People: Hayfield; Blythe Liggins; Ecl-ips

Sarah Sargeant

Solihull-headquartered Hayfield has appointed Sarah Sargeant as a sales manager.

She will be responsible for managing the sales activity and staff across four of the housebuilder’s developments in Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire, and Worcestershire.

Sargeant has been in the industry for over 20 years. She joins Hayfield from Connells Group, where she was a new homes area sales manager. Prior to that she was a property consultant for The Agents Property Consultants.

Her key responsibilities at Hayfield will include researching pricing strategies, managing development launches, working alongside the in-house marketing department, and recruiting, training, and motivating the onsite sales teams. Sargeant’s appointment to Hayfield has enabled Harriet Dickson – who was formerly a sales manager – to become head of customer care.

Sargeant said: “I am delighted to be joining such a dynamic housebuilding business that puts the environment and its customers first. The investment that has been made in the brand, product design, and eco-efficient specification is paying dividends because house hunters aren’t just looking at the standard metrics, they want to buy a Hayfield. The future for this business is very exciting and I am so pleased to join the team.”

Julia Woodhouse

Warwickshire solicitor, Blythe Liggins, has appointed experienced employment law specialist, Julia Woodhouse as its new principal associate.

Woodhouse joins the Leamington-based law firm from Sydney Mitchell Solicitors, in Solihull, and replaces the retiring Richard Moon as the head of its employment department.

She qualified as a solicitor in 1995 and has specialised in employment law since 2000.

Woodhouse said: ““My role is about being a trusted adviser to both employers and employees, helping them navigate issues which they encounter at work.

“Moving to Blythe Liggins feels like coming back towards my geographic home, having spent most of my career working in nearby Coventry and living in Warwickshire.

“I was attracted to the firm because I knew it well and had come across Richard, who is very well-respected, plus the fact that I was coming in to run my own department.

“At Blythe Liggins, I can represent clients on everything from contracts of employment to tribunal cases, advise employers and employees about tricky situations, plus help our commercial clients. It’s a good, broad range of work.”

Worcestershire-based security solutions company Ecl-ips has promoted Stephen Gilbert to a new role of technical manager having previously been senior engineer.

Gilbert will continue to work within the Ecl-ips operations team. He will be providing support to Aaron Kernaghan, managing director, and Darren Roe, operations director, on current and upcoming projects. He will also be focusing on the design, delivery and approval for works for the installations.

Gilbert said: ““I am very pleased with my new role and will do all I can to ensure I support the company moving forward. Here’s to the next 14 years!”