People on the move: Keoghs; DJS Research; Savills; Cheshire East Council; Active PR

BOLTON-based law firm, Keoghs has announced a number of promotions with three new partners – Fraser McAndry, Idris Maka and Katherine Harrison – leading the way.

As director of credit hire fraud, McAndry undertaken a variety of technical roles at Keoghs since joining in 2002 and is currently responsible for working closely with insurers to develop and implement key credit hire fraud strategies.

Maka joined Keoghs in 2011 and has since spent four years specialising in counter-fraud and fraud rings. Having previously been promoted to Associate in 2013, he handles a variety of cases across the full spectrum of fraudulent claims.

Qualifying as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 2004, Harrison has specialised in defendant litigation since 2000, dealing predominantly with higher value multitrack claims.

Employing more than 1,200 staff across Bolton, Manchester, Coventry and Southampton Keoghs has also promoted 13 employees to the role of associate in a wide range of divisions and offices.

They are Cheryl Baines, Simon Ostiadel, Victoria Andrews, Phillip Cawrey, Nicola Walker, Pamela Kennedy, Chris Clapp, Luke Ayres, John Quirk, Heather Vyse, Elizabeth King, Amanda Johnstone, Ali Maghazachi.

Keoghs chief xeecutive, John Whittle said: “Keoghs continues to provide quality, innovative services and, as such, attracts some of the best talent in the industry. With the continued growth of the firm, it’s vital that we promote from within in order to maintain the highest standards for our clients.

These promotions recognise the outstanding contribution of all 16 individuals who bring an important mix of knowledge and skill to their respective teams.”


CHESHIRE-based full service market research agency, DJS Research has announced seven new appointments and five internal promotions.

The agency has welcomed five new market researchers. They are senior research executive Kelly Wray, research executive Anna Teofilo-Sanchez, and junior research executives Lottie Connolly, Naomi Potter and Emma France (an internal promotion).

As well as this, the company has appointed two new members to the operations and support teams within the business – accounts assistant Liz Kershaw and new senior field executives Alison Davidson.

The company also promoted five existing staff members: Kate Slater, from associate director to research director and Charlotte Sykes from research manager to associate director and Rebecca Harris, Alex McCluckie and David Marchant, all from research managers to senior research Managers.
INTERNATIONAL real estate adviser Savills has further strengthened its Manchester-based licensed leisure team with the relocation of director Tony Hunter from the firm’s Southampton office.

Hunt has worked at Savills for more than 11 years, advising clients on matters related to pubs, hotels, restaurants and nightclubs across the UK.  He joins director Tom Cunningham and surveyor Pete Scholes in Manchester, with plans for further recruitment in 2017.

Kevin Marsh, head of licensed leisure at Savills, said: “Tony combines in-depth knowledge of the sector with extensive contacts in his native North West.  He will be an excellent addition to our Manchester-based team as we look to expand further into the region’s thriving licensed leisure market.”

Tony Hunter added: “It is great to be back on home turf and I am very pleased to be joining the Manchester team at such a busy time for the North West’s licensed leisure sector.”


CHESHIRE East Council has appointed Mark Palethorpe, currently with Cheshire West and Chester Council, to the new position of director for Adult Social Care and Health.

Palethorpe will head up a new integrated directorate, bringing Adult Social Care and Health together.

During his six years at Cheshire West and Chester, Palethorpe has spearheaded a high-performing and person-centred service across adult social care and health and will be turning his valuable experience and skills to the benefit of Cheshire East residents when he takes up his new appointment in the autumn.

Cllr Janet Clowes, Cabinet member for adult care and integration, said: “We are really proud to have attracted such a first class candidate who understands the issues in Cheshire East and who can make a real difference to the lives of our residents here.

“His vast experience in the west will be invaluable as we move towards a more integrated health and social care model that will deliver better value for the people of Cheshire East.”

ACTIVE PR, the Wirral-based agency which has spent more than two decades building the reputations of house builders, has added two seasoned PR professionals to its expanding team.

Deborah Barton from Mold, North Wales and Lianne Rimmer, from Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, have both joined the business following a successful period of growth.

With more than 30 years of PR experience between them, their appointments are part of Active PR’s strategy to offer senior level consultancy to clients across all sectors but particularly in the property sphere.  

Rimmer is returning to Active PR after nine years away, having started her career with the agency in 2003.
During the last decade she has gained extensive experience in senior roles at Beattie Group in Manchester, Weber Shandwick North and as the PR manager for national law firm, Stephensons.
Rimmer will take the lead on several of Active PR’s property client accounts.

Prior to joining Active PR, Barton spent more than 20 years working in PR and communications in various settings as part of an agency team, in-house and in a freelance capacity.
She has worked on a diverse portfolio of client accounts including Kimberly-Clark, BHP Billiton, West Cheshire College and Chester Zoo. A keen golfer, she has also supported the PR effort behind Ryder Cup Wales when the prestigious tournament was staged at Celtic Manor in Newport in 2010.