People: Eddisons; NorthEdge; RECOM; BPK Estate Agents; RSM; fulfilmentcrowd

From left: Harry Lo, Lucy Gretton, Genna Woods

Property group Eddisons has expanded its Manchester-based transport planning and highway design consultancy with three new appointments.

Harry Lo has joined the highway design team from Hong Kong engineering consultancy Mott Macdonald as a graduate engineer, while Genna Woods has joined the planning team as a trainee technician, graduating this year from MMU with a masters in computer science.

Lucy Gretton has also returned to Eddisons, where she spent a placement year as part of her Manchester University human geography degree, rejoining the planning team as a graduate transport planner.

Eddisons partner, Phil Wooliscroft, who, with Mike Coogan, leads the transport planning and highway design teams, said: “We are really pleased to welcome these three highly impressive young people to the planning and highway design teams. Eddisons is passionate about recruiting and nurturing fresh talent and their enthusiasm and new ideas are essential to the firm’s future success.

“Harry, Genna and Lucy’s appointments will significantly strengthen the level of service that we can provide to our clients as we expand across the country and we are absolutely delighted that they have chosen to work at Eddisons.”

Now a 14-strong team, Eddisons’ growing transport planning and highway design consultancy was founded in 2011 and provides detailed highways design, transport and traffic advice to predominantly private sector clients, helping them maximise the commercial value of land and assets throughout the planning and design process.

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Lower mid-market private equity firm NorthEdge has announced several changes to its leadership team to support the next phase of growth.

Michael Joseph will be stepping down, with Grant Berry moving into the role of executive chair at the Manchester-based group.

Grant Berry

Michael will continue to be a part of the NorthEdge family on a part-time basis, moving into the role of senior advisor and continuing to provide the guidance, expertise and support that has enabled NorthEdge to grow over the past 10 years.

In his new role, Grant will use his extensive experience to chair the investment committee and will remain involved in new investment activity and investor relations.

Keven Parker will move into the joint managing partner role alongside Ray Stenton, while Jon Pickering will assume the role of chief investment officer.

Keven will continue to take lead responsibility for the NorthEdge portfolio, alongside an increasing involvement in organisational development and investor relations. Jon will manage all investment activity for the firm and continue to lead NorthEdge’s largest investment opportunities.

These changes follow the promotions of Lucie Mills and Phil Frame to partner roles earlier this year.

Keven Parker

Grant Berry, executive chair of NorthEdge, said: “Following a hugely successful 10 years, these leadership changes will support us to deliver the next phase of our growth and demonstrate our commitment to continuing to develop and evolve our team.

“On a personal note, I would like to thank Michael for his huge contribution to NorthEdge over the last 10 years. As a team, we look forward to continuing to benefit from his experience and wise counsel as he moves into his new role. I would also like to welcome Keven and Jon into their new roles, which reflect their continued hard work, commitment and contribution to NorthEdge.”

Ray Stenton, managing partner at NorthEdge, said: “I am extremely proud to see how NorthEdge has evolved over the last decade and delighted with the team we have in place across the business. These leadership changes mean we are well placed to continue to grow strongly over the coming years, backing high quality management teams and supporting our portfolio to build better businesses.”

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Seven new roles have been created at Salford Quays-based RECOM Solutions, strengthening its team amid a period of bumper growth.

Andy Mellor has joined as finance director with a remit that includes providing strategies and implementing procedures to facilitate further growth for the business.

RECOM’s finance team has also been strengthened by the appointment of Natalie Ferguson as accounts manager. Her role is to ensure the smooth running of the internal accounts department.

Jordan Wilson has joined as a construction project manager, bringing more than 10 years’ experience of delivering technical, quality and management functions across complex schemes in the UK and overseas.

Another addition is Tom Salt, who has joined as an assistant construction manager with responsibility for managing subcontractor teams to ensure the successful delivery of projects.

From left: Andy Mellor, Natalie Ferguson, Tom Salt, Joanna Jagla, Jordan Wilson, Luke Roscoe, Caroline Cherian

Luke Roscoe has been recruited to support the strategic development of the business. He is focusing on client success, project delivery and supporting the senior leadership team in developing strategies for further sustained growth. He has nearly a decade of experience in master-planning and client-side project management across the public and private sectors.

The other newcomers are Joanna Jagla and Caroline Cherian, who have joined as a trainee project manager and trainee quantity surveyor, respectively.

Caroline is on a year-long placement while undertaking a Master’s Degree in Construction Project Management at Sheffield Hallam University.

RECOM, which was founded in 2015 by directors Jason McKnight and Joseph Dillon, undertakes construction project management and main contracting work across sectors including healthcare, education, retail and leisure, commercial and residential. It also provides consultancy services to assist in the design and delivery of health and safety, sustainability, passive fire protection and cladding projects.

Jason McKnight said: “As our business has grown, so have our requirements to increase our financial processes. Having Andy and Natalie on board adds extensive experience to the team. Tom, Luke and Jordan have joined us at a time when we have a significant pipeline of projects, and their knowledge and expertise will bolster our construction management offering.

“Caroline and Joanna have been recruited in a graduate capacity and are providing support to the wider RECOM team. All of the new roles are in line with our growth strategy and evolution, and strengthen our skillset to enable us to continue on this path.”

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A North Cumbrian estate agency has announced the appointment of two highly-experienced advisers to its expanding team.

