People: Blythe Liggins Solicitors; RSC; Daniel-Scott Recruitment

Lois Harrison, David Lester and Jessica McDonnell

Lois Harrison and Jessica McDonnell have been promoted to Principal Associate and Senior Associate respectively at Blythe Liggins Solicitors in Leamington Spa.

Lois, who started at Blythe Liggins as an administrative assistant, now specialises in personal injury and medical negligence. She gained a first in her law degree from the University of Law in Birmingham before completing the Legal Practice Course. Lois said: “I aspired to a career in law from an early age am delighted to have been promoted to the position of Principal Associate at Blythe Liggins.

“I pride myself on my analytical mind and attention to detail: doing the best for my clients is what drives me and providing a first-class service is something I pride myself on.”

Lois is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and has almost 10 years of experience in dealing with a wide range of claims, including the specialist area of medical negligence.

Jessica, who joined Blythe Liggins in 2014 straight from university and now works in the private client department, said: “Blythe Liggins is a firm which believes in its staff and provides every opportunity for progression.

“I’ve been with Blythe Liggins for over nine years and I am overjoyed with this promotion to Senior Associate. I will use this promotion to continue to provide my clients with the professional advice and support that they require from me.”

Jessica read Law at the University of Gloucestershire and completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Birmingham, before qualifying as a solicitor in 2020.

David Lester, senior partner at Blythe Liggins, said: “Lois and Jessica are a credit to the legal profession and to this firm and I’m delighted they have both been promoted within Blythe Liggins – which is well deserved.”

Nicholas Hytner

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has announced that Nicholas Hytner will join the Company’s Board, formally taking up the position at the Company’s AGM in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Nicholas Hytner said, “I am honoured and delighted to be joining the Board of the RSC as its new Co-Artistic Directors take the helm, and I am looking forward to what I am sure will be an exciting future”.

Chair of the Board Shriti Vadera added, “I am excited to welcome Nick to the Board. His exceptional experience will add huge value to the Board and to the next phase of the Company’s future under new artistic leadership”.

Nicholas Hytner is the Artistic Director of the London Theatre Company. Its first theatre, the Bridge, opened in 2017 where Nick’s productions included Young Marx, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bach and Sons, John Gabriel Borkman and Guys and Dolls. The Lightroom was the company’s second space which opened in 2023 with David Hockney’s installation Bigger & Closer (not smaller & further away). Nicholas was Director of the National Theatre from 2003-2015.

Sarah Westbury

Halesowen-based recruitment agency Daniel-Scott Recruitment has strengthened its team by appointing a new business development manager. Sarah Westbury, who joined the team in August from recruitment agency Jobsworth, brings a wealth of experience to the business, having worked in sales and business development roles for 20 years.

She will be responsible for identifying new business opportunities to help Daniel-Scott Recruitment grow.

Sarah said: “I was attracted to Daniel-Scott because it’s not the typical high street recruiter. I really liked its personal approach to business and the emphasis on building real relationships with clients and job candidates, which makes it easier to place the right people in the right roles.

“Ethics, culture and values are so important to me, and not just within an organisation. How an agency works with its clients and recruitment partners reflects on me as a business development manager because reputation is so key. When I joined Daniel-Scott Recruitment I knew I would have nothing to worry about because their values and ways of working align with mine.

“I have really enjoyed my first few weeks. Both personally and professionally I feel very privileged to work here.”

Director Lucy Cashmore said: “We are thrilled to have Sarah join the team. With so much experience, she has a great understanding of the challenges faced by recruiting businesses and how we can best support them.

“One of Sarah’s key strengths is relationship building, which is central to the way we work without partners. Like the rest of the team, she is local to the West Midlands and passionate about supporting businesses and jobseekers in the region”.

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