Buro Four
Buro Four newcomers Kevin Tilson and Keith Davies
Richard Bell

This week's London appointments

Keith Davies and Kevin Tilson, Buro Four

Project management services provider Buro Four has appointed two new London project directors, Keith Davies and Kevin Tilson.

Keith has joined Buro Four from Tkei Homes, where he worked for 13 years. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry.

Kevin, meanwhile, was previously at Gardiner & Theobald, latterly as a partner in the firm. His appointment marks a return to Buro Four, as he worked with the company as senior project manager between 2007 and 2010.

Elsewhere, Buro Four has appointed Stuart Flaxton to its main board as a director.

Chairman Iain Roberts said: “The appointment of Keith and Kevin marks the start of an exciting new time at Buro Four.

“Their track records, reputations and contacts in the industry are second to none and we are really excited to have them on board as we look towards another successful year.”

He added: “We welcome Stuart Flaxton to the main board which underlines his success in making corporate occupier a major sector for Buro Four.”

Caroline Green, Browne Jacobson

Law firm Browne Jacobson has elected London head Caroline Green as its new senior partner for the next three years.

Caroline, one of the company’s longest serving partners, jointly leads its retail sector group.

From May 1, she will become Browne Jacobson’s first female senior partner. Caroline is succeeding Derek Bambury, who held the position since 2013.

She said: “It is an honour to be elected senior partner. It is hugely exciting time to be taking over the baton from Derek who has done an outstanding job.

“We operate in a fiercely competitive market and I am looking forward to working with our truly amazing people to ensure we continue to encourage innovation, promote diversity and inclusion, build on our core strengths and continue to place clients’ needs at the heart of everything we do.”

Browne Jacobson managing partner Iain Blatherwick commented: “Derek has been an exemplary senior partner and a tremendous ambassador for the firm.

“He has been one of the driving forces behind our extraordinary growth, helping to transform us into one of the UK’s leading law firms.”

He added: “Caroline has been at the firm for over 30 years and there is no one better qualified to take over the reins from Derek.”

Emma Smith and Craig Rowe, FirstPort

FirstPort has announced two senior appointments in its HR leadership team.

Emma Smith is the company’s new head of talent. She has a wealth of experience working at an international level at Tesco, where she coordinated the company’s resource and recruitment processes across five countries. More recently, she worked at lottery firm Camelot Group.

FirstPort has also appointed Craig Rowe as head of HR. He previously led managerial training programmes at Morrisons and the HR surrounding a major acquisition at Iceland.

Emma said: “I am truly impressed by how many talented and committed people there are working for FirstPort.

“A key focus for me is to look at how we make best use of the behaviours, skills and experience our colleagues have that make this business really special. This will enable us to achieve our ambitious business goals whilst also enriching our colleagues’ experiences.”

Craig commented: “From my retail and hospitality experience, I have seen the direct impact good HR can have on customers.

“Engaged, supported and motivated colleagues are the key to having a high performing, loyal and happy workforce.”

Thomas Greenwood, YourSales

YourSales Recruitment has appointed Thomas Greenwood as divisional manager.

Thomas has more than a decade of sales experience. Prior to his appointment, he was business manager for a recruitment firm.

YourSales Recruitment is the newly launched arm of YourConsultancy Group, which has offices in London, Wakefield and Manchester.

Thomas said: “When I was approached by YourSales, who had a clear vision for the challenge of setting up a new division, I knew straight away it was a company that I wanted to be involved in.

“Having worked in sales for over a decade, it was eye opening to find Sales Recruiters that genuinely put you – their clients and candidates, first.”

He continued: “Becoming Divisional Manager for YourSales was a no brainer for myself, not only did I get this amazing opportunity, but the flexibility and modern working practises mean that I am able to drop my son off at school on a morning – something that I have never been able to do in my 14 years working in this type of role.

YourSales will benefit from the same artificial intelligence recruitment tech that helped build its sister company, YourCode, into one of Europe’s fastest growing tech recruiters.

Chris Evans, Intuit

Intuit, the US tech company behind accounting software QuickBooks, has appointed Chris Evans as its new VP and UK country manager.

Chris has been part of the company’s UK team for the last eight years. His previous role was UK sales director.

Dominic Allon, Intuit’s senior vice president and general manager, international, commented: “QuickBooks is the world’s number one online accounting solution with over 3.6 million subscribers and the UK plays a vital role in our international mission.

“I am delighted to confirm Chris as the leader of our successful UK business. Chris and the growing UK team will own our mission to power prosperity in the UK and serve the self-employed, small business and accountant communities.”

Chris said: “I’m privileged to become UK country manager and lead a talented team in the third best workplace in the UK. Most of all I’m passionate about stopping small business failure.

“My mission at QuickBooks is to work hand in hand with the accounting industry to enable small businesses to embrace digital, solve cash flow and unlock growth.”

Six appointments, Pupil

Spatial data startup Pupil has brought in a new six-strong business advisory board to help shape its strategy for growth.

The advisory board will comprise:

  • Sanjay Jain, former head of technology banking at JPMorgan, current chief strategy officer at Hyperloop Transportation Technologies
  • Jambu Palaniappan, former head of UberEats EMEA
  • Steve Sacks, former chief customer officer at Burberry, partner at McKinsey & Company
  • Edgar Bronfman, Jr, former chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group and The Seagram Company, Ltd
  • Anthony Browne, former chairman and CEO of the British Bankers Association, current chairman of the Government’s Regulatory Policy Committee
  • Lord St John of Bletso, Member of the House of Lords and chairman and director of various public and private companies

Pupil captures and publishes 3D information on real-world property interiors. Its real estate technology has already been used to create millimetre-accurate spatial data for residential developments in London worth more than $2bn.

James D. Marshall, founder and CEO of Pupil, said: “We have assembled a board of individuals with the expertise, know-how and networks that strategically correlate with our ambitions for Pupil.

“The advice that this board can offer the organisation will become invaluable as we scale our business, while remaining focused on our core mission; using accurate spatial data and cutting-edge technology to fundamentally transform the way people engage with the world’s most valuable asset class, worth over $228trn – the built environment.”

Business advisory board member Sanjay Jain commented: “I and the others on the Board are regularly approached for our expertise by a range of businesses and organisations.

“We’ve made the choice to work with Pupil as we believe in the vision of the founders, the incredible talent of the team and the radical nature of the Pupil proposition.”

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