Appointments: KPMG; Oakwood Corporate Services; Frontier PR & more

KPMG has appointed Phil Ashworth as a business development director for its financial services practice outside of London.

Ashworth joins from Vertex Financial Services, where he was account director and accountable for the company’s strategic relationship with a major supermarket bank.

In his new Manchester-based role, he will have strategic responsibility for expanding KPMG’s financial services footprint across the UK.

As part of his national remit he will be focused on supporting a suite of clients across the financial services sector and generating new business opportunities, both through the organic growth of existing clients and the exploration of new opportunities within the market.


CHESHIRE-based professional services provider Oakwood Corporate Services has boosted its team with the appointment of Aidan Kirrane as apprentice company secretarial administrator.
Taiyba Khalid has also been promoted to company secretarial administrator following her 12 month apprenticeship scheme at Oakwood and attainment of her Level 3 NVQ in Business Administration.

As part of her promotion, Taiyba is now assisting the Altrincham company incorporations team in servicing Oakwood’s clients’ requirements for new company formations.
Aidan, who is completing a business administration apprenticeship with Damar Training, will be responsible for supporting the team’s company secretarial advisors in all aspects of their day-to-day roles, including communicating with clients and helping to maintain and keep up-to-date internal documents, systems and databases.


SPECIALIST business-to-business agency Frontier Public Relations has appointed Matt Ball as senior account Manager, responsible for managing campaigns for its growing number of sustainability and technology clients.
With more than 10 years’ experience of working on public relations and communications campaigns for a wide range SMEs and large enterprises, Ball joins the Manchester company after working as a freelance consultant for leading specialist technology PR agencies in London.
David Innes-Edwards, managing director of Frontier, said: “We’re delighted that Matt has joined the agency. He has a track record of delivering results for large corporate clients as well as smaller start-ups, and his experience will be important for us as we look to grow the company over the next couple of years.”


SECURE Trust Bank Real Estate Finance has appointed David Cunningham as head of the North of England.
Cunningham brings more than 13 years’ relationship management experience to the business.

Specialising in real estate finance, this includes equity, mezzanine and senior debt facility structuring, along with extensive experience in restructuring property lending.
Prior to his current role, he spent more than 20 years at RBS and NatWest, where he held a variety of positions, most recently the role of Relationship Director, Real Estate Finance. In his position at Secure Trust Bank Real Estate Finance, Cunningham will lead deal origination, focusing on the £1m to £50m sector across the North of England. He will work closely with the existing Commercial Finance and Arbuthnot Latham Private Banking representatives in the North of England.


PM+M, the Blackburn based chartered accountancy, business advisory and wealth management group, has confirmed a series of promotions across the business.

They follow last month’s announcement that Jane Parry has taken over as managing partner.

Chris Johnson becomes a director in the firm’s corporate services team,
Helen Binns has been promoted to director and head of the Burnley office and Claire Furnival is now assistant manager in the corporate services team. Prior to her promotion, she worked as an audit senior.

Parry said: “As a business, we know that our success is firmly based on the talents of our team. These three promotions are hugely deserved as each person embodies what PM+M is all about as they all strive to offer the very best service to our clients.”


CHESHIRE-based Creative Capital, an independent provider of short-term finance to SMEs, has strengthened its team with the appointment of Ken Frackleton as credit controller.
Frackleton joins the Tarporley head-quartered company with more than 20 years’ credit control experience gained from working with large multi-nationals including Knauf Insulation as well as SMEs.
His role at the alternative lender will see him help manage Creative Capital’s portfolio across its selective invoice finance, trade finance and bad debt protection facilities.
The new hire follows the recent appointment of Martyn Walker as business development director who is leading the businesses’ expansion in Yorkshire.


LINDER Myers Solicitors has appointed a new assistant solicitor in its local residential conveyancing team bringing its numbers up to seven conveyancing specialists in Chester.
Helen Saunders joins the firm from BBH Legal Services with experience of dealing with a range of conveyancing matters including re-mortgages, right-to-buy, leasehold issues and registration.
Saunders said: “It’s a pleasure to join such a well-established team of conveyancing specialists as we help clients with their home purchases or sales.”