People: John Pye; Pegasus Group; MHA Moore and Smalley; Lake District Calvert Trust; Mustard

David Jeans

National valuer and online auctioneer John Pye has bolstered its business and property team with the appointment of Manchester-based David Jeans as a consultant surveyor, who has come out of retirement to join the award-winning property division.

David has worked in the property industry for more than 45 years, 35 of which was within valuations. He is a Fellow of The Royal Institution of Charted Surveyors, and prior to his retirement had worked with several national firms.

David said: “I’m so pleased to be joining the brilliant team at John Pye, postponing my retirement to take this opportunity. Most of my experience is in valuations for secured lending, insolvency, and probate, especially in housing and commercial properties, along with the occasional sale, so this seemed like a great fit.

“I’m particularly looking forward to working across the whole country – while being based in Manchester.”

John Pye’s valuation service is provided to clients across five departments and the team manages more than 25,000 valuations a year across more than 20 UK sites. This ranges from seized vehicle valuations to RICS Red Book Property valuations.

Trevor Palethorpe, associate director and joint head of John Pye business and property, said: “David’s wealth of experience and knowledge makes him the ideal candidate for this role, particularly his roles at Edward Symmons and Eddisons where he successfully opened and led the Manchester office. His experience will be invaluable for upskilling junior members of the team, and I look forward to working with him closely.”


Pegasus Group has begun the new year with a raft of internal promotions across all disciplines and levels.

New senior directors in planning, environment and design will be operating out of the Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds offices, while a further seven colleagues have been promoted to director. There are also promotions to associate, principal, senior and intermediate level.

Jim Tarzey

Pegasus Group CEO, Jim Tarzey, said: “2021 proved another extraordinary year in light of COVID, but we not only adapted to changed working conditions, but continued to grow the business. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the whole team for their continued hard work and dedication.”

In the Manchester office, Phil Robinson and Graham Lamb have been promoted to senior planning directors.

Phil joined Pegasus in 2019 and has expertise in both residential and retail planning schemes, having advised on a range of residential planning applications and site allocations, as well as undertaking sequential site and retail impact assessments.

Graham joined as a senior planner in 2013, and his latest promotion is a reflection of his expertise and achievements, said the company, principally in the residential sector, where he has successfully advised a range of promoters and housebuilders through the Local Plan and planning application processes.

Pegasus Group has more than 400 staff operating from 16 locations throughout the UK.


Accountancy and business advisory firm MHA Moore and Smalley has appointed a new tax director in its Manchester office.

Hasan Hashmi will primarily advise the firm’s SME and owner-managed business clients on corporate and personal tax affairs.

He joins MHA Moore and Smalley from Saffrey Champness and his previous experience also includes senior roles with PwC and RSM.

Hasan specialises in advising on the capital structure of businesses and the buying and selling of companies, as well as other exit and succession planning matters. He also advises on employee share schemes and venture capital reliefs, such as the Enterprise Investment Scheme.

Hasan Hashmi

Colin Abrahams, tax partner at MHA Moore and Smalley’s Manchester office, said: “Hasan is a highly experienced tax specialist who is able to give business owners clear and valuable advice on their business and personal tax affairs. His technical knowledge as well as his commercial acumen will be invaluable to our clients.”

Hasan said: “I’ve worked with Colin in a previous role and the chance to team up again to work in a rapidly growing and client focused firm was a fantastic opportunity I had to take. I’m looking forward to working with MHA Moore and Smalley’s varied SME and owner-managed client base across the region.”

MHA Moore and Smalley recently announced an expansion of its Manchester office, which is based at 80 Mosley Street, opposite St Peter’s Square.

The office has grown significantly since opening in 2019 driven by strong demand for corporate finance, tax and audit services.


The Lake District Calvert Trust (LDCT) in Keswick has appointed four new trustees – Louise Dunn, Judith Gate, Emily Flynn and Victoria Notman.

Louise Dunn is a communications consultant and academic with more than 25 years’ experience of management and leadership roles in the pharmaceutical industry and at Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and Charity.

Judith Gate has extensive experience in the charity and public sectors including leading the volunteering and customer care functions for a national charity. She currently leads a continuous improvement programme with a focus on delivering efficiency and improved customer experience through business process improvement and digital transformation.

Louise Dunn

Emily Flynn has more than 21 years’ experience as a military officer and communications-electronics engineer across a wide spectrum of business areas including senior leadership/board level management, digital optimisation, resource planning, engineering, operations and risk management, trusteeship, and, mountaineering leadership.

Victoria Notman is legal director at the employment team at Burnetts Solicitors in Carlisle and has more than 20 years’ experience as an employment lawyer. She also has a First Class Honours degree in physiotherapy and experience in the rehabilitation and development of adults and young people with mild to severe physical and mental impairments and learning needs.

Welcoming the charity’s new trustees, Giles Mounsey-Heysham, chairman of the LDCT Trustees said: “Together they bring a wealth of skills, experience and shared passion to the Lake District Calvert Trust. We welcome their contributions moving forward.”

The Lake District Calvert Trust has been supporting people with disabilities from its specialist Calvert Lakes residential centre and accessible riding centre near Keswick in the Lake District for almost 45 years.


Manchester agency, Mustard, has added to its senior team following business growth in 2021.

Anthony Shephard-Williams

Anthony Shephard-Williams is promoted to director, while Andrew Wiseman moves over from sister agency Honeycomb to fill the newly-formed role of strategy director.

Shephard-Williams has been with Mustard for more than a decade, and the company says his promotion recognises the role he has played in building the agency’s online community offer, which he will continue to lead in his new role.

Wiseman launched Mustard’s Honeycomb brand in 2018, having previously been MD at ICM Unlimited, and spent the past year working exclusively with one of Mustard’s key clients on its three-year customer strategy. In his new role, Andrew will lead on client and proposition strategy as part of the agency’s future business planning.

Meanwhile, Mustard has also announced its latest graduate intake. Ashleigh Saville, Bushra Bibi, Ed Graham and Ben Howarth all join the agency as research executives.

Andrew Wiseman

Managing director, Colin Auton, said: “With these additions to our senior team, we feel confident that we have the right team in place to capitalise on a strong post-pandemic business performance, and further grow our reputation for making a real difference to the brands we work with.

“The insight market continues to evolve, and by appointing Andrew as our new strategy director, we will ensure that we take advantage of the new tools and techniques that are emerging in the market – adding to our strong advisory capability.”

He added: “We are thrilled to welcome Ashleigh, Ben, Bushra and Ed to the Mustard family – and look forward to watching them develop during their time with us. It’s really important to us as an agency that we support the development of the researchers of the future, and we’re sure that our new graduates will relish their time with us.”