People: Colliers; EET Fuels; Johnson Law Group; Enpec; BECBC; Browne Jacobson

Manchester promotions

Colliers has recognised six staff in Manchester through its annual promotions process, effective from April 2024.

Dan Margolis (National Offices), Ashley Hoppley (Project and Building Consultancy) and Will Tait (Alternative Markets) have been promoted to associate director. Ellie Hartland (Professional Services) has been promoted to senior surveyor, Janine Burrows (Professional Services) to senior property manager and Lauren Whiteley (National Offices) to senior business support.

Dominic Pozzoni, Head of Colliers’ Manchester office, said: “The recent promotions in the Manchester Colliers office are thoroughly deserved. All colleagues have played a pivotal role in the ongoing success of the office, delivering service excellence to our clients.”

Across the wider Colliers business, 55 people have been recognised in total. Five people were promoted to director, 24 to associate director, 11 to senior surveyor and 15 to senior business support.

Tony Horrell, Colliers’ CEO for UK & Ireland, said: “These latest promotions are a recognition of the talent, continued progression, and hard work of these employees within our organisation, which is crucial for ensuring our business’s continued growth. I am very proud to reward these candidates who have continued to live our company values, while delivering exceptionally high standards of service to our treasured clients.”


Rob Wallace

EET Fuels has appointed Rob Wallace as Chief Executive of EET Hydrogen Power, EET’s planned hydrogen-ready combined heat and power plant (CHP) at its Stanlow refinery in Cheshire.

Rob has spent 25 years in the Energy and Utilities Industry, with significant experience with companies including Shell and Centrica. Most recently Rob’s role was with the Irish electricity company, ESB, overseeing asset and plant commissioning, commercialisation and the establishment of processes and procedures at all levels at ESB’s Carrington Power Station.

Latterly in this role, Rob took up a newly created role in ESB’s Asset Development Team as Hydrogen Manager to deliver ESB’s Net Zero 2040 strategy.

As CEO of EET Hydrogen Power, Rob will oversee the construction and management of EET’s CHP plant – an integral part of the EET’s overall ambition to create an energy transition hub in the North West, which will include the UK’s first low carbon process refinery and leading large scale low carbon hydrogen production hubs.

Rob Wallace said: “Through its ambitious hydrogen and industrial carbon capture projects, EET has made tremendous steps in recent years to become a leading example of innovation and decarbonisation in the UK I’m looking forward to working with the wider team to achieve these plans and support the region’s decarbonisation plans.”

Tony Fountain, CEO of EET, said: “Rob brings extensive knowledge on hydrogen and power development and will make a valuable contribution to successfully implementing our ambitious decarbonisation projects.”


Tyler Keegan

Consumer litigation law firm, Johnson Law Group, has bolstered its team with the appointment of a chartered legal executive and five new paralegals at its Manchester office.

With experience in civil litigation, indemnity, insurance, credit hire and personal injury, charted legal executive Tyler Keegan has worked in civil litigation since 2017, with previous roles at DAC Beachcroft and Keogh’s.

As well as welcoming Tyler to the team, JLG has appointed five new paralegals – Alexandra Rankin, Anastasis Michailas, Moaz Irfan, Saima Zahid and Maria Christou, who are assisting the team on the firm’s current group action claims, including the diesel emissions claim, easyJet data breach claim and mis-sold PCP car finance claim.

Jamie Patton, Managing Director at Johnson Law Group, said: “It’s an exciting time to join Johnson Law Group, and we’re delighted to have Tyler on board, alongside our cohort of paralegals, who are providing an invaluable service to our clients. As our client base grows, so does our team, with plans for further expansion in the next six months.”


Tony Jefferson

Power quality engineering company Enspec has added a key recruit to its leadership team.

Tony Jefferson, who has more than three decades of experience in the energy industry, joins St Helens-based Enspec as the new head of business development.

As a former global head of sales for various Siemens business divisions in different countries around the world, Tony has also worked for Shanghai Shemar Holdings.

Tony is based in Enspec’s temporary Manchester city centre office, WeWork, No. 1 Spinningfields.

He said: “After 30 years of international experience in the energy industry I was really searching for an opportunity where I could have more of a direct contribution to the energy transition. I found that with Enspec. A team of dedicated and experienced problem solvers who just get things done.”

One year ago husband and wife Tim and Mara Rastall became the new co-leaders of Enspec following the completion of a management buyout (MBO).

Enspec CEO Mara Rastall said: “Since last year’s MBO Enspec has grown its customer base significantly. Hiring the best in class in key roles has been a central focus of late and Tony Jefferson’s appointment represents just this.”


Paul Pointon

Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster (BECBC) announced its new chair, and two new directors, at its recent Annual General Meeting in Cumbria.

After a year in the position of director, and almost 20 years of membership at BECBC, Paul Pointon, Vice President at Amentum, will now act as chair for the board, spearheading the strategy for the next financial year and beyond.

In addition, Vicky Brown, founder and CEO of No Name Travel, has been elected as director, alongside former chair of the BECBC board and founder and CEO of Responsive and Flawed, Lee Grears, who has been re-elected to the board as director.

BECBC is run by a board of eight volunteers who come from a range of backgrounds, sectors and geographical areas offering diversity and the ability to add a depth of value to the members.

Paul Pointon said: “This is a real opportunity to create tangible delivery points that serve our members and the wider region. The goal is to make sure the supply chain ecosystem is buoyant. We can do that by encouraging dynamic collaborations between our members, encouraging consistent feedback, and developing robust, future-focused strategies.”

Dianne Richardson, BECBC CEO, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Vicky and Paul onto the board. Having such a strong set of applicants for these roles shows that our members deeply appreciate BECBC as they are willing to contribute their valuable time. I’m delighted Lee has been re-elected as he brings a strong SME voice into the room, something that is deeply rooted in BECBC’s history.”

She added: “I must thank outgoing director, Gary Shuttleworth, for everything he has done over the past three years both for the cluster and for me personally. Thankfully it’s not goodbye as Gary and Morgan Sindall have been, and I hope will continue to be, members for many years.”

Vicky Brown said: “As an enthusiastic ambassador, it’s a privilege to have been chosen to help develop BECBC for member benefit.”

Lee Grears said: “On the back of my time as chair, I am committed to fostering inclusivity within BECBC and amplifying the voices of members.”


From left: Georgina Hall, Chantice Kyle, Alice Wheatley

Browne Jacobson’s education practice continues to grow after welcoming three newly-qualified solicitors in this year’s intake.

Alice Wheatley, Chantice Kyle and Georgina Hall have joined the 100-strong team after completing their training contracts at the UK and Ireland law firm.

Alice and Chantice are based at the firm’s Nottingham office, with Georgina located in Manchester.

Georgina arrived in the legal profession after initially studying business at the University of Reading’s Henley Business School, followed by roles in university student recruitment and the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education.

She said: “The experience I picked up in working on some of the most complex and high risk complaints by students against higher education providers, and considering providers’ compliance with policies and procedures, ignited my interest in the law and it was an easy decision to work at Browne Jacobson because it has one of the strongest education teams in the country.”

Mark Blois, Head of Education at Browne Jacobson, said: “It has been wonderful to welcome Chantice, Alice and Georgina to our education team as our latest newly-qualified solicitors. As our market leading education practice continues to grow, it is vital we maintain a strong pipeline of young talent in order to ensure we can continue meeting all our clients’ needs.”

Alice and Georgina are among 10 newly-qualified solicitors in Browne Jacobson’s spring intake, including Tasha Jones (healthcare and advisory litigation) in Manchester.

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