People: BHP; Premier Modular; and more

BHP has appointed a new senior manager to its Digital Finance team.

James Houseman has worked in BHP’s Tax team since 2020 and has extensive industry experience, including a previous role at McLaren Automotive where he worked as a finance manager prior to joining BHP.

He now joins the Digital Finance department, which supports businesses throughout their growth and development using the latest in accountancy technology.

He said: “Digital finance is an exciting and fast-moving field. I’m keen to be part of the wider finance function and the problem solving that comes with this new role, which is something I really enjoyed being involved with at McLaren.

“I’m ready for the challenge of having a big team to look after and being a trusted business advisor for clients.”

The company’s team of digital finance specialists has expanded substantially in recent months, adding five new starters since the beginning of the year, and now totals 39 people.

Dermot Lucid, digital finance partner, said: “James has been a key member of the BHP team since he joined us two years ago and his tax expertise will be an asset to Digital Finance.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the team move forward and build on the huge progress we’ve made in recent months.”


East Yorkshire-based Premier Modular has appointed Lee Young as corporate strategy director to develop its strategy and capabilities for the delivery of its ambitious growth plans.

Young joins Premier with 12 years’ experience in the manufacturing and engineering sectors for businesses delivering large public sector and infrastructure projects.

He has held senior financial positions which included finance director at Lockhead Martin.

He said: “This is a really exciting time to join Premier which has seen a tremendous increase in demand for its offsite construction solutions and rental space in the last three years.

“I will be working with the Premier leadership team and with external investors and stakeholders to help develop and underpin our strategic growth plans and set longer-term goals. I am really looking forward to contributing to an exciting future for the business.”

David Harris, managing director, said: “Lee brings a depth and breadth of experience, which will support our strategic growth plans and help achieve our vision for the business.

“Our aim is to demonstrate leadership in sustainability, customer service excellence, operational efficiency, and to invest in our people at every level.

“Our financial performance remains one of the strongest in the offsite sector. We have maintained significant growth in the last 10 years, taking Premier to a £130m turnover business.

“We have increased market share across all our core sectors but particularly in healthcare and education for our rental space.”


Jamie Clark has been promoted to senior associate director at Trident Building Consultancy.

He will head up the company’s Leeds office, following Keith Richard’s retirement later this year.

Clark joined Trident as a chartered building surveyor and over the years he has worked his way up to now manage the office.

He said: “Leeds is a fantastic office, filled with a variety of talented surveyors, as well as being where Trident’s Marketing department sit.

“Altogether we make a great team, and with two new recruits starting in the next few weeks, it’s going to be an exciting few months.”