Matthew Neville

This week’s North East appointments

This week’s round up of North East appointments includes Vistry Partnerships, Swinburne Maddison LLP and Lowes Financial Management. Read on to find out more.

Mark Rutledge, Emma Punshon, Jason Davies, Andy Robson, Mark Race and Natasha Cooper: Vistry Partnerships North East

Construction and regeneration specialist Vistry Partnerships North East has bolstered operations by appointing a new director and adding five further professionals to its team. Mark Rutledge has taken up the operations director role and joins the growing business at an exciting time.

Mark originally worked in the commercial building sector before joining Keepmoat Regeneration, which was then bought by Engie, where he progressed from site manager to construction manager and finally to operations manager, within just four years.

He said: “I’m very excited to be joining Vistry Partnerships North East and look forward to supporting and continuing the success that the business has enjoyed. The business model – where land buying plays a big part in generating future work – really appealed to me, as well as the opportunity to work on projects that deliver such a varied mix of housing tenures.

Also joining the business is senior finance manager Emma Punshon, who has over ten years’ experience in the accounting and finance sector. New estimating manager, Jason Davies, who has over 18 years of experience in quantity surveying, working for a number of well-known housebuilders.

Senior estimator Andy Robson has worked in estimating for nine years, including with a large, national regeneration company for five and a half. Buyer Mark Race has managed the purchase of materials for construction sites for over 16 years, for a number of well known housebuilders.

Graduate Development manager, Natasha Cooper is a chartered surveyor and has worked in lettings with Grainger PLC for 10 years. Alongside this, she studied part-time towards a degree in Real Estate Management from The College of Estates Management, in Reading, which she completed in 2018.

Eleven appointments, Swinburne Maddison LLP

Durham City law firm Swinburne Maddison LLP has started a new financial year with a further eleven appointments and promotions as part of its continuing expansion plans.

Leading this new wave of appointments and promotions are Catherine Lowther and Andrew Allon, who have both been promoted to managing associates. Catherine, who is an expert in family law, has worked for Swinburne Maddison for eight years while Andrew, who specialises in residential property, has three years with the firm.

Three legal directors have also been appointed: associate solicitor in the corporate and commercial team, Mike Ward, who has been at Swinburne Maddison for nine years; Kath Hill, head of the family law department and a CILEX Lawyer and David Canwell, a solicitor with ten years of employment in the residential property team.

The firm has also appointed six new associates: Charlotte Excell and Lauren Rutherford, (commercial property), Rebecca Harper (residential property), Lewis Brown (dispute resolution) and Eleanor Bradshaw and Sophie Allerton (corporate and commercial law).

With 33 years of service between them at Swinburne Maddison, these latest appointments will provide each member of staff with a springboard for further career development in the future if they so wish.

Commenting on the appointments, Mr Moreland said: “As managing partner and on behalf of the firm, it gives me great pleasure to announce these promotions, which have been made in recognition of some extremely hard work over the last year and in accordance with our published career path.”

Andy Gardiner, Lowes Financial Management

North East financial advisory firm Lowes Financial Management has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of its first associate director. Andy Gardiner has been employed to the new role as part of a wider restructure and expansion of the practice and services.

Chartered financial planner and fellow of the Personal Finance Society Andy Gardiner of Gosforth, Newcastle has been with Lowes for more than 16 years and has seen the financial advisory market “alter significantly” during that period.

Andy said: “It’s a real pleasure to be taking up this new role at this exciting time. Lowes has some big plans to build on its strong traditions of personal finances being cared for personally whilst also embracing greater use of technology to enhance client service and our fantastic investment proposition.

He will continue to have a client-facing role but will also have a focus on developing new, improved strategies to further grow and enhance the business.

Ian Lowes, MD of Lowes Financial Management, added: “For a successful business with a 50-year history under our belt, it’s time to start writing the next chapter. We need dynamic people like Andy and others in the team to drive the business forwards, to cement Lowes as the largest and best IFA in the North East.”

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