People: Headstar; Colliers; Wilkin Chapman; and more

Leeds-headquartered finance recruitment consultancy, Headstar, has expanded its team with five new hires.

Nichola Davies has joined as a manager specialising in the placement of finance professionals in qualified and senior finance roles.

She arrives with a wealth of experience, having worked in recruitment since 2009 in both agency and in-house roles across a variety of industries.

She is joined by Jade Goodman who takes up the role of senior consultant in the company’s executive search team, where she will focus on expanding and strengthening Headstar’s talent pool, developing strong relationships with candidates and clients along the way.

With six years’ recruitment experience and a proven track record in business development, Sophie Ripton has joined the part and newly qualified team as a senior consultant.

Chartered marketer, Sharon McCutcheon, has arrived as events manager in a role which will see her work with marketing manager Sam Goodwin who has recently returned from maternity leave.

In addition, the company has welcomed its fourth apprentice, 17-year-old Ruby Feather, who has joined as operations assistant.

Managing director, James Roach, said: “We’re happy to welcome Nichola, Jade, Sophie, Sharon and Ruby to our growing team.

“They join at an exciting time, with the business on track for a record first half performance, and the diverse skills and experiences they bring to the team mean we’re better placed than ever to connect businesses with quality finance professionals to help them to thrive.”


Alastair Dyson

Colliers has recognised two employees in its Leeds rating team through its annual promotions process, effective from April 2024.

Alastair Dyson has been promoted to associate director and Rebecca Heaton to senior surveyor. The pair are among a total of 55 newly promoted Colliers staff based across the UK.

Nationally, five people have been promoted to director, 24 to associate director, 11 to senior surveyor and 15 to senior business support.

Robert Whatmuff, head of Colliers’ Leeds office, said: “Alastair and Rebecca’s promotions are thoroughly deserved as they have worked extremely hard to consistently deliver service excellence to our clients and have played a key role in the ongoing success of the Leeds office.

Rebecca Heaton

“I look forward to seeing what they achieve in the future.”

Tony Horrell, Colliers’ CEO for UK & Ireland, added: “These latest promotions are a recognition of the talent, continued progression and hard work of these employees within our organisation, which is crucial for ensuring our business’s continued growth.

“I am very proud to reward these candidates who have continued to live our company values, while delivering exceptionally high standards of service to our treasured clients.”


East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire-based law firm, Wilkin Chapman, has appointed Caroline Neadley, an experienced employment law specialist to strengthen its team.

Neadley has 22 years of experience in law working across a range of sectors, including food, education and public sector employment.

She deals with all aspects of employment law including unfair dismissal, discrimination, TUPE, employment tribunal claims, settlement agreements, contracts, and senior executive service agreements.

She joins the team of 10 employment law specialists based across the firm’s offices in Grimsby, Lincoln, and Beverley. As a partner, she will work with Wilkin Chapman’s head of employment, Oliver Tasker.

Neadley said: “I’m thrilled to be joining the team at Wilkin Chapman. Having worked in both the private and public sectors, I have a unique employment law skillset which will complement the wide range of experience within the team.

“My private sector experience is primarily a varied client base across sectors such as manufacturing, motor, food, and charities. I also have extensive experience in the education sector.

“My expertise will further develop the employment teams’ experience and ability to support existing clients, and secure new clients during a time of varied legislative reform.”

Tasker said: “Caroline’s appointment is a great asset to our highly regarded employment team and demonstrates our ability to attract the very best legal talent in the region.

“She brings incredible experience and a diverse sector knowledge which will benefit our clients across Lincolnshire, East Yorkshire, and nationally.

“She is also the chair of Women in Business Hull, a highly successful women’s networking organisation aimed at supporting and inspiring women in the region.

“Caroline is defined by her clear values, discipline, drive, and determination, so I’m happy to welcome her to our team to continue to build on our successful growth.”

Neadley has a degree in law from Sheffield Hallam University and undertook her Legal Practice Course at the York College of Law.

She has over two decades of experience in practising law with a keen awareness of the complex challenges that can arise in employment law. Previously, she worked as a partner at a large commercial law firm in Hull.


Ossett-headquartered high-precision plastics components provider, Carclo, has confirmed that Natalia Kozmina will be appointed as a non-executive director of its Board with effect from 22 April 2024.

She will be a member of the Audit and Risk, Remuneration, and Nomination Committees and will chair the Remuneration Committee from 1 May 2024.

Kozmina has a wealth of cross-functional experience gained in large multi-national organisations across a number of industries.

Most recently, she was chief human resources and ESG stewardship officer for Convatec Group, a FTSE 100 global medical products and technology company.

Prior to this she held senior human resources roles in Iron Mountain and Smiths Group.

She started her career in the biopharmaceutical industry with Abbott Laboratories, where she spent more than 10 years in a number of sales & marketing and management positions, culminating in her appointment as general manager, Established Products Division, UK and Ireland.

Joe Oatley, non-executive chair of Carclo, said: “I am happy to welcome Natalia to the Board. Her broad business and human resources experience, in industries closely aligned to those of our customers, will be of great value as we continue on the Carclo journey.”