People: Stone King; ProGARM; AWB Charlesworth Solicitors; and more

National law firm Stone King has welcomed solicitor Nikki Hosker to strengthen its Employment team, based at its Leeds office.

Hosker joins the firm having qualified at law firm Pinsent Masons.

She will work across Stone King’s key sectors of Education, Charity & Social Enterprise and Business to advise a range of clients on contentious, operational and strategic Employment Law issues.

Polly O’Malley, partner in Stone King’s Employment team, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Nikki who will be a great asset to the team, particularly at this extremely busy time.

“We work on employment matters for clients across the firm, including many schools, colleges and charities as well as clients in the business community.

“The team has been particularly busy over the past months advising clients on a very broad range of issues and challenges springing out of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Nikki will help us to continue providing this ongoing support to clients in these difficult times.”


ProGARM, an arc flash protection specialist, is celebrating a string of recent appointments within the firm, following its recent business success.

The specialist PPE provider, based in Gilberdyke, has welcomed four new recruits over recent months; Maciej Stachaczynski as an internal account manager, Lynn Palmer in customer services, Jemima Pridham as internal sales assistant and finally Celina Suehring as internal sales executive for the company’s German operation. 

The new recruits joined the company before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.


However, having enjoyed significant growth, the company is investing in its business to ensure constant innovation, quality development and consistent availability of its products.


Tony Arnett, managing director, said: “We’re thrilled to have been able to welcome new members to our team during the last few months, which have proven challenging for so many of us.


“Every one of the new team members has been a huge asset to the business throughout this time, and has helped us to maintain our growth. 

“Like most businesses, we’ve had to adapt our ways of working and consider our existing supply chain processes throughout the recent months.

“I’m truly impressed by the whole team for how they have all adapted during this time and contributed to the growth of the company.”



AWB Charlesworth Solicitors has announced the qualification of its trainee solicitor Anna Robinson.

Robinson completed her training with the firm at its Skipton office.

Her admission to the Law Society’s roll of solicitors represents the culmination of years of hard work which have seen her achieve a first class honours law degree, going on to complete her Legal Practice Course with Distinction – whilst also working as a secretary at the firm – and most recently finish her period of recognised training with similar success.

She will be working in the firm’s property department, dealing with a mixture of commercial and complex residential property matters.

Property director, James Dunn, said: “We are delighted that Anna has qualified with us and look forward to her enjoying a long and successful career at the firm.”

Robinson said: “I am thrilled to have qualified as a solicitor with AWB Charlesworth Solicitors and look forward to working with my colleagues in the Property team in supporting our clients with their business and residential property needs.”


A Yorkshire property professional has taken the next step on his career journey after securing a high-level industry accreditation.

George Oldroyd has become a full member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) after completing the required seven years of study and practical learning.

Oldroyd, who is from Wakefield, works as a development surveyor in the Yorkshire office of family-owned developers Banks Property, having joined the business two years ago as a graduate planner.

He holds a Masters degree in Planning from Newcastle University and spent a placement year during his studies as part of the City of Edinburgh Council’s Planning Policy team.

Oldroyd said: “Becoming a chartered member of a professional body like the RTPI gives you greater credibility when speaking with external stakeholders, such as land agents, landowners or council officers.

“This accreditation has helped me develop a more rounded understanding of the different challenges that a business faces when looking for its next opportunities to progress through the planning system, and is bringing direct benefits to my day-to-day work that I’m undertaking.”

Rob Ormrod, senior land manager at Banks Property, adds: “George has made a strong start to his career with Banks and thoroughly deserves the professional recognition he’s earned from the RTPI.

“The business already has extensive experience of working right across Yorkshire and we have a clear strategy in place for increasing our footprint around the county in the years to come, a strategy in which George has a big part to play.”