People: Hägen Wolf; Zenith; 6B; and more
Property litigation firm Hägen Wolf has marked its first anniversary with the appointment of its fourth qualified solicitor.
Amy Chadwick joins the Leeds-based firm as an associate and gives further depth and range to the firm’s service offering.
She is an experienced solicitor-advocate with rights of audience in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.
She joins from the Leeds office of Knights and has over six years of experience working in law firms. She has led property litigation cases across a wide range of sectors including; social housing, commercial lease renewals, forfeiture, dilapidations and telecommunications.
Hägen Wolf launched in January 2020 and has grown despite the challenges to the property sector created by the pandemic.
Chadwick said: “There is a unique culture at Hägen Wolf that sets it apart.
“A focus on the client and a commitment to staff development has created strong foundations for continued growth. We are all excited to see what 2021 holds.”
Matt Pugh, managing partner of Hägen Wolf, said: “As a new and dynamic firm we invested in the latest technology from the outset to ensure that our staff and clients can work seamlessly with us wherever they are.
“It’s an approach that has ensured our continued growth throughout 2020 and has given us a robust platform for further expansion this year.
“We are delighted to welcome Amy to the team. It’s clear our approach of investing in the personal and professional development of every lawyer continues to attract great talent.”
Leasing, fleet management and vehicle outsourcing business, Zenith, has appointed Stuart Price as chief people officer to support its growth plans and long-term people strategy.
Price will lead the HR department and be responsible for developing its people-focused culture and continuing to keep employees at the heart of their strategy.
He joins Leeds-based Zenith from Virgin Care, where he was chief people officer before becoming chief operating officer. He has also held senior people roles at Costcutter, Morrisons and Asda.
Tim Buchan, chief executive of Zenith, said: “Stuart brings a wealth of experience from the fast-paced grocery retail and healthcare sectors.
“His passion for creating a culture that enables people to excel is an excellent fit for Zenith as we move into the next stage of our strategic development.
“I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Marisa Waddington, who has retired from the role of HR director after 11 years of working with Zenith.
“Marisa helped take this business from strength to strength, and her achievements won national recognition by making Zenith a Top 100 Company to work for.”
Price said: “I’m really excited to join a successful organisation with a passion for employee engagement, training and development.
“I’m looking forward to building on the strong culture that exists today and working with the teams to build the future people strategy that supports our growth and change agenda, with a relentless focus on putting our colleagues and customers at the heart of our business.”
Wakefield-based 6B, a development agency working on public and private sector contracts, has announced the appointment of Caroline Johnson as senior project manager and Robert Clarke as senior .NET developer.
Bringing experience from leading development and digital marketing agencies in Leeds, Johnson will work on managing complex, bespoke SaaS and web development build projects.
She has already managed the brief for an innovative digital healthcare app using HL7 FHIR, the latest and most widely used standard for healthcare data exchange.
She said: “6B is an agency with real passion for driving success for its clients.
“It is also a team of incredibly knowledgeable developers who bring a ton of expertise to each project. Working alongside this calibre of talent makes the role all the more exciting.
“As well as focusing on web development, 6B also manages mobile app development and digital transformation projects.
“Ultimately, we drive accelerated digital delivery for ambitious organisations. As a senior project manager, I find this infinitely interesting and can’t wait to get stuck into more work for our growing list of clients.”
Having previously worked as a software developer, Clarke will manage the specification, design, implementation, and deployment of a range of projects.
He will also review and mentor other developers and liaise with clients on a technical basis.
He said: “I enjoy the fact that this role is a lot more client facing than my previous one.
“I like the varied aspect of development projects, as well as the ability to bring my experience to a growing team. Everyone is a lot closer and more open here.
“The directors and founders frequently communicate and talk about their plans for the future, and this extends to clients as well.”
Managing director of 6B, Paul Brown, added: “It’s great to be in the position to share further positive news about our team.
“The talent that we are attracting is market-leading and this supports our ambitions as we work on larger and more complex briefs for our portfolio of clients.”
A Board change has been announced at listed consulting services business Science Group, which has a base in Knaresborough.
After almost seven years with the Group, Rebecca Archer, Group finance director, has advised the Board of her intention to resign to take up a new role.
The Board has announce that Sameet (“Sam”) Vohra has accepted the position of chief financial officer designate.
Vohra qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and has gained considerable experience in senior finance leadership roles in UK listed international businesses, including group financial controller at TT Electronics PLC and group director of finance at Spectris PLC, the FTSE 250 precision engineering company.
Most recently, he was interim group finance director at Ted Baker PLC during its financial restructuring.
Archer will leave the Group after completion of the 2020 audit and the posting of the Annual Report to shareholders.
It is anticipated that Vohra will be appointed to the Board this month with the formal transfer being completed in April.