People: Stoford appoints planning manager; Assistant coroner joins law firm; and more

Developer Stoford has appointed a planning manager as it looks to expand its commercial investment opportunities across the UK.

Stacey Green joins the business from planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore in Birmingham, where she was planning sssociate.

She has more than 14 years’ experience in the planning sector, having worked with local authorities including Stratford-on-Avon District Council and Bromsgrove District Council and planning consultancies.

In this newly created role at Stoford, she will work with the expanding in-house land and planning team identifying new sites for our development pipeline.

Stoford currently has more than £600m worth of developments and more than 1.5 million sq ft currently on site across the UK.

Jo Russell, planning director, said: “We are at an exciting time in our own growth and development, so strengthening the team with another planning expert will be key to our success in finding suitable sites. Stacey is highly skilled with a wealth of experience in both commercial and planning fields and we’re looking forward to her playing a central role in the business.”


The latest addition to a Shropshire law firm’s clinical negligence team has some specialist expertise to tap into – as the assistant coroner to Birmingham and Solihull.

Adam Hodson lives in Telford and has joined Lanyon Bowdler’s clinical negligence team in Shrewsbury. He qualified as a solicitor in 2009 and was appointed assistant coroner three years ago.

He said: “I am delighted to have made the move to Lanyon Bowdler, a law firm with an excellent reputation and a clinical negligence team which is among the most highly regarded in the country.

“Being a clinical negligence lawyer and an assistant coroner go hand-in-hand because there are often a significant quantity of deaths that occur as a result of culpable human failings, which mean that inquests are necessary.

“Having a knowledge of medical terminology and procedures has also proved to be an invaluable asset.”

Beth Heath, a partner at Lanyon Bowdler and head of the clinical negligence team, said: “We are delighted to welcome Adam to the firm – he has a wealth of experience within clinical negligence and in his role as assistant coroner and will be a valuable addition to Lanyon Bowdler.”


Birmingham-based agency Digital Cake has welcomed Andy Brown as non-executive director.

He will work alongside Digital Cake directors, Chris and Cheryl Thomas and Kirstie Smith.

Chris Thomas, said: “This is such an exciting time for Digital Cake, and we’re so pleased to have Andy on board to help us further strengthen the team and help take the business to the next level. The last three years have flown by and we’ve achieved so much. We’re now more ambitious than ever and we can’t wait to drive the business forward with Andy’s expertise. We’ve carved a great place for ourselves in the digital marketing sector and now it’s time to build on the foundations we’ve laid.”

Following a milestone year which saw the agency make almost £1m in sales, Digital Cake works with brands including Birmingham Museums Trust, Dancing Leopard, P&Co and 304 Clothing.