People: Glaisyers ETL; Kyzen Sports; Texere Publishing; John Pye Auctions; PWA Planning; CMAC; Duo; RECOM Solutions

Bibi Campos Seijo

Knutsford-based publisher, Texere Publishing, has appointed Bibiana (Bibi) Campos Seijo as strategic advisor.

The recipient of the 2021 G D Crain Jr Leadership award in recognition of “outstanding contributions to the development of editorial excellence in business media,” Bibi has held a string of high profile positions.

Bibi spent the past eight years at the American Chemical Society, Washington, DC, as Vice President of C&EN Media and Group, and Editor in Chief of C&EN, leading a team of around 50 staff across editorial, audience, creative, product, and operations functions. There, among many other achievements, Bibi established an awards programme – C&EN’s Talented 12 – an annual event – C&EN Futures Festival – and an award-winning custom content unit, C&EN BrandLab.

Before that, Bibi spent more than six years at the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, as Editor in Chief, Chemistry World, and Publisher, Magazines.

Andy Davies, CEO of Texere, said: “Texere is and always will be committed to attracting the very best talent – it is a cornerstone of our success. Bibi is a perfect example of this approach.

“Bringing a wealth of proven experience not only in content delivery but also in forming strong networks and partnerships, Bibi will play an important strategic role in our continued expansion into the North American market and beyond.”

Content Director Rich Whitworth said: “I’ve had the pleasure of crossing paths with Bibi at several events over the last 10 years – and, in between times, I’ve simply admired her work from afar. I am very much looking forward to collaborating closely with Bibi on a number of exciting projects – the details of which I am sure we’ll reveal as the year and partnership progresses.”

Bibi said: “Texere has become what a lot of media companies aspire to be – nimble, innovative, and disruptive. I’ve been very impressed with the pace of growth that Texere has seen in its first decade – and I’m excited to join their ranks and help further accelerate their expansion in new and existing markets.”

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Nick Johnson, senior partner at the Manchester-based national law firm Glaisyers ETL, has been elected President of Manchester Law Society. He takes over from immediate Past President Paul Johnson, corporate partner at Ward Hadaway.

Mr Johnson, a commercial litigation specialist, began his career at the Manchester firm Goldstone Casket and Eva, which merged with Glaisyers in 1993. He was Glaisyers’ managing partner until 2018.

Nick Johnson

During his 12-month tenure as President of Manchester Law Society Mr Johnson will serve alongside Vice President David Anderson, who is company secretary at the city’s largest barristers set, St John’s Buildings Chambers, and Deputy Vice President Fiona Ledden, city solicitor at Manchester City Council.

Mr Johnson has been a member of Manchester Law Society’s council for three years. His priorities for his year as President include engaging with members, sponsors and committee members, and building stronger relationships with the wider legal, business, professional, political and civic community.

He will also support Manchester Law Society’s chief executive, Fran Eccles-Bech, and her team as they implement the organisation’s business plan. This plan includes the appointment of ambassadors in each corporate member firm, coordinating pro bono work and developing a new website.

Mr Johnson said: “I am honoured to have been elected President of Manchester Law Society, an organisation with a proud history that dates back almost two centuries. After 40 years in the law, I am very much looking forward to taking this opportunity to give back to the profession.”

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Dominic Appleton will be joining retailer N Brown Group Plc as Chief Financial Officer Designate on 1 March 2023.  He will succeed Rachel Izzard as Chief Financial Officer and a Board Director when she steps down. It is currently envisaged that Rachel will leave the business, and that Dominic will join the Board, following the completion of the FY23 Annual Report and Accounts at the end of May. 

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Bosses at a Liverpool accountancy firm are making their business a family affair thanks to two appointments.

Paddy Mansfield

Jamie Mackreth and Paddy Mansfield have joined the ranks of Kyzen Sports alongside their brothers, directors Jack Mackreth and George Mansfield.

Kyzen Sports is a financial service provider for professional athletes and specialises in giving tax and wealth management advice to footballers.

Jack founded the company in 2016 with his school friend George to help sports people manage their finances and plan for post-retirement careers.

