People: Brown Butler; Brewster Partners; Yorkshire Laser and Fabrication

Brown Butler has added to its team and made a series of promotions.

The Leeds-based accountancy practice has hired Nigel Thomas who joins as an audit and accounts manager.

He works with a variety of sectors including manufacturing, property, construction, retail and agriculture.

Alongside this new hire, the firm has promoted Zoë Marshall, John Fenton and Adam Barnes to new roles as audit and accounts managers.

Marshall has almost 20 years of knowledge from working in general practice. In her new role as accounts manager, she assists a broad portfolio of companies in a wide range of accountancy matters, including complex VAT return preparation.

Fenton has supported clients across the country with his audit and accounting expertise for more than 20 years. He specialises in statutory corporate audits.

Barnes has also taken on a management role in the same department. He joined the firm straight out of school 15 years ago and has gained a range of qualifications with the firm. He now works with clients ranging from small owner-managed businesses to multi-million-pound global corporations.

John Brear, Brown Butlers’ director and principal, said: “As we look ahead, we need to ensure that we have a management team that can support our clients and our own aspirations as a firm.

“The recruitment of Nigel, alongside the promotion of Zoë, Adam and John, is an important step for us and a reflection of the growing demand for our services in Yorkshire and beyond.”


Sheffield-based recruitment specialist Brewster Partners has welcomed to new faces to the team.

Brigitta Zsigmond comes to the company with several years recruitment experience already behind her.

Jamie Hawksworth, who has a degree in Business and Information Technology, is new to the recruitment industry but previously spent more than seven years working within the insurance sector.

Managing partner Pete Shillito said: “We are delighted to welcome both Brigitta and Jamie to the team.

“We believe they will both fit extremely well into our enjoyable working environment and contribute to the strong team spirit, where the aim is to be the employer of choice in the recruitment industry.”


The leadership team at a laser cutting and sheet metal fabrication firm has expanded with the appointment of two additional senior managers.

Russ Capstick has joined Yorkshire Laser and Fabrication (YLF) in Normanton as head of design while Sam Pearce has been recruited as quality manager.

Both have an extensive background in manufacturing having worked for a number of years for a large lighting company for who YLF had supplied lasered parts.

YLF MD Matt Orford said: “It’s becoming something of a colleague reunion here with Sam, Russ and our head of operations Cheryl Reidy all having worked together previously. However, YLF is benefitting from this not only in terms of their individual skills and know-how but also from their combined experience.

“This will help us strengthen and improve certain ways of working ensuring we are well placed to maximise whatever business development opportunities come our way in future.”