People: Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors; Manchester City Council; Parfetts; Dandara Living; FTI Consulting; DSG Chartered Accountants

Lynne McFaul

Law firm, Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors, has expanded its West Cumbria team with the appointment of an experienced senior solicitor.

The firm, which operates across Cumbria and Northumberland, has recruited Lynne McFaul who brings more than 30 years’ experience in commercial property.

Lynne lives in Cockermouth and will be based at Cartmell Shepherd’s office in the town. Her appointment as a Senior Associate Solicitor further strengthens the firm’s West Cumbria team and will help meet increasing demand for its services. Lynne will work with clients across Cumbria and nationally as part of the firm’s commercial property team, which is one of the largest in the area.

Shee said: “Being part of the Cartmell Shepherd team offers me the opportunity to deal with high quality work within an established, well regarded regional law firm and with clients from a wide variety and scope of businesses. I’m very much looking forward to working closely with clients to find the right legal solutions for them.”

Managing director, Peter Stafford, said: “As demand for our services grows, we remain committed to investing in quality, experience and expertise within our team to provide excellent legal advice and guidance for our clients. Lynne is a brilliant addition to our commercial property team. Her experience and expertise will help us to continue to deliver the best possible service for our clients.”


Tom Wilkinson

Manchester City Council has unveiled two key appointments which will be approved by its Personnel Committee tomorrow (February 14).

Tom Wilkinson will take up the role of City Treasurer after Carol Culley – who is also deputy chief executive – announced in January that she would be leaving the organisation in March after 23 years.

Tom has been a qualified Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) accountant since 2000, following a traineeship with the City of York Council. He relocated to Dorset in 2008 where he initially worked as Treasurer to Wiltshire Probation Trust, before moving back into Local Government in 2011 working for Councils in Dorset where he supported Housing, Economy and Regeneration departments as well as Children’s Services and Pensions and Investments roles. He managed the £3bn Dorset County Pension Fund before relocating to Greater Manchester in 2017.

Tom has since held the position of Deputy S.151 Officer at Tameside Council, working with the joint health finance team. He then joined Manchester City Council in 2021 taking up the role of Deputy City Treasurer helping to lead and develop the finance offer at the Council. The process to appoint to the role of Deputy Chief Executive will now begin.

Tom Wilkinson said: “There is no secret about the challenges facing local government, to balance our budget and continue to deliver the necessary services for our residents. The role of City Treasurer has rarely been tested as much and is critical to our city’s ongoing success. I take up this role with a huge amount of pride and I look forward to continuing to serve the people of Manchester.”

Dr Cordelle Ofori

Dr Cordelle Ofori has been appointed to the role of Director of Public Health for Manchester, taking up position from David Regan who is leaving the organisation after 35 years working in health positions in Manchester.

Dr Ofori is currently Deputy Director of Public Health at the City Council. She grew up in Manchester before qualifying as a doctor at the University of Nottingham. She then practiced as a GP at several inner London practices, later choosing to specialise in public health medicine. It was this first-hand experience of health inequality, combined with charitable roles, which inspired a passion for improving health equity and outcomes for marginalised communities.

Dr Ofori led the city’s COVID-19 testing systems and helped develop a bespoke approach for its diverse communities around vaccines and safety measures. She said: “I want to make sure that everyone can enjoy the benefits of this great city, improving the health and life opportunities for our residents. I am passionate about listening to our communities and understand what is important to them – particularly those voices that are not always heard.”

Council leader, Cllr Bev Craig, said: “These two positions play an exceptionally important role in the wellbeing of our council and that of our residents. After many years of stewardship from long-term officers of our council, I welcome Tom and Cordelle to these positions with confidence that they will meet the key challenges that face them to balance our budget and ensure the health of our city.”

Chief executive, Joanne Roney, said: “Tom and Cordelle both have an intimate understanding – and of the challenges – their respective roles play in our city. Both will take a role within our senior management team and I am delighted that we have been able to promote from within the talented workforce we have at the council.”


Leona Starzec

Stockport-based, Parfetts, has promoted Leona Starzec as a key account manager to support the growth of its off-license symbol fascia, The Local.