Jack, who enjoyed a career with Tranmere Rovers, Bury and Wrexham and is now a midfielder at Warrington Town, said: “We are a close-knit team at Kyzen and for me and George, bringing our brothers in was a no-brainer.

“They bring their own skills and it’s nice to be able to keep it in the family.”

Paddy is a manager in the marketing team while Jamie is on hand for corporate and personal tax returns.

Jamie Mackreth

Paddy said: “I love football and sports and it’s something I had always wanted to go into. After completing a law degree I was a bit in limbo. I sat down with Jack and George and our visions really aligned.”

Jamie said: “Kyzen is different from your usual accountancy practice. They have a unique client base with a lot of sportspeople, which I find really interesting.”

The business, based on Goodlass Road in South Liverpool, is going from strength-to-strength and there are plans to double the headcount across departments this year, as well as expanding the services they can offer clients.

They also go into top football clubs to educate players on financial literacy and work for a range of athletes and footballers across the top leagues.

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The Nottingham-based national auction house, John Pye Auctions, has reinforced its senior management team with the appointment of Chris Eckersley as its Head of North West Valuations.

In his new role, Chris will be responsible for carrying out valuation work and disposals across the region, including plant, machinery, and business assets. In addition to broadening new and existing client relationships within the corporate recovery sector, Chris will also help to develop the firm’s Business Assets team and train junior valuers.

Chris joins John Pye’s Business Assets division with more than 21 years’ experience in providing valuation and disposal advice for machinery and business assets of a tangible and intangible nature across all asset classes and sectors. The department has dealt with some of the UK’s most high profile insolvency cases including Phones4U, Sofa Workshop and, most recently, the MADE.com administration.

Chris Eckersley

Skilled in acting for clients within the UK and overseas, Chris has previously worked in several global surveying practices, providing valuation and disposal advice to a range of banks, asset-based lenders, financial institutions, and corporate recovery clients.

Associate Director and Joint Head of Business and Property at John Pye, Trevor Palethorpe, said: “I’m pleased to welcome Chris to the John Pye family. His proven track record in valuation work will be a huge asset to our operations in the North West, and his experience in both developing client relationships and managing departments will greatly benefit the business. We are looking forward to realising our ambitious plans to expand our UK network and national reach further, it’s great that Chris will support us on that journey.”

Chris Eckersley said: “It’s exciting to be joining the senior management team at such a pivotal time. John Pye has enjoyed a period of remarkable growth and I’m keen to support the senior management team to capitalise on new opportunities within the market.”

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Preston-based planning consultancy PWA Planning has grown its team by appointing two new assistant planners.

Rico Man will support the firm’s energy planning division, working to secure planning for a variety of renewable energy projects including battery energy storage systems and solar schemes.

Rico Man and Robert Palmer

Rico, from Hong Kong, is a graduate of the University of Sheffield where he obtained a Master of Planning (MPlan) degree.

Before joining PWA he gained industry experience by undertaking placements with Urbana Town Planning in Sheffield and Asteer in Manchester, assisting in securing planning consent for residential and commercial projects.

Joining Rico is Robert Palmer, whose appointment follows an internship he completed at the firm in 2022.

A Leeds Beckett University graduate, where he obtained a first-class degree in Human Geography and Planning, Robert will work with the team across a variety of sectors, taking responsibility for a range of planning tasks including conducting site appraisals and creating planning statements.

Stella Walton, director of PWA Planning, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Rico and Robert to the team. In them we have found two talented, enthusiastic professionals at the beginning of what I’m sure will be very successful careers.”

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CMAC Group, the Accrington-based managed ground transport and accommodation specialist, has promoted Dave Rose to the role of Director of Supply and Procurement.

Dave joined CMAC in January 2022 as Head of Enterprise to drive the company’s international expansion. He brought more than 15 years’ experience in the global taxi and small vehicle industry to his role at CMAC. Immediately prior to joining CMAC, Dave was at AutoCab where he headed the IGo taxi platform and app. Autocab was sold to ride-hailing giant, Uber, in 2019.

CMAC Group supplies transport and accommodation solutions on behalf of businesses based across the globe ranging from airlines to train operators, corporations, and breakdown companies. The company safely moves millions of people each year. In 2022, CMAC was awarded Gold by Investor in Customers for the second consecutive year.

