People: Tigerbond; Excello Law; Northcoders; Crosby Granger Architects; IPOS; Langtons

Emma Streets

Integrated communications agency, tigerbond, has appointed a new associate director. As well as working on the crisis and corporate communications team, Emma Streets is the company’s first head of the north, playing a key role in empowering teams in Leeds and Manchester, positively influencing change, and mentoring professionals across the full UK business.

With more than 20 years’ experience, Emma has expertise across a huge breadth of industries and channels, from social media to crisis and online reputation management.

For more than a decade, Emma has worked in integrated brand and specialist PR agencies, leading national and global communications programmes for clients across FMCG, e-commerce, logistics, maritime and not-for-profit sectors. Emma also spent four years in-house leading on PR and reputation management for one of the UK’s largest delivery companies, Evri.

She said: “I’m so pleased to be joining the team at tigerbond. It’s exciting to be part of an agency that is committed to embracing and expanding its northern heritage, at a time when the merging of online and traditional PR practices has never been so important, particularly when it comes to crisis and corporate communications.”

Co-founder, Rachel Gladwin, said: “With offices in Leeds and Manchester, we are well established heavyweights in the region and the appointment our first head of the north cements our commitment to cultivating and further growing our presence.”


Janne Fitzimmons

Excello Law has added to its team of lawyers in the North West. Janne Fitzimmons brings extensive experience in employment law and further strengthens Excello Law’s presence in the North West.

Janne began her legal career with a prestigious training contract at Olswang in London. With more than 20 years of experience, she has worked both in private practice and in-house roles, including positions at prominent firms such as DWF, Hill Dickinson and EY Riverview Law.

Julie Mogan, Regional Director for Excello Law in the North West, said: “Her wealth of experience and expertise will greatly benefit our clients. Janne’s arrival further solidifies Excello Law’s commitment to attracting top legal talent from across the UK and underscores our dedication to building upon an already strong presence in the North West.”

Janne said: “I recognised a decade ago that the legal profession was evolving towards alternative business models. Joining Excello Law as a fee share lawyer aligns perfectly with this vision.”


Sarah Byrne

Manchester-based Northcoders has appointed Sarah Byrne as its new HR Director.

Sarah has more than 20 years’ HR experience and has joined Northcoders from SysGroup UK MSP where she was Head of People. Prior to that, she held global HR positions at at Qurate Retail Group and QVC.

Sarah is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personal Development, she has a Business & Management BSc, and holds the Institute of Leadership and Management’s Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring qualification which is designed for managers with responsibility for coaching and mentoring as part of their day-to-day role.

She said: “Northcoders is a culture-first company, so my priority will be on developing and deploying a focused and strategic people strategy.

“The business is going through an exciting growth period so we must adapt, innovate and put the team at the forefront of everything we do.”

Charlotte Prior, CFO Northcoders Group, said: “Sarah is a highly experienced, respected and talented HR specialist so we are delighted to welcome her to the business. We have always put the wellbeing of our people at the front and centre of our operations, but having her expertise will help us take that to the next level.”


Amy Redman, Andrew Bodenham, Gordon Blunt, and Tess the dog

Kendal-based Crosby Granger Architects has made three senior promotions this month in response to its ambitious growth plans and the increasing demand for the firm’s heritage consultancy services.

Promoted to associate architect is Gordon Blunt who joined the practice in September 2020. Gordon is tasked with managing and improving the studio’s production of information, knowledge sharing and providing technical oversight on major projects.

Also promoted is Amy Redman, who has been with the firm since January 2022 after completing the SPAB Scholarship. Amy will lead on growing the office’s heritage conservation reputation while strengthening existing team members knowledge and skills in this field.

The third promotion is Andrew Bodenham who started at Crosby Granger Architects in January 2019. Andrew is leading the practice’s research and development in the use of traditional materials and highlighting its work in historic settings.

Co-founder, Chris Granger, said: “We have a solid foundation in the heritage sector from which to expand our work and for which we are seeing increasing demand. So we are very pleased about the three appointments.”


From left: Izzy Field, Samm Lloyd, Tim Nash

Stockport-based creative agency IPOS, which has worked with some of the world’s leading retail, fashion, cosmetic and homeware brands over the past 18 years, has embarked on its next chapter with a fresh approach, strengthened by two new senior appointments and the acquisition of a content creator management agency.

Retail expert Tim Nash, who brings with him more than 20 years’ experience delivering visual concepts for global brands, has joined as Head of IGNITE, which will provide strategy, research and insights. Tim has worked both in-house and agency-side for brands and has become a leading voice for the future of the industry, alongside curating Shop Drop Daily, a platform featuring the world’s most innovative retail brand concepts.

Field Management, a content creator management agency that supports and manages online talent and brings brands and content creators together, has become part of IPOS. Its founder, Izzy Field, is now working as Head of ENGAGE to unite brands and content creators and help to amplify and promote campaigns.

CREATE, headed up by Creative Lead Scott Waldron, will help brands to develop stories, creative concepts and assets, while ACTIVATE, led by Project Leads Alex Hulston and Phil Moffett, will ensure efficient roll-out of designs and concepts from production to installation, both in-store and for events.

Samm Lloyd, founder of IPOS, said: “Through our new appointments and structure, our innovative ideas for bringing brands to life can now be featured across different channels, including digital content creators. The way consumers interact with brands has changed dramatically, and with the acquisition of Field Management, the appointments of Izzy Field and Tim Nash, alongside our updated ways of working with clients, mean we’re in an extremely strong position to help brands blaze a trail.”

Tim Nash, Head of IGNITE, said: “I’ve known IPOS for many years and have always loved what they do. When I started to have conversations with them about how they were planning on redefining their offering to help brands have a more considered and creative approach, I was excited about the direction the agency was going as it matched my approach and passion for bringing brands to life in the physical space.”

Izzy Field, Head of ENGAGE, said: “It was important for me to partner with a business that had clear synergy with what we were doing at Field Management and shared the ethos of providing a bespoke, personable service to both content creators and brands. It was clear from the start that the values of IPOS were aligned with my own.”


Michael Court, left, and Andy McCall

Accountancy and business advisory firm, Langtons, has bolstered its Liverpool-based senior tax team with the appointment of a new Tax Director.

Michael Court joins Langtons from MHA Moore & Smalley. The appointment comes as Langtons continues to grow following a successful year of new client wins and high profile transactions.

A member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, Michael brings with him more than 15 years’ experience and significant expertise in advising entrepreneurs on both a personal and business level.

Andy McCall, Managing Partner, Langtons, said: “Michael’s experience and specialism in taxation in advising entrepreneurs on matters such as company sales, corporate reorganisations, as well as family wealth and inheritance tax planning will further strengthen the service and support we provide to our business and personal tax clients.”

Michael Court said: “The firm has clear growth ambitions and a client-centred way of doing things that aligns with my own approach to supporting clients.”

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