People: DJH Mitten Clarke; DWF; Richborough

DJH Mitten Clarke has announced a record number of thirteen senior promotions, developing the leadership pipeline across their Manchester, Walsall and Stoke-on-Trent offices.

The top 50 accountancy firm’s raft of promotions comes after a year of continued growth, with 8 acquisitions in the last 12 months.

James Beardmore, Chief Operating Officer, said, “I am thrilled to see so many of the team from across different departments continue to develop and grow their career. At DJH Mitten Clarke, we encourage ambition, and it is essential that opportunities are created for both learning and progression.

“Our team work incredibly hard, and it’s important to make sure achievements are recognised and celebrated. I’d like to congratulate each and every one of them as they take the next step in their careers and thank them for their hard work and dedication.”

The promotions include the appointment of Director of Marketing & Communications, Hayley Plimley, and Head of Learning & Development, Chris Rawlinson, further strengthening the groups leadership team.

Hayley commented, “Since I joined DJH Mitten Clarke in late 2020, the business has evolved in a way none of us would have ever imagined. This has provided an incredible opportunity for the whole team to grow and develop with the Group, working together to deliver amazing things to both enhance our client service and create a fantastic place to work.”


DWF, the global provider of integrated legal and business services, has announced 12 promotions in its Birmingham office.

As part of its annual promotions process, commercial & competition lawyer, Ben McLeod is among those promoted this year. Ben, who was already a partner, has been promoted to a more senior level within the partnership.

Commenting on the recent promotions, Jon Stevens, office managing partner for DWF in Birmingham, said: “I’m delighted to announce these well-deserved promotions for our colleagues in Birmingham. The promotion of these individuals shows their dedication and valuable contribution to our business. I would like to extend my congratulations and gratitude to each of them for their ongoing commitment to delivering high quality services to our clients.”

The full list of promotions are:
Benjamin McLeod, Partner
Eleanor Jarvis, Senior Associate
Alexander Tolcher, Senior Associate
Deborah Haldane, Associate
Jade Hollingworth, Associate
Oliver Palmer, Associate
Imagin Shore, Associate
Oleksandra Vytiaganets, Associate
Hannah Martin, Senior Paralegal
Peter Wallis, Senior Paralegal
Andriana Loizias, Lead Paralegal
Eirini Sakellari, Lead Paralegal


Faith Byrne and Tom Ball

National land promoter Richborough has welcomed Faith Byrne as a management accountant at its Birmingham headquarters.

Working with financial controller Tom Ball, Byrne maintains Richborough’s day to day finances and introduces new processes to promote efficiency and support company growth.

Byrne has recently become a chartered accountant after passing her final Association of Chartered Certified Accountants exam.

Previously, Byrne was the accounts executive at Wealth Club, an investment firm specialising in tax-efficient investments for high net worth individuals. She started at the firm as an apprentice after finishing sixth form, and worked her way up the ranks.

Tom Ball said: “This newly-created management accountant role brings depth to the finance function, allowing the team to support Richborough in a much more effective way and help facilitate its recent and planned growth.

“Although young in her career, Faith brings a wealth of experience across a broad range of finance functions. Her experience in systems implementation is already proving invaluable having led the role-out of our new expenses management system. We have also started planning for the implementation of a new finance system – Faith’s expertise will be crucial to the success of this project.”

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