Dave Rose

Neil Micklethwaite, CMAC Group Chief Operating Officer, said: “Dave’s promotion is part of our drive to build on the fantastic success we had in 2022, and plan for the future, by investing in our people in some key areas across the business.”

“In his new role, Dave will be responsible for strengthening our supplier infrastructure in our existing core territories (UK, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and Spain) and developing them in new ones across Europe and further afield, ensuring that our clients can keep moving safely across the globe.

“Alongside this, he will be further integrating new strategic supplier partnerships, managing our requirement for co-ordinators and owning our market leading Compliance and Audit regime.”

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Manchester-based packaging manufacturer and consultancy, Duo, has strengthened its senior team with two key appointments.

Martin Henderson has joined the business as finance director, as well as taking a position on Duo’s board of directors. Martin brings more than 20 years’ commercial experience, underpinned by a chartered accounting background, within the manufacturing and logistics industries and has forged strong relationships with both internal and external stakeholders at all levels throughout his career.

Nick Toner joins the business as head of industrial sales from Berry BPI and brings more than 20 years’ experience in polythene packaging, having worked for some of the world’s largest packaging brands. In his new role, Nick will be responsible for driving commercial relationships with businesses using industrial packaging solutions for their products as Duo aims to expand its client base in key FMCG sectors, offering high quality recycled packaging solutions.

Martin Henderson, left, and Nick Toner

Martin said: “Our customer base and the stakeholders we interact with truly care about sustainability. From the moment I joined Duo, from the more traditional material sectors of lead and steel, I knew they weren’t a typical manufacturer. The energy, drive and openness to change was something I immediately wanted to be part of.”

Nick Toner said: “Duo is a business that has led, rather than followed, the market when it comes to reducing the environmental impact of its packaging products, bringing innovative solutions to market such as GreenPE. Throughout my career I’ve been aware of Duo and have always admired its innovative and agile business model.”

Duo’s commercial director, Anthony Brimelow, said: “Welcoming two individuals of Nick and Martin’s professional calibre into the team at Duo is a real coup for the business at an important time. Both appointments will play an essential role in delivering our strategic plan and their knowledge and experience of their respective sectors will prove invaluable in implementing the necessary platforms for our business’ ambitious growth plans.”

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A new management team has been unveiled for RECOM Solutions’ passive fire protection division, the fastest-growing arm of the group.

Revenues for the division are on track to exceed £4.5m in the 12 months to April, up from £2.6m, following a raft of contract wins which has seen it expand into a nationwide operation.

RECOM Passive Fire Protection has doubled the size of its team of directly-employed installers to 40 over the past 12 months. The team undertakes projects at locations including NHS Trusts and hospitals, schools and universities, government offices, social housing schemes, apartment blocks and office buildings.

In line with its expansion, RECOM Passive Fire Protection has a new-look management team after a series of promotions and appointments. Sarah Leadbetter has been promoted to the newly-created role of head of the division, which will see her lead on the delivery of its commercial targets, focus on client retention and expansion, and support RECOM’s directors with their growth plans for the group.

From left: Keron Jackson, Gvidas Teresa, Sarah Leadbetter, Richard Green, Jay Newby

Jay Newby has been promoted from contracts manager to the new role of operations manager for RECOM Passive Fire Protection. His new position sees him working closely with contracts managers and leading on all site operations and project delivery.

Gvidas Teresas has been promoted from supervisor to contracts manager and he will support Jay on service delivery.

Richard Green has joined RECOM Passive Fire Protection as a contracts manager from Bell Group. He brings expertise in fire doors, with more than 10 years’ experience in this specialist field.

Due to the division’s geographical expansion, Keron Jackson has been recruited as a contracts manager for the Midlands and is based in Birmingham. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to bolster RECOM’s national coverage.

RECOM has its headquarters on the Waters Edge Business Park in Salford Quays. Co-founder, Jason McKnight, said: “The creation of a dedicated management team for RECOM Passive Fire Protection, together with our new arrivals, provides an excellent platform for further strong growth for the division.”

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