Appointments: Better Bathrooms; SAS Daniels; Forever Manchester & more

INDEPENDENT bathroom and tile retailer Better Bathrooms have recruited Lee Ellis as its new finance director.

Ellis has more than 20 years’ experience as a finance professional and has previously held positions as head of commercial finance at Halfords, UK Finance Director at ghd and Retail Finance Director at Phones 4u. In addition, he has worked for several larger organisations, including Rolls-Royce and Asda.

Manchester-based Better Bathrooms is currently implementing a national growth strategy following the £10m investment from the Business Growth Fund in 2013. By the end of 2015, Better Bathrooms will have 11 showrooms and Trade Counters across the UK.

Chief executive and founder of the company Colin Stevens said “I am delighted to welcome Lee Ellis as Finance Director of Better Bathrooms. As a company we are continuously evolving and Lee’s experience in the retail and private equity sector will be very valuable as we continue the growth of the company.”

Ellis added: “I am thrilled to join Better Bathrooms at a time when the business is implementing such an impressive growth strategy and I look forward to being part of what promises to be an exciting future.”


LAW firm SAS Daniels has appointed Roger Allsup to establish its new construction and engineering practice, an extension of the firm’s growing property team.

He joins from Manchester-headquartered DWF. With 27 years’ experience in the North West construction industry, he brings with him an in-depth understanding of the sector.

SAS Daniels has offices in Stockport, Macclesfield, Chester and Congleton.

Allsup said: “Clients in the construction and engineering sector need a lawyer who understands the issues they face on the ground, giving forthright, practical guidance, on each element of a construction project from tender to practical completion.

“We see ourselves as an extension of a client’s in-house and professional teams, not ivory tower academics.”


MULTI award-winning charity Forever Manchester – the Manchester based community foundation that last year gave £1.3m to communities across Greater Manchester – has appointed Steven Lindsay, corporate finance partner at CLB Coopers as its first vice president – Professional Services Sector.

This follows the appointment of Phil Jones, managing director of Brother UK, who became the charity’s president earlier this year.

Steven will now join forces with Phil and form a steering group to help drive Forever Manchester’s next period of development.


MANCHESTER-based HOW Planning has made seven internal promotions.

Richard Barton, who has been with the company for nine years, has been promoted to partner while Conor Vallelly and Daniel Brown are now in associate positions and Chris Peacock, who heads up HOW’s environmental team, has also been promoted to associate.
Further moves see Chris Sinton, Victoria Hunter and Matthew Robinson all promoted to the position of senior planner.

The announcements follow the recent appointment of a further three colleagues, bringing the team to 30.

HOW’s managing partner Gary Halman said:  “We have taken another important  step in HOW’s continued growth with Richard’s promotion to partner, which – along with our other internal promotions and new appointments – further strengthens our team and will help us achieve our longer term aims and ambitious targets for the future.”

In addition to the new appointments and promotions, HOW’s graduate environmental planner, Jamie Lynch has become an associate member of the IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment).