People; WM5G, Shropshire Chamber of Commerce, SevenCapital, Nexus, Clancy Consulting

West Midlands 5G has appointed Joanna Seabright to the new position of Marketing Director

West Midlands 5G has appointed Joanna Seabright to the new position of Marketing Director.

Previously Seabright held a range of senior marketing roles at transport companies across the region.

The new position of Marketing Director has been created to lead the development of the brand, propositions and communications moving forward as the WM5G aims to make the West Midlands the best-connected region in the UK for 5G.

The role moves on from the work achieved by Accelerator and Communications Director Lesley Holt, who now takes on new responsibilities in brand, proposition, pricing, and placement leadership as the Accelerators and Adoption Director.

Robert Franks, Managing Director of WM5G, said “I’m delighted that WM5G has attracted a Marketing Director of Joanna’s calibre to join the company. Her expert knowledge of the transport sector and marketing overall will prove invaluable as we grow WM5G in the next stage of our journey.

Joanna Seabright, Marketing Director of WM5G, said “I’m really pleased to be joining WM5G as Marketing Director. I’ve seen first-hand how new technologies are starting to transform the transport sector and I’m looking forward to making these benefits available to WM5G’s clients across a range of sectors as well as in our heartland of connectivity.”

Shropshire Chamber of Commerce director Ruth Ross has been promoted to the newly-created position of deputy chief executive.

Ruth Ross

Ross has been with the Chamber for the last seven years, most recently in the role of director of business.

Prior to joining the Chamber, Ross was the managing director of Shrewsbury-based Building Trust & Safety Limited, providing health and safety and HR consultancy training. She has also held senior positions with ABC Health and Safety Consultancy and Alphabet Zoo.

She said she was ‘very honoured’ to have been given the position and to be playing a pivotal role in the Chamber’s exciting expansion plans over the coming months.

“We’ve got some ambitious growth plans for the Chamber, and I’m looking forward to helping deliver a range of services which I know will make a real difference to local businesses”.

Richard Sheehan, Shropshire Chamber chief executive, said: “Ruth has been an integral part of our management team for many years, and a driving force in the exciting changes we are looking to introduce.

“We are delighted to be able to recognise her commitment and valued contribution by appointing her to this newly-created position.”

UK property group SevenCapital has appointed Fardeen Nariman as its Chief Investment Officer.

Fardeen Nariman

Responsible for leading SevenCapital Group’s corporate investment, development, and merger and acquisition activities, Nariman joins the business from investment bank, Quantuma where he was involved in setting up the London Corporate Finance practice and leading on a number of high-profile UK mid-market transactions.

He will focus on large scale, residential-led mixed-use developments in Birmingham, London and the South East.

Nariman has previously worked as both principal and advisor for several brands including KPMG, Royal Bank of Scotland, August Equity and American Express. A Chartered Accountant, Fardeen is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from the United States and holds an MBA in Finance from the London Business School.

Nariman said: “I am delighted to join SevenCapital at this important juncture to further its growth via strategic acquisitions, as well as to support its fantastic development pipeline including the upcoming £500 million prime residential scheme in Kensington, in partnership with MARK”.

Independent planning and research consultancy Nexus Planning has appointed Tom James as Associate Director to its Birmingham office.

Tom James

James will focus on strategic land and housing delivery projects, strengthening the consultancy’s advice to existing clients and also growing Nexus’ Midlands client base.

He brings extensive public sector experience and planning policy expertise to his new role. Prior to joining Nexus Planning, James was Principal Policy Officer at West Northamptonshire Council. Here his work involved: leading the local plan process and being the policy lead on key sustainable urban extensions and strategic employment sites.

Roger Tustain, Managing Director at Nexus Planning, said: “As our footprint of offices continues to strengthen and expand, we are really pleased to welcome Tom to the team. His solid experience will certainly add considerable value and allows us to strengthen our presence and expertise in the Midlands in support of a number of major strategic projects we have secured within the area.”

Engineering practice, Clancy Consulting, has announced the promotion of Scott Lydon to director.

Joining the consultancy back in 2016 as divisional director, Lydon has been grown the Birmingham office and presence across multiple sectors in the Midlands. His promotion will see him join the Board and assist fellow Birmingham director, Mike Powers, in strategically developing the office.

Scott Lydon

As a building services engineer with a background in both contracting and consulting, Lydon has been helped the firm establish a healthcare presence within the Midlands region, most recently working on the UK’s first veterans only rehabilitation centre at Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Hospital in Oswestry.

Lydon said: “During my time at Clancy, I have learnt to recognise the critical importance of people and relationships and, subsequently, how this drives a supportive and trusted business. I’m a strong advocate of working collaboratively, in an inclusive manner, and feel very privileged to find myself amongst a team of passionate and forward-thinking directors and senior management with the same mindset”.

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