People: CBRE welcomes senior director; Host of hires for law firm; and more

Andrew Round, Will Ventham, CBRE Birmingham head of office, and Ashley Hancox.  

CBRE has appointed Andrew Round as senior director of economic development.

He will be based in the firm’s Birmingham office but with a national remit, working in CBRE UK’s growing planning and development team.

Round will provide CBRE clients with advice to facilitate new development by assessing need, understanding impacts, and promoting social and economic benefits, alongside building business cases for public funding to unlock or accelerate development and regeneration sites.

With a career spanning more than 30 years, he has considerable experience in economics, regeneration and placemaking, working in both the public and private sectors. His previous roles included director of growth and regeneration at Cheshire East Council and assistant director of planning and development at Birmingham City Council, where he worked on major projects such as HS2, the redevelopment of New Street Station and Paradise Circus, and the Birmingham City Centre Enterprise Zone.

Prior to joining CBRE, Round was corporate director of place at Worcester City Council, responsible for planning, economic development, tourism and city centre management.

Ashley Hancox, CBRE executive director, development planning and land for the Midlands and South region, said: “Andrew is highly respected and vastly experienced, having operated at the highest levels in both the public and private sector. His knowledge and insight into how to bring forward development will be invaluable as we continue to build this exciting area of our business.”

Round said: “Having spent a large part of my career in Birmingham, I’m excited to be returning to the city and the challenges and opportunities this new role presents. I’m also looking forward to working with the UK-wide team to develop this new service offer.

“The Government’s levelling up and Build Back Better agenda means there is an appetite for development across all sectors, particularly if we can clearly articulate the social and economic benefits of a scheme, be it commercial, residential or mixed-use.”


Tracy Ashby, Katie Deakin, Deborah Beal, Maya Elci, Milena Stras, Susan Floyd, Gaitri Majitha, Danielle Pawson, and Katie Alsop.

Law firm Wright Hassall has strengthened its specialist private client and contentious probate teams with a series of new appointments.

Associates Danielle Pawson and Maya Elci join paralegal Gaitri Majitha within the firm’s contentious probate team.

All three recruits will be dealing with disputed estates while Pawson also bolsters the firm’s contested Court of Protection offering.

Senior associate Deborah Beal and solicitor Katie Deakin have also joined the private client team, dealing with matters relating to wills, trusts and tax planning.

The additions help increase the contentious probate team within the firm’s Olympus Avenue offices in Leamington Spa to seven, making it one of the largest in the Midlands, with the private client department expanding to nine.

Katie Alsop, a partner in Wright Hassall’s contentious probate team, said: “Work within contentious probate is busier than ever and as we start the New Year it is fantastic to see us strengthen our numbers to respond to demand.

“With the additions of Danielle, Maya and Gaitri, we now have a team with considerable strength and depth which will enable us to build on our existing expertise.”


Fleet Operations is supporting its ambitious plans for growth in 2022 with three key appointments.

The provider of outsourced fleet management and mobility services is investing to expand its service offering.

Paul Edmed has joined as business partnership manager.  He brings more than 20 years’ fleet and lease industry experience – including senior account management roles at LeasePlan, AMT Contract Hire & Leasing and Avis Budget Group – and is also a seasoned telematics specialist following a role at Airmax Remote Telematics.
Also joining as business partnership manager, from Select Vehicle Leasing, is Warren Fisher.

Philip Gregory has also been appointed as strategic account manager to advise on bespoke strategic direction for key clients and support ongoing product and service development.

Richard Hipkiss, managing director at Fleet Operations, said: “This is a particularly exciting year for Fleet Operations as we celebrate our 20th year in business and set our sights on even more ambitious success.  We are delighted to welcome three of the fleet industry’s most respected experts.  Each has a wealth of experience in helping car and van fleet clients to decrease cost, improve efficiency and meet evolving challenges like the drive to decarbonisation – which is what Fleet Operations is all about.”