People: MEPC; Aaron & Partners; Fulfilment Crowd; LSH; Secure Trust Bank; Naimuri

Olivia Hewitt, left, and Alice Bolton-Gough

MEPC, the development and asset manager behind Manchester city centre’s 20-acre neighbourhood NOMA, has welcomed two new team members to its team, as it looks forward to completion on its flagship new building 4 Angel Square.

Based in the team’s new headquarters, the Pavilion on Angel Square, Olivia Hewitt and Alice Bolton-Gough have recently joined the MEPC team.

Paul Pavia, commercial director at MEPC said: “2023 is setting out to be a landmark year of progress and development at NOMA. Ahead of the completion of 4 Angel Square which will set the new sustainability and smart working standards for office buildings in the UK, it is great to welcome Olivia and Alice to NOMA, as we look to carry this momentum into the second half of the year.”

Olivia Hewitt joins MEPC as development manager at NOMA from One Heritage Group and previously worked for real estate services group Cushman & Wakefield. She said: “Having followed the work taking place at NOMA for a number of years, I’m proud to join the team that is playing a key role in transforming Manchester’s city centre.”

Having previously worked at JLL, Mileway and Squarestone, Alice Bolton-Gough joins MEPC as an asset manager. Although based in Manchester, her responsibilities will sit across both NOMA and MEPC’s Wellington Place development in Leeds. She said: “Sustainability and social impact are both issues that sit close to me. NOMA has a proven track record when it comes to sustainable development and social impact, so I am pleased to join a team that I can work towards a shared goal with.”


Adila Malik

Chester-based law firm Aaron & Partners has made a key hire to its restructuring and insolvency team, as the department continues its recent growth.

The firm has hired Adila Malik as a solicitor – the sixth member of the expanding department, which was formed last year as a standalone team to be led by one of the firm’s most experienced partners, Mark Davies.

Adila has experience in both corporate and personal insolvency as well as civil litigation and joins the firm from Drydensfairfax Solicitors.

She said: “It’s exciting to be a part of such a respected and dynamic team and look forward to contributing to its continued growth and success.”


Mitchell Bryant

International fulfilment services provider, fulfilmentcrowd, has appointed Mitchell Bryant as head of development UK to further strengthen the business’s growth strategy across the UK and Europe.

With eight years’ experience within the supply chain and logistics industry, Mitchell joins the Chorley-based business from MyTAG, where he was a corporate account manager supplying material handling equipment, warehouse management system (WMS) technology and SaaS cloud-based operations technology.

Mitchell’s appointment is the latest in a number of hires across the business’s sales division and will enhance the four-strong commercial team in providing support for existing clients requiring end-to-end supply chain solutions, as well as realising growth opportunities with eCommerce retailers in new markets.

He said: “Fulfilmentcrowd has a solid business development and marketing plan in place and it’s clear the business operates to position customer support and advanced technological supply chain solutions at the forefront of its offering.”

Responsible for driving business growth in six territories across Europe, Mitchell will work to foster new relationships with high growth eCommerce retailers and partners around the world. BGF-backed fulfilmentcrowd currently operates fulfilment centres across the UK, USA, France, Germany and the Netherlands.


Dave Comer

Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) has appointed a new director in its Manchester rating team.

Dave Comer joins from RVW Chartered Surveyors, having previously held senior positions at Knight Frank and Altus Group.

With experience of both occupier and landlord clients, Dave will support LSH’s major retail, office and industrial clients across the North West and provide expert advice on minimising rates liabilities and challenging rating assessments.

Christiaan Flatley, head of LSH’s Manchester office, said: “LSH has an outstanding client base, a highly experienced rating team and a positive collaborative approach.

“The office continues to grow through targeted recruitment. I am excited to welcome Dave to Manchester and look forward to working with him and the team at a time when we’re strengthening and extending our service offering across the region.”

Dave Comer said: “I am thrilled to have joined Lambert Smith Hampton and look forward to working with our clients and supporting them in minimising their rates liabilities. I will focus on growing the service across the region and strengthening the existing client relationships.”


Andrew Welden

Secure Trust Bank Commercial Finance, a UK asset-based lending provider, has expanded its nationwide network of sales professionals with the appointment of Andrew Welden as regional sales director for the North West.

Andrew joins from Breal Zeta CF, where he led on the firm’s asset-based lending strategy across Merseyside and Cheshire, with a focus on facility sizes between £5m and £150m. He also helped the firm establish a presence in Manchester as it opened a new office in the city.

As part of the firm’s UK-wide origination team, Andrew will be helping to drive deal activity across the region to deliver flexible asset-based lending solutions to some of the UK’s most innovative businesses, as well as building on Secure Trust Bank’s existing network of key introducers.

Andrew said: “Having already built up a strong base across the North West, asset-based lending has quickly become a new passion of mine, allowing me to work with some of the region’s most exciting businesses.

“This new role at Secure Trust Bank Commercial Finance represents an exciting opportunity for me, allowing me to work and learn alongside industry leaders as well as a host of ambitious businesses looking for support. The team has already proven to be incredibly welcoming and I look forward to working with them closely.”

Paul Johnston, regional managing director at Secure Trust Bank Commercial Finance, said: “Given his proven track record of delivering support to innovative businesses across the region, Andrew is a strong new addition to our team.”


Alice Spreckley

Manchester-based data intelligence company Naimuri (part of QinetiQ), has promoted its head of delivery, Alice Spreckley, to managing director.

Alice has taken over the reins from Carl Roberts and has been part of the senior leadership team at Naimuri since it was founded in 2015.

She said: “Naimuri really is a special place to work and having been part of the business since 2015, I am delighted to take up the role of managing director and support the business on its next stage of growth. Carl has done an amazing job and will be missed by all, but I look forward to leading Naimuri in its next chapter.”

James Willis, chief executive of UK Intelligence, the business sector that includes Naimuri at QinetiQ, said: “Alice has been with Naimuri since its early days and it’s testament to the strength of the business that she was able to step up to the MD role rather than have to go externally for a new leader. Her experience leading delivery at Naimuri for its customers within that fast-growing market means she is the perfect person to lead Naimuri and continue their success.”

Earlier this year Naimuri announced it had doubled its headcount from 70 to 140, attracting new talent to help it on its mission to ‘make the UK a safer place to be’.

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