People: CBI makes senior regional hire; Law firm takes on host of trainees; and more

The CBI has appointed Leon Thompson as assistant regional director in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Thompson joins the CBI from CHEP, where he was a national account manager focused on large manufacturing accounts.

Beckie Hart, CBI Yorkshire & Humber director, said: “These are crucial times for our country and it is especially important that a strong regional business voice is heard at the heart of the debate.

“Having grown up and spent a large part of his career in Yorkshire, Leon will be a real asset to the team and will no doubt be a positive force for good on behalf of the wider Yorkshire business community.”


Leeds law firm Clarion is continuing to invest in new talent with the appointment of four trainee solicitors.

David Spence, Stephanie Shepherd, Hannah Newbery and Avril Mullin are the latest recruits to begin a training contract with Clarion this month, gaining experience in at least four departments over two years.

Roger Hutton, joint managing partner at Clarion, said: “We have been fortunate once again to have been able to choose from some of the brightest law graduates. Investing in teaching and training young people at the very start of their career is something we are passionate about as a firm and we are extremely proud of our retention rate which has seen 100% of our recent trainees choose to stay with Clarion once they have qualified as solicitors.”


Digital marketing agency Perfect Storm has appointed a new digital producer.

Chris Chadwick brings to the role a background in account management and data, which will help the agency to develop new offerings for clients.

He has previously held roles at marketing agencies Coolpink and Home.

Launched year ago by Dave Nutter and Adam Errington, Perfect Storm works with brands including Crown Pet Food owned James Wellbeloved and Greenies and sustainable developer Citu.