People: Chamber International grows team; quantity surveyor joins CBRE; growing poultry business restructures board

Chamber International, the overseas trade advisers, have added Laura Patterson to their client services team.

She joins as an export adviser from a Yorkshire textile company where she was a bilingual export administrator managing client accounts in South America, Canada, USA, France, Spain, Italy and Portugal.

Ms Patterson has worked in Guadeloupe, Chile and France with the British Council as a language assistant in schools. She then completed a master’s degree in applied foreign languages and international business at the University of La Rochelle, France.

The team at Chamber International, she joins an expanding team advising businesses throughout the UK on a wide range of export opportunities, requirements and procedures.

She said: “I feel very privileged to be part of the Chamber International team. I have already developed my knowledge of international trade significantly and I’m looking forward to advising and supporting new and existing exporters at a time when Brexit has got many more businesses and individuals interested in international trade.”


The Leeds office of CBRE has added a quantity surveyor to its team.

Tom Bailey has joined the Building Consultancy Project & Cost Management (P&CM) team following the appointment of Gary Allen as its new lead director just one year ago.

Mr Bailey joins CBRE from Burnley Wilson Fish where he provided extensive pre-contract cost management services. At CBRE Leeds he will deliver cost management and general commercial advice for occupiers, developers and investment clients.

CBRE is investing in the P&CM team across the North, with a team of four in Leeds bringing numbers up to 15 in its Northern offices.

Richard Bamford, Head of National Building Consultancy commented: “We are delighted to welcome Tom to the team.

“His appointment further reinforces our market offer and our ability to service our growing workload. We have an exciting list of projects on the books across a range of sectors, primarily; industrial new build and refurbishment, office fit out and healthcare.

“Tom is a great addition and he will support the team in maximising these new and exciting opportunities.”


East Yorkshire poultry business Soanes Poultry has restructured its board as it looks to grow further.

The Middleton on the Wolds based family business has made the changes to “ensure succession planning and continuity.”

Third generation family board member, Andrew Soanes is joined by wife, Sarah. His son John, who is currently completing his studies at Harper Adams Agricultural College, will return to the family farming business later in the year.

Soanes Poultry’s general manager, Nigel Upson joins the board as managing director and Claire Wright has been promoted from financial controller to finance director in the restructure.

Andrew Soanes said: “Nigel has been successful in giving the business direction and a greater sense of purpose, positioning our local, rural business as a producer of great chicken with high ethical values in national markets.”

Nigel Upson said: “Claire has been a breath of fresh air. Not only has she delivered sound accounting and financial controls, but she has shown a clear determination to drive change and deliver improvement across the business.”

Internally, former sales co-ordinator Ben Lee has been promoted to head of sales and marketing and will lead the company’s new business development and marketing strategy.

“Ben is a highly valued member of the team who has made a fantastic contribution to our business over the last 11 years. His promotion is very well deserved and I look forward to seeing him lead the team to great success,” said Mr Upson.

Soanes Poultry is a family owned business that has been rearing and preparing chicken for over 70 years. It employs over 100 people and sells its chicken to butchers and independent retailers in Yorkshire and to wholesalers across the UK.