People: Trio of senior hires at KPMG; New CEO for security firm; and more

KPMG has made three senior appointments to bolster its deal advisory offering in Yorkshire, after its transaction services practice increased sales by 30% for the second year running.

The new recruits will be based in Leeds.

Simon Wormald joins the practice as a director from another professional services firm, where he spent 14 years advising on a variety of buy and sell side transactions. For the last seven years he has specialised in public and private sector health and social care M&A. He will continue to build this expertise at KPMG, focussing on local and national transactions in the health, social care and healthcare technology sectors.

Nigel Hinchliffe has also been appointed to the team as a director, after spending four years in the leisure and gaming industry, where he worked on a number of high profile global transactions. He brings 12 years of M&A experience to the role and, in addition to his leisure and gaming sector focus, is tasked with helping the firm’s transaction services practice grow its footprint in the South Yorkshire market.

Completing the trio of appointments is Claire Elcock, who joins as an associate director with 13 years’ experience advising Yorkshire businesses. She’s specifically charged with developing the practice’s offering that supports privately-owned businesses across the region.

Christopher Stott, head of transaction services in the North of England at KPMG, commented: “The vibrancy of the Yorkshire deals market is testament to the high standard of investors and businesses operating in the region and the health of the advisory community that serves them.

“Our Yorkshire transaction services team has had another great year, advising on a broad range of stellar deals and recording a second consecutive year of growth. We firmly expect that upward trajectory to continue in 2018, so investing in our people to strengthen the depth of talent we have here on the ground is essential.”


Leeds-based security provider First Response Group (FRG), has announced the appointment of a new CEO, Simon Alderson.

Alderson has nearly 20 years’ experience in the sector, gaining several directorships, including running the Netherlands division for VPS and as their UK commercial director. In 2013 he became the first elected chairman of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), Vacant Property Protection Group.

He said: “The two owners of FRG, Jamal Tahlil and Edgar Chibaka, have spent over 10 years building a superb foundation with a highly credible customer base.
““It will be exciting times as we continue to gain contract wins for our emphasis on service delivery to, and partnership with, our major customers, including transport hubs, insurance, utility companies and construction giants.”






Sandy Boyle has been appointed as the new managing director of the Yorwaste Group.

Boyle has spent the last six months working as the group’s finance director, before being promoted to MD.

He succeeds Steve Barker, who left the company last year.

Yorwaste now employs around 320 people and is the largest waste management company in North Yorkshire. Its sister company, SJB Recycling Limited, is one of the UK’s largest providers of green waste composting services.