People: Manchester & Cheshire Construction; Hotel Indigo; Napthens & more

MANCHESTER & Cheshire Construction has recruited Phil Rylance as a senior quantity surveyor.

Rylance, 47, has joined the Salford-based company from Morgan Sindall and will manage the commercial and technical aspects of construction projects as well as supervising junior members of the surveying team.

He has more than 25 years’ experience in the property and construction sectors and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Before Morgan Sindall, he worked at companies including EC Harris, Balfour Beatty Construction, Wimpey Construction and The Emerson Group.

During his career Phil, who lives in Horwich, Bolton, has been involved in projects nationwide ranging in value from £1m to £200m, across sectors including commercial property, healthcare, industrial and retail, residential, rail and public amenities.
David Lowe, managing director of Manchester & Cheshire Construction, said: “Phil possesses a wealth of experience and technical knowledge, and we are delighted to add someone of his calibre to our growing team.

“He has an impressive track record of seeing major construction schemes through from inception to completion and ensuring they are delivered to budget, and his client-side experience will be a huge asset to the company.”


HOTEL Indigo Liverpool has appointed hotelier Mark Tasker as its new general manager.

Formerly GM of Holiday Inn, Ellesmere Port, Tasker, 36, comes with 20 years of hospitality managerial experience, with previous posts including Crowne Plaza, Liverpool, and 62 Castle Street.

His appointment comes as the four-star boutique hotel prepares to enter an extensive refurbishment programme later this year.

Meanwhile, Paul Terzo has also been appointed as the new head chef of the in-house Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill restaurant.

Tasker said:  “I relish the opportunity to helm one of the city’s premier hotels, especially at a time when Liverpool’s status as a world-class tourist and conference destination continues to evolve and grow at such a rapid pace.

Terzo, 42, said: “I am proud to be steering the kitchen here at Marco Pierre White. Marco is a name synonymous with quality and I look forward to upholding that unrivalled reputation here in Liverpool, while bringing my own personal touches to the chopping board.”


A NUMBER of new appointments in Cumbria have been announced by law firm Napthens as it continues with its expansion plans in the county.

Earlier this year the growing law firm opened an office in Kendal, in addition to its existing office in Penrith.

The Kendal office has now expanded with the appointments of Residential Property solicitor Amy Leslie, Wills & Estate Planning solicitor Georgina Smith and Employment & HR solicitor Kate Shawcross. They are joined by legal assistant Lauren Barnes.
Meanwhile, Litigation solicitor Sian Spencer has joined the firm’s Penrith office.

James Todhunter, Napthens’ head of Cumbria, said: “We are building a highly experienced team in Cumbria giving new and existing clients access to specialists in a range of private and commercial matters from employment law to conveyancing.
“Cumbria is a vital part of Napthens growth plans and we are proud to be investing in the region, creating new jobs and quickly building our presence in a strong business community.”


NATIONAL law firm Freeths has appointed Mark Christie as a Solicitor in their expanding construction team in Manchester.
Christie joins from another national law firm and has particular expertise in advising on disputes arising under standard and bespoke construction contracts.

He has acted for both claimants and defendants on a large number of construction disputes and has experience in arbitration, mediation and adjudication; he has also been involved in a number of reported cases. Mark has particular experience representing clients in the enforcement of Adjudicator’s Awards and related Part 8 proceedings.

John May, managing partner for Freeths Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield offices, said: “The construction market is ever changing and it’s great to have Mark on board to further enhance our presence and reputation in Manchester.”


CUSHMAN & Wakefield has appointed Phil Meakin to join its office agency team in Manchester.  

Meakin spent the last two years in a client role at Orbit Developments after 18 years working for Manchester office agency firms King Sturge, Dunlop Heywood and P3.

Meakin will work with the existing team on a range of disposals and acquisitions across the North West.

Rob Yates, head of office agency at Cushman & Wakefield, said: “Phil is a great addition to our team and comes to us with a solid agency background and a wealth of experience. He will provide our clients with an excellent level of service and work ethic.

Cushman & Wakefield’s office agency team has seven members: Rob Yates, director, Jonathan Baucher, director, Phil Meakin, associate director, Rob Prescott senior surveyor, James Preston senior surveyor, Daniel Campbell, graduate surveyor and Edward Blight graduate surveyor.