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People On The Move: Key North East Appointments And Promotions

Newcastle Financial Advisers, the financial advice arm of Newcastle Building Society, has expanded its operational support team with two appointments.

Beth Muir and Beth Hunter already have a combined 23 years-experience in financial services within the Newcastle Building Society Group. Ms Muir has been appointed as the firm’s operations team leader, while Ms Hunter enters the newly created position of paraplanning team leader.

Ms Muir said: “Since moving into my position, I now have further opportunity to bring my breadth of experience to help support our financial advisers and facilitate the growth of our financial advice division through the operations function of the business.”

Ms Hunter added: “In my new role I look forward to supporting our growing team of advisers in achieving our ambition of providing financial help and support to a greater number of customers across more locations and communities in the North over the coming years.”

L-R Dylan Christie and Steve Rawlingson (Image: Samuel Knight International) Renewable energy recruitment specialist Samuel Knight International has appointed Dylan Christie as its new chief operating officer. Mr Christie has 25 years of experience across engineering and technology recruitment sectors . he said: “I am very pleased to join Samuel Knight International at such an exciting time for growth. We have very ambitious plans for development and I look forward to working with the talented team here to realise these projections.”

Group CEO Steve Rawlingson added: “With expertise in high-level growth, Dylan has previously developed one of the world’s leading tech companies – achieving £220m in sales. I am very confident that Dylan will achieve similar success here at Samuel Knight International as we continue to grow too.”

Samuel Knight International has also appointed Ben Townsend as head of energy, Jack Roberts vice president strategic partnerships and Alison Lowrie as EMEA & RoW strategy director.

The Clean Slate Solutions team with Hugh Welch (right) (Image: Mike Smith Photography) A leading lawyer from Muckle LLP has been appointed as a trustee to a Teesside charity. Hugh Welch, senior partner and corporate team lawyer at Muckle LLP, has become a trustee of Middlesbrough-based charity Clean Slate Solutions, which helps people across Teesside and North Yorkshire with a past conviction get into paid employment. The appointment demonstrates continued commitment from the Newcastle-based law firm in its support for Clean Slate Solutions, which last year received a £3,000 grant from Muckle’s Community Fund.

The charity provides dedicated employment mentors to support candidates in acquiring new skills, obtaining necessary certifications, refining interview techniques, and connecting them with employers.

Mr Welch said: “I initially connected with Richard and the team through our community fund and was very impressed with the work they do and the impact that has on the local community. It can be incredibly difficult to reintegrate into society after leaving the criminal justice system, and I was surprised to learn how much the level and quality of support to prepare for this within the prison system can vary. Working with organisations that promote employability within the region is important to both me and the firm, so I am delighted to be able to take up a trustee role at Clean Slate Solutions.”

GSS Architecture’s Passive House designer Phil Hunt (Image: GSS Architecture) Phil Hunt, senior associate at GSSArchitecture , has completed his training and passed his examination to become a Passive House Designer.

The move which means that the architectural practice can apply Passive House standards to its new and current schemes, together with fully Passive House projects in the future. In addition to reduced energy consumption, the benefits of Passive Houses include increased comfort for their owners as they are free from draughts, cold spots, and excessive overheating.

Tom Lyons, senior partner at GSSArchitecture said: “We are very privileged to have Phil and his extensive knowledge of the industry on board our team. As a practice that has been operating for over 144 years, we are always researching new technologies to understand what can be done to be more sustainable, not just in the way we work, but also the designs we produce. GSS are proud to be offering this service to our clients and taking another step forward to producing truly sustainable designs.”

Mr Hunt added: “Passive House is a building standard that is truly energy efficient, comfortable, and affordable at the same time. I’m really pleased to have this opportunity to apply what I have learnt to both new builds and refurbishment projects and am excited to take this forward in future projects.”

Bernicia Homes announce new appointments, Richard Cave and Gurpreet Singh Jagpal. (Image: North News & Pictures Ltd) North East housing association Bernicia has further strengthened its boards and governance structures with the appointment of three professionals. Gurpreet Jagpal, Vicky Miller and Richard Cave bring a wealth of housing sector, commercial business and charitable sector experience to Bernicia Group’s board and committees.

Mr Jagpal, chief executive of property development experts Durham Group, joins the Bernicia Group and Kingston commercial boards; Ms Miller is head of business development and communications at North East refugee charity Action Foundation and joins the Bernicia Group board’s customer services committee. Mr Cave, previously a member of the customer services committee, now brings his housing experience and expertise particularly on consumer regulation, to Bernicia’s Group board, whilst also taking over as chair of the Kingston commercial board.

Bernicia chief executive John Johnston said: “Gurpreet, Vicky and Richard will bring further strategic oversight and invaluable experience of the social housing and commercial business sectors to our boards and committees, ensuring we continue to successfully deliver quality homes and services for our tenants and customers.”