Here is the latest BusinessLive round-up of appointments and promotions at firms and organisations across the East Midlands:
Rutland Hall Hotel & Spa
Joanne White has been appointed managing director at Rutland Hall Hotel & Spa, with Nicola Felton joining her as director of revenue. Both will play a vital role in the growth of the business as its extensive renovations continue under the ownership of the Leicester family which launched the Cofresh empire.
Jo has more than 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, having worked with businesses such as the InterContinental Hotels Group and DeVere, as well as the privately owned Horwood House Hotel. She said: “I’m a huge believer in investing in people and talent and am very much looking forward to working closely with the team to develop our collective vision of Rutland Hall Hotel & Spa becoming one of the leading resort destinations in the UK.”
Nicola has more than 30 years’ experience in the sector, working her way up in the revenue division at Hilton Worldwide before spending 10 years at Coombe Abbey in Coventry.
Rutland Hall Hotel & Spa – previously Barnsdale Hall Hotel – is a luxury country retreat situated on the shores of Rutland Water. It was sold in 2020 and is currently undergoing a major upgrade.
Rotheras law firm
Nottingham law firm Rotheras LLP has appointed Marie Walls as its head of business development.
Marie brings a wealth of legal and business development expertise to oversee the strategic direction of the firm’s business development activity with a view to leading the business into new areas for growth.
Marie said: “I’m so excited to have joined Rotheras and I’m looking forward to working with the team to help to achieve the firm’s major plans for growth.
“I wanted to join a law firm where their values really are at the heart of everything that they do.
“The culture is fantastic and given that Rotheras are so client centric, it was an easy decision to join.”
Marie joins Rotheras with over 27 years’ experience in the legal sector, having started out as a personal injury solicitor before moving into business development roles full time from 2008.
Charity Law Association
Charity law and governance expert Catherine Rustomji has been elected to sit on the Charity Law Association executive committee.
As head of charities at Midlands-based law firm Shakespeare Martineau, her role on the committee will see her help improve knowledge and awareness of charity law issues, and work closely with the Charity Commission on the technical and practical issues facing the sector.
The Charity Law Association has more than 900 members and helps charities of all sizes navigate the legal landscape, providing a forum for members to exchange ideas and information and take part in government and regulator consultations
Catherine, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the charity sector, said: “I’m thrilled to have been elected to sit on the executive committee – I am looking forward to getting back into the thick of developments in charity law and discussions with peers about the latest issues affecting charities, and working as a team to stand up for the sector and make a real difference.
“This additional role will position me at the coal face of charity law, keeping me at the forefront of developments so that I can better support my clients too.”
Nelsons has welcomed a new associate and solicitor to its Leicester office as part of its continued expansion within the city.
Naomi Bond, who specialises in family law, has joined the firm bringing specific experience in divorce proceedings, pre- and post-nuptial agreements and private children matters.
She said: “What drew me to Nelsons was the chance to work at a firm that not only boasts a fantastic reputation, but also has a strong culture, vision and values.
“As a regional firm with a national reach, Nelsons is well-respected by other professionals, so having the opportunity to work alongside the expert family team was too good to miss.”
Naomi joins after a particularly successful year for the family team, which saw the department shortlisted for a prestigious industry award when it made it into the final six in the ‘Family Law Firm of the Year – Midlands and Wales’ category at the Family Law Awards.
Notts County Foundation
Notts County Foundation has appointed Sam Sharp to its board of trustees.
Sam, who is currently a senior associate at local full-service law firm Browne Jacobson LLP, completed his undergraduate degree in law at Lancaster University before returning to Nottingham to attend law school.
He has since become a corporate solicitor, primarily focussing on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance transactions, and company reorganisations, as well as governance and general company law advice.
Sam said: “I am delighted to have joined Notts County Foundation’s board of trustees at what is a really exciting period of growth for the charity.
“I am a regular squash player at the Portland Centre and having been a Notts County Football Club supporter since the age of eight, I have always been aware of the great work that Notts County Foundation carries out across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, which ultimately made it an easy decision to make when the opportunity arose.”
Time Finance has appointed Ewan Clarke as business development manager in its invoice finance team in the East Midlands.
Ewan has a background in corporate insolvency and alternative finance, having spent the last eight years supporting businesses through recovery and turnaround plans as well as helping them to seek finance solutions for growth.
He will be responsible for maintaining strong relationships with his introducer network in the East Midlands region whilst generating awareness of the invoice finance solutions available.
Ewan said: “Having worked closely with businesses of all shapes, sizes, and sectors across the East Midlands over the last decade, I know just how many opportunities there are to help firms in this region.
“On top of this, the challenges the SME market currently faces leaves many in need of supportive solutions that can help them to overcome cash flow issues, supply chain disruption and rising costs as well as take advantage of opportunities that arise.”
Thomas Liddle and Callum Alton are the latest new recruits at marketing agency Purpose Media, which is based in South Normanton on the border of Nottingham and Derby.
Thomas, who lives in Mansfield Woodhouse and joins as a videographer, has a first class honours degree in film production having previously been a freelancer, working with various production companies nationwide.
Callum, who holds several marketing and Google accredited certifications joins as a digital account manager having previously worked at another local marketing agency and an apprenticeship provider.
Callum has a keen interest in motorsports and cars, more-so old Japanese cars and is hugely into metal/heavy hardcore music, gaming and Batman.
He recently completed ‘The Mighty Hike’ for Macmillan last year in the Lake District, with plans of repeating the same again in 2022.
B2B technology solutions provider Jigsaw24 has appointed Peter Bertram as its non-executive chairman.
As an experienced IT sector executive, Peter will work closely with founders Roger Whittle and John Hughes, and the broader executive team, David Dudman, Rob Hicking and Tim Bodill.
Peter is currently the chair of Hobs Group, an independent reprographics company, and is on the board of Science Group plc, the international, science-led services and product development organisation.
He has held many senior roles, including chairman of Manolete Partners, Zinc Media, Esteem Systems in addition to a number of senior roles at XMA, Cisco and Azlan.
For more than 10 years, he was chairman of Phoenix IT Group plc, a UK computer services business, until its sale in 2016.
For the 12 months to May 31, Jigsaw24 reported record revenue of £156 million, up 19 per cent on the previous year, with margin and EBITDA also improving.
It is benefiting from a growing demand for Apple products by businesses across the UK as they embrace hybrid working following the pandemic and the increasing expectation of employees that they are able to choose their own IT hardware as they work more from home.
In the last 12 months, Jigsaw24 has increased its workforce to more than 300.
Lemon and Lime Interiors
Lemon and Lime Interiors has continued to strengthen its team with the appointment of two project leads and a sales administrator, as the demand for home staging services grows for home sellers.
Abi Cowley is one of the three latest recruits, joining the team as a project lead.
With a passion for interior design leading to her completing degrees in graphic and interior design, Abi spent seven years working at Derby-based interiors and furnishing store Hunters Furniture – where she developed her expertise in visual merchandising.
Experienced interior decorator Kelly Harland also joins as a project lead, having run her own business in Derby. She brings an expert eye of trending colours and design choices that best complement distinctive properties.
After a project in Lemon and Lime’s hometown of Melbourne, Derbyshire, Kelly saw the firm’s office and introduced herself to Elaine, finding out more about its expanding plans and was subsequently offered a role in the team.
Kaye Broadhurst joins as sales admin support to help with price lists, case studies, as well as dressing and staging.
She is also involved in interior design projects, which includes creating mood boards and designing overall schemes for residential projects.