People: Spectrum Ophthalmics; Castle Green Homes; Together; Oldham College; Roma Finance; Interpath Advisory

Michelle Jackson

Macclesfield-based Spectrum Ophthalmics has appointed Wilmslow’s Michelle Jackson as hospital business manager and premium intraocular lens (IOL) specialist.

In her new role Michelle will be responsible for driving sales of Spectrum’s range of ophthalmic products and services with hospitals and eye care clinics across the North West, building relationships with key personnel from surgeons and clinicians to those involved with procurement and product selection.

Michelle said: “I have worked in ophthalmology for many years and always admired Spectrum’s approach.”

Prior to joining Spectrum Michelle worked for a UK IOL manufacturer for more than 10 years gaining valuable knowledge and experience in a variety of roles including territory manager and advanced technology specialist. She has also worked in a sales role at an American multinational medical organisation and within pharmaceuticals. She holds a First Class Masters Degree in Biomedical Materials Science from UMIST and achieved her ABPI qualification while working in the pharmaceuticals industry.

Managing director, David Killingrey, said: “It is a pleasure to welcome Michelle to the team, she brings a wealth of experience with her and I am confident that she will excel in her new role.”


Lindsey Dilworth

Castle Green Homes has made four promotions, two of which have been at managerial level. Bert Bonatti has stepped up from senior contracts manager to area construction manager. Lindsey Dilworth, who was previously field sales manager, is now sales manager.

In the commercial department, Tom Fletcher has moved up from assistant quantity surveyor to quantity surveyor, while former trainee surveyor, Jacob Edwards, has become an assistant quantity surveyor.

Bert, Lindsey and Tom have all been with the business since before the management buyout and subsequent rebranding of Macbryde Homes.

Lindsey has more than 20 years’ experience of selling new homes and has worked for what is now known as Castle Green Homes for almost 10 years. She was field sales manager for just over two years prior to her most recent promotion to sales manager.

She said: “The range of market conditions I’ve experienced over the course of my career is invaluable when it comes to supporting the sales team, offering guidance and advice.”

Bert, who has worked for the company for seven years, said: “I have watched the company grow and grow. I have a great support team around me, which makes things easier for me.”

The business has offices at St Asaph and at Preston Brook, near Warrington.


Elliot Vure

Cheadle-based finance company Together has appointed a property expert to drive its commercial sales strategy as it continues to grow its £6bn loan book.

Elliot Vure, who has more than a decade of experience in commercial and residential real estate, will be leading the specialist lender’s corporate and professional team’s sales strategy in the UK regions.

He joins from Manchester-based Beech Holdings, where he was sales director in charge of a team responsible for sales of the residential developer’s portfolio of properties, having previously worked in roles in the United Arab Emirates and across Asia.

Vure said: “I’m excited to be playing my part in building out a new regional structure for the teams, focusing on identifying new business opportunities and enhancing our existing corporate relationships.”

The University of Manchester graduate began his career with residential property giant Vita Group’s Select Property Group as a consultant, specialising in the sale of complete and off-plan investment property in the UK and abroad. He moved to Select Property’s UAE headquarters in Dubai in 2012 and was promoted to sales manager within three years. He relocated to Singapore as head of sales for Asia, assisting with opening new offices in Shanghai and Beijing, managing teams across the region.

On his return to the UK in 2019, he took up a new post with Beech Holdings, where he devised and implemented a strategy leading to the sale of hundreds of individual units and portfolio developments through a large network of 1,500 property agents and brokers.

He will report to Marc Goldberg, commercial CEO at Together, in his new role as sales performance director. Mr Goldberg said: “Elliot brings with him a wealth of experience across the property market that will be a true asset to both our company and our customers.”


Simon Jordan

Oldham College has appointed its next principal and chief executive. Simon Jordan, who is currently deputy principal at Burnley College, will be taking up his new post at the Rochdale Road campus later this year.

The appointment follows new that long-serving Alun Francis will be joining Blackpool and the Fylde College as principal in the summer.

Simon will be joining Oldham College at an exciting time as it seeks to complete the wholesale regeneration of its facilities, including plans to relocate University Campus Oldham onto the site.

Jonathan Edwards, chair of the Corporation, Oldham College, said: “There was stiff competition for this role with a high quality field of applicants, but it was Simon who ultimately emerged as the standout candidate that we believe is best equipped for the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.”

Simon Jordan, 43, has been a member of the senior management team at Burnley College since 2012. His previous roles have included head of apprenticeships at Runshaw College, and senior team leader at North Lancs Training Group. His start date will be confirmed soon.

He said: “The achievements and amazing progress made at the college have long impressed me, and the opportunity to join them in this role was one that I could simply not turn down.”

Oldham College has attracted around £45m in recent times to upgrade or replace facilities and create a campus site ranking alongside the best in the Greater Manchester region.


Roma Finance leadership team

Roma Finance has announced the creation of the Roma leadership team.

Following further business growth and the recent appointment of Michael Allison to commercial director, the new team has been formed to frame and execute the business strategy with the prime focus being the partner and borrower journey.

Senior leaders, Lorraine Hart, head of credit and risk and Deborah Chaplain, head of collections, are now joined by Adam Bates, business architect, Charlotte Rutter, head of marketing and comms, as well as newly promoted Lisa Toner, sales operations manager and Tina Parry, customer services manager.

Manchester-based Roma said it is firm on its dedication to people growth and providing opportunities internally.

Tina Parry said: “I have been with Roma since the early days and have worn many hats. I, along with my colleagues in the leadership team, have received such support from the board and as a whole team have achieved huge strides, putting Roma where it is today.”

Michael Allison said: “As we grow we need to empower our team and this is perfect time to create this organisational structure with inspirational and innovative leaders.”


From left: Rick Harrison, Heath Snyder, Rebekah Ingham

Interpath Advisory has appointed corporate finance practitioner, Heath Snyder, as managing director in the firm’s Manchester office.

Heath Snyder has more than 25 years’ experience advising owner managers, private equity-backed companies and listed businesses, providing the full spectrum of corporate finance advice. He has extensive experience in international mergers and acquisitions, having spent part of his career working for Big 4 firms in the UK, US and Asia, and has also been a director in a private equity fund, sitting on the boards of a number of private equity-backed companies.

He joins Interpath to lead and further develop the firm’s M&A offering in the North, working locally with experienced associate director Rebekah Ingham, and as part of a growing corporate finance offering both in the UK and internationally.

Rick Harrison, managing director and head of Interpath’s office in Manchester, welcomed Heath, saying: “Not only is he highly regarded as one of the most experienced corporate financiers in the local market, but his arrival is another significant step forward in building out our broader advisory offering here in Manchester, where we now have specialists providing a wide spectrum of deal advice including corporate finance, transaction services, debt advisory and valuations.”

Heath Snyder said: “This is a really exciting time to be joining Interpath. The firm is an established, recognised, market-leading player in the advisory space which is continuing to invest in and build out its portfolio of advisory services both here in the North West, and across the UK and internationally.”