Sarah Charlesworth, The Harris Partnership (THP).
Jane Imrie

This week's Yorkshire appointments

Sarah Charlesworth, The Harris Partnership (THP)

Architecture firm The Harris Partnership (THP) has appointed Sarah Charlesworth to its board of directors.

A chartered member of RICS and holding full membership with APM and APS, Sarah has been with THP since 2001 working with the contractual and quality management of the firm’s five offices.

Sarah began her career in the construction industry in 1997 at the CITB National Construction College in Norfolk.

Sarah commented: “It’s an absolute pleasure to join the board and to continue to help shape and drive all aspects of the company from this level.

“Over my (nearly!) 20 years with the company it has always been creative and forward-thinking and I’m looking forward to ensuring this philosophy remains at the heart of what we do.”

Michael Schorah, THP Group managing director, added: “Sarah is a perfect example of how at The Harris Partnership we are dedicated to providing a structured career development path for all our staff and pride ourselves of promoting from within. We welcome her input at board level.”

James Richardson and Jonathan Oxley, Lupton Fawcett

Law firm Lupton Fawcett has appointed James Richardson as managing partner and Jonathan Oxley as chairman.

Insolvency lawyer James takes over from corporate specialist Jonathan, who has vacated the managing partner’s seat to take on the role of chairman.

James has more than 30 years’ experience of advising insolvency practitioners, banks, funders, asset-based lenders, directors and individuals on personal and corporate insolvency. He is also a member of the R3 Yorkshire regional committee.

Jonathan specialises in buying, selling and financing companies and heads up the firm’s ‘start up, scale up’ team. He is a former chairman of the Institute of Directors (IoD) in Yorkshire and the Humber and continues to represent the IoD on devolution and the Northern Powerhouse.

Commenting on his appointment, James said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has raised significant challenges for all our clients, however our fantastically skilled lawyers are supporting them in every way possible by maintaining their pro-active service across the board.

“I am relishing leading the firm forward, through and beyond the current difficulties. We must not forget that this situation is temporary and we are perfectly placed for the upturn that will inevitably come.

“We are the only major law firm with a Yorkshire-wide focus through offices in Leeds, Sheffield and York and we continue to evolve our offer to provide the best possible service, including the recent launch of our HR Consultancy which brings together the combined expertise of HR professionals and experienced employment lawyers.”

Jonathan added: “Following on from my two years as managing partner, I’m delighted to be appointed to the role of chairman. The firm is in a strong position and is performing well across the region.

“Our clients and team now benefit from state of the art technology following a major investment in our IT infrastructure. We also continue to attract and develop some of the best legal talent in the North.”

Adam Watson and Will Smithies, Fox Lloyd Jones

Property management company Fox Lloyd Jones has promoted Adam Watson to associate appointed Will Smithies to the team

Chartered surveyor and project manager Adam joined Fox Lloyd Jones in 2017 and is delivering a number of schemes in Yorkshire, including the former Yorkshire Post residential development and Croda’s multi-million-pound distribution hub in Goole.

Simon Lloyd, director of Fox Lloyd Jones, commented: “We are delighted to recognise Adam’s contribution to the business, with this promotion, and the excellent service levels he delivers to our clients.

“He extolls the values of Fox Lloyd Jones in his leadership of projects and creative thinking and has shown himself to be a real asset since joining the practice from London.”

Adam added: “I was grateful for the opportunity given to me by Fox Lloyd Jones when I relocated back to Yorkshire. I have been able to develop my own skills, as well as learning a great deal by working closely with the experienced teams within the company.

“Fox Lloyd Jones has an excellent reputation in the region and, as such, is involved in high profile developments, which I have had the privilege of delivering.”

Will Smithies has joined from local firm Bowman Riley. In his new role, he will be supporting the building surveying and project management teams at Fox Lloyd Jones, as they continue to grow with new and existing