People: Associated British Ports; Henley Group; Manningham Housing Association; and more

Associated British Ports (ABP) has appointed Andrew Milne as lead property development manager to help drive the success of the future property development pipeline and revenue growth.

He is a chartered surveyor and comes to ABP from Muse where he worked in the Yorkshire and North East office as senior development manager. Muse is part of Morgan Sindall’s regeneration arm.

Milne’s previous role was at national developer HBD where he worked for six years on mixed use developments from industrial to office schemes.

Based in Hull and Immingham, he will be dealing with the direct development of land and property opportunities which come forward to expand ABP’s own direct development and bring forward some of the significant development sites owned by the port operator, including the recent acquisition at Stallingborough Interchange and HIEP (Humber International Enterprise Park).

Simon Bird, director, said: “Andrew has joined us at an exciting time in the business, as we drive forward the new property strategy to unlock new growth gateways.

“We have a strong focus on sustainability and enabling the UK’s clean air transition, and Andrew’s role will be a critical one by looking at sustainable solutions for our developments.”

Milne said: “I’m excited to be joining ABP with some strategically important development sites coming forward and their focus on sustainability and innovating in the renewable energy sectors.

“It is a great opportunity, and I am looking forward to playing a part in ABP’s journey.”

Greg Lacey, head of property (Humber), added: “Andrew joins as we enter the exciting implementation phase of our new property strategy.

“We hold significant strategic land parcels on both sides of the Humber and now have the foundations in place across our estates, asset, and development management teams to secure and deliver major opportunities for the Humber region.

“We are not standing still and our hugely ambitious for ABP; accordingly, Andrew will also be instrumental in working closely with our asset management team in sourcing new investments and further strategic land opportunities to accelerate the growth of ABP, particularly linking into the wider ABP strategy which will be launched later this year.”


Jessica Cowling

Wakefield-headquartered specialist construction business, Henley Group, has made three senior appointments to its team.

Jessica Cowling joins as director of business development and marketing, Robert Gettings as project director for the new HZS Stainless Steel division, while Tom Cardoe, formerly head of restoration, has been promoted to managing director of restoration.

Cowling will be responsible for the growth of the Henley Group brand, focusing on identifying new opportunities, building strategic partnerships, and heading internal strategies and marketing communications for the full group.

She has worked across a range of sectors as a media and marketing expert and brings vast experience in business development.

Robert Gettings

She said: “I’m so excited to be bringing my expertise on brand positioning to Henley Group.

“It’s such an exciting time for the company with the newly launched HZS Stainless Steel division, and we have a number of new business announcements to make soon.

“Henley Group will continue to evolve and I’m looking forward to working with the team to achieve significant growth.”

Gettings brings with him experience in the construction industry, including 14 years in the steel industry.

As part of his previous role, he delivered stainless steel components for the Barking Riverside Project, which at the time, was one of the largest regeneration sites in Europe.

Tom Cardoe

He said: “It’s fantastic to be a part of a business that is delivering some of the most exciting GRC and stone masonry projects in the UK and overseas, and by expanding its portfolio, we are now able to offer greater efficiencies and quality guarantees to customers.

“As part of the new division, we have acquired a factory in Ossett that will enable us to provide jobs to local tradesmen and teach them the high-quality skills and craftmanship that is vital in the construction industry.”

Under Cardoe’s leadership, Henley Restoration and Remedials grew to become a multi-million-pound division.

He has led a variety of regeneration projects since joining the business, including restoration of the 19th century Grade II listed textile mill, Rutland Mills, in Wakefield, which had been in a state of disrepair for two decades.

Other notable projects include the historic Grosvenor Gardens in Westminster, Manchester Piccadilly Warehouse, and Manchester Town Hall.

Cardoe said: “I am thrilled to be acting as managing director of restoration and hope to continue to develop and grow the Henley Group’s stature in this field, as well as building on our reputation as a distinguished heritage restoration company that is committed to preserving and revitalising historic and listed structures.”

