People: ThinK Wine; Slater Heelis; Morris & Spottiswood; Hydrogen Safe; Sedulo; CBRE; Kammac

Hayley Coley, left, with ThinK Wine founder Kath Jones

Liverpool prosecco brand ThinK Wine has appointed Hayley Coley as its new sales director.

She has been tasked with delivering an ambitious sales strategy that aims to exponentially grow the trade side of the business over the next five years.

ThinK Wine is positioned as a healthier choice, low sulphite, vegan, organic prosecco and sparkling rosé.

Coley joins the ThinK Wine team from alcoholic drinks wholesaler Hops & Barley, where she held the position of head of sales for almost four years, before leaving to start a family.

ThinK Wine founder, Kath Jones, said: “We have big plans to grow the trade side of our business, which has not been without challenges, especially for me as a female trying break through with a new brand in a predominately male industry.

“Hayley has a real wealth of experience and is very well connected in the industry. Since trying our product, she has been one of our biggest cheerleaders, so we’re excited to welcome her on board in an official capacity to help us really make our mark in the F&B market with hotel and hospitality venues across the UK.”


Paul Green

Manchester-based law firm, Slater Heelis, has recruited Paul Green to its 220-strong team in the Property Litigation, Contentious Probate and Contentious Court of Protection team as a solicitor.

He joins the firm’s 12-strong department with Daniel Stern at the helm and will provide expertise on a wide range of residential and commercial property related contentious issues. With a client base that ranges from FTSE companies to SMEs, high-net worth landlords and investors he joins a team renowned for providing clear, pragmatic and cost-effective solutions to complicated issues.

Commenting on the appointment, Daniel Stern, Partner and Head of Property Litigation, Contentious Probate and Contentious Court of Protection at Slater Heelis said: “Already we can see that Paul is both efficient and commercial in his approach providing considered comprehensive advice, leaving clients feeling cared for. 

“Paul’s expertise makes him a real asset to the team and we’re absolutely delighted to have him on board.”


Matt Hurley

Morris & Spottiswood has appointed Matt Hurley as Framework Manager to its Public Sector Team.

This new role aims to ensure a client-focussed delivery, with Matt responsible for some of Morris & Spottiswood’s key frameworks for England, including YORbuild, Pagabo, and Procure Partnerships.

He previously worked in the construction industry, in roles covering design to delivery, including project management, site management, senior design and build manager, and most recently contracts manager for Linear Design & Construct in the North West of England.

He will be using his expertise in pre-construction services agreements and his operational background to ensure client engagement and successful project delivery, whilst also driving innovation across every aspect of Morris & Spottiswood’s Service delivery.

Matthew Wall, Public Sector Director at Morris & Spottiswood, said: “Following a rigorous and highly competitive recruitment process, Matt was a standout candidate for this position. He’s extremely well experienced in working on the early stages of projects with clients and he will undoubtedly be a key member of the team. In the short time he’s been with us, we’re already seeing growth from our public sector frameworks, which is an excellent start.”

Matt added: “This is an exciting time to be joining Morris & Spottiswood, as its public sector workload continues to expand in the North of England. I’m looking forward to encouraging and developing early contractor engagement and collaboration, and it’s fantastic to have already been involved in some good contract wins.”


Amer Gaffar

Hydrogen Safe, the hydrogen safety training specialist that acts as a conduit between industry and education, has announced the appointment of Amer Gaffar as Strategic Advisor as the company continues to expand.

As Director of Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre at Manchester Metropolitan University, a role he will continue in, Amer will bring with him a wealth of expertise and industry leading knowledge to the business.

As an authority on hydrogen fuel cells, he will be responsible for writing strategy papers, thought leadership articles, and providing insight to be used in developing new partnerships and programmes, while also delivering lectures and CPD sessions for the company.

Amer comments: “Hydrogen Safe is a progressive business with big ambitions and that really appealed to me. I’ve worked in the green energy sector for over two decades now, so it made sense for me to extend my remit and use the knowledge and insight I have developed in this new role.

“There is certainly a lot going on at the company and I’m very pleased to have joined at such an exciting time. I look forward to meeting with education providers and businesses that want to put the infrastructure in place to work confidently and safely with hydrogen as we transition to more sustainable ways of working. 

CEO and Founder of Hydrogen Safe, Andy Lord, comments: “Amer is a wonderful addition to our team. His appointment reinforces our commitment to attracting industry leading expertise to the company. We know that we can continue to expand the business and become the trusted partner that our clients need us to be.

“We are very much looking forward to shaping our proposition as we set our sights on becoming the UK’s leading training provider in hydrogen safety.”


Steven Hilditch, Sedulo Wealth

Sedulo Wealth has appointed Steven Hilditch as its wealth planning director in the North West.

The move follows the launch of Sedulo Wealth as a standalone brand under the Sedulo Group banner, with the firm also announcing at the start of 2024 that their funds under management (FUM) had broken the £270m barrier.

Hilditch joins Sedulo Wealth with a financial planning career spanning 30 years, most recently having spent 16 years with Mercer UK. He will be based in the firm’s Liverpool office.

Jon Fisher, head of wealth management at Sedulo Wealth, said: “His experience and expertise will be invaluable as we progress through the next stage in our growth strategy.”


Colin Thomasson

Global real estate advisor, CBRE, has promoted Colin Thomasson to Head of UK Investment Properties. Colin, who is an Executive Director, will maintain his current responsibility for running the Northern Investment Properties business, alongside his new nationwide role. He will continue to be based in CBRE’s Manchester office and will retain his role as lead advisor to the Greater Manchester Property Venture Fund.

In his new position, Colin will drive improvement in efficiency and productivity across CBRE’s Investment Properties business, covering all sectors and geographies, He will also work alongside Richard Dakin, Head of Capital Advisors, to drive the continued growth and success of CBRE’s UK Capital Markets business. Together they will ensure clients consistently have access to a full suite of Capital Markets products including sale and acquisitions, debt, equity raising, M&A and restructuring, and receive an integrated, holistic service offering across all sectors and geographic markets in which CBRE operates.

He joined CBRE 12 years ago and has over 30 years’ experience working in real estate investment. He has been instrumental in building CBRE’s Northern Investment Properties business, which has executed over £5bn in real estate transactions over the past four years. He has been involved in some of the UK regions’ largest transactions over the past year, including the recapitalisation of the Bruntwood SciTech business acting for GMPF and the acquisition of No.2 Ruskin Square, Croydon for PIC.


Kammac’s David Bailey, left, and Simon Gallimore

Third-party logistics provider Kammac has created a senior leadership team as part of its changes following its acquisition by the Elanders Group last year.

Simon Gallimore has joined as business executive director, having previously served as commercial director at Carlton Forest Group.

He will join David Bailey, a longstanding member of the Kammac team, who moves up from director of warehouse operations into the new position of chief strategy and technology officer.

Kammac’s chief executive Ged Carabini said: “Our business thrives on
the talent and dedication of our people, and with the collective experience of our new senior leadership team, we’re set for an exciting journey of growth.”

Separately, Marc Joyce joins Kammac’s wider team as its new business development manager.


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