People: Delkia; Alcedo Care Group; Rawtenstall Town Board; Avison Young; BWS; Rickitt Mitchell; Blackhurst Budd

Victoria Armstrong

Cumbrian engineering and technology specialist, Delkia, has taken on 14 new staff following a large volume of contract wins across all sectors.

CEO, Kurt Cranfield, said: “The company is going from strength to strength as we move towards our vision to be the UK’s leading engineering and technology partner for safety-related and mission-critical systems.”

Delkia Aerospace welcomes three new experienced members of staff: John Brindle – Senior Avionics Systems Engineer, John Green – Senior Systems Design Engineer, Flight Systems, and Lyndon Herbert – Senior Avionics Equipment Engineer.

Maritime sector hires include Tim Moore – Programme Engineering Manager, Peter Brown – Deputy Programme Engineering Manager, Paul Weaver – Design Engineer, and Josh Myers – Business and Technical Administrator. The team has been further strengthened by Maritime Project Manager Joe Pruden.

Support roles have also been augmented with a new Information Security Engineer, Curtis Dowdle, Tendering Manger Laura Connor and two new Talent Acquisition Specialists in Gareth Sharp and Victoria Armstrong.

Delkia has also invested in future development with two new Research, Technology and Innovation Engineers joining the R&D team. Alasdair Regan has a PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and is working on the command and control of remote systems, eg unmanned air vehicles. Paul Broadley holds a PhD in Aerospace Engineering and is working on air systems.


Jo McIntyre

Alcedo Care Group has appointed Jo McIntyre as group head of HR.

Reporting directly to the board, she is responsible for developing and shaping the human resources and people strategy within the group, working closely with the management team to provide invaluable coaching and guidance on all things related to the home care provider’s incredible people.

She said: “My 28-year career journey in HR has given me a unique perspective and a keen eye for talent. Committed to continuous learning and development, I love working with people, bringing out the best in every individual and helping them achieve their personal goals while contributing to the company’s overall success.”

Alcedo Care Group managing director, Andy Boardman, said: “I’m pleased to welcome Jo to the team and look forward to working closely with her as our team continues to expand.”

The North West group is on track to meet its target of owning and operating 30 branches across the North of England and Wales by the end of 2025.


Iain Taylor

A Rossendale-based management consultant has been appointed Rawtenstall’s Town Board Chairperson by the borough council.

Iain Taylor, managing director of Crawshawbooth-based IMT Consulting, will now work with the council to create a Town Board for Rawtenstall and its immediate surrounding area after it was selected by the Government to receive £20m over the next 10 years as part of the Long-Term Plan for Towns initiative.

The Town Board will be made up of local community leaders, business owners, social enterprise representatives, councillors, council officers, the town’s MP and a representative of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

As a management consultant Iain advises clients on the financing and implementation of property development projects, economic partnership programmes and environmental innovation projects. He said: “The Town’s Board has the capability, responsibility and resources to set an exciting and ambitious plan for Rawtenstall and surrounding area and develop a fantastic programme of investments delivered over the long term to help make Rawtenstall – and Rossendale – an even better place to live, work and visit.”

Cllr Alyson Barnes, leader of Rossendale Borough Council, said: “Our Town Board will drive the priorities for investment, take on responsibilities for making change, and steer the long term vision for Rawtenstall and the immediate surrounding area hand-in-hand with local people.”


Emma Berry

Global real estate advisor, Avison Young UK, has announced that four senior real estate professionals have been named Principals in the Class of 2024.

They are part of an acclaimed group of 33 new Principals worldwide, and in this role, will help guide the strategy of the business. The cohort will join more than 700 Principals across the globe, with a common vision to prioritise people, clients, and collaboration.

They are: Emma Berry, in Manchester, Jodie Atkins, in Birmingham, Jill Goodman in Leeds, and Pete Slater in London.

Nick Walkley, Principal and UK President at Avison Young UK, said: “Principals are the backbone of our business, and welcoming these four dynamic and engaging leaders to this year’s cohort is a fantastic tribute to Avison Young in the UK.

“They all play a central role in providing industry-leading advice to clients, as well as having a fundamental role in evolving our advisory offering and business development.”


Nathaniel Houghton

Lancashire-based bid management and writing firm, BWS, has appointed Nathaniel Houghton as its new Bid Director.

This latest appointment to the senior leadership team marks the continuation of a period of strong growth for the firm.

Nathaniel started his career in bids in 2016, and his experience includes working for international recruitment and legal firms. He has led multi-national and multi-sector bids for strategic opportunities in both the public and private sector, giving him an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience. More recently, Nathaniel worked as a freelance bid consultant offering a variety of services focused on making the bidding process easier and more productive.

Nathaniel said: “I’ve been fortunate enough to know a few of the BWS team for a while now, and they are true experts in their field. Their list of clients is exactly what you want to see when joining a business. It’s a strong mix of fast-growing and industry leading corporations, to local and independent businesses.”


Anant Kapoor and Neil Mitchell

Independent boutique corporate finance advisory firm, Rickitt Mitchell, has appointed Anant Kapoor as partner.

Joining from Lincoln International in London, and having relocated back to the North West, Anant has 20 years of M&A advisory experience, across a wide range of industries, with a particular focus on those businesses who operate in the TMT or business services space.

With extensive experience across both sell-side and buy-side domestic and cross-border transactions, Anant has completed deals with values ranging from £20m-£250m plus. Clients have spanned private equity funds, and both public and privately held businesses.

Formerly a Managing Director at Lincoln International, Anant also previously worked at Canaccord Genuity, and Rothschild & Co. He is a Chartered Accountant, having qualified with EY.

Anant Kapoor said: “The most rewarding part of the job is working closely with growing businesses, helping them take the next step of their journey. At Rickitt Mitchell, I’m able to keep doing exactly that.

“Neil and the team have built an advisory firm that is nimble and entrepreneurial, where deals are completed with the stakeholders and management teams in mind, and our work plays a critical role in the development of a company. This was an important factor when making this next step in my career, and I am excited to start working with the team and some of the region’s most exciting businesses.”

Neil Mitchell, partner at Rickitt Mitchell, said: “Anant is an excellent addition to our team and brings strong experience in advising some of the leading private equity houses and growth companies across the UK, with particular strength in the London market. Anant fits our model of bringing to bear high quality and insightful advice, operating in an independent and partner-led environment.”


Suzanne Leonard, Warren Spencer

Blackhurst Budd has revealed that Suzanne Leonard will take on the role of Head of Private Client at the firm from June 1.

Suzanne has worked in private practice since 2003. She became a Chartered Legal Executive in 2007 and in 2020 she qualified as a full member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners).

She specialises in all aspects of planning for the future including Wills, Trusts and Lasting Powers of Attorney. She also deals with probate matters and Court of Protection.

Current Head of Private Client, Ian Bentley, retires later this year and this cross over period will allow time for complete handover. Suzanne said: “I’m very much looking forward to this new challenge, developing the services we offer and expanding the team.”

Warren Spencer, Managing Director at the Blackpool firm, said: “This is a well deserved promotion for Suzanne who has shown all the of qualities needed to fulfill the role. She provides an outstanding service to our clients and has a wealth of experience in private client matters.”

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