People: Ward Hadaway; Adlington Retirement Living; Studio Up North; Essar UK; DTE Business Advisers; New Care

Charlotte Nuttall, Caroline Shafar, Harmajinder Hayre

A Northern law firm has appointed a new legal director in its employment team as it eyes continued growth across the region.

Ward Hadaway has welcomed Charlotte Nuttall to its Manchester office. Charlotte has more than a decade of specialist experience in employment law. Throughout her career, she has advised on a wide range of employment and HR legal matters ranging from disciplinaries, grievances and performance management issues to redundancy exercises, re-structure processes and TUPE.

Charlotte has worked with a diverse range of businesses, from PLCs to privately owned SMEs in many sectors, providing pragmatic, commercially focused advice to HR personnel and other decision makers on all aspects of employment law.

Harmajinder Hayre, head of employment at Ward Hadaway, said: “Charlotte’s appointment adds strength and depth to our highly talented and experienced employment team. In her role as director she will help to shape the next chapter of growth in the North West and nationally.

“Charlotte’s experience and skills complement the existing team perfectly and her commercial astuteness will ensure we meet our clients’ needs and growth objectives simultaneously. I wish her a warm welcome.”

The Manchester team is 55-people strong and the firm has made significant investments into its workforce and infrastructure, and recently underwent an extensive transformation of the Manchester office to create a modern, agile workplace. In 2022, the office reported a strong financial performance with an increase of more than 25% in turnover.

Charlotte said: “The firm has a strong, well respected employment team across the North and I’m looking forward to being part of that, with a particular focus on working closely with partner Caroline Shafar to help grow the team and our offering in the North West.”

Caroline Shafar, a partner in Ward Hadaway’s employment team, said: “Charlotte joins the Manchester office at a really exciting time as we continue to strengthen our team to support our growing client base. I am excited to be working with Charlotte and to have her expertise within the team.”


Adlington Retirement Living is launching a new resales service to support homeowners and their families wishing to sell an Adlington Retirement Living apartment.

Adlington Estates will be led by Simon Crewe, a director at Adlington and managed by Tim Crichton who has been appointed to the newly created role of resales manager.

Tim joins the business with 10 years’ experience as an estate agent in Congleton, Macclesfield, Northwich, and Holmes Chapel. He said: “As a high street estate agent I gained fantastic experience which included working with retirement community properties as well as mainstream sales.

Tim Crichton

“Working in a busy estate agent opened my eyes to the fact that sometimes retirement properties do not receive the time and attention required to get the best outcome for the seller, compared to more mainstream properties. That’s why Adlington Estates will purely focus on supporting Adlington Retirement Living homeowners and their families when it’s time to sell their pre-loved properties, giving them our dedicated focus.”

Dr Ed Gladman, CEO of Adlington Retirement Living, said: “As experts in the retirement living sector, our teams understand the benefits of retirement living extend well beyond bricks and mortar. Adlington’s vision is to empower our older generation to live a long, happy and healthy life by creating safe and secure environments with active communities, extensive facilities and spacious, quality homes.”

Simon Crewe said: “Our professional, on-site teams can demonstrate, at first-hand, the many benefits of living in one of our thriving communities. They’re also very empathetic and understanding.”

Dr Ed Gladman added: “Since 2008, we have launched 15 Integrated Retirement Communities across the North West, Yorkshire, Wales and the Midlands. In the past six years we have grown from 30 employees to a team of more than 200, with experts from land acquisition, planning, architectural and technical design, to procurement, construction, sales and marketing, legal and community operations. Adlington Estates will complement our growing business and provide another high quality service to our homeowners and their families.”


Lancashire-based brand agency Studio Up North (SUN) has announced the promotion of Ya’Qub Mir as lead designer, in recognition of almost four years of exceptional work with the agency.

Ya’Qub joined SUN fresh from Bolton University and quickly impressed SUN’s founder and creative director, Jamie Kelly, with his energy and enthusiasm. Jamie said: “After visiting the university and meeting the students, it was immediately obvious that Ya’Qub not only had incredible talent, but his genuine approach, experience and personality shone through.”

