People: EY; Squire Patton Boggs; Xenia Lettings; Harrison Drury; Parseq; Airframe Designs

Liz Jones

EY has announced Liz Jones as its new Liverpool Office Managing Partner.

Liz is an audit Partner with more than 25 years of experience and will be responsible for leading the firm’s growing team, based on the Royal Albert Dock.

EY’s Liverpool office currently employs more than 70 people, including four Partners. The firm also welcomed nine new graduates, interns and apprentices to the office in September 2023.

Liz joined EY in 2015 and was promoted to Partner in 2020. She has spent much of her career based in the North West and has extensive experience of working with the region’s private mid-market businesses. Liz has worked with organisations across a range of sectors including retail, transport, hospitality and real estate, with a particular focus on private equity-backed companies.

She said: “Liverpool means a great deal to me so it’s a real privilege to be taking on this new role. I’m looking forward to working closely with both our talented team at EY and the region’s thriving business community.”

Stephen Church, North Market Leader at EY, said: “Liz has a wealth of experience, knowledge and passion for the North West and will be a great leader for our Liverpool practice.

“I would like to congratulate Liz on this exciting milestone in her career and wish her every success as EY’s Liverpool leader. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Jennifer Hazlehurst, who was Office Managing Partner for eight years and nurtured a thriving business. Our Liverpool practice has grown from strength to strength and is in a great position to continue this trajectory in the years ahead.”


Andy Kirkham

Squire Patton Boggs has promoted senior financial services lawyer, Andy Kirkham, to partner.

Based in the firm’s Manchester office, Andy undertakes a wide variety of transaction work, which includes bilateral and syndicated facilities and complex security arrangements for banks, funds, private equity providers and both onshore and offshore borrowers, with a particular focus on acquisition and leveraged finance and corporate lending as well as real estate finance.

He is recognised as ‘Up and Coming’ by Chambers and Partners and as a ‘Next Generation Partner’ by Legal 500, in their client guides to the UK legal market.

Matthew Ingram, head of the Financial Services team in Manchester, said: “Andy has made his mark at the firm. He is a talented lawyer with a strong track record of advising on high profile regional and cross-border deals. His promotion is testament to the growth of our practice in the city, and the scale of ambition we have for its future success.”

Andy joins the growing partner ranks in Manchester, with James Pike (Labour & Employment) promoted last year, and Victoria Murphy (Tax Strategy & Benefits), Emma Ball (Intellectual Property & Technology) and Matt Canipa (Corporate) promoted in 2022.


Daryl Tomlinson

Lettings and property management agency, Xenia Lettings, has appointed Daryl Tomlinson as its new director.

Daryl Tomlinson is a highly experienced professional with more than a decade of experience in the property industry. He first entered the industry in 2007 as a successful candidate for the Reeds Rains graduate management programme. Since then, Daryl has held various senior management positions in the industry, including Head of Lettings at Karl Tatler and National Operations Manager for a student letting and management company.

He said: “I am thrilled to be joining Xenia Lettings as its new director. With some exciting USPs in the pipeline, I am looking forward to extending our great service to more residential landlords and investors and positioning Xenia Lettings as one of the most trusted and respected names within the lettings industry.”

Paul Wright, Managing Director at Manchester-based Xenia, said: “Daryl’s appointment hails the start of an exciting new era for Xenia Lettings. In recent years, we have been perfecting our residential lettings operations with a focus on landlord services and satisfaction rates.

“Daryl will be launching our residential lettings services to the wider market in the coming months to allow landlords and tenants to capitalise on our established position within these markets.”


Lisa Edwards and Laura Dover

North West law firm Harrison Drury has appointed a new learning and development manager to support with developing its team and nurturing future talent.

Lisa Edwards will be responsible for developing and managing the firm’s learning initiatives and supporting the personal and professional growth of its staff across all levels and disciplines.

She joins after spending three years as head of learning and development with the Staffordshire Police and has more than 20 years of experience implementing learning and development strategies.

As part of her role, Lisa will enhance and manage the HD Academy – an internal programme designed to provide its people with the training and skills required to succeed in their role.

Laura Dover, head of operations at Harrison Drury, said: “Bringing Lisa onboard is an important and strategic appointment.”

Lisa is also a member of the CIPD and is currently studying a L7 ILM in Executive Coaching and Mentoring. She said: “I’m looking forward to working across the business to design and deliver a framework that will support the next generation of legal professionals.”


Craig Naylor, left, and Gordon Mackinnon

Business services and IT provider Parseq, which has an office in Runcorn, has strengthened its senior team as it targets further growth.

Gordon MacKinnon has been appointed as Director of Growth and Client Services. A qualified banker, he spent the first 20 years of his career in the financial services sector, before transitioning to the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry in 2005 – progressing to lead digital transformation projects, client relationships and delivering outsourced solutions for global banks and insurance companies.

He joins from international business services provider Williams Lea.

Gordon’s arrival closely follows a number of other recent appointments to Parseq’s senior leadership and account management teams. In January, the business welcomed Keith Wright as Group Operations Director from Paragon Customer Communications, and Emma Fulker as a Senior Account Director from global business services provider Communisis.

Gordon MacKinnon said: “I’ve been following Parseq for some time now, and I was drawn to the business by its structure and ambition.”

CEO, Craig Naylor-Smith, said: “We have ambitious growth plans for 2024, and Gordon will play a critical part in delivering these.”


From left: Bryony Goodall, Clint Jones, Macsen Taker, Hayley Berry

Lancashire specialist, Airframe Designs, has made four new appointments as it expands its expertise in producing complex components for the aerospace industry worldwide.

Clint Jones joins the expanding Blackpool-based organisation as a weights engineering expert to support an ongoing programme of work with BAE Systems Air, advising on weight management issues throughout the product lifecycle. As a former BAE Systems employee, Clint will also work alongside junior engineers to enable the growth of new talent within the sector and within the specialism of weights engineering.

To add to the stress team capability, Macsen Taker has been appointed as a graduate engineer following his graduation in aerospace engineering at the University of Manchester.

Also joining Airframe Designs, Hayley Berry has been appointed as quality and security controller. She formerly worked in the medical manufacturing industry within quality control as a product testing specialist for nine years.

Bryony Goodall has also been appointed business and executive support officer with a successful track record of providing administration support across diverse types of organisations.

CEO, Jerrod Hartley, said: “We’re excited to find such talent to strengthen our business as we grow to meet the demands of the industry.”

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