Appointments: Big Four firm adds to partner roster; Law firm expands specialist teams; Third generation takes helm at chemical firm; and more

RICHARD Siddall has been promoted to partner level at PwC in Yorkshire and the North East.

He will lead the debt and capital advisory team across the North, Midlands and Scotland.

Gemma Clark, who spent 14 years with PwC in Leeds has also been admitted as an audit partner in the private business team in PwC London Region.

Ian Morrison, PwC’s Yorkshire & North East Regional Leader said: “We continue to increase the number of partners in our business and have focussed on bringing deep specialities in to the firm to better advise our clients.

“These promotions reflect the important role the region plays in contributing to the UK’s economic success and our commitment to investing in our people across all our client services, whilst at the same time ensuring we develop a diverse and inclusive partnership which remains a priority. Building on the progress of our business is vital to our future success.”

Nationally PwC has promoted a record 61 equity partners, with nearly half (45%) of the new partner group are based outside of London.


Taylor and Emmett new hiresSHEFFIELD solicitors Taylor&Emmet has expanded its contentious probate and employment law teams with the addition of Stacie Hurt and Kelly Gibson.

Contentious probate solicitor Ms Hurt joins Taylor&Emmet from HLW Keeble Hawson in Sheffield and will be handling a variety of disputes, including Inheritance Act claims, issues surrounding the executors of wills and the maladministration of trusts. She will also be assisting department head, Alex Watkinson, with large or complex matters.

Taylor&Emmet is also welcoming Ms Gibson, a chartered legal executive, to its employment law department to handle enquiries from businesses and individuals on all employment issues and workplace disputes.

Most recently, she was based at Elliott Mather in Chesterfield, following stints at firms in Manchester and Sheffield.


Richard Smeaton Bardsley ConstructionRICHARD SMEATON aims to build on his vast experience of delivering key construction projects in Yorkshire following his appointment as regional manager of the Yorkshire division of Bardsley Construction.

Having joined Greater Manchester-based Bardsley in 2014 as contracts manager, he succeeds Adrian Rooney as head of the firm’s Yorkshire office in Wellington Place, Leeds.

Mr Smeaton has more than 30 years of experience in construction with expertise in sectors including education, social housing, retail, commercial, student accommodation, private rented sector (PRS) and archive facilities.

In Yorkshire, he worked alongside  Mr Rooney to deliver major construction schemes including the design and construction of a two-storey primary school at The Halifax Academy for Calderdale Council, the West Yorkshire History Centre, a three-storey archive facility for Wakefield Council that will house more than 10 million records of Wakefield and the former counties of West Yorkshire and West Riding, and an Advanced Skills and Innovation Centre (ASIC) on three-storeys at Wakefield College, due to be completed in the spring of 2017.


Chris Chadwick Airedale ChemicalAIREDALE CHEMICAL has appointed Chris Chadwick as managing director.

Grandson of the founder, the late Brian Chadwick and nephew of former MD Richard Chadwick, he is the youngest leader in the company’s 43-year history and promises to open a ‘new chapter’ for the company.

Richard Chadwick moves into the role of group chairman as Chris Chadwick, who has spent 15 years in the business, heralds a new era in the company’s fourth decade as a leading manufacturer and supplier of speciality chemicals.

Chris Chadwick said: “Airedale Chemical has gone through an intense growth plan over the last five years and my plan is to consolidate our capital expenditure spend and maximise the infrastructure and capabilities we have put in place. As well as continuing to grow organically and build on the hard work and success of my grandfather and uncle, I’m also looking to open a new chapter for the company.  
“I’ll be developing our speciality chemical offering and proactively entering new markets to continue our diversification strategy, while keeping a key focus on developing our community relations and support programme. We began implementing our current five-year growth plan in 2015 which I will continue to drive, keeping up the momentum set by my uncle, who led the company’s greatest period of growth increasing turnover from £8m to £42m.”