People: SLG; Rowlinsons Solicitors; Limitless PR; Momentum Group; Luna Investment Management; mmadigital
Manchester-based integrated communications agency SLG has made three key appointments to expand its team.
SLG has strengthened three aspects of the business by bringing a new account executive and creative designer following the recent appointment of a digital services director.
Niki Lui, account executive, previously worked for an online media company in Hong Kong working on social media and advertising for lifestyle and beauty brands.
Creative designer Michael Long comes to SLG from McCann Health where he created presentations for some of largest pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Novartis.
Digital services director, Tino Triste, has more than 17 years of experience in channel planning, advertising and marketing. He has worked with agencies and businesses nationwide. He will be responsible for providing strategy and direction to SLG’s digital services and key clients.
Tino said: “I am excited to join the team and to be able to shape changes that will ensure SLG continues to thrive.”
Ryan Jones, managing director at SLG, said: “We are delighted to welcome Michael, Niki and Tino to the SLG family and we have already seen the value of their enthusiasm, talent and experience.
“This is an exciting new era for SLG and I’m very confident that all of our new team members will be an integral part of our continued success.”
Cheshire-based Rowlinsons Solicitors has made two senior appointments in newly created roles as it looks to grow the practice and expand its in-house management expertise.
Michelle Fisher has joined the property department as conveyancing manager. Michelle brings with her more than 25 years of experience in residential property, having qualified as a solicitor in 1999 and was most recently the conveyancing services manager at a regional law firm. The role will see Michelle manage the day-to-day operations of Rowlinsons’ residential property team based in Sutton Weaver.
Tom Parkinson director and head of property, said: “We are thrilled to have Michelle on board as she brings with her a high level of expertise in running a large conveyancing team and her experience means she has already hit the ground running. She is now the initial point of contact for any technical queries within the team and will also have a remit to look at where operational efficiency and client service can be improved throughout the conveyancing process.”
He added: “This change in structure allows me to focus on the longer-term strategic direction of the department and to take a more proactive role in business development including my involvement with the Conveyancing Association, which represents some of the largest property firms in England and Wales. I’ve no doubt that Michelle will prove to be a real asset to the firm and I look forward to working with her.”
Michelle said: “It’s great to have joined such a forward-thinking business who have already invested heavily in their IT systems to support both staff and clients in the home moving journey. One of the main things which drew me to the firm was their use of technology to improve their service to clients, especially the Rowlinsons dedicated conveyancing App. In addition, I was also impressed by their commitment to staff training and career progression”
Meanwhile, Haydn Roberts has joined as HR and practice manager and will have a wide range of responsibilities from all aspects of recruitment through to health and safety compliance. Haydn has studied CIPD Level 7 and is currently working towards his Chartered Status.
Managing director, Andrew Graves, said: “Haydn brings with him a new level of expertise on human resource management which will prove highly beneficial to the firm as we move forward. In addition to his CIPD qualifications, Haydn also studied the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Chester so he is a great fit for our business and is already putting in place new processes and procedures that are proving to be effective.”
Haydn said: “It’s a great time to be joining the Rowlinsons team. The directors are ambitious and open to new ideas and ways of working, which will be crucial in the competitive legal recruitment market.”
Limitless Public Relations has extended its reach in Europe with Germany-based PR specialist Christiane Tupac-Yupanqui joining the Blackburn and Preston-based agency as an overseas associate.
Christiane’s first project for the specialist public relations agency will be to provide PR support for client Northern Industrial, which has recently launched a new site in Germany.
With 20 years’ PR experience, Christiane specialises in the motion, drives and automation sectors. A trained translator, she provides trade PR and online media relations in Germany and a number of other non-English speaking countries around the world.
Limitless director, Greg Wilson, said: “We are very pleased to have Christiane working with us in support of Northern Industrial and look forward to working with her on further accounts in the future.
“One of the actual upsides of the pandemic has been the increased adoption of communication technologies, largely underutilised before, which enable the swift and lean cooperation between team members based on expertise rather than geography, the latter being now largely irrelevant.”
He added: “We intend to keep expanding our active roster further across the UK and overseas to enable us to provide PR expertise at the highest level, whatever the brief, whenever and wherever it’s needed.”
The Momentum Group has appointed Sarah Carron to join its property management division as board director. Sarah will drive the property management and consultancy business’s continued growth and support Momentum Group’s existing client instructions.
