People: BOYCO; CCW; Miller Homes; Butcher & Barlow; DAM Health; Aaron & Partners

From left: Ainsley Boyt, Damien Boyt, Jessica Oliver

Stockport-based manufacturer, BOYCO UK, has appointed two new team members to support the business’s growth strategy.

BOYCO design, produce and install fixed furniture and equipment, supplying various industries including education, healthcare, leisure, hospitality, and public sector security across the UK and Europe.

Joining the team is Jessica Oliver as marketing manager. Jessica takes up a newly-created role to direct the brand’s overarching marketing strategy, as well as managing all communication outputs.

Jessica brings with her more than six years’ experience in marketing and branding, working with businesses across multiple industries.

Also joining the family run business is Ainsley Boyt, hired as an office administrator after completing her A-levels. Ainsley’s hire cements the firm’s commitment to investing in young talent, it said.

Both appointments are part of the firm’s national and international growth strategies to reach a record year of sales.

Managing director, Damien Boyt, said: “We are so excited to welcome two new team members. There is huge growth potential for BOYCO both in the UK and globally, and I am very confident that Jessica will add huge value to the BOYCO marketing function.”

He added: “It’s great having Jessica and Ainsley on board as they will both add considerable value, and support us in fulfilling our ambitious growth plans.”

Jessica Oliver said: “As well as expanding our client base in the UK, part of my role is to support the identification of international export opportunities and execute global marketing plans, which is something I’m greatly looking forward to.”


CCW, the Manchester-based creative production business, has expanded its tech team even further with two new hires. This is another step in the company’s rapid growth plan to achieve a target of 25% increase in staff headcount, it said. Earlier in the year seven new starters joined the team.

Included in the new hire line-up is Phil Mitchell, a former photographer and architecture student from Liverpool John Moores who joins as the newly-appointed 3D capture technical lead.

For more than seven years Phil was a senior scanning technician responsible for developing the in-house studio for Sofology, one of the largest sofa and furniture retailers in the UK. Phil will bring his unique approach to 3D capture to the team, by applying his former knowledge within photography, 3D visualisation, photogrammetry 3D laser capture and specialised understanding of Metrology grade scanning. He’ll help improve efficiencies.

Phil Mitchell

He said: “I’m really excited to be joining CCW in its next phase of growth. There’s so much talent across the team and I can’t wait to see what we can do together to make things faster, more efficient and improve the quality even further. In terms of my personal development, it feels like there’s room for me to grow and I already feel like a valuable member of the team.”

Another new addition to CCW’s tech department is Sam Slater who joins as Unreal Engine developer. With a background in VR software development, specialising in Unity and Unreal Engine. He brings with him almost a decade of experience coding and programming – cloud, front-end, full-stack and hardware.

Sam said: “I’m really excited to be joining a bigger company that seems set for great things. From Day 1, I can tell there are ambitious plans here and I’m excited to be part of that journey. I’m looking forward to being part of the community and having a more varied role – one that’s not confined to a specific technical area.”

Vlad Mulhem, technology and innovation director at CCW, said: “We’re incredibly excited to welcome these new starters to the tech team here at CCW. We love working with new creative and tech talent to help really push CCW’s offerings even further.

“Looking ahead to the end of 2022 and beyond, we’re aiming to achieve a net zero status and the technology and innovation department is a crucial part of that initiative.”


Miller Homes has appointed a new production director to cover its North West region.

Rick Smith joins the team from Taylor Wimpey having had more than 20 years of continuous service within the company. During his time at the builder, Smith rose through the ranks to become the production director of the Manchester division in 2014.

Since then, Smith has developed a strong track record of building and maintaining high performing production teams across a large business operating from multiple sites with an annual output, which regularly exceeds 700 homes per annum.

In doing so, Smith has been able to sustain high standards of build quality, recognised by a large number of NHBC Pride in the Job Awards awarded throughout his team, as well as maintaining high standards of customer service at a 5-star level.

Rick Smith

Due to the growth in the region, with new developments opening in Oldham, Northenden and Ashton-in-Makerfield, the appointments coincide with three new recruits for Miller Homes this month. This expansion highlights the encouraging signals that the region will continue to flourish.

Miller Homes welcomes Annabel Collins and Louise Holmes as new development sales managers, alongside new addition to the engineering team, Matthew Birch.

Ian Smith, managing director of Miller Homes in the North West, said: “I am delighted to appoint Rick as our new production director. With his many years of experience and expertise within the homebuilding industry, he will definitely make a great addition to the North West team and steer us in the right direction as we go from strength to strength.”

