Monday’s movers and shakers – Promotions and appointments round-up

KPMG building, London

KPMG building, London

Business Leader Magazine looks at the last week’s promotions and appointments from across the South West…

KPMG more than doubles apprenticeship hires in Bristol

KPMG’s Bristol office has more than doubled its number of apprentices this year. Sixteen apprentices will join the office in October, compared to six last year.

The firm’s 2017 recruitment drive across the whole country has seen a 40% increase in the number of apprenticeship hires, up from 129 in 2016 to 181 this year. The record intake brings the total number of young people recruited into the firm’s apprenticeship schemes to 387. Two thirds of KPMG’s new apprentice roles (118) will be based in regional offices – including Bristol – as the firm continues to invest heavily in its regional business.

Andrew Hodgson, senior partner for KPMG in Bristol, commented: “I am immensely proud that our apprenticeship programme is enabling so many talented young people to join our team in Bristol.”

Barton Willmore expands Infrastructure team

Leading design and planning consultancy, Barton Willmore, has expanded its Infrastructure & Energy team with the appointment of a new Planning Associate in Bristol.

The appointment of Tom Carpen from The Planning Inspectorate comes after he spent the last eight years working as an Infrastructure Planning Lead, advising applicants and other stakeholders on large scale Development Consent Order applications.

National Law Firm Ashfords Welcomes New Corporate Tax Partner

National provider of legal, regulatory and professional services, Ashfords, is delighted to announce the appointment of Nicola Manclark as Partner in the firm’s expert Corporate Team.

Based in the firm’s Bristol office, Nicola joins Ashfords’ Corporate Tax Team having previously trained and worked at Burges Salmon. Nicola’s practice encompasses advising on all aspects of corporate and commercial tax, including in connection with mergers and acquisitions, group reorganisations, finance and banking, real estate transactions, cross border and employment taxes.

HTC LLP strengthen management team in London and Bristol

Hartnell Taylor Cook LLP, commercial property consultants with offices in London and Bristol, have strengthened their Property and Asset Management teams in both offices following the appointment of seven new members of staff.

In London, Dezrine Conard and Kathrine Luckie have joined as Associate Directors.  With over 30 years’ experience between them, they complement the rapidly growing management function within the London office. Dezrine has joined from JLL and Kathrine from CBRE. Both will be working closely with Stuart Howell and handling property portfolio’s owned by The Co-operative Group, Marks and Spencer Plc and The Property Group, who acquired six new office buildings in the capital totaling over 250,000 sq ft in the last 12 months (advised by Hartnell Taylor Cook LLP).

In Bristol, Neil Jones and Gruffudd Hobday have joined as a Senior Surveyor and Graduate Trainee respectively. Neil has over 20 years’ experience in the property market dealing with both residential and commercial property. Gruffudd joins after qualifying from University of West of England in Property Investment, Management and Sustainable Studies. Both are appointed to assist in the management of a range of portfolios.

The team are further bolstered by the recruitment of Aneta Bronisz-Antoniolli and Jessica Smith who have both joined the Bristol team as property administrators.

Ian Duck has joined the growing facilities management division from Savills. Ian is an experienced FM manger with nearly 20 years’ experience and will be working closely with the property managers on a wide range of portfolios

CBRE grows its Bristol team

CBRE is investing in its rapidly growing UK-wide Planning & Development service across Bristol, the South West and South Wales regions with the appointment of a new team to lead on development projects – Marcus Plaw joins as the new Planning Director and Philip Marsden new Associate Director.

Marcus joins from Lambert Smith Hampton and brings with him with over 20 years’ experience of the South West market, providing a full planning service from site assessments and general planning advice through to applications for planning permission and listed building consent, research, planning appeals and input into scheme valuations.

Philip joins from Savills where he worked within the Commercial Planning team, specialising in retail, office and leisure schemes, on a UK wide basis.

Leap in new direction for Somerset timber yard

Timber supplier, Timbersource, based in Shepton Mallet, has hired a parkour athlete to perform in a film to promote their new ‘while you wait’ ordering service.

The film features the acrobatic skills of Jacob Peregrine-Wheller, a trained parkour athlete and finalist in the TV show, Ninja Warrior.

The parkour expert runs, jumps, somersaults and even ‘surfs’ on a wooden plank as he makes his way through the timber yard, navigating obstacles for stunt work, including a large truck, a saw mill, a forklift and a tall staircase.

Paperchase unveil two new executives

Paperchase, the design-led, stationery, cards and gifts retailer has today announced two new appointments to its executive board.  Duncan Gibson will join the business as Chief Operating Officer and Kevin Heath has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer.

Gibson has an impressive retail and private equity pedigree having worked previously in a number of senior roles with Brakes Group, Abel & Cole and The Disney Store.  Kevin Heath has been with Paperchase for a number of years in the role of Retail Finance Director.

VWV Announces Trainee Solicitor Intake for 2017

VWV welcomed nine new trainee solicitors on 31 August. Working across VWV’s offices in London, Watford, and Bristol, the new trainees will start their training contracts in a range of seats to include Commercial Property, Construction, Property Litigation, Private Client, Employment and Corporate.

The firm now has a total of 18 trainee seats across London, Watford and Bristol, which demonstrates its growth and presence, particularly in the London and Watford markets.

New visiting professor strengthens Bristol’s renewable energy teaching and research

The University of Bristol’s growing activity in renewable energy teaching and research has been strengthened by the appointment of David Quarton, a leading figure in the wind energy industry, as a Visiting Professor.

Professor Quarton established close links with the University of Bristol in 2008 when he supported Garrad Hassan’s involvement in the development of the Engineering Design for Wind and Marine Energy unit – an optional Masters Level module, which regularly attracts over 100 students from across the School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering.

Carter Jonas makes senior hire for new planning offer in the South West

Carter Jonas, the national property consultancy, has bolstered its national and regional planning capabilities by hiring Lachlan Robertson from Savills to spearhead its planning capabilities in the South West of England.

The planning and development team recognised an opportunity to extend its national network to respond to the need for a stronger planning presence in the South West from its newly expanded office in Bath. Robertson will work closely with his colleagues in Leeds, Oxford, Cambridge and London to offer a full range of comprehensive planning services.

Lachlan’s appointment follows the news that Carter Jonas has strengthened its business in the South West by taking on additional office space in Bath, having opened two new offices in Taunton and Truro earlier this year, taking its total network of offices across the UK to 38.