People: Savills; BCRS Business Loans; Edward Thomas Interiors

Barry Gaffney

David Chatten

International real estate advisor Savills has announced fourteen promotions across its Birmingham and Telford offices, effective from March 2024.

The promotions see four people move up to director level, while four become associate directors and six associates. The full list of those promoted in the West Midlands is below.

Andrea Caplan

Victoria Burgin, head of Savills Birmingham, comments: “I’m delighted to see twelve promotions within the Birmingham office, a huge congratulations to them all. Each of these individuals has played a crucial role in driving the achievements of their divisions and contributing to the overall success of Savills.”

Rebecca Humes

Rhydian Scurlock-Jones, head of Savills Telford, adds: “I would like to congratulate both Adam and Marcus on their very-well deserved promotions. They have done incredibly well in a challenging market and I would like to thank them for the key role they have played in the ongoing success of Savills in Telford.”

Savills West Midlands promotions include:

Barry Gaffney Planning Birmingham Director
David Chatten Property Management Birmingham Director
Mark Little Property Management Birmingham Director
Adam Weaver Rural and Projects Telford Director
Daniel Rudd Business Space Birmingham Associate Director
Andrea Caplan Planning Birmingham Associate Director
Isaac Burner Residential Development Sales Birmingham Associate Director
Rebecca Humes Valuation Birmingham Associate Director
Hamad Al-Qubaisi Lettings Birmingham Associate
Joseph Cramphorn Planning Birmingham Associate
Demi Yates Property Management Birmingham Associate
Emily Dixon Property Management Birmingham Associate
Emma Stokes Property Management Birmingham Associate
Marcus Taylor Rural and Projects Telford Associate


Andrew Hustwit and Mark Savill

BCRS Business Loans has announced the appointment of a new business development manager for Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

Mark Savill has joined the West Midlands-based business lender to support businesses across Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire and the surrounding areas which are looking for finance to achieve growth and make a positive contribution to the economic wellbeing of the region.

With a 30-year career at NatWest, including 15 years spent as a relationship manager in commercial banking, Mark brings a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise. He has joined BCRS having previously managed his own mortgage broker business since 2016.

Mark said: “I am really looking forward to working with the small business community and supporting SMEs with the funding they need to achieve their goals.

“My first impressions of the BCRS team have been great. I like how the organisation takes a relationship-based, face-to-face approach to lending and is committed to supporting businesses overlooked by traditional lenders. BCRS has a strong reputation as a responsible lender.”

BCRS Business Loans Chief Executive Stephen Deakin said: “I am pleased to welcome Mark to our Business Development team. His experience working closely with business owners and company directors to provide finance and banking services will be a great asset to BCRS.

“At BCRS we believe that no viable business should go unsupported. Mark will play a key role in helping small and medium sized businesses across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire gain access to finance so that they can grow, create employment opportunities and make a positive contribution to the region.”


New homes interior design firm, Edward Thomas Interiors (ETI) has strengthened its client account team with a new appointment and promotion.

Sam Jones has been promoted to Digital Account Executive while new to the team is Client Account Executive, Georgia Caroll. The pair join Directors, Steve Hird and Andy Richardson and existing Client Account Managers, Megan Doherty and Estelle Palmer to make a six-strong team.

Sam has been an integral part of ETI’s senior styling team for three years and makes the move into client account management to provide maternity cover for Megan as well as to curate additional content for the firm’s digital and social media channels.

“When we set up Edward Thomas Interiors, we wanted to be more than just a supplier, our aim was to become a trusted design partner and integral part of the wider sales and marketing function,” explains director, Steve Hird.

“This approach has helped set us apart. By establishing longstanding connections and providing a dedicated point of contact, we become an extension of the team. This has proven invaluable when developing a design concept, planning schedules or adapting to build programme movement.

“As our workload has grown, the time was right to expand our client account team, and we’re happy to welcome Sam and Georgia who both bring an energy and creative flair that we’re sure our clients will benefit from.”

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