The Momentum Group provides comprehensive high quality advisory, construction, management, and maintenance solutions to its clients. The group has seen significant growth since its inception nearly five years ago, supporting property investors, landlords and occupiers.
Sarah Carron, a RICS Chartered Surveyor, has supported and worked with The Momentum Group since its inception on a freelance basis. She has more than 30 years’ property management experience, much of which has been in the management of shopping centres, retail, and mixed-use schemes. She has worked on Battersea Power Station, Kings Cross, Festival Place Basingstoke, and Liverpool One to name a few.
Momentum Group co-founder and director, Chris Bliss, welcomed Sarah, saying: “Her experience, knowledge of the sector and tenacity are just what we need to grow the business further. Our business has grown threefold since inception, and we intend to maintain that momentum as we look to future growth and job creation.”
Sarah said: “I am really pleased to join the team, lead the property management business, and help grow the property management portfolio. Chris Bliss and I have worked together on various projects for over 20 years, both in terms of property management, set-up, and consultancy projects. Momentum’s flexible, nurturing approach and drive for growth is what has attracted me to work with them and I can’t wait to get started.”
Sarah commenced in her role as board director, property management, on June 8, 2022.
Luna Investment Management has appointed Peter Stiles as investment director.
Peter boasts a 37-year career within investment management and will play a key role in shaping and implementing Luna’s investment management proposition. In addition to his client responsibilities, Peter will also be a member of the Luna Investment Committee and the management team.
Despite having launched just as the pandemic hit in 2020, Luna has exceeded its expectations in both the investment team it has assembled and the client investments it has been entrusted to manage.
Peter Stiles said “My first role within the investment management industry was in 1985 and I remained at that same company for 37 years. However, I believe now is the correct time for a new challenge and I am thrilled to be joining Luna Investment Management. Luna is amongst the fastest growing investment management firms in the UK and I look forward to contributing to this continued success in the years ahead.”
James Carter, director of Luna Investment Management, said: “An investment professional of Peter’s experience and calibre is always in high demand, and it is a real coup that he opted to join Luna, despite receiving numerous offers. Peter shares the Luna vision of how investment portfolios should be managed and the level of service that a client should receive. Everyone at Luna is looking forward to working with him.”
Luna Investment Management, which is located in Spinningfields, Manchester, provides bespoke investment solutions to a range of clients throughout the UK.
Manchester-based customer acquisition specialists for the legal sector, mmadigital, has welcomed two new senior hires as part of its ongoing recruitment drive.
Rachel Cullen has joined as head of paid search and Anthony Hough has been appointed as salesforce developer as the business continues to extend its digital and tech capabilities and further enhance its customer experience to align with the company’s growth trajectory.
Rachel Cullen brings extensive PPC expertise to mmadigital having previously held the positions of paid media manager and performance optimisation manager with sports fashion retailer JD Sports. Through her campaign leadership, the team saw considerable YOY uplifts each year for the past five years.
In her new role, Cullen will be responsible for the acquisition and retention of customers through paid search and other performance channels for mmadigital’s consumer brands. She will work alongside the wider digital marketing team including organic search, social, and affiliates, to maximise the impact of campaigns for the company’s law firm client base.
Anthony Hough has a proven track record of implementing CRM and API systems within the business services, software and tech sectors, most recently working with organisations such as Payroc and Peninsula.
Hough will lead the development and customisation of salesforce from a technical and client growth perspective, and will be responsible for the creation and maintenance of reporting suites. He will work closely with business leads across tech, compliance and marketing to analyse, design and deploy cross-functional scalable CRM solutions to meet rapidly growing business requirements and the expectations of internal and external users.
Cullen said: “It’s an incredibly exciting time to join mmadigital and contribute to the next stage of its growth by building and executing a clear and differentiated paid search strategy.”
Hough said: “The role has so much potential and it’s great to be part of something new and ambitious. One of the most compelling things which attracted me to mmadigital is the vibrant and cohesive culture – with people at the heart of it all.”
Dez Derry, mmadigital CEO and founder, said: “The appointments of Rachel and Anthony are testament to our sustained growth and our ability to attract high calibre people to the business. With their knowledge and expertise, we can strengthen our product offering and enhance the overall value proposition for our clients.”