Piers Morton has joined BPK Estate Agents as its new manager and valuer while Gillian Proudfoot has also joined the Kingstown-based business as senior sales negotiator.

The pair bring almost 35 years of experience in the local property market, joining from Fine & Country, where Piers was operations director and senior valuer and Gillian had the same role as her new position at BPK, with both working with buyers and sellers of some of Cumbria’s finest properties.

Both join as the estate agency moves forward with its strategy to enhance its position in the higher value homes market, where it has operated successfully since the agency was formed in 2008. They will form a four-strong team alongside Eddy Cane and Julie Fell.

From left: Eddy Cain, Gillian Proudfoot, Piers Morton, Julie Fell

Piers said his decision to join BPK included the opportunity to work alongside the agency’s partner business, Bell Park Kerridge Solicitors: “This is a really exciting opportunity to build a leading estate agency business in North Cumbria. Gillian and I are looking forward to adding our experience to the knowledge the team here already has,” said Piers, who began his property career 17 years ago and has remained in the Carlisle and North Cumbrian market since.

Duncan Carter, director of both BPK Estate Agents and Bell Park Kerridge, where he advised both residential and commercial clients, said: “Piers and Gillian bring some impressive experience to our team and will help us achieve the next stage of our strategic growth plans.

“The combination of their local knowledge and track record combined with our attention to detail and support for home movers on the legal elements will be a compelling offer to anyone wanting to buy their next home in North Cumbria. I’m really excited about this next stage.”

Piers began his career in Cumbria in 2005 and has been a senior valuer with three other local firms for nearly two decades. Gillian has more than 20 years of property experience, initially running her own business in Cumbria and the South of Scotland and then working alongside Piers as a senior sales negotiator for more than 12 years.

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Audit, tax and consulting firm RSM has appointed Peter Graham as its head of real estate and construction in the North West.

Peter Graham has more than 20 years’ experience advising real estate and construction businesses and is a tax partner who leads RSM’s capital allowance team, which he established 10 years ago, with a strong focus on real estate clients.

Peter Graham

Peter succeeds Ian Taylor, who, having led the region’s real estate and construction sector for six years, remains a senior partner in the North West, acting for an established portfolio of high profile clients. Prior to his appointment, Peter has worked closely with Ian as a key member of the North West’s real estate and construction team.

In his new role, Peter will work alongside national sector heads Kelly Boorman and Stacy Eden, to support the firm’s real estate and construction clients, in particular growing the firm’s portfolio in the North West.

Stacy Eden, partner and national head of real estate and construction at RSM, said: “I know that Peter will continue to grow and support one of RSM’s key sectors which has thrived in the North West in recent years due to the fantastic efforts of the previous regional sector lead Ian Taylor, supported by Peter and the wider local team.”

Peter Graham said: “I am really looking forward to continuing the excellent work that Ian has done as regional lead for real estate and construction, helping our team and clients to thrive and grow. Property has always been a passion of mine and it is a real pleasure working with clients in this sector.”

Kevin Duffy, RSM’s regional managing partner in the North West, said: “Real estate and construction is a key market for RSM in the North West. I am delighted to welcome Peter Graham as our new regional head of the team and I would also like to thank Ian Taylor for his brilliant contribution and leadership in the role.”

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International fulfilment services provider, fulfilmentcrowd, has appointed Andrew Turner as chief sales officer as the business progresses on its ambitious European growth trajectory.

Andrew joins from XPO Logistics where he was commercial director for the UK & Ireland. He has spent the past 12 years in senior commercial and business development roles, building profitable long term partnerships with retail and product brand customers for companies including Yodel and Wincanton.

Bringing more than 22 years’ experience in logistics, warehousing, transport and supply chain, Andrew will lead fulfilmentcrowd’s sales function, with a focus on expanding its business development team in key territories to underpin future growth and foster new relationships with high growth eCommerce retailers and partners around the world. The Chorley-based business currently operates fulfilment centres across the UK, USA, France and the Netherlands and will open its second distribution centre in Germany later this year.

Andrew Turner

Andrew said: “I love the overall fulfilmentcrowd product – it’s where technology, eCommerce and retail meet. The in-house technology and fulfilmentcrowd customer app is one of the best platforms I’ve seen on the market and the company’s global growth trajectory is really impressive. I’m keen to bring my experience and knowledge of the market to further strengthen the team and deliver long term, sustainable growth for the business and its customers.”

The business, which specialises in easily accessible, cross-border logistics services for high growth eCommerce retailers, currently services more than 500 eCommerce retailers around the world. Following a £7.5m investment from growth capital investor BGF in March 2021, fulfilmentcrowd has invested in building its team in the UK and overseas to support growing exports and international shipping for its UK customers.

Lee Thompson, fulfilmentcrowd’s CEO, said: “We welcome Andrew at a crucial time in the business’s development where we are looking to scale our sales function to support more customers internationally. As well as adding new partner fulfilment centres, we’ve also hired experienced business development managers based on the ground in key growth markets to help raise the business’s profile. Andrew’s depth and breadth of sector experience, combined with leading successful commercial teams, will prove invaluable to the business as we grow.”

In addition to Andrew’s appointment, fulfilmentcrowd has also bolstered its in-house marketing team with Shannon Beck who joins as SEO content executive and Rachel Kirby who joins as product marketing executive. Shannon will be responsible for developing digital content for the businesses owned channels, while Rachel will be responsible for managing internal and external communications for product and software updates.

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