People: SLG; CFG Law; RSM; Alcedo Care; Miralis; Forty Shillings
Integrated marketing communications agency SLG has appointed a new managing director with former head of client services, Ryan Jones, taking up the role.
Ryan joined the Manchester-based agency as PR account manager and has held other roles within the business during his decade at the agency, having previously worked at Weber Shandwick.
Julie Malone, who is one of the original members of the agency and has been with the business since it was formed in 1980, has moved into a new role of agency CEO.
Following a targeted sales and marketing push during the past two years, SLG has added 12 new clients to its roster, and has increased headcount with the creation of new senior roles across the business.
Julie said: “The agency will continue to achieve great results across an expanding scope of work with Ryan at the helm.”
Ryan said: “We have an enthusiastic and talented team at SLG and work with some excellent clients who will continue to get the best service from SLG.”
Serious injury business CFG Law has capped a strong year by promoting five colleagues, including one new partner and four people who began their careers with the firm.
The news follows a 12-month period which has seen the business open a new office in East Anglia, recruiting an eight-strong team in the process, as well as opening a new consulting office in the Midlands and agreeing a series of new partnerships to drive future growth.
Its latest promotion round sees Siobhan Thacker, who joined CFG Law in April last year as one of the new team in Bury St Edmunds, become a partner in the specialist serious injury legal business, which also has offices in Cheadle and Manchester.
Cheadle-based office services manager Emma Greenhalgh, the firm’s longest serving team member, is promoted to become a senior associate, 27 years after she began her career with the business.
She is joined in the promotion news by a trio of colleagues who also began their careers with CFG law and now become associates – solicitors Daniel Robinson and Sarah Williams as well as business improvement lead Wayne McMurdock, all based in the North West.
CEO Richard Clark said: “It’s always a great feeling to promote people for their part in our success but this year’s news shows that we can reward people whether they have been with us all their careers or for just a few months.
“Emma may have clocked up 27 years here but she still plays a major role every day in making sure our business delivers on our purpose of helping all those affected by injury – together.
“It’s also brilliant to see all three of Sarah, Dan and Wayne continue to develop their careers, having started their working lives at CFG. They’ve got so much to contribute to our future as well and I can’t wait to see what they can achieve. Meanwhile, Shiv may only have been with our business for a year but she’s had a huge impact on the work we do for our clients and on our business as a whole. She deserves to be a partner in our business and also has a major part to play in our future success.”
Siobahn was one of eight people who moved to CFG Law from Ashtons in 2021, with five switching firms in April last year to be joined two months later by two specialist client support managers. Partner and head of the team, Hannah Clarke, completed the move to the firm’s new Suffolk base in Fornham All Saints, near Bury St Edmunds, in October.
Audit, tax and consulting firm RSM UK has announced four partner promotions across the North West. The move supports the firm’s ambitious growth plans. The promotions took effect from April 1.
The tax practice saw two partner promotions, including private client tax specialist Heather Pendlebury in Preston and transaction tax specialist Patrick Curry, Manchester. John Guest and Nick Wyatt have also been promoted to partner in the audit and corporate finance practices, respectively.
Heather specialises in providing tax advice to individuals and family-owned businesses across the region. She heads up the national high net worth group and brings many years’ experience advising entrepreneurs, management teams and high net worth individuals on income, capital gains, property, UK trusts and inheritance taxes.
Patrick Curry co-leads the national tax due diligence practice. Alongside due diligence work, Patrick’s team supports clients with structuring of international acquisitions, group reorganisations, bolt on acquisitions and divestments.
John joined the firm as a graduate in 2005 and works with a variety of growing regional businesses on key assurance matters, including public and third sector entities, private equity-backed businesses and international groups. He specialises in the public and third sector and heads up the North West sector group.
Nick also joined RSM as a graduate in 2005 and is a prominent regional dealmaker having advised on a range of trade and private equity transactions during his 11 years as a specialist mergers and acquisitions advisor. Nick leads RSM’s corporate finance media and technology sector group having advised on a number of transactions in this sector. He also has experience in the food and drink, professional services, manufacturing and healthcare sectors.