Rick Smith said: “Miller Homes provided a compelling opportunity for me to leave a company where I’ve worked for over two decades, I really applaud everything the brand stands for and am looking forward to creating new communities in the North West with my team.”


North West law firm Butcher & Barlow has appointed Ramsbottom resident, Diane Penlington, as licensed conveyancer.

Utilising 35+ years’ experience in the conveyancing sector, Diane will help local people to understand complex legal matters when buying, selling and re-mortgaging residential property.

Diane said: “After so many years in the industry, I have worked with Butcher & Barlow on transactions on numerous occasions and have always been impressed with the service and support they offer their clients.

Diane Penlington

“After my youngest son left home for university and having worked for the same firm for 33 years, I felt like it was time for a new challenge, and I’m delighted to be joining Butcher & Barlow’s residential property team.”

Diane worked for her previous firm for 33 years, working her way up the ladder from a secretarial role to achieving professional qualifications in conveyancing – her favourite part of the role is working directly with clients. She said: “I really enjoy speaking to clients and guiding them through any complications or complex legal structures. Buying and selling property can be a momentous, life-changing moment.

“If there is a problem, I’ve always found working collaboratively and sharing the decision making with clients is the best way forward and as this is exactly the ethos at Butcher & Barlow, I feel we are a good match.”

Diane will join the Prestwich office, one of 10 across the North West.

Lynsey Stuchfield, head of residential property, said: “Diane has so many years’ experience guiding clients through a process that can sometimes be complex and frustrating. I am sure that Diane’s experience and personable manner will bring great comfort to many clients across Prestwich and the surrounding area.”


Liverpool-based medical diagnostic expert DAM Health has confirmed two major appointments as its development continues. James Stevens joins as chief operating officer while Janine Melia-Moran becomes director of clinical services.

DAM, which has more than 60 clinics in the UK and centres in both Spain and Mexico, has this month announced expansion into Australia and New Zealand.

James, who qualified in 1998, spent more than 15 years of his nursing career in emergency medicine in South England and the North West before moving into management roles.

He held titles such as business performance manager, divisional director and finally the head of operations for an NHS Trust. James is experienced in organisational change, leadership, and development of individuals.

James is keen to focus on people engagement during a busy time for DAM Health as it provides evolving and effective solutions to both the COVID-19 pandemic and other major health conditions.

As chief operating officer he will be responsible for the leadership and management of professional issues associated with the medical workforce and the service provisions.

Janine Melia-Moran and James Stevens

He will also lead on relevant operational development and strategic matters as well as the development of a quality organisational strategy, accountable for the overall achievement of safety and quality metrics.

He said: “Together, we will ensure DAM deliver effective, safe and high quality care to our patients and I am excited to implement and develop the long term vision and direction of the company, contributing my own experience and expertise in the medical field.”

Janine Melia-Moran has an extensive background in the healthcare sector. Her experience is based in multi-service and multi-site organisations in which she has covered a vast array of specialities including orthopaedic, general, ear, nose and throat (ENT), ophthalmology, vascular, neurosurgery, plastic and cosmetic surgeries.

She was more recently the registered manager of a major cancer centre, offering specialist treatments and facilities to patients.

Melia-Moran said: “I am pleased to be able to play a part in shaping the next chapter of this organisation, ensuring DAM Health are at the forefront of medical diagnostics and continuing to help improve the lives of our patients through our dedicated, day-to-day care.”


Top 200 law firm Aaron & Partners has moved to strengthen one of its core teams with the appointment of a new partner.

Mark Turner has joined the planning, environment, energy and regulatory team and will support clients across the UK, including utilities firms, supermarkets, housebuilders and energy developers.

He links up with Chester-based Aaron & Partners following almost a decade with FBC Manby Bowdler, where he managed many of the firm’s most high profile clients with a focus on planning law.

Mark Turner

Mark said: “I felt the time was right for a change and I’ve long admired Aaron & Partners – both in terms of the type of clients the firm supports, but also the calibre of people that work here.”

Mark has acted for PLC housebuilders, SME developers, landowners and farmers, and will continue to work with a range of commercial clients for Aaron & Partners. He will advise on a wide range of matters including applications and appeals, Certificates of Lawfulness, High Court challenges, and enforcement.

David Harries, Aaron & Partners’ head of planning, environmental, energy and regulatory, said: “Mark’s someone we’ve been closely connected to over the years, and I always felt he would be a wonderful addition to the firm, so I’m very pleased that he’s agreed to join us.

“As a department we are seeing increasing demand for our services, and I only expect that to continue. Mark is joining at a very exciting time and will play a key role in our future growth.”

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