People: The Translation People; Scarborough Group; Supreme CBD; Harold Sharp; AGSS; James Cropper

Svenja Müller

The Translation People has appointed Svenja Müller as its new sales director, continuing its ambitious five-year growth strategy.

Müller has spent more than 16 years in the translation industry across a variety of positions for market leading firms. In 2007, she joined the German operation of TransPerfect, the world’s largest provider of language and technology solutions, progressing to the role of Director of Business Development.

After her move to the UK in 2010, she joined translate plus, a start-up business which she helped to grow into one of the top 100 translation providers in the world. A member of the company’s executive board, she also played an integral part in the acquisition of translate plus through Publicis Groupe’s production platform Prodigious in 2017.

Müller has now joined Cheadle Hulme-based The Translation People, with the primary goal of increasing the company’s market share in its core markets through organic growth and acquisition. The Translation People has five offices across the UK as well as in Munich, Bonn, Paris and Boston, and is undertaking a buy-and-build strategy to at least treble in size by 2028, following recent financial backing from private equity firm, Mobeus.

Müller said: “The Translation People is entering a new era, with private equity backing and strong ambitions for growth. We’re going to achieve this by providing lean and scalable language solutions for both SMEs and enterprise clients that will provide us with the necessary agility to respond to changing market conditions and advancements in technology.”

Jasmin Schneider, The Translation People managing director, said: “Svenja’s experience in the industry speaks for itself. Not only is she aligned to the core markets we operate in and see potential for future opportunities, but she has played a key role in the exponential growth of some of the biggest players in our market. We’re pleased to have such an asset in our team and look forward to utilising her insight and knowledge of what is an ever-changing market.”


Howard Cartwright

Property regeneration and placemaking specialist, Scarborough Group International (SGI) has strengthened its senior leadership team with the promotion of Howard Cartwright to group project director.

The move brings Howard onto the board alongside chief executive, Simon McCabe, group director, Scott McCabe, chief finance and operating officer, Jeremy Tutton and group development directors, Mark Jackson and Paul Kelly, under the continued stewardship of chairman, Kevin McCabe.

Since joining SGI in 2016, Howard has played a pivotal role in overseeing the entire lifecycle of the group’s development projects, with a particular focus on contract and risk management. His most recent achievements include the project management of Phase One, Two and Three of the award-winning, mixed-use neighbourhood, Middlewood Locks in Salford, which comprises 1,306 new apartments and Marina Quay, a 105,000 sq ft retail and leisure park in Rhyl.

Simon McCabe said: “Howard’s appointment to the board is a strategic move, signalling our steadfast commitment and proactive approach to fostering a culture of accountability and transparency in relation to the technical aspects of development right across the business.”

Howard said: “I’m incredibly excited to take on this augmented role and the additional challenges and opportunities it will bring.”


Henry Joseph-Grant

Liverpool-based Supreme CBD have appointed Belfast based Henry Joseph-Grant to the advisory team.

Henry is a globally recognised entrepreneur who was named in the Top 25 UK entrepreneurs by Smith and Williamson. Previously, he was part of the team which built Just Eat from start-up to $2.44bn IPO, then going on to scale and advise various successful technology companies worldwide and he’s now founder of Send-Off, a Belfast-based grief management tech start-up.

Supreme CBD founder, Anthony Fowler, said: “We’ve experienced phenomenal growth over the past few years and Henry brings a new dynamic, with a proven track record and wealth of experience in scaling and internationalising hypergrowth companies.”

Henry Joseph-Grant said: “I’m very impressed with what Anthony and his team have built in terms of community and growth. CBD consumer health is an $18bn industry and growing exponentially at a CAGR of 14.67%.”


Fred Norman

Sale-based accounting firm Harold Sharp, part of the ETL Global network, has welcomed Frederick Norman, formerly audit senior manager at PwC.

Director, Andrew Copping, said: “We are really pleased to welcome Fred to our practice. With an impressive track record at PwC, Fred brings a wealth of experience running large audit accounts and a high level of technical skill. He will further bolster our existing six-strong team who are all excited to have him on board. We are confident that his appointment will further strengthen our position in the market.”

Karen Dent, audit partner, said: “Fred has a deep understanding of audit excellence and a commitment to driving innovation. He will play a pivotal role in our audit practice.”

Prior to joining Harold Sharp, Fred spent more than seven years as part of PwC’s audit team. His appointment plays a key role as Harold Sharp continues with its ambitious growth strategy in the North West.


Alistair Urquhart

Preston-based Agile Group Systems and Services, which operates in digital transformation for advanced industries, has appointed Alistair Urquhart as the group managing director.

With more than 25 years of experience as an operations and commercial director, Alistair has been responsible for leading teams and major projects across hospitality and technology.

Moving forward from his role as general manager, Alistair will be responsible for continuing to drive revenue growth within the group and oversee the scaling of AGSS’s operations in the UK, US and globally.

Alistair said: “I am honoured to take on the role of group managing director at AGSS. This is an exciting time for our company and wider industry as technology continues to drive efficiency and speed gains. I am acutely aware of the responsibility that comes with leading an already high-performing team, which is why my focus will be on harnessing our collective strengths to further enhance our market position.”

Tom Rootes

Further strengthening the leadership team, AGSS has announced Tom Rootes as the new group strategic programmes director. Having previously served as AGSS’s director of innovation, Tom brings a wealth of innovation and programme delivery experience to this new role for the group. Tom originally joined AGSS on its acquisition of Rethorn, where Tom led as operations manager.

Tom Rootes said: “I am thrilled to be leading AGSS’s strategic programmes. The opportunities ahead are immense, and I look forward to leveraging my experience to further strengthen our market position and deliver on key initiatives such as our Innovate UK-backed Carbon Calculator project.”

Joint CEO, Mark Hughes said: “Alistair and Thomas are exemplary leaders who have consistently demonstrated their ability to drive innovation and growth within the group. Their new roles are crucial for our strategic objectives which include expanding our operations internationally and continuing to deliver new features and functionality to clients.”


Steve Adams

Cumbrian group James Cropper said Andrew Goody has joined the company and the board of directors as chief financial and operations officer.

Chief executive, Steve Adams, said: “I am delighted that Andrew has joined James Cropper as CFOO, and I look forward to working with him. Andrew’s extensive experience in financial, commercial and business transformation will be a great addition to the senior team as James Cropper continues to deliver on its accelerated growth strategy.”

Andrew Goody said: “I am thrilled to be joining a company with the pedigree, values and potential of James Cropper and look forward to working with the team to build on the strong foundations in place and deliver the Company’s exciting growth strategy.”

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