People: New CEO at Molplex; CTI & more

ARTIFICIAL Intelligence drug discovery business Molplex, based at BioCity, BioHub, Alderley Park in Cheshire, has appointed Victoria Camargo as its chief executive to drive success in the company.

She replaces co-founder of Molplex Dr David Leahy and steps up to to the role after three years as the company’s financial director, bringing with her invaluable experience and knowledge gained at blue-chip and high growth companies.

The appointment comes at a time of considerable activity for Molpex. The company has recently signed a significant commercial deal with Astra Zeneca to develop novel cancer treatments, and is currently engaged in a fund-raising round after securing further investment from the North West Fund for Biomedical.

Molplex designs novel therapeutics for various diseases using its pioneering Artificial Intelligence technology, allowing the development of more effective treatments faster and at a significantly lower cost.

Camargo said: “I’m extremely proud to be able to lead Molplex at such an exciting time for the company. The investment from the NWF4B will help  Molplex’ progress potential new drugs into efficacy trials and apply our AI technology to generate new personalised treatments for patients around the world.”


CTI, the Manchester-based business travel provider, has installed Melanie Quinn as director of client management.

Quinn joins from Etihad Airways where she was sales manager, north for almost five years.Melanie Quinn 

Working alongside CTI’s chief executive Clive Wratten – another ex-Etihad employee-  Quinn will be part of the senior management team and will be responsible for developing outstanding client partnerships and customer service covering all areas from the service provided over the phone through to client management reviews and strategies.

Wratten said: “Melanie has an exceptional track record in leading innovative and customer focussed client management teams and we’re sure she will be a great asset to the team from the offset.”

Quinn added: “I am very excited to be joining the CTI team, a trusted and reputable travel partner for business.

“With my background in managing both local and global contracts with SAS and the Star Alliance, I look forward to my experience playing a role in the company.”


RUPERT Cornford, features editor at business magazine Insider, is leaving journalism to take up a new role at Carter Corson, the Wilmslow-based business psychology consultancy.

Cornford, 36, who has been with the title for eight years, has been studying for an Open University degree in psychology in his spare time.

He will report to Hazel Carter-Showell, managing director of Carter Corson, who he has known for five years.

Cornford said: “Every conversation I’ve had as a business journalist comes back to people and I have always been fascinated by what makes people tick. The move will give me a chance to combine my psychology degree with the business community and embark on a new adventure.”


ALEX Bell has been appointed as head of media at Roland Dransfield PR after almost eight years at the Manchester Evening News.

The 30-year-old has been a business journalist for the past three years at both the MEN and Greater Manchester Business Week, and will now oversee the creation of all editorial-led content and manage a number of client accounts.

As head of media he will report to managing director Lisa Morton and associate director Caroline Aspinall.


NAPTHENS solicitors has welcomed Allison Coleman to the firm’s employment and HR team.

She joins the department’s HR3 People team based in Preston as an HR adviser.

Coleman will provide advice and guidance on employee-related issues, policies and procedures, chairing meetings and conducting investigations on clients’ behalf, as well as drafting related documentation.
She will work alongside colleague and HR Consultant, Nicola Mason, offering a dedicated HR strategic and onsite service for businesses.

Chris Boyle, head of the employment and HR team at Napthens, said: “We launched our HR3 People service last year and it continues to evolve to meet the requirements of clients.”


WORLDWIDE Recruitment Solutions, based in Altrincham, Greater Manchester, has made a key appointment to its construction and civil engineering division in preparation for significant growth in 2016.

Andrew Abbey will lead the UK division and is tasked with growing WRS’ presence in the sector.

Abbey has more than 15 years’ experience within construction-focused Recruitment having previously worked with Hill McGlynn, Search and Conduit.

WRS managing director Mark Brown said, “Andrew’s passion and enthusiasm for the sector is infectious. Construction output in the UK is forecast to grow by 21% by 2019 against a backdrop of skilled labour shortages – we faced similar market conditions in the oil and gas sector and believe that our proven recruitment methodologies will offer WRS a competitive edge over some of our peers in the sector.”


TIM Lwin has been appointed as tax partner at Howard Worth Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers in Cheshire.

Lwin has more than 20 years’ experience in corporate and personal tax mitigation strategies and has successfully advised owner managed businesses on profit extraction, restructuring for expansion and succession planning.

His previous appointments include PWC and Arthur Andersen in their corporate tax compliance and tax investigations teams and more recently he led a tax team specialising in the automotive industry and advised on tax efficient acquisitions and disposals, share scheme planning and tax reviews to reclaim refunds from HMRC.

Richard Barnett the firm’s managing partner said “We are delighted to welcome Tim to the practice.  With our growing client base it is important we have the very best people in place to assist with all our clients tax needs.”