Silke Rossmann, Tyto.
Jane Imrie

This week's London appointments

Silke Rossmann, Tyto

PR agency Tyto has appointed Silke Rossmann as partner and head of practice to spearhead the agency’s growth into Germany.

Joining from a seven year stint at communications agency Hotwire where she ran the firm’s Frankfurt office, Silke has experience of working with EMEA-wide B2B accounts.

Brendon Craigie, co-founder and managing partner of Tyto, commented: “Germany is a key market for tech firms investing in Europe and Silke’s appointment will further enable us to further strengthen Tyto’s unique PR Without Borders pan-European offering.

“Silke has a rare and highly sought-after blend of local and EMEA experience that will be invaluable to technology businesses targeting Germany and the wider EMEA region.

“We are building a multinational pan-European team that works as one without borders and we are delighted to have Silke in our team.”

Silke added: “I have been closely watching Tyto since the agency first started and it’s been incredible to see the agency’s achievements in such a short space of time. I’m really proud to join this great team of incredibly talented people and very excited to help deliver on Tyto’s client service vision and growth ambitions.

“Brendon’s vision of creating a truly borderless pan-European agency, which helps solve business challenges, really resonated with me, and I can’t wait to see where our journey will take us.”

Chris Jakes, Cluttons

Property consultancy Cluttons has appointed Chris Jakes as head of lease advisory and compulsory purchase.

A RICS-registered valuer, Chris has previously worked at CBRE and Kinney Green and brings with him experience in advising both landlord and tenants on rent review and lease renewal negotiations across all commercial sectors.

In addition, Chris has knowledge of compulsory purchase and compensation and has advised both acquiring authorities and claimants on major infrastructure and regeneration projects throughout the UK including The Thames Tideway Tunnel Project, Crossrail, HS2 and the Olympic and Legacy CPO.

He also has experience of arbitration, The Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) and ADR, having acted as independent valuer at dispute resolution between claimants and acquiring authority on The West Hendon Regeneration CPO.

Commenting on his appointment, John Gravett, head of real estate management at Cluttons, said: “Chris has an impressive track record advising major infrastructure projects which complements our existing team.

“His focus is to drive our lease advisory and compulsory purchase offer, providing dynamic marketing services and strategic advice to clients.”

Chris added: “Cluttons has a market-leading infrastructure and telecoms practice with a long-standing client base and a reputation for innovative work around issues such as connectivity. I am looking forward to helping drive growth in this key area of the business.”

Mark Kirby, Cepac

Packaging supply firm Cepac has appointed Mark Kirby as business development manager for the South of England

Mark joins the business from printed carton manufacturer East Kent Cartons, and brings more than 22 years’ experience in sales and business development to the role including knowledge of speciality corrugated products, including graphics and design and their application across a range of industries.

Commenting on his appointment, Mark said: “The business has a strong vision for the future and I’m looking forward to leading business development in the South.

“Cepac has a great reputation for creating innovative packaging solutions and the continued investment in pioneering technology demonstrates the commitment to future growth.

“With the capabilities and expertise to meet clients’ specific and advanced requirements, I’ve been impressed with Cepac team’s ability to move quickly and adapt in an ever-changing market.”

Ken Smith, business development director at Cepac, added: “Mark brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our growing sales team and will help drive our sales strategy forward.

“This new appointment will allow us to strengthen our offering and focus for rapid development of the Cepac business.”

Andy Botha, Secret Escapes Group

Travel company Secret Escapes Group has appointed Andy Botha as chief financial officer.

Formerly the group chief financial officer at ZPG, Andy has over 17 years’ experience working with high growth digital, e-commerce and leisure businesses.

Prior to joining ZPG, Andy was Chief Commercial and Finance Officer at, where he played a key role in the company’s UK and international growth strategy.

Andy has also previously held senior roles at Betfair, and Holiday Autos UK Limited.

In his new role Andy will work alongside the executive team to focus on developing the group further.

Alex Saint, co-founder and chief executive officer of Secret Escapes Group, commented: “I am delighted that Andy is joining us as Group CFO.

“Andy’s experience of working with digital and travel and experiences businesses will be particularly relevant as we focus on strengthening our presence in our operating markets, integrating acquisitions, including most recently TravelBird and EML, and growing the business.”

Andy added: “I am excited to be joining Secret Escapes Group. It has a great customer offer and an established, unique market position with a large and loyal membership base.

“I look forward to working with Alex, Tom and the other members of the team to develop the group’s financial and international commercial strategy as it continues to grow across its multiple territories.’’

Dan Mundroina, Kreston Reeves

Accountancy, business and financial advisory firm Kreston Reeves has appointed Dan Mundroina as private client tax director.

Dan joins the firm from RSM UK, and has experience of advising wealthy individuals and their families on all aspects of trusts, inheritance tax and personal tax matters.

Prior to RSM UK, Dan has previously held senior roles at the likes of Menzies, Rawlinson & Hunter and Buzzacott.

Commenting on his appointment, Dan said: “Kreston Reeves has a terrific reputation across Kent, Sussex and London for its work in advising private individuals and families on all aspects of wealth management and tax.

“The team is complemented by a first-class financial planning offering and I am looking forward to developing my career further with the firm.”

Daniel Grainge, partner and head of tax at Kreston Reeves, added: “Dan is a highly respected and experienced private client tax adviser with a strong client following.
“He will be a real asset to the firm and to our clients and we look forward to the contributions he will make.”

Jose-Luis Pellicer, M&G Real Estate

M&G Real Estate has appointed Jose-Luis Pellicer as head of investment strategy and research.

In his new role, Jose-Luis will provide leadership for the property research, product development, responsible property investment and performance management teams.

Prior to joining M&G Real Estate, Jose was head of Patrizia AG’s research team, prior to which he spent seven years as partner and head of research at Rockspring.

Jose-Luis has also held senior roles at firms such as AEW Europe, Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank.

Commenting on the appointment, Tony Brown, global head of M&G Real Estate, said: “I’m delighted that Jose has decided to join the business.

“He brings a wealth of international real estate experience as we look to deliver on our ambitious growth strategies.”

Jose-Luis added: “I am excited to join M&G Real Estate at a period of profound change in the industry - the company is a credible leader, not just in the UK and Asia, but is also gaining significant traction in continental Europe.

“It is also a pleasure to lead such a well-established and respected property research team.”

Nick Westray and Pete Davey, CF Commercial

Real estate specialist CF Commercial has appointed Nick Westray as head of industrial agency and Pete Davey as a senior surveyor in the retail & leisure agency.

Nick has a range of experience spanning East London and Essex working with the likes of Aviva, British Waterways, CBRE, Dencora Estates, SEGRO, Tottenham Hotspur and Workspace Group.

Having previously worked for Glenny and Stirling Ackroyd heading up their industrial departments, Nick then went on to set up his own company.

Pete, who spent three years at AGL specialising in retail and leisure, will work alongside associate director Harriet Gidney, Rob Hampton and founder Craig Fisher to refine CFC’s retail offering across London and other UK cities.

Craig Fisher, founder of CF Commercial, commented: “I’m thrilled to see our team grow here at CFC.

“With the addition of Nick and Pete, we will be able to expand and refine our retail and industrial offerings ensuring we can keep at pace with our clients’ demands. It’s an exciting time here, and I’m looking forward to our future growth.”

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