Claire and Suzy
Claire Willis and Suzy Rennison.
Rebecca Wayman

This week's North East appointments

Claire Willis and Suzy Rennison, RTC North

The STEM Ambassador Hub North East, part of RTC North, has appointed two new members to its team.

The hub, which covers the patch of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and Tees Valley, has grown from four to seven in staff over the past year.

Claire Willis and Suzy Rennison have joined the Hub in April and June respectively, bringing a total of over 35 years of experience in the STEM and project management fields.

Claire is focusing on working with industry and schools and encouraging young people to enjoy science and to consider a career in STEM.

Suzy is the Hub’s new STEM relationship and monitoring manager, developing and managing connections with organisations, stakeholders and partners both regionally and nationally.

Chris Turnbull, Avison Young

Avison Young has made another senior appointment in the building division at its Newcastle office.

Chris Turnbull has joined from Faithful and Gould, bringing project management and employer’s agent experience within the hospitality, education and residential sectors.

He will be involved with all aspects of project management on major development projects throughout the region and beyond.

Chris said: “Avison Young is involved in some of the largest, most high-profile developments in the region. The opportunity to leverage my knowledge and expertise on projects of this nature is extremely appealing.”

Jenny Wade, Muckle LLP

North East law firm for businesses Muckle LLP has appointed associate solicitor Jenny Wade to its commercial team.

The team, currently ranked top in the North by Legal 500 UK, has legal specialists in many areas of commercial law, including general contracting, intellectual property, sport, charities, education, data protection and digital and technology.

Jenny, who left Ward Hadaway to join Muckle, has experience in this field, specifically working on IT outsourcing, strategic partnerships and joint ventures.

Alex Craig, partner and head of the commercial team at Muckle, said: “We are delighted to welcome Jenny to our team of commercial legal specialists.

“She will play a crucial role in helping our clients to establish high quality, long-term contractual relationships and support them in making existing contracts more efficient so that they deliver better value for money.

“Like the rest of the firm, we have had a very successful last 12 months and continued to grow across all commercial areas, so Jenny’s broad range of expertise will be a tremendous asset.”

Greg McCarthy, Sanderson Young

Sanderson Young has appointed Greg McCarthy to a senior management role as it looks to drive growth across the North East.

Greg McCarthy, previously at Bailey and Co, joins Sanderson Young as a regional valuer, bringing a wealth of property experience with him, following six years in the industry.

Greg has established himself as a property expert on residential valuations, particularly within the Gosforth, Jesmond and general Newcastle area.

Duncan Young, chairman at Sanderson Young, said: “Our residential agency services are in high demand in the current market, and we have been instructed to sell many large-scale new home developments across the North East.

“The appointment of Greg is a key strategic move for us, as we adapt and expand our team to increase our dominance within the region’s property market.

“Greg will become a vital member of the team in the long-term future of the agency. I am very pleased to have him on board.”

Latimer’s Seafood

Growing award-winning business Latimer’s Seafood has recruited seven new members of staff.

Husband and wife team Robert and Ailsa Latimer are responsible for launching and running the deli, café and online Whitburn business, and ‘take pride’ in supporting the careers of their staff and giving them the opportunity to earn while they learn.

They have taken on this new group of part and full-time workers across the café and deli businesses. They include Sophie Sweeney, Alec Britton, Katey Riseborough, Harry Wilkes, Aaron Grierson, Tyler Poxton and Daniel Hepple.

Joe Leiserach, Advanced

Global fire systems leader Advanced has appointed Joe Leiserach to the role of operations director to support the business following a period of growth.

Employing around 200 staff, Advanced designs, manufactures and supplies fire alarm control panels to over 80 countries across the globe from its Newcastle headquarters.

In his new role, Joe will work alongside the senior leadership team at Advanced to deliver on the business’ objectives, uniting teams across the production line, engineering, planning and facilities, enabling improvements to quality, productivity and efficiency in order to increase opportunities for growth in both UK and export markets.

Joe said: “On a personal level, joining Advanced at this exciting time for the organisation is a real privilege.

“We’re tremendously fortunate to now have a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility from where we conduct our business operations and it’s really important that this investment is utilised effectively to achieve the best possible quality and productivity.

“I look forward to adding real value, building strategic partnerships and implementing bold strategies to take us to the next level.”

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