People: Procure Partnerships; Summize; Evolve; H&H Land & Estates; Mann Roberts Solicitors; EXP

Faye Dolan

Liverpool-based procurement framework, Procure Partnerships Framework, is gearing up for substantial growth with the appointment of Faye Dolan as its new framework director.

Faye, who has been an integral part of the Procure Partnerships team for five years, will take the reins as the organisation embarks on ambitious expansion plans.

Faye brings a wealth of knowledge to the role, having graduated with a Master’s Degree in Construction Project Management (MSc) in 2022, all while overseeing more than 150 projects annually within the framework.

She said: “I am truly honoured to lead the Procure Partnerships Framework in this exciting phase of growth. Procure Partnerships Framework has been my home for the last five years, and I’m excited to contribute to its continued success.”

Robbie Blackhurst, director and founder of Procure Partnerships Framework, will continue to play a pivotal role in shaping the strategic direction of the framework. He said: “Faye has played a pivotal role in the framework’s achievements over the past five years, spearheading the growth of our work-winning and project delivery teams. With a higher number of individual public sector bodies choosing the Procure Partnerships Framework over any other, Faye recently led the re-procurement of the largest construction framework ever awarded in the UK.”


Rachel Cunliffe

Summize, the Manchester-based contract lifecycle management (CLM) disruptor, has bolstered its senior leadership team with the appointment of new chief financial officer, Rachel Cunliffe.

With 20 years’ experience, Rachel brings a wealth of knowledge to the senior team from previous roles in senior positions at high growth tech businesses, including AppSense and Avecto.

Rachel will be responsible for the finance, compliance and people functions of the business, which includes driving the company’s forecasting, business planning, investment, people and finance strategy.

Summize recently announced its expansion to North America with the opening of a new office in Boston, MA and the launch of its US subsidiary, Summize Inc. Rachel said: “It’s such an exciting time to be joining the Summize team. The product is solving a genuine problem for legal professionals, and the technology is truly innovative. I am looking forward to working with the senior leadership team and wider business as we execute on the next phase of Summize’s growth.”

Tom Dunlop, CEO, said: “Rachel has a proven track record of optimising the finance and people engines at high growth organisations, and I know she will make an immediate impact in our business. She is a fantastic addition to our leadership team, and I’m looking forward to working closely with her as we fuel the growth of the business in the years ahead.”


Chris Darling

Evolve, a provider of managed network solutions and IT services, has appointed Chris Darling as new delivery director of the Wigan-based business.

Chris joins from speciality chemicals company, Nouryon, where he was responsible for transitioning fixed wired and wireless network to a new global network operations centre. Prior to this he was the European network manager for AzkoNobel, providing specialised support during the network upgrade of more than 300 sites.

Projects director, Jon Shaw, said: “With his remarkable qualifications, proven track record, and versatile skill set, Evolve looks forward to achieving new heights in service delivery and customer satisfaction.”

Chris said: “Service has always been at the heart of everything I do. I believe exceptional service isn’t just a transaction, it’s an experience, a commitment to going above and beyond. I am truly excited to join the Evolve team and have the opportunity to contribute to our customers’ success.”

Chris joins the Evolve team at a time of an impressive expansion for the business, which this year acquired both GB3 and 4G Voice and Data.


Helen Russell

H&H Land & Estates has appointed Helen Russell as its new director of land development.

A highly qualified Chartered Surveyor and a former director of the company, Helen returns to H&H Land & Estates bringing five year’s invaluable experience specialising in land development, most recently as land director for a national Plc housebuilder.

Based predominantly in the company’s Carlisle office, Helen will be responsible for the growth of the land development support H&H Land & Estates can offer clients across its offices in Cumbria, the North East, Durham and Yorkshire.

H&H Land & Estates managing director, Mark Johnson, said: “Helen’s return marks another major step forward in our growth. She rejoins us at a time when we have expanded into new head offices at Staveley in Kendal and established a presence for the first time in Yorkshire. Helen’s experience will now add another very important dimension to the breadth of our expertise and the support we can offer clients in this critical area of land management.”

Helen Russell said: “It’s a great pleasure to be returning to H&H Land & Estates and to be able to add my experience in land development to the company’s portfolio of expertise.”


David Mann (left) welcomes Paul Sculthorpe

Mann Roberts Solicitors has appointed Rugby League legend Paul Sculthorpe as a brand ambassador for the firm.

In his role as brand ambassador, Paul will introduce business contacts to the Liverpool-based firm, speak at events and conferences and deliver motivational training sessions for members of the team.

Founder and managing director, David Mann, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Paul as our first ever brand ambassador.

“Paul is a real leader with wide ranging contacts throughout the business and sporting world. It is an exciting appointment for our business.”

Paul Sculthorpe said: “What David and the team have achieved in a relatively short time frame has been hugely impressive. The firm has a well deserved reputation for getting results while also being great to deal with. We share the same values and I am looking forward to helping the firm achieve its growth ambitions.”


Jess Firth and Conner Griffin

Lancaster-based brand and digital consultancy, EXP, has announced two new appointments as the agency continues to grow.

Jess Firth joins the team as a marketing consultant, while Conner Griffin is hired as a graphic designer.

Firth has a wealth of experience having previously been an account manager for a North West digital agency and more recently an in-house marketing manager for a large garden centre. She will lead marketing strategy and content at EXP.

She said “I have already seen first hand the amazing work the team produce for our clients, and I look forward to bringing my experience to support that, and continue pushing boundaries in the work we do.”

With more than eight years of agency experience, Conner Griffin will be using his skills in graphic design, motion design, and illustration to widen EXP’s offering to clients.
He said: “With design principles closely aligned to my own, I look forward to bringing new skills and enthusiasm to EXP. Leaning on my experience in food, drink and packaging, I am keen to grow individually and complement a team with a glowing reputation and wealth of knowledge.”

Managing director, Tom Grattan, said: “We’re really pleased to welcome Jess and Conner to the team and know their experience and skillset will be invaluable in helping clients achieve results.”