People: Dudleys; DS.Emotion; Titan Private Wealth; and more

Structural and civil engineering consultancy, Dudleys, has recruited two new professionals to its team in Leeds following sustained growth of the business.

Already trading ahead of its 10% target increase six months into the financial year, Dudleys has also relocated its North-West office to central Manchester to support its drive to recruit more strong talent.

David Cardani has joined as principal engineer.  With more than 34 years’ industry experience, he is a skilled engineer and will provide senior support to clients across the board in all sectors.

Frances Wallbank has also joined as graduate engineer. Having graduated last year with a First-Class Honours Degree in BSc Civil Engineering, she took on a five-year apprenticeship before joining Dudleys where she will shadow the senior team on projects spanning residential, commercial and care sectors.

Andy Walker, managing director, said: “We are happy to welcome David and Frances to our expanding team at Dudleys.

“Our people are fundamental to the success of the business as demonstrated in very positive trading where we are currently operating 10 per cent ahead of targets.

“Our appointment to support Leeds Bradford Airport with its £100m upgrade plan has significantly boosted performance, as well as multiple instructions with Voyage Care, and Torsion Care.

“We also retain ongoing instructions with Leeds United, Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate and Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.”

“Across the Pennines, we are pleased to be relocating our North-West office from Prestwich to 76 King Street in Manchester city centre.

“This super prime location will not only help us to attract the best talent in the region but also places us in the heart of the commercial property business community.”


Leeds-based brand and communication agency, DS.Emotion, has further expanded its team.

Jorgia Gidney joins as social media manager from Principles agency, where she led social media campaigns producing high-quality, client-specific monthly content.

Aidan Corkett-Beirne joins as place activation manager. With extensive experience in marketing and events programming, he has a proven track record of making places socially and commercially successful.

Lucy Bakker has joined as a junior account executive, with an MA in Advertising and Marketing from Leeds University, to support the existing accounts team. 

Matt Button, DS.Emotion co-founder, said: “Compelling activations promoted through engaging social media content are essential to our successful place branding and placemaking offer.

“Jorgia and Aidan have excellent experience to help to build on our award winning solutions for destinations all over the country.

“Growing the team with impressive people like Jorgia, Aidan and Lucy is paramount to us continuing to deliver outstanding results for our clients across our three studios.”


Titan Private Wealth has confirmed that Matt Beddall has joined the business as joint chief executive officer, alongside existing CEO Mark Puleikis.

In this new role as joint CEO, Beddall will help guide Titan Private Wealth’s overall strategic direction and lead the company through its next phase of growth.

He joins Harrogate-based Titan from Investec Wealth & Investment, where he was divisional director and head of the Sheffield Office.

At Investec, he worked his way up from trainee to director over a 25-year career with the business.

He brings extensive experience of leadership and management responsibilities, as well as hands-on experience managing a range of client types, including private clients, charities, defined benefit pension schemes and financial mutuals.

Titan Private Wealth, previously Cardale Asset Management, is an investment management business providing portfolio management to private clients, pension schemes, charities, corporates and intermediaries across the UK.

Beddall said: “I am thrilled to be joining such a successful and award-winning business as Titan.

“I look forward to helping lead the business through its next growth phase and continuing the amazing work that has already been put in place.”

Puleikis said: “I am excited to be working with Matt as joint CEOs of Titan Private Wealth.

“With his extensive experience and proven leadership skills, Matt will play a pivotal role in growing the business and delivering exceptional results and value for our clients and shareholders.”

James Kaberry, executive chairman and joint-CEO of Titan Wealth Holdings, added: “I’d like to welcome Matt to the Titan Group.

“I have no doubt that his significant experience will contribute to the further success of Titan Private Wealth.”


Yorkshire law firm, Chadwick Lawrence, has appointed four new trainee solicitors as part of its internal progression scheme.

This scheme sees four current paralegals within the firm being awarded training contracts to continue working in the firm.

Jaidan Avison in the Real Estate Department will be starting in April 2024. Bethan Brooke from the Employment Department, and Kyrran Dearnley-Porter in the Corporate and Commercial Department, have been offered a training contract to start on 1 October 2024.

Jamie Howard, currently in the Acclaim Team, will begin his training contract in April 2025.

Avison, who joined the firm in 2023, said: “I’m pleased to have secured this training contract, acknowledging the effort put into studying and hard work.

“Looking ahead, I am eager to explore new areas of law, marking a significant step forward on the path to becoming a fully qualified lawyer.”

Brooke said “I look forward to continuing with Chadwick Lawrence to gain the skills I need to finish my training contract and emerge as a solicitor.

“This program will involve setting strategic goals and objectives to develop key competencies, file management, costing work, and establishing relationships with clients.”

Dearnley-Porter, who has been with the firm since July 2022, said: “I’m looking forward to tackling this new challenge.

“My goal is to work my way up to becoming an associate and, eventually, a partner. Securing this training contract marks a meaningful step in that direction.”

Howard joined in June 2022 as a paralegal. He said: “I anticipate taking on more responsibilities, exploring more areas of law, and establishing my own identity as a trainee solicitor.

“There are lots of people who’ve been in the position I am in now and have worked their way up and gone on to be very successful, I hope that I can do the same.”

Managing partner Neil Wilson said: “Congratulations to Jaidan, Bethan, Kyrran, and Jamie on their training contracts.

“We wish them all the best in the next part of their training and qualification as solicitors at Chadwick Lawrence.”