The North West appointments are among 16 RSM partner promotions across the UK, reflecting investment across the firm’s audit, tax, corporate finance, risk assurance, technology and legal services practices.
Kevin Duffy, RSM UK’s regional managing partner in the North West said: “I’m thrilled to welcome four exceptionally talented North West colleagues to the partnership. We are committed to growing our own people – investing in development and creating a culture where our people can shape the career they want, so it’s great to announce so many regional partner promotions this year.”
Alcedo Care Group has appointed Lynsey Collins, from Bolton, to manage its live-in care division.
Providing round the clock care in the home environment, Alcedo offers a range of short and long term live-in care services from companionship and emotional support to assistance with personal care, dementia, medication and more complex care services.
In her new role, Lynsey will oversee the day-to-day activities of the 50-strong live-in care team ensuring that each and every one of Alcedo’s 150 live-in care clients receives safe and effective person-centred care, delivered by an experienced carer in the comfort of their own home.
Lynsey said: “I am very proud to have joined an amazing family business with a wonderful reputation based on the delivery of exceptional care. Caring for clients in their own homes is a privilege – in a short amount of time we have already helped so many people and formed fantastic relationships where our carers have really become part of the family. To be leading this team is a career highlight for me and I am looking forward to developing the service offering and geographical areas that we cover over the coming months.”
Managing director of North West-based Alcedo Care Group, Andy Boardman, welcomed Lynsey to the team, saying: “Her passion for care, personal values and commitment to developing exceptional client relationships resonated with us and we are confident she will excel in this role.”
Prior to joining Alcedo Care Group, Lynsey was the registered manager of a residential care home. She has also spent a large part of her career in the funeral industry where she started as a funeral service operative before moving up to trainee funeral director, qualified funeral director and, finally, area manager where she was responsible for 21 funeral homes conducting around 1,600 funerals every year.
Lancaster-based transport-focused data science and software engineering company Miralis has announced Judith Halkerston as chair of its board to support the company’s ambitious growth plans. The announcement comes after Miralis secured investment for its flagship product, electric vehicle charge point management platform, Fuuse.
Judith is a well known figure in the tech industry, with an impressive career within organisations including BT, Logica and Steria. For the past eight years, Judith has been working in non-executive board level roles supporting and accelerating growth in technology companies such as Ntegra, Symphonic Software and OnGen.
She joins Miralis to support CEO Michael Gibson and the board with their next phase of growth; supporting decisions and go-to-market strategies that will accelerate the Fuuse platform to become the enterprise level charge point management system of choice.
Judith said: “It’s rare to join a thriving start up where all the leads are inbound, so our focus will be ensuring we identify and prioritise the right opportunities at the right time. There is clearly a very large appetite for Fuuse, and together with the foundations of a passionate team, and the backing and support of investors and fellow entrepreneurs, there is a real opportunity for Fuuse to become a household name amongst fleets, installers and the public.”
Michael Gibson, CEO of Miralis and Fuuse, said: “It is an honour to welcome Judith to the team and work with her to take Fuuse to the success we know can be achieved. Judith comes with an incredible record of achievement and we couldn’t be more delighted and eager to learn from her expertise.”
Communications and engagement specialist Forty Shillings has appointed Richard Clein as an associate director to head up its activities in the North.
The agency, based in South West London, has extensive experience in property, planning and regeneration with clients including Network Rail and Kier, Barratt and Berkeley.
Richard is a former BBC journalist who has more than 20 years’ experience in communications.
Welcoming Richard to the team, managing director Wyn Evans said: “Richard has a wide range of media and political contacts and an in depth understanding of what makes the region tick. He joins a team of trusted advisers helping clients engage with the people who matter and influence decisions that impact their business.”
Richard Clein said: “With Forty Shillings’ record of delivering for its clients in the South East, it makes perfect sense for the company to look at opportunities and networks beyond the M25.
“Many of the agency’s successes have been with clients who also have projects in other parts of the country and I’m looking forward to bringing the expertise of the Forty Shillings team up North.”