Lupton Fawcett
Rebecca Wayman

This week's Yorkshire appointments

Ben Clay, Lupton Fawcett

Intellectual property specialist Ben Clay has been promoted to partner at Yorkshire law firm Lupton Fawcett.

Ben helps clients to obtain, exploit and enforce all forms of IP as well as defending them from any claims of infringement.

He joined Lupton Fawcett in May 2017 after spending eight years working for the UK’s largest dairy company Arla Foods where he gained first-hand experience of commercial and legal issues faced by the food industry including brand management and advertising.

In addition to his IP and food sector experience, Ben provides advice on other commercial arrangements, from drafting and negotiation of many forms of contract to compliance with legal requirements.

Clive Lawrence, head of intellectual property and commercial law, said: “Ben’s knowledge and expertise in IP adds strength to the first-class advice we provide to clients, and offers experience of the strategic and commercial considerations of their businesses.”

Tim Calvert, Lauren Hunter and Steven Chadwick, Victor Manufacturing

Victor Manufacturing has bolstered its UK-based sales team with the appointment of two new national account managers along with a new area sales manager.

Tim Calvert, Lauren Hunter and Steven Chadwick have joined the team with extensive experience in catering equipment sales and will be responsible for managing Victor’s existing national and area-specific accounts.

Having started his career as a chef, Tim then moved into the world of food service equipment sales, previously working for Rational, Brakes and Winterhalter.

Lauren also has vast national sales experience in the catering equipment sector, having previously held roles with Brakes and JLA, as well as having worked at CS Catering.

Appointed as Victor’s new northern area sales manager, Steven joins the team with a wealth of knowledge and experience. After owning his own restaurant and kitchen design business, Steven worked as a design consultant for the Aggora Lockhart Project in Manchester.

James Cain and Caroline Pullich, Harrogate Spring Water

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has appointed Harrogate Spring Water boss James Cain OBE as branch chair for North Yorkshire.

He will be supported by newly appointed vice-chair Caroline Pullich, who leads the Yorkshire Business Banking team at Barclays.

Former North Yorkshire branch chair Jon Geldart has stepped down from the role after being appointed UK Director General of the business leaders’ organisation.

James and Caroline will work alongside a committee of business leaders to ensure that the views of local businesses are represented within the IoD’s influential, national policy voice.

James said: “I’m honoured to be appointed to this prestigious role and look forward to continuing Jon’s excellent work within the branch region.

“North Yorkshire stretches across a vast area and is home to a fantastic array of market-leading businesses and entrepreneurial leaders.

“I’m looking forward to raising the profile of North Yorkshire business and ensuring that members feel engaged and inspired during these challenging and uncertain times.”

Hannah Bratley, Bethan Wafer and Frankie Buttons, Northcoders

Northcoders has made three new additions to its partnerships and growth teams.

These latest starters follow the three tutors who have been appointed over the past couple of months.

The first appointment is Hannah Bratley who is Northcoders’ newest partnership success manager. Her new role will see her working closely with the firm’s hiring partners to match them with graduate talent.

Bethan Wafer, who has a degree in Criminology from Leeds Beckett University, has joined as an onboarding manager. Bethan’s focus is on helping prospective students understand what each course entails and answering any questions they may have.

The final new starter is Frankie Buttons who is Northcoders’ new content manager.

Before arriving at Northcoders, Frankie managed an independent wholesale accessories company for eight years - an important part of her role in the business was its marketing and communications activities. She will now be creating engaging digital content and will be working alongside the wider marketing/growth team.

Andrew Herd, Adare SEC

Huddersfield-headquartered integrated communications provider Adare SEC has boosted its ongoing transformation strategy with the appointment of a chief digital and information officer.

Andrew Herd joins the executive team to drive the company’s continued enhancement of its digital services to clients. In the newly created position, he will focus on building high quality, secure systems that enable effective integrated communications and solutions

Adare SEC’s clients include financial services company Allianz, multinational commercial bank Santander and nature conservation charity RSPB. The company has a turnover of £69.7m and employs 440 people.

Andrew said: “It is an exciting time to join Adare SEC. The company is transforming and further enhancing its range of digital services to enable clients to provide their customers with integrated communications which deliver excellent customer experiences.

“The business has a clear and sustainable growth strategy. I am looking forward to playing my part in making it happen by evolving our technology capability and developing products and services that help our clients navigate an increasingly complex customer engagement challenge.”

Vanessa Lee, BDO LLP

Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP has appointed Vanessa Lee as a partner to lead private client services across the North of England.

With more than 22 years of experience, Vanessa has a focus on advising high-net-worth individuals, families, family offices and trustees on complex tax planning.

She joins from EY where she led the region’s private client team and has worked on a number of high-profile relationships across a wide range of sectors.

Based at BDO’s Leeds office, Vanessa will support the tax team in Yorkshire and the North West on all aspects of private client tax issues.

Terry Jones, partner and head of BDO in Yorkshire, said: “Vanessa’s appointment comes during a landmark year for BDO. A crucial part of our strategy is attracting top talent like Vanessa as we continue to drive profitable growth.

“Our focus is on providing quality advice to help support our clients’ business goals. Vanessa’s experience and skillset will help strengthen our services across the region.”

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