People: The latest West Midlands hires

Nick Woodward

CBRE has promoted nine members of its Birmingham team.

Nick Woodward, who heads the commercial property consultancy’s Midlands capital markets team, has been made an executive director.

He has been with the firm for 13 years.

James Orr, who heads the Midlands property management team, has been promoted to senior director while his colleague Debbie Green has advanced to business performance assistant.

Four of the promotions are in CBRE’s building consultancy business line.

Rob Green has climbed to director; Guy Travis has made associate director and Kevin Armstrong and Veenam Korpal are now senior surveyors.

Office agent Liz Bailey and rating expert John Roovers are both now directors, following the round of promotions.

Martin Guest, managing director of the Birmingham office, said: “In what has been a challenging year, our people have gone above and beyond to provide a stellar service to our clients.

“Our investment team, led by Nick Woodward, advised on the two biggest office investment deals in the city – the sale of 55 Colmore Row and 1 Colmore Square and our rating team enjoyed a record year.

“All nine of those promoted have put in exceptional performances and I am thrilled we have been able to recognise their efforts.”


Mackrell Solicitors, is expanding its private client offering with new appointments and recruitment as it looks to support a wider network of high-net-worth individuals across the globe.

The newest members of the firm’s private client team are Adam Hogg and Abbygail Cooper, who will support the existing expertise within the team.

Hogg is an experienced solicitor with expertise acting for multi-jurisdictional high-net-worth individuals and families.

He assists UK and non-UK clients in relation to their UK and cross-border activities and provides advice on wealth and succession planning, as well other Private Client matters including tax residency, Wills, lasting powers of attorney and probate.

Trainee solicitor Cooper joined Mackrell Solicitors at the end of 2020 and has a keen interest in all manners of litigated work, but is keen to gain experience in private client matters.

As well as recruiting new members to its team, the private client department will see senior associate solicitor Natalie Payne take over as the new department head..

Payne has developed a strong reputation for providing effective, compassionate advice to clients of the firm, which has offices in London and Birmingham.

Private client lawyer Jeffrey Cohen will also take up a new position as head of the wealth and succession planning team.

Payne said: “It is great to see that we are expanding the department to support the growing number of clients that rely on our services and advice.

“Our department has already grown considerably over the last few years and the inclusion of Adam and Abbygail is a big step in our ongoing development as a practice.”

Nigel Rowley, managing partner at Mackrell.Solicitors, said: “Natalie and Jeffrey have already done an exceptional job in helping to develop the Private Client Team and their new roles will allow them to focus on their key areas of expertise.

“The addition of Adam, who is highly experienced, and the training of Abbygail is an indication of our ongoing investment in our service to clients.”


Magma Chartered Accountants has made seven promotions across its audit, business services and tax divisions.

George Wake and George Newton, in Magma’s Audit & Accounts team, have both been promoted to assistant manager, with Louise Kirkland and Fiona Porter also appointed business services assistant managers.

In the tax teams, Hayley Anstee is promoted to private client tax manager while Tom McDonnell and Callum Bramley become senior corporate tax consultants.

Mark Tuckwell, managing partner at Magma, said: “Despite the unrivalled challenges of the last 12 months, the business continues to go from strength to strength.  The work ethic and client service dedication of our teams over the last year has been fantastic.

“These promotions are very well deserved individually, as well as being symptomatic of our continued success and hugely progressive culture.  Congratulations to all.”