for the group.

“Not only does he bring enormous depth of experience of the wider financial services market from his time with Bibby, but he also has an in-depth understanding and grasp of the group from his time as its COO. We are excited about the vision and leadership that he will bring to the business and for the future of the group.”