Megan Curtiss, Jacqueline Barr and Martin Grange of Clarion’s property team
Megan Curtiss, Jacqueline Barr and Martin Grange of Clarion’s property team
Nick Hill

This week's Yorkshire appointments

Jacqueline Barr and Megan Curtiss are the latest lawyers to join Clarion’s expanding property practice in Leeds.

Jacqueline joins as an associate after working with Sandersons for the a year in its agriculture and commercial property practice.

Since qualifying with Rollits LLP in 2011, she has also gained experience with Langleys LLP, Howes Percival and Birketts LLP.

Clarion also recently appointed Megan Curtiss as a paralegal. She joins from Beaumont Legal where she was a graduate legal assistant having also worked at Lyons Davidson as a paralegal after graduating from University of Hull with LLB in Law.

Martin Grange, partner and head of Clarion’s property practice, commented: “With the market remaining fairly buoyant, we are still seeing our workload increasing and it’s important that we continue to boost the team by bringing young talent on board.

“Both Jacqueline and Megan have huge potential and we look forward to working with them as they develop their careers with us.”

Gail Teasdale, Broadacres Housing Association

Gail Teasdale has been announced as the new chief executive of Broadacres Housing Association.

Gail succeeds Steve Towers, who retired in 2017 after 24 years as chief executive. She has joined Broadacres from the Yorkshire-based national Housing Association, Accent, where she was executive director, finance and corporate services.

Her arrival coincides with the appointment of new board members and, together, they will oversee the delivery of a new corporate strategy from 2018 to 2023 which will be focused on building 1,500 new affordable homes and the continual improvement of existing homes, services and communities.

Gail said: “There are few things more important in life than feeling safe, secure and warm in your home.

“North Yorkshire has high rents and house prices. This is why providing affordable homes to rent and buy, through shared ownership, will continue to be is one of our main priorities. “Alongside this, we need to tackle other issues that impact particularly on people living in rural arrears, such as digital inclusion and fuel poverty.

“Whilst doing all this we will continue to strive to deliver excellent, value for money services to our customers, without ever losing the personal touch that Broadacres is renowned for.

“There is much to do, but I am delighted to have joined Broadacres and am looking forward to working with our Board, staff, customers and stakeholders to deliver our strategy.”

Colin Wilkie, Broadacres’ chairman, added: Gail’s skills and experience in the social housing sector, along with her local background and understanding of the challenges of developing affordable rural housing makes her an outstanding choice. We are delighted to have her onboard.“

Harry Elliot (left) and Matt Bredin (right), Carter Jonas

Carter Jonas, the national property consultancy, is enhancing its commercial team in Yorkshire with the appointment of Matt Bredin and Harry Elliot.

Previously at Fawley Watson Booth in Leeds, Bredin is a commercial surveyor having graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2010 with a degree in Business Property Management.

He joins the team as a senior surveyor and will assist in industrial search and lease negotiation advice across the region, acting on behalf of landlords and occupiers.

Matt is joined by Harry Elliot, who previously worked at Knight Frank and has recently started on Carter Jonas’ graduate scheme.

Carter Jonas will provide Elliot with training and support throughout his graduate programme before he sits his APC later this year.

Chris Hartnell, associate partner at Carter Jonas, said: “We saw significant growth last year and despite the uncertain economic climate, there are many opportunities to be capitalised on across the Leeds City Region.

“Matt and Harry’s appointment demonstrates our continued commitment to cultivating our business and expanding the services we offer to clients in Leeds and across Yorkshire.

“Matt brings a wealth of experience in the delivery of large-scale commercial projects and we are confident that both he and Harry will become invaluable team members and contribute towards the growth of our regional and national network.

“It has been an exciting 12 months for the Carter Jonas team in Leeds having recently moved to modern new offices at 9 Bond Court, which provides us with a fantastic northern hub housing our commercial, planning, infrastructure, and development teams.”

Sherelle O’Brien (left) and Emily King, hlw Keeble Hawson

hlw Keeble Hawson’s has announced the appointments of newly qualified solicitors across its commercial and private client teams.

Sherelle O’Brien, based in the firm’s private client department in Sheffield, has gained experience in wide-ranging areas including charities, court of protection and commercial property issues.

Emily King, who works with the litigation and dispute resolution team and is also based at the firm’s Sheffield office, has amassed expertise in residential property, construction, litigation and employment.

Both Sherelle and Emily have played key roles in hlw Keeble Hawson’s charity drive which raised almost £11k in fundraising and donations across the past 12 months for a raft of local charities including St Luke’s Hospice, Changing Lives and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The firm has also taken on five trainee solicitors across its offices in Leeds, Sheffield and Doncaster - bringing the total number of trainees appointed to 17 in the last two years.

Paul Trudgill, hlw Keeble Hawson managing partner, said: “Developing and supporting the next generation of lawyers in 2018 remains among our top priorities. Sherelle and Emily will further enhance our wide-ranging expertise and reputation as a leading, award-winning firm.”

Rhys Craddock, Erin Bowe, Deirdre Lindsay, Rebecca Bennett (all pictured), Lisa Barker and Mariam Mansoor, Gateley Plc

The Leeds office of Gateley Plc, the legal business of law-led professional services group Gateley, has appointed six solicitors across the construction, corporate, residential development, and banking teams.

Lisa Barker joins the construction team as a solicitor from Eversheds Sutherland’s Manchester office, where she specialised in commercial and contractual disputes, and negligence claims.

