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People On The Move: Key North East Appointments And Promotions Of The Week

Durham law firm Swinburne Maddison LLP has made two partner promotions following a successful year.

Gillian Moir and Chris Ross, who both joined the firm’s commercial property team in 2014, have been promoted from managing associate level and provide even more breadth at the top of the department’s management structure.

Ms Moir was part of the team responsible for completing more than £75m of CBILS and RLS transactions on behalf of Atom Bank and has been recognised as a Rising Star for the last four years in The Legal 500. Mr Ross was instrumental in supporting the firm’s appointment to the general property and conveyancing legal panel for Karbon Homes and Gentoo Group following a successful tendering process last year.

The company has also made five more appointments, including Phoebe Gogarty, who will be advising clients on employment law, Daniel Peacock as a new member of the dispute resolution team, new residential property team members Kate Cunniff and Laura Duff. Amy Fletcher joins as an associate solicitor within the private client team.

Managing partner Jonathan Moreland, said: “We reorganised our senior management team two years ago with a view to accelerating our growth plans to take advantage of opportunities arising following the pandemic. I think it’s fair to say the high-profile nature of much of our work and our strong performance has been turning heads for some time now and the firm continues on an upward trajectory. Indeed, we are about to commence the rollout of a new three-year strategic plan.”

David Storey, head of commercial at Banks Homes (Image: Banks Homes) Regional housebuilder Banks Homes has strengthened its senior team with the appointment of David Storey as its new head of commercial. Mr Storey brings more than 12 years’ experience in the North East property industry to his new role, which involves appraising land, managing budgets and closing contracts around large-scale residential development sites. He began his career as a quantity surveyor before working his way up through the ranks with a well-known regional housebuilder in a number of commercial roles.

He said: “I’d reached the stage of my career where I wanted to take on more responsibility and joining Banks Homes gives me the opportunity to do just that. My new role allows me to get involved with every aspect of a development’s progression from initial site identification and technical design work right through to customer care and completion, and with the business still being pretty new, there’s every chance for me to apply my experience in shaping how we operate.

“The enthusiasm with the wider Banks business for the housebuilding concept was very clear from our first conversation and we’re in a great position to build another successful, sustainable property business across the North East and Yorkshire.”

Chris Mullin, the new chair of the Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums’ strategic board (Image: Colin Davison Photography) Journalist, author and former MP Chris Mullin has been appointed as the new chair of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums’ strategic board – the organisation that manages nine of the region’s most popular museums and galleries.

TWAM welcomes over 1m visits a year to its venues including the Great North Museum: Hancock, Discovery Museum, the Laing Art Gallery, Hatton Gallery, Shipley Art Gallery, Segedunum Roman Fort, Stephenson Steam Railway, Arbeia, South Shields Roman Fort and South Shields Museum & Art Gallery.

Mr Mullin was an MP representing Sunderland and during his time in the House of Commons he also served as a minister in three government departments between 1999 and 2005. He was chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund for the North East of England from 2012 to 2017 and is also a member of the Northumberland National Park Authority.

Mr Mullin said: “‘I am honoured to have been appointed to chair the board of Tyne &Wear Archives & Museums, which plays such an important role in the cultural life of the region, and I look forward to working with the director Keith Merrin and representatives of the responsible local authorities.”

Global Underwater Hub new regional manager Ricci Boston (Image: Global Underwater Hub) Global Underwater Hub (GUH), the leading trade and development body representing the UK’s £8bn underwater industry, has appointed a new regional manager.

Ricci Boston, who will be based in Newcastle, will be instrumental in increasing engagement among GUH’s members and expanding its membership base in the north of England. He will also be responsible for developing strategic relationships across the region whilst driving GUH’s growth and initiatives for the underwater sectors.

Prior to his appointment at GUH, Mr Boston was director of strategy and client engagement for a major provider of engineering and management services to the energy industry. Over the last decade, he has successfully managed bids, mobilised and project managed large revenue projects in the oil & gas, power generation, renewable energy, construction and engineering sectors.

He said: “I’m thrilled to become the North of England regional manager for Global Underwater Hub based at its new office in Newcastle. My primary focus is to provide more opportunities and platforms for the underwater industry to come together and exchange knowledge and technologies. GUH is a forward-thinking and dynamic organisation that is genuinely making a difference across the underwater sectors, prioritising the best interests of industry. I’m looking forward to meeting businesses doing great work in the underwater sectors and helping them to drive opportunities and growth.”

Michael Scoular, EY’s Newcastle office managing partner (Image: EY) EY has announced the appointment of four new partners in its Newcastle office – part of a 10% increase in its total partner population in the UK. Claire Mellons has been promoted to partner after nearly eight years with the firm. She now leads the Government and public sector audit team in Newcastle.

Jane Behenna joined EY in June as a new partner in the firm’s technology consulting business in Newcastle. She has spent the last 16 years of her career at Accenture working with clients to deliver technology transformations powered by enterprise-resource planning (ERP) software SAP and cloud technologies.

Maureen Robson-Norman joined as a partner in May following the firm’s recent acquisition of North East-based technology consulting company whyaye ltd. She now leads EY’s ServiceNow practice, consisting of 150 people in the UK and Ireland. Ms Robsoin-Norman most recently led the start-up and growth of whyaye ltd as a ServiceNow partner, building it into a business with 130 people. Deven Vedhera joined EY as a partner in January after more than 15 years with Deloitte, to help the firm grow its finance operations offering.

Michael Scoular, EY’s Newcastle Office Managing Partner, said: “The four new partner appointments continue our investment in the region as we look to expand the range of skills and services we’re able to provide to clients. EY is on track for its third year of double-digit growth in the UK and these appointments put us in a great position to continue this trajectory in the years ahead.”