People: Trio of partner appointments for Sagars; CTO hired at PE-backed The Dining Club Group; and more

SAGARS, the chartered accountants and business advisers, has appointed three partners.

The appointments, all long-standing members of the team, take the number of partners in the firm to eight.

The new partners are Paul Lodder, Susan Seaman and Ali Jones.

Chris Jones, managing partner, said: “These promotions to partner are fully deserved. It is unprecedented in Sagars’ history to appoint more than one partner at a time. The partnerships are a sign of our continued commitment to long-term client relationships, helping us to strengthen our partner-led service and give our clients the very best advice.

“We now have 90 plus team members with clients across a wide range of sectors. The average length of service at Sagars is more than 12 years, which makes us very proud of our record of team retention,” he added.


THE Dining Club Group, owner of the UK’s largest dining clubs, tastecard, Gourmet Society and Hi-life, has appointed Kevin Judge as the group’s chief technical officer.

Mt Judge is now tasked with building a new IT team and system, with international expansion and new products in mind. He will be responsible for everything IT related; from business systems, infrastructure and equipment, to customer-facing websites and mobile apps.

He brings a wealth of experience to the role, after previously holding similar positions at Hermes Parcelnet, Asda Walmart and While head of business systems at, Mr Judge was responsible for rebuilding the company’s consumer website and the successful launch of the first ever Jet2Holidays mobile app.

He said: “As part of the role I’ll be responsible for developing and implementing new technology platforms that will enable customers and member restaurants to get even more out of the scheme.
“I can’t wait to shake things up and lead the way as we look to significantly improve and grow the company’s digital offering.”


Mike Barnett StrataSTRATA, the privately-owned home builder, has promoted former architect Mike Barnett to head of design following the completion of his Masters in Urban Design at Leeds Beckett University.

Having held the position of architect at Strata for the past three years, Mr Barnett will now be responsible for developing and crafting the strategic long-term vision of the design focussed Strata brand, while also expanding the existing housing range.  

He will also play a lead role in the master planning for all new Strata schemes, working closely with Strata’s CEO, Andrew Weaver.