Group founder, Shaun Henley, said: “The addition of Jessica aligns perfectly with our vision, as we look to set new benchmarks and build our business portfolio, alongside Robert, who is essential for our growth trajectory within the niche steelwork sector.

“The promotion of Tom is very well deserved, and a strategic move for the company as we continue to invest and grow the Henley Restoration and Remedials side of the business.

“Tom has vast experience in the sector and demonstrates unparalleled expertise and dedication to each project he is involved in.”


Cym D’Souza has been appointed vice chair of Manningham Housing Association (MHA).

She previously served as chief executive of Manchester-based Arawak Walton Housing Association, stepping down last autumn after almost 25 years in the post.

D’Souza is a well-known figure in UK housing having served from 2012-23 as Chair of BME National, the umbrella body for black and minority ethnic (BME) housing associations.

A qualified chartered accountant, she has been a member of numerous boards in the commercial and housing sectors and was recently appointed vice chair of Church Housing Association, established by the Church of England following the publication of a report by the Archbishops’ Commission on Housing, Church and Community.

Founded in 1986, MHA manages more than 1,400 homes for over 6,000 residents in Bradford and Keighley.

D’Souza said: “I am excited to join the MHA Board. It has established a well-earned reputation as one of the leading BME housing associations in the country, which not only provides high quality homes for residents but strives to improve the life experiences of the wider communities which surround them.

“I know that exciting plans are in place to build on the progress MHA has made in recent years. I look forward to playing my part in delivering them.”

Rupert Pometsey, MHA chair, said: “Cym is one of the most respected individuals in housing and brings an unrivalled breadth of experience to the boardroom.

“She is also a prominent champion of BME communities which makes her the perfect fit for MHA.”

Lee Bloomfield, MHA chief executive, added: “I have worked alongside Cym on the Executive Group of BME National for many years.

“Her CV speaks volumes about her achievements and absolute commitment to the task in hand. She is a great addition to our Board.”


Anna Turzynski has been appointed as the new arts director at Sunny Bank Mills, in Farsley.

She was a senior producer at LEEDS 2023: Year of Culture and responsible for some of the year’s most successful events, including The Awakening, The WOW Barn and The Gifting.

Turzynski, who was born and educated in Sussex, before moving to Yorkshire in 2011 to study Theatre and Performance at Leeds University succeeds Jane Kay who, in conjunction with co-owners William and John Gaunt, has established Sunny Bank Mills, and its art gallery, as one of the finest independent art and making spaces in Yorkshire. 

Turzynski said: “It is such an honour and a privilege to take over from Jane at Sunny Bank Mills. Jane’s are big shoes to fill.

“The team have taken a cultural organisation and made it a key part of the community, creating a neighbourhood space which has the power to inspire, teach and learn from people who visit it.

“Having worked in small organisations across Leeds for the majority of my career, I recognise the care and personal effort it takes to achieve such a feat.”

“My vision for the Arts Programme at Sunny Bank Mills is to build on the fantastic reputation it already has and to strengthen its offer as a destination for local, regional and national visitors.

“So, I will be planning exceptional exhibitions, events and opportunities that are rooted in the local area but have international relevance and significance.”

William Gaunt, co-managing director of Sunny Bank Mills with his cousin John, said: “We had a good many applications for the post but Anna was the outstanding candidate.

“Her vision for arts and culture at Sunny Bank Mills aligned with ours, while her valuable experience with LEEDS 2023 and her positive and vibrant character made her the best person for this important post. Her appointment reinforces our commitment to arts and culture here.

“We appointed Anna because she has a wide skills base. Whilst the Gallery is at the core of our arts offer, we cannot wait to see what exciting developments Anna will initiate to cement our reputation as one of Leeds’ leading arts venues.

“She will be building on the foundations already laid and taking the arts here to a whole new level.”