The corporate team welcomes new solicitor Rebecca Bennett, who has experience of a wide range of corporate and commercial matters for private sector clients, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and reorganisations. She joins from Fieldfisher’s Manchester office.

The residential development unit has been bolstered by adding three new solicitors to its Leeds team, with the arrival of Deirdre Lindsay, Erin Bowe and Rhys Craddock. Deirdre advises on site acquisitions and disposals, as well as general residential development work and landlord and tenant matters, and joins from DWF LLP.

Erin Bowe has joined the team from Brabner’s Liverpool office, while Rhys Craddock joins the department from Attwells Solicitors LLP in Ipswich, where he completed his training contract.

Additionally, the banking team welcomes solicitor Mariam Mansoor, who joins Gateley Plc after finishing her training contract at Needle Partners Limited.

William Ballmann, head of the Leeds office, said: “Our Leeds office is continuing to go from strength to strength and has seen remarkable growth here over the past six years.

“I’m pleased to be welcoming another six solicitors and eight paralegals to our Yorkshire base as we move into our seventh year and look forward to working with them all.”

Canon Keith Madeley MBE, Bobble Digital Marketing Agency

Bobble Digital Marketing Agency, based near Leeds city centre, has announced that Canon Keith D Madeley MBE (Mr Yorkshire) has been appointed as its brand ambassador to assist in raising the company’s profile in Yorkshire.

Bobble Digital has an innovative approach to digital marketing by developing an effective strategy which analyses and identifies the best, most effective use of Google, Video, Mobile or Social Media to enable its clients to target their core audience.

Manpreet Singh, CEO of Bobble Digital Marketing Agency, said: “We are all excited and delighted that Keith has agreed to become an Ambassador for our company. With us he is developing some exciting plans to significantly expand our operations in Yorkshire, which we believe is a hub for new business enterprise.

“We are working together to implement an effective strategy to define and understand the core audience for the business. We consider, with his help, that we can elevate the company’s profile within key targeted sectors across Yorkshire and the United Kingdom.”

Keith Madeley commented: “It is exciting and a privilege to be working with this young innovative company, staffed with well-established and experienced people, as they further their endeavours to provide an ethical approach in assisting local businesses to grow which, in turn, will help create new jobs and contribute to the growth of the local economy.”

Richard Gregory, Ash TV

Ash TV has appointed Tech North’s Richard Gregory as the smart video advertiser’s first chairman.

Mr Gregory, executive chair of Tech North’s Advisory Board, brings a wealth of management experience to the Hull-based company, which has opened offices in France, Germany and the Netherlands in the last 12 months.

Some of Mr Gregory’s career highlights include 12 years at a senior level at agency Latitude Digital Marketing, with ten years as chief operating office and two years as managing director, and co-founding SAScon, the Search, Analytics & Social Conference.

Until December last year, Mr Gregory was director of Tech North, before moving to his current advisory role ahead of Tech North’s transition in April to Tech Nation.

Ash Lewis, Ash TV’s CEO, said: “Richard has great agency, communications, business and strategic expertise and has worked at the heart of the tech industry in the north of the country for many years while growing significant, strong, sustainable and robustly financed corporate assets.

“Ash TV and our teams here in the UK and mainland Europe will benefit greatly from the experience, insights, connections and mentoring support he will be able to bring to the business as we consolidate the current phase of development and look to initiate new product launches and media partnerships.

“His involvement will also be a great addition to the Hull and Humber’s vibrant digital economy.”

While at Tech North, Mr Gregory was able to help build regional, national and international awareness of the north of England’s tech strengths and opportunities.

Richard Gregory said: “Ash TV has already seen impressive growth and secured its first round of funding in a very short time. The business is already working with some brilliant clients and partners and I’m excited to dive in to help Ash and the team secure a huge chunk of the growing mobile video advertising market.”

Ash TV provides an auto-playing video advertising platform for mobile, where advertisers can target audiences by selecting their age, gender, location, interests and occupation (AGLIO).

The business’ patented technology is supported by artificial intelligence (AI) software to target adverts using location and social media data. It provides real-time feedback to clients on the effectiveness and targeting of their advertising campaigns.

Tim Usherwood, Dacre, Son & Hartley

Dacre, Son & Hartley has appointed estate agent Tim Usherwood, as director.

Tim, who has been with Dacres for 26 years and has considerable knowledge of Wharfedale from his time in Wetherby Ilkley and Skipton, will now manage the Otley branch.

His promotion follows the retirement of David Phillip, who has worked for Dacres for almost 40 years.

Tim commented “Our Otley branch moved to its current location on Bondgate just over three years ago, and the bright, pedestrian-friendly office means we have a great physical presence in the vibrant market town.

“Our online reach is also second to none, with heavy investment in a new mobile friendly and highly-functional website and key listings on all of the property portals.

“I am excited about this new challenge and relish the opportunity to grow our market share in Otley and the surrounding villages of Leathley, Carlton, Castley and Stainburn and Poole in Wharfedale.”

Dacre, Son and Hartley’s Otley office specialises in all aspects of residential property, including sales, lettings and surveys.

Patrick McCutcheon, head of residential at Dacre, Son & Hartley, said: “Tim’s property career is extremely diverse and he is the ideal team member to lead the Otley office.

“His in-depth knowledge, great inter-personal skills and can-do approach will appeal to clients old and new, and we’re looking forward to seeing our business develop further throughout the Wharfedale area.”

With 21 offices and 164 members of staff across North and West Yorkshire, Dacre, Son & Hartley is Yorkshire’s largest independent estate agent.

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