People: YLEM Energy; Kimpton; Ward Hadaway; CBRE; Ahead Partnership; iiCON; Alcedo Care Group; Cassidy + Ashton

Sarah Lightfoot

YLEM Energy, a provider of sustainable energy generation solutions, has promoted Sarah Lightfoot to its Head of Development and appointed Daniel Moore to its Head of Battery Energy Storage Systems. The appointments reflect the firms accelerated growth in battery energy storage system (BESS) projects and the company’s growth ambitions over the coming years.

Sarah joined Salford-based YLEM Energy in 2023 as Development Manager, and during that time was responsible for originating more than 1000MW of battery energy storage projects, with planning submitted or being prepared for more than 500MW projects.

She said: “It’s an extremely exciting time to be working in the renewable energy industry, and I’m delighted to be leading YLEM Energy’s work in the battery energy and storage space.”

Daniel joined YLEM Energy from Gore Street Capital, the UK’s first London Stock Exchange-listed energy storage fund, where he was an Asset Manager. Daniel has expertise in project delivery, and asset KPI reporting to ensure efficient delivery, he will provide data-driven insights to grow YLEM’s BESS portfolio.

He said: “I am excited to bring in my experience to support YLEM Energy’s rapid expansion into the BESS sector. I look forward to managing our current capacity and ensuring that the projects we’ve got in the pipeline are implemented efficiently.”

Ian Gadsby, Managing Director, said: “Following the growth we’ve experienced over the past 12 months in our BESS capacity, these two new appointments mark an exciting time for YLEM Energy.

“Sarah has been instrumental in delivering our battery energy and storage projects, leading on their origination, design and development of both Distribution and Transmission connected energy storage assets.

“Daniel’s considerable expertise and experience managing BESS projects will ensure that our energy storage assets are optimised to their full potential, and able to put renewable energy back into the grid at peak times.”


Kathiresan Kannan

Bromborugh M&E firm,Kimpton, has reaffirmed its commitment to nurturing young talent and fostering innovation through a work experience programme that covers all three tiers of the education system. The company is proud to welcome Max Granton, Elliot Cunningham, and Kathiresan Kannan, each bringing their unique skills and enthusiasm to the team.

Max Granton, a GCSE student from Pensby High School, is undertaking a week-long work experience placement with Kimpton’s estimating team. Max is gaining valuable insights into how multimillion-pound projects are priced, alongside a hands-on project to design a heating system for his own house. He said: “I’ve really enjoyed getting to meet different people from different areas of the company and see how their work all fits together.”

Elliot Cunningham, a T-Level Building Services Engineering student from Wirral Met College, joins Kimpton every Tuesday during term time as part of his two-year work experience placement. He said: “Since starting my T-Level placement, I’ve been given the opportunity to visit several sites and see how the type of work I’ve been doing translates to onsite.”

Kathiresan Kannan, pursuing an MSc in International Business and Data Analytics Management at Wrexham University, has commenced a 12-week marketing internship within Kimpton’s Business Development Team. He said: “I’m in the right place to advance my career since they provide me with the tools I need to learn new things and maximise my opportunities to do so. It’s a great place to work.”

Matt Breakwell, Kimpton Business Development Manager, said: “We’ve been investing in apprenticeships and careers development for over 60 years and we value the enthusiasm, energy and innovation they bring.”


Steven Petrie

Steven Petrie has laid out his ambitions to achieve 100% growth over the next 10 years at Northern law firm, Ward Hadaway, after being announced as the new Managing Partner.

The firm has offices in Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle.

Steven took the reins on April 1, 2024, from Martin Hulls, who stepped down as planned at the end of his second three-year term. Steven has been a partner at Ward Hadaway for 12 years.

Steven said: “I am extremely excited and honoured to take on the mantle of Managing Partner and I’m looking forward to building on the firm’s proud heritage built over more than 35 years. The management board and I have very clear ambitions for the firm, that I am keen to articulate and advocate internally and externally.

“I am determined to achieve substantial growth in each office, growing our turnover by over 50% within the next five years, and 100% in 10, in order to leverage our scale to continue to support organisations of all shapes and sizes.”

Martin Hulls said: “Being Managing Partner at Ward Hadaway has been an honour and a privilege. With Steven’s energy, strategic leadership and passion, I very much look forward to seeing the firm continue to grow and expand.”


Paul Surgeon

CBRE has appointed Paul Surgeon as Director within its expanding Rating team to support continued strategic growth.

Surgeon joins from Montagu Evans’ Manchester office, where he was a founding member following its launch in 2014 with a remit to grow and develop the northern business. During his time at Montagu Evans he also formed part of the leadership team for town centres and repurposing department stores, having joined the partnership from Lambert Smith Hampton.

He has been dealing with complex rating issues for 14 years and specialises in providing strategic advice to large owners, developers and occupiers.

Nick Marsden, Head of the Northern Rating team, said: “I am thrilled that we were able to secure Paul’s appointment. He is a very experienced Director in Rating and brings a huge wealth of knowledge and specific expertise. Paul will be an exceptional addition to our team and, with Manchester lead Mark Hayes, will continue to grow our northern business providing exceptional advice to our clients.”

