Chris Butt
Chris Butt has joined Garbutt + Elliott.
Rebecca Wayman

This week's Yorkshire appointments

Chris Butt, Garbutt + Elliott

Garbutt + Elliott has appointed Chris Butt as audit partner, following the recent appointment of a new tax partner in March.

Garbutt + Elliott’s Audit service has grown over 10 per cent annually for the last three years and now has a 33 strong team, including a dedicated team of data specialists.

Chris has joined Garbutt + Elliott after nearly 15 years with KPMG where he delivered audit and related services to local businesses, from family and owner-managed to Private Equity backed and Listed companies.

Russell Turner, managing partner, said: “I’m delighted to welcome our new Audit Partner, Chris Butt, to Garbutt + Elliott.

“He is a highly regarded and experienced auditor having worked with family owned businesses, SME’s and companies listed on the FTSE and AIM markets.

“Chris is focused on delivering the best service for his clients, has enthusiasm for what he does, and takes an uncomplicated approach to getting things done.”

Molly Denney, Pure Agency

Integrated marketing consultancy, Pure Agency has appointed new senior account manager, Molly Denney.

Molly has joined Leeds-based Pure following a raft of new business wins for the company. With more than five-years’ experience in the marketing industry, Molly has joined the Pure team from Intermarketing, where she led account teams and implemented campaigns for various clients, including Reebok, adidas and JD Sports.

In her new role she will manage a host of Pure’s B2C and B2B clients. Molly will be responsible for developing and implementing creative ideas and campaigns across photography, video and marketing.

Director of Pure Agency, Gary Dooley, said: “As we continue to welcome new clients into the Pure fold, along with managing the growing needs of our existing clients, we identified the need for another professional and creative marketing expert to join our team - Molly certainly fits the bill.”

David Robinson, Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & Wakefield has appointed David Robinson as partner to head up its logistics and industrial team in Leeds.

David joins from Savills in Leeds and will be responsible for developing Cushman & Wakefield’s industrial and distribution business across Yorkshire and Humberside.

He brings 20 years of industrial experience covering development, acquisitions and disposals in both the private and public sector.

Keith Hardman, international partner and head of Cushman & Wakefield’s Leeds office said: “David is a well-respected figure within the Yorkshire industrial market and we are thrilled to have him join the team.

“Cushman & Wakefield has been strengthening its logistics capabilities in key markets and David’s appointment will bolster our regional expertise.”

James Alger, BRM Solicitors

BRM Solicitors has appointed a new director to its growing real estate department at its Sheffield office.

James Alger is an experienced commercial property lawyer, and joins BRM from regional law firm Keebles.

He said: “I am delighted to join BRM during an exciting period of growth. Along with the existing team, I am looking forward to contributing to the firm’s continuing growth and success and helping develop the BRM brand as a commercial force in the region.”

The appointment follows a successful year for the law firm. BRM opened the doors of its Sheffield office at the newly renovated Steel City House on West Street in early 2018, building on the success of its Chesterfield HQ.

Dan Nutter, Journey Further

Performance marketing agency, Journey Further has appointed Dan Nutter as head of technical SEO.

In this newly created role, Dan will work with the leadership team to develop and instil best practice into Journey Further’s Technical SEO offering including site speed optimisation, international SEO and SEO for JavaScript frameworks - key growth areas for the agency.

He will report into Alex Postance, managing director (influence). Dan has spent the last five years of his career at digital agency twentysix working with brands like DFDS.

Dan said: “I believe for the SEO industry to continue to deliver value for clients, agencies need to shift from the traditional model towards a strategic support role which allows clients direct access to specialists.

“Journey Further is leading the charge in this area. I’m looking forward to forging a closer relationship with clients which will allow for a more collaborative and results-driven way of working.”

Laura Booth, Rob Purfield Associates

Rob Purfield Associates has appointed Laura Booth as business development associate.

Laura, a Dragon’s Den entrepreneur who successfully secured £65k investment from Theo Paphitis for the original WedgeWelly concept, has over a next decade experience running her own businesses as well as considerable expertise and experience in the high-end retail sector.

In this role, Laura will be responsible for delivering the business’s growth strategy. She will also take the lead on creating and delivering solutions helping clients to develop their brand communication and delivery of their customer proposition.

She said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a fast-paced business that is committed to helping its clients improve and grow.

“Having developed two successful startup businesses and gained experience selling to, and working with, major brands like Amazon, Debenhams and QVC, I’m looking forward to helping client businesses create positive change and help maximising the potential of their people.”

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