People: Mazars appoints two new partners; New director announced at travel group; and more

Mazars, the international accountancy and advisory firm, has appointed two new Partners in Leeds.

Both of the Partners are internal promotions, working across Indirect Tax and Financial Services Consulting.

Andrew Hoyle, a Financial Services Consulting Partner based in Leeds, began his career at Mazars, joining as an external audit graduate in 2005.

Hoyle has been central to growing Mazars’ Financial Services internal audit practice in London, and will now use his skills for clients in Leeds.

Juliet Bailey is an Indirect Tax specialist, based in Leeds. Juliet joined Mazars as a Director in 2015, and has grown the North & Scotland VAT team into a successful and well-recognised operation.

Bailey has also helped drive the development of Mazars’ national VAT strategy and will continue to focus on serving clients in what is likely to be a period of significant upheaval for indirect tax planning.

Oliver Hoffman, Mazars Leeds Office Managing Partner, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Juliet and Andrew to the partnership. Their promotions are well-deserved and come at an exciting time in the development of our business in Yorkshire, hot on the tail of our move to new offices at Wellington Place”.

Phil Verity, Mazars UK Senior Partner, added: “The success of our business is based upon recognising and developing talent from all sources and backgrounds. Each of our new Partners has specific expertise and experience in their dedicated areas, with all five representing the breadth of experience, entrepreneurial outlook, people development and client focus to which we aspire as a firm”.


Malvern Group, parent company of York-based Super Break, and Malvern Travel Technology, has announced the promotion of Chris Hagan to Director of Product Supply.

Part of the Malvern Group Senior Management Team, Hagan’s role focuses on all aspects of product supply for the consumer brands – and Super Break, as well as the new B2B brand, Malvern Travel Technology.

Hagan, who has been with the company for 15 years within the product team, has over 20 years experience in the travel industry, working previously in various roles in retail travel agencies.

He leads a team based across Manchester and York, responsible for developing and contracting new products and concepts, building and maintaining relationships with suppliers, product propositions and working with B2B partners to tailor products to their brand.

Hagan said: “This is a very exciting time for Malvern Group as we have ambitious plans to build on the success of our current consumer brands by expanding into the B2B space with a new trip booking technology.

“B2B partners will have the opportunity to benefit from the product supply and expertise of Malvern Group, enabling them to offer their customers the entire trip planning process from beginning to end – and I’m incredibly excited about being a part of this new stage in the company’s growth.

“The role of the product team is so diverse – from developing new exclusive propositions, such as Super Break’s charter programme to Akureyri in North Iceland to working with suppliers across a variety of sectors – and I am very much looking forward to leading the team as we expand into the B2B arena.”


Dacres Commercial, the Leeds-based commercial property firm, has announced that Matthew Brear has been promoted to senior associate and Andrew Sutherland is now a senior surveyor.

Brear joined Dacres eight years ago and is a qualified Chartered Surveyor who specialises in residential land and development work acting on behalf of a variety of landowners including NHS trusts and private individuals.

Additionally, Brear also heads up the commercial agency department of Dacres and is involved with selling, acquiring and letting all types of commercial property, on behalf of tenants and landlords, including private individuals, large-scale investors.

Sutherland originally joined Dacres Commercial as a placement student in 2013, and after achieving a first-class honours degree in estate management from Northumbria University, he returned to the firm and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 2016.

He now works with some of the UK’s leading property companies and institutional investors across Dacres Commercial’s agency and professional divisions.

In addition, he is also a member of the firm’s specialist healthcare department, which carries out medical centre and pharmacy rent reviews, valuations and investment sales, as well as managing an extensive portfolio of specialist primary healthcare buildings throughout the UK.

David Ogilvie, Head of Dacres Commercial, said: “Matthew and Andrew both joined us after graduating from university and have become highly respected and successful members of our team who continually deliver excellent results for clients, as well as recognising and responding to opportunities in the market as they arise.

“As a result, they both thoroughly deserve these promotions and we look forward to seeing them take the next steps in their respective careers at our firm.”


Clarion’s specialist construction team, led by partner Phil Morrison, has announced the appointment of Humera Rashid as an Associate.

Rashid brings a wealth of knowledge after seven years’ construction litigation experience in private practice.

After completing a LLB Law at University of Bradford, Rashid was admitted as a Fellow of CILEX in June 2018, as well as having undertaken a Legal Practice Course at The College of Law and a Professional Skills Course at The University of Law.

Phil Morrison, partner and head of Clarion’s construction team, said: “The specialist construction services we offer are proving very popular given the continued buoyancy of the region’s commercial property market.

“As a result, we are delighted to have made this new appointment to help service the work being referred to us by colleagues and also from clients who are coming to us direct. Humera has a bright future ahead and we are pleased that she will be bringing her expertise and enthusiasm to this growing team.”

Rashid added: “It’s a real privilege to have been accepted onto a team – and into a firm – that is experiencing such amazing growth. It reflects the confidence that clients have in both the construction team and in Clarion, as well as the huge amount of experience and expertise that Phil brings to his role. I can’t wait to progress my career as part of such a new, exciting and fast-developing team.”

Clarion’s 19-strong real estate team provides a full range of property expertise from development, investment, asset management, corporate occupier work through to retail, leisure and secured lending.


Aberfield Communications, the Leeds-based PR, social media and brand communications agency, has appointed Ian Briggs as a senior consultant.

Briggs joins from Finn where he was an associate director specialising in corporate and B2B communications across a wide range of organisations and sectors.

Prior to his time at Finn, Ian was the Yorkshire editor of online business news specialist and a business reporter at The Yorkshire Post.

Tim Downs, director at Aberfield, said: “We are at a really exciting time in the development of our business, in a city we are proud to be located in and which is thriving and growing at an astonishing rate. Ian is a strategic appointment to help us capitalise on both and we are absolutely delighted to welcome him on board.

“2019 offers a huge opportunity connected to Leeds and the wider region, with the likes of the announcement of Channel 4 moving to the city providing further evidence of this, and we are well placed to take advantage on behalf of our clients.

“We already have a strong reputation in areas including professional and financial services, corporate and financial PR, arts, leisure and culture and working on large private and public sector property and infrastructure projects, including public consultations. This makes Ian the perfect person to join the team with his experience and skills complementary to our own.”

Ian Briggs added: “Aberfield has a fantastic reputation and I am thrilled to be joining such a strong and talented team at an exciting period of growth for the consultancy.

“Its expertise, focus and strategic aims are clearly aligned to my own and we’re looking forward to sitting down with potential clients and networks to demonstrate the value we can add as a Leeds-based business with a national outlook.”