Mark Hayes, Head of Manchester Rating, said: “Paul has an excellent reputation within the industry and the expertise that he brings will be a valuable addition to the business.”


Andy Clarke

ESG specialist, Ahead Partnership, has appointed Andy Clarke as its new Head of Partnerships as it expands its operations with a national focus.

Andy, an engagement specialist, most recently worked for Manchester Airports Group as Head of Corporate Affairs at Manchester Airport. He brings a decade of experience working for a range of public and private sector organisations including Asda and Transport for the North. He also assists campaigning organisation FreedomToDonate as their Head of Parliamentary and Corporate Engagement.

In the newly created role his mandate includes the expansion of existing programmes and the establishment of new initiatives, with a particular focus on spearheading Ahead Partnership’s growth into Manchester and the broader North West region.

CEO, Stephanie Burras, said: “We are so excited to welcome Andy to the team. He has a wealth of knowledge and will be pivotal in driving collaborative growth and building strong relationships.”

Andy said: “ESG and social mobility are incredibly important to me and were key factors in my decision to join Ahead Partnership. I look forward to building public-private partnerships that enable young people reach their full potential.”


Prof Patryk Kot

The Liverpool-based Infection Innovation Consortium (iiCON) has welcomed a new senior member to its team with the appointment of Professor Patryk Kot.

Prof Kot, a global expert in sensor technology, joins the consortium, which works propel the discovery and development of innovative treatments and products for infectious diseases, as Senior Business Development Manager.

iiCON, led by Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), comprises partners Unilever, Liverpool University Hospitals Foundation Trust, University of Liverpool, LifeArc, Evotec, and Infex Therapeutics.

Prof Kot, one of the youngest professors in the UK, joins iiCON from a role as Deputy Director of the Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Research Institute, and Professor of Microwave Sensor Technologies at Liverpool John Moores University.

He said: “I am eager to support the development of new products and contribute to the development of pioneering AI and robotics Category 3 laboratories, where technology comes together with scientific advancements through academia, research, and industry to combat global infectious diseases. An extraordinary opportunity to drive meaningful change.”

Prof Janet Hemingway, iiCON’s founding director, said: “Patryk is a leading expert in sensor technologies and we’re very pleased to be welcoming him to the iiCON team. His expertise and experience will help us drive forward next generation technologies and support industry and academic co-innovation. Patryk will also be a key part of the team we are bringing together to support the design and develop of our next-generation Category 3 Robotic laboratories.”


Denise Ujvari

Home care specialist, Alcedo Care Group, has launched a Complex Mental Health division to its growing portfolio of services.

A sub-division of its Complex Care provision, Complex Mental Health is available throughout the North of England and Wales.

The North West company has already secured 42 Complex Mental Health clients to date, with many more yet to come on board as Alcedo Care expands its service to cater for the increased need in the community.

Denise Ujvari has been appointed as Head of Complex Mental Health. She is tasked with successfully establishing the division, ensuring high quality person-centred mental health care is provided, particularly to those experiencing distress and disability in their cognition, behaviour and feelings.

She said: “Having worked with Alcedo Care for 12 months now, I was delighted to have been asked to head up the new mental health division. We knew there was an identified need for this service and look forward to offering the best quality service possible to our clients.”

Managing Director, Andy Boardman, said: “Denise’s journey at Alcedo Care has been fantastic so far. Her knowledge and experience in mental health care is superb and she is absolutely the right person to establish the division and its service offering, as well as lead the new team. With a growing demand for mental health care at home, it was only right we introduced this division and added the service to our growing portfolio.”


Darren Pickens and Lawrence McBurney

North West architectural, planning and building surveying practice, Cassidy + Ashton, has appointed Chartered Architect, Darren Pickens, to further strengthen its architecture team in Preston.

Darren previously worked at Campbell Driver Partnership in Blackburn, where he had an extensive professional career, leading to a senior role as practice director.

Darren’s appointment comes at a busy time for the practice as it enjoys one of its most successful periods in the practice’s 60+ history.

Cassidy + Ashton director and Chartered Architect, Lawrence McBurney, said: “We continue to grow as a practice and expand our client portfolio. We have had a very strong start to 2024, particularly building our portfolio in the higher education sector with a number of key projects for universities in the pipeline, along with the major refurbishment at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Grosvenor West building which is nearing completion.

“Our team is built around bringing people in at all skill levels from trainees through to graduates and qualified professionals. Attracting and securing senior people like Darren is an important part of the development of our whole team. Darren brings to Cassidy + Ashton valuable practice experience and a wealth of design and technical knowledge. He will be an integral part of the senior design team and has already made a great start.”

Darren is a member of the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and RIBA and listed on the RIBA’s Conservation Register and is seeking to further his conservation experience to become an accredited conservation architect.

He said: “I’ve been aware of Cassidy + Ashton’s architectural design work for many years. The practice’s values and business approach provide the perfect environment to harness and develop my own design and management skills. I see joining Cassidy + Ashton as both a new challenge and an opportunity to fulfil my potential within a collaborative, forward-thinking environment.”

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