People: The latest West Midlands hires

Pensions advisory firm Isio has hired Emma Hudson as a director in its investment advisory practice.

Hudson, who will be based in the Birmingham office, joins from Mercer.

Nick Evans, partner and head of investment at Isio, said: “Emma is a superstar in the specialist pensions investment advisory market, and I am delighted she has chosen Isio to further her career ambitions.

“She has impressive large scheme client experience and has a strong market profile, having spoken at investment conferences and worked with a wide range of schemes and independent trustees.  The investment practice achieved over twenty per cent growth in our first year as we supported existing clients dealing with market turbulence and evolving ESG strategies, but also won significant new appointments and grew our fiduciary management oversight business.

“Emma will add real firepower to our senior team as we continue to grow to meet demand.  Emma joins our successful Midlands practice, where there are enormous opportunities to support clients with an independent view of their investment strategies.”

Hudson added: “I’m relishing the opportunity to increase Isio’s investment footprint in the Midlands.  Demand is high as trustees and sponsors tackle big industry-wide issues, but in my view it’s important to avoid broad brush investment trends and get under the bonnet of each client’s individual investment profile needs.

“I’m really looking forward to working in a start-up environment and have been really impressed by Isio’s focus from the beginning on simplicity and clarity.  Clients don’t want long, complex papers from their advisers.  They want smart and simple recommendations that work for their situation so they can make informed and timely decisions.”


Property consultancy Vail Williams has appointed graduate surveyor Oli Muscutt to support the growth of the firm’s agency work across the Midlands.

He joins Vail Williams’ Birmingham team from Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) where he specialised in property valuation, working on loan security valuations and a range of residential schemes in and around Birmingham.

In his new role Muscutt will support the firm’s growing office and industrial agency team, which was recently bolstered with the arrival of associate Charlotte Fullard – also from LSH.

Working alongside Charlotte and partner Carole Taylor, Muscutt will act for landlords, developers and occupiers on the letting, sale and acquisition of all types of commercial property across the Midlands.

Charlotte Fullard, associate and head of acquisitions and disposals for the Midlands and North at Vail Williams, said: “We are delighted to welcome Oli to our team at what is a busy time in the office and industrial market across the Midlands.

“His career to date has given him an excellent grounding and knowledge base which he will bring to this new agency role, where his enthusiasm and motivation to meet clients’ needs will no doubt shine through.”

Muscutt will be based at Vail Williams’ offices on Newhall Street in central Birmingham.


National land promoter Richborough Estates has welcomed graduate Katie Saunders as assistant land and planning manager at its Birmingham headquarters.

It is Saunders’ first industry role since leaving Loughborough University with a Construction Engineering Management degree, which included a placement year with construction firm BAM Construct.

She said: “Richborough Estates really appealed to me as a great place to work as it’s a privately owned, Midlands-based market leading firm that makes a national impact.

“I’m excited about being involved in the whole land promotion process which includes site identification, the planning process and preparing the site for an appropriate delivery partner – where I can apply my construction and engineering background as well as the skills that I obtain from the role.

“It’s a privilege to be able to learn from the brilliant team here, as well as to advance my planning and development knowledge through my master’s degree.”


Principle Estate Management has appointed a new apprentice to its finance department.

Imahni Hurlock-Edmead has taken the finance team numbers up to seven at Principle, where the total staffing now stands at 31.

She will be the fourth apprentice that the company has recruited from training company Protocol centre.

Paul Richardson, finance manager at Principle, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Imahni to our team, and I’m sure she will flourish in her role as our other apprentices have.

“As Principle has grown, we have to keep up with recruitment to ensure the high levels of customer service that we have set ourselves are maintained.

“Now is the time when the finance department can bring an apprentice in to take some of the administration functions from our more experienced team members so they can concentrate on other tasks.

“Imahni’s role will be varied, working with our internal finance teams as well as some of our external accountants who prepare end-of-year statements of expenditure for customers.

“This is a great opportunity for someone to learn the basics and work their way up, starting their office career with a specialist professional services provider.”