Leona joined Parfetts in August 2023, and her hard work in supporting retailers is recognised in the promotion. She will report to John O’Neill, retail sales controller.

Steve Moore, head of retail at Parfetts, said: “Leona brings a wealth of experience in the off-licence sector, and we’re confident that she will provide industry-leading levels of support for our current retailers.”

Parfetts launched The Local to sit alongside its fast-growing Go Local symbol group.

Leona Starzec said: “Parfetts has worked closely with the off-licence sector to develop a fascia that is aligned to their needs and gives shoppers the choice and value they need. I’ve seen a huge amount of interest since I joined the company, and I look forward to helping the fascia go from strength to strength.”


Ashley Dollin

Altrincham-based Dandara Living has welcomed Ashley Dollin to its senior leadership team, as Mobilisation Manager.

Having spent several years working in the multi-family sector in the USA, Ashley’s extensive operational experience and expertise made her the ideal candidate to spearhead the company’s mobilisation team, it said.

She will play a pivotal role in the launch of Dandara Living’s latest site, Granary Quay in Glasgow, scheduled for May 2024, and will lead the future delivery of a pipeline of 16 further sites nationwide.

Ashley said: “I am thrilled to join Dandara Living at such a pivotal time. The opportunity to contribute to the company’s growth and to deliver high quality living spaces across the UK is incredibly exciting.”

Operations Director, Sam Smith, welcomed Ashley, and said: “Her impressive track record and innovative approach to mobilisation will be invaluable as we continue to expand our presence across the UK. Ashley’s leadership and experience will be instrumental in ensuring the successful delivery of our ambitious pipeline.”


Adam Broadbent

FTI Consulting Inc has hired Adam Broadbent, who rejoins the firm as a Managing Director in the Turnaround & Restructuring practice in Manchester.

Mr Broadbent will focus on providing restructuring solutions and advice to financial and corporate stakeholders in the North of England and, following the arrival of Oliver Wright in July 2023, is the second senior appointment to the firm’s growing Manchester restructuring team, which launched in 2023.

Oliver Wright, Senior Managing Director and head of the Manchester Office, said: “Adam is an impressive restructuring colleague with great transactional experience and is highly regarded by both the market and the firm. Adam’s arrival strengthens the growth momentum of our Manchester office, and I know he will be a great asset to our clients in the North of England.”

Mr Broadbent has more than 15 years of experience acting for senior lenders, corporates and private equity investors in stressed and distressed situations. He rejoins FTI Consulting from KPMG in Manchester, where he was a Managing Director in the special situations practice. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director in FTI Consulting’s Restructuring practice in London for almost a decade.

He said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my first spell at FTI Consulting in London, and I am excited to return, based in my hometown of Manchester, to support the next phase of our growth. I look forward to building out our regional platform and working with some of the most talented people in the market, both old and new.”


Sam Evans

Liverpool-based accountancy and advisory firm, DSG Chartered Accountants, has announced the senior appointment of Sam Evans to join its growing team. The new addition will bolster the firm’s private client and audit team.

Sam Evans returns to the firm as audit manager, following a short span at KPMG as audit assistant manager. Previous to this, Evans had a five-year career at DSG, working his way from audit senior to audit manager. He will play a vital role in leading DSG’s dedicated audit and accounts team, which focuses on commercial awareness and sector specific knowledge, providing real time insights and solutions for clients.

Evans’s hire will further strengthen the firm’s client offerings by providing more capacity for taxation support, particularly around succession planning, incentivising employees, and estate planning. It will also provide increased audit expertise for a range of clients, from owner-managed SMEs to large corporates.

Andrew Moss, partner at DSG Chartered Accountants, said: “Sam will provide new and exciting expertise to the team, placing us in a strong position to thrive throughout 2024. The experience he has gathered in his short time with a big four firm will be an incredibly valuable addition to an already strong team.”

Murray McLean, partner at DSG Chartered Accountants, said: “With the arrival of Sam Evans into DSG’s audit team, we’re excited to once again benefit from his wealth of experience to further bolster our strong team.”

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