Ya’Qub Mir

Since joining SUN, Ya’Qub has worked on some of the agency’s biggest projects, including major rebrands and campaigns for Nelson and Colne College, Soben Construction, Thomas Crapper and Co, Deutsche Bahn, and The National Fostering Group. He has also established himself as a natural leader, building strong relationships with clients and the SUN team.

This promotion comes at an exciting time for SUN, with the agency having enjoyed a successful period of growth and expansion over the past 12 months. During this time, new business wins have been secured across a variety of sectors, including HR, legal, training, and construction, leading to the expansion of the agency team.

Ya’Qub said he was proud to be recognised for his contribution to the agency’s success: “I’m made up to have been promoted to lead designer. Over the past four years, I’ve been fortunate enough to work on some amazing projects and to be part of a fantastic team. I’m looking forward to continuing to grow and develop within my role, as we continue to expand as an agency.”

Jamie Kelly added: “Ya’Qub has been an integral part of the team here at SUN for almost four years now and has been instrumental in driving our growth. We’re excited to see what the future holds for him.”


Essar UK has appointed Mike Mackay to the role of chief transformation officer at Essar Oil UK. Mike will also join the company’s executive leadership team.

He has more than 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He also has extensive knowledge of refining and the downstream oil sector in the UK. He recently returned to Essar from a successful secondment in the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero as the UK downstream oil sector’s advisor to government.

Mike Mackay

Mike has a Master of Arts and Master of Engineering degree from Cambridge University, is an alumnus of the London Business School and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineering.

In his new role, Mike will develop and implement strategies to improve business performance and reliability as Essar transforms for tomorrow.

Essar chief executive, Deepak Maheshwari, said: “We would like to welcome Mike back after his secondment. This is an important appointment to a senior position within the company. Mike will work closely with me to improve business performance and reliability across Essar Oil UK.”


DTE Business Advisers has promoted four staff members in the accounts and audit team.

Lauren Tabbron has been promoted to senior manager, while Hannah Nicholson and Elliot Veevers have both been promoted to managers. In addition, Jake Noble has been promoted to the position of audit senior.

The company said these promotions reflect the commitment and dedication of the individuals involved and their contributions to the success of DTE Business Advisers. Additionally, the promotions demonstrate the company’s focus on investing in its staff and supporting their career development.

Lauren Tabbron said: “I am grateful for the support that DTE has given me throughout my career. I look forward to contributing to the growth of the business and to the development of our staff.”

From left: Lauren Tabbron, Hannah Nicholson, Jake Noble, Elliot Veevers

Hannah Nicholson said: “I am extremely pleased to have been given the opportunity to develop my role within DTE. It will be exciting to see what I can bring to the team and the role.”

Elliot Veevers said: “Having joined DTE as a graduate just over four years ago, I am very pleased to have achieved this promotion and I am excited about what my new role has to offer. I am looking forward to building new relationships with clients, as well as building upon those that already exist.”

Jake Noble said: “I am truly grateful for my promotion to audit senior and looking forward to the new challenges it will bring. DTE has supported me in enhancing my knowledge in all areas of audit and accountancy, providing a supportive environment whilst I study towards my ACA qualification.”


Tina Blake and Chris Critchley have been appointed registered manager and deputy manager, respectively, at New Care’s Bridgewater Manor on Walkden Road in Worsley.

Using their many combined years of experience, the duo will take responsibility for the day-to-day running of the care home, working together to deliver a high standard of person-centred care for residents.

Tina is focused on the smooth operation of the home. She is also responsible for all areas of compliance for CQC, the local authority and CCG.

Tina Blake and Chris Critchley

Supporting Tina is Chris, who is responsible for the management of the clinical team and the timely provision of care by ensuring effective supervision, assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation.

Chris is a registered nurse, while Tina was a registered nurse for 25 years, and both have worked in health and social care for many years. The pair also boast extensive additional professional qualifications including a Diploma in Health and Social Care, CMS in Management, Mentorship in Clinical Practice and Degree (Level 6) in Management and Leadership.

Tina said: “I was brought up in Worsley and have always aspired to work in my local community. I contacted New Care on the off chance that they had a position and was thrilled when they confirmed they did.”

Chris said: “I was attracted to New Care as the company provides an excellent induction programme to all new staff members, as well as great rewards and benefits.”