People: Springboard Corporate Finance; Centrick; Whittle Jones

Corporate finance adviser Springboard Corporate Finance has announced a raft of promotions and the recruitment of a new member to its team.

James Bailey and Robert Johnson are both promoted to partner. Bailey joined Springboard in 2011 and has worked on a number of high-profile transactions with a particular focus on the acquisition support work Springboard provides to a number of high profile private equity investees including Sykes Holiday Cottages and the Jensten Group.

Johnson has been with Springboard for 15 years working on a range of transactions including the sale of WonderLane and the sale of Claremont Ingredients.

Meanwhile, Matthew Guest and Jonathan Wright are both promoted to director. Tom Hammond is promoted to assistant director while Pauline So and Daniel McCartney are both promoted to executive having recently gained their ACA qualifications.

Springboard has also recruited James Cross as a manager. A KPMG trained accountant most recently James has worked for an independent advisory firm supporting across a range of transaction types.

Springboard partner Simon Ward said: “I am absolutely delighted to announce these promotions across our team. It is a real pleasure to welcome James and Rob to the partnership – both have contributed massively to the development of the firm. Jonathan, Matthew and Tom have earned richly deserved promotions for the quality of work they do for our clients every day.

“For Pauline and Daniel, it has been great to see their careers develop. We welcome James Cross to the firm and are delighted he has chosen to join us. We have seen high levels of activity across all areas of our business over recent months. For founders there remains strong interest from acquirers both in the UK and overseas whilst our private equity clients remain keen to grow via acquisition and new investments. Our recent support to longstanding client Sykes Holiday Cottages on its acquisition of Forest Holidays represents another landmark deal for us. These promotions are a demonstration of our continued optimism about the future and our commitment to providing great client service across our business.”


Birmingham-based Centrick has bolstered its valuation team with the appointment of property specialist Graham Jacobs.

Jacobs, who has more than 25 years experience in the property sector, will support the South coast valuation team in providing property valuations for secured lending purposes, focusing on HMO and development, while extending Centrick’s work for private individuals.

Katherine Nolan, director and head of valuation at Centrick’s Birmingham headquarters, said: “It’s fantastic to welcome someone of Graham’s calibre to the Centrick valuation team and we’re looking forward to increasing our presence across the south coast region including Southampton, Portsmouth, Bournemouth and further afield.

“We established our valuation service just two years ago when the company acquired Andrew Grant Commercial and since then we have doubled our fee income and grown the team. We are going from strength to strength and developing new business relationships all the time.”


Whittle Jones, managing agents acting on behalf of Northern Trust Company, has welcomed Lauren Mclean to its Midlands team.

Mclean has joined the company as lettings manager following Caroline Jones promotion to regional property manager.

She said: “After several years in residential lettings I was extremely excited when I had the opportunity to work at Whittle Jones in a new exciting challenge. Over a month into my role I am enjoying getting to know the various sites and occupiers.”