People: Group Rhodes; SCALA; Bevan Brittan; and more

Group Rhodes, a Wakefield-based manufacturer, has appointed Martin Nairn as business development manager for its BJD Crushers and Hallamshire Engineering Services divisions.

Nairn, who lives in Leeds, has 17 years’ sales experience in the crushing, recycling and earthmoving sectors, including most recently as sales manager for Global Machinery and previously national sales manager for Warwick Ward Machinery and area sales manager at Molson Finlay.

His focus will be on developing new business opportunities for BJD Crushers, a specialist in the design and manufacture of crushing and size reduction equipment and for Hallamshire Engineering Services, which provides design and manufacturing services for conveying systems, hard facing and wear control.

Mark Ridgway, chief executive of Group Rhodes, said: “Martin has a wealth of experience in the quarrying, recycling, mining, and materials handling industries, which will be invaluable in developing new business opportunities for BJD Crushers and Hallamshire Engineering Services.

“Both divisions are well known internationally, and Martin will be looking to drive growth in both divisions and use his extensive contacts to make new connections.”

Nairn said: “I was attracted to the role as Group Rhodes is an expanding British company with a longstanding reputation for quality and service.

“I am enjoying the opportunity to use my experience in machinery sales to create new growth opportunities for BJD Crushers and Hallamshire Engineering Services and be part of their growth journey.”


Huddersfield-headquartered supply chain and logistics consultancy, SCALA, intends to expand its support for European businesses following a string of successful projects across Europe and increased client demand.

It has promoted Chris Clowes to help take advantage of an influx of enquiries for European supply chain strategy reviews in recent months.

Clowes, who joined SCALA over a year ago as a senior consultant, has been promoted to executive director and will be a key driver of the company’s long-term strategy to expand its remit in Europe.

This will include identifying new client bases and growing the business’s European network of experienced consultants.

Since working with SCALA, Clowes has already managed three major projects including European strategy development for a German-based consumer products company, logistics strategy and 3PL tendering for a pan-European electronics business, and a customer ‘cost to serve’ project for a major food company.

He has had previous operational roles at XPO, Boots Retail, Walgreens Boots Alliance, and Costa Coffee.

John Perry, chief executive at SCALA, said: “Supporting businesses with their European supply chain strategy is certainly a growing business area for us.

“As we continue to advance our offering and hone our long-term strategy, committing more resource to our European offering felt like a no brainer.

“With Chris on board, the executive director team is well equipped to refresh and strengthen our offering to.

“Chris has brought new thinking and challenged the team to think outside of the box. It’s a very exciting time for us and we’re glad to have Chris on board.”

Clowes said: “In just over a year, we’ve already been able to deploy real-world experience to support some of the best brands in Europe.

“Growing our European client base and diversifying our consultancy skills will be key goals as I take on a more strategic role.

“We have already made progress in expanding our European services and look forward to spearheading its growth as we invest more time and resource into European consultancy.”


Courtney Janotta

Nine people are celebrating new roles at Bevan Brittan’s offices in Leeds, following a record round of promotions for the national law firm.

In all, 38 people have been promoted in the business, with five new partners created across its four UK offices along with a new legal director, 13 new senior associates and 19 associates.

The quartet of new senior associates at the firm’s Leeds office at Toronto Square includes Litigation, Advisory & Regulatory experts Jessica Boardman and Kyle Duggan.

Maria Fert

They were joined by Employment, Pensions & Immigration specialist Courtney Janotta and Maria Fert from the Commercial & Infrastructure department.

Meanwhile, five colleagues in the expanding Yorkshire team have celebrated promotion to associate.

Property pair Gemma Graham and Lisa Postlethwaite, Employment, Pensions & Immigration duo Lyndsay Mair and Nicole Natur, and Health & Care specialist Lauren Howe have all been recognised.

Lyndon Campbell, partner and head of Bevan Brittan’s Leeds office, said: “Every single one of our successful colleagues has played a major role in our growth and in meeting the increasing demand for our advice on a broad range of issues.

Kyle Duggan

“Building on a decade of consistent growth, we continue to go from strength-to-strength.

“This year’s promotions reflect both the breadth and depth of the expertise and experience within our business, as well as our commitment to equality and the value we place on diversity.

“Following this round of promotions, 52% of our partners are women. Because we know that diversity enriches our business, we will continue supporting talented people to succeed.

“This year, we have also welcomed 32 senior lateral hires into our business. Three of them joined in Leeds as we saw our rapidly expanding team number more than 100 for the first time – an exciting milestone for us all.”


360 Chartered Accountants is celebrating the latest success from its apprenticeship scheme.

Olivia Sutton, an assistant manager at the firm, joined 360 straight from school as an apprentice in 2017.

She has now passed her ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) qualifications to become fully qualified as a chartered accountant, having passed her AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) exams two years ago.

Andy Steele, founder and director of 360, which has offices in Hull, York and Wakefield, said: “We are really proud that another of our apprentices has become fully qualified as a chartered accountant, having passed all exams first time around, which is testament to Olivia’s hard work and dedication.

“We saw her potential when she first interviewed for the apprenticeship scheme seven years ago and we have been impressed with her performance ever since.

“We promoted Olivia to assistant manager two years ago and will now continue to develop and nurture her to step up to manager level. We’re excited to see what the future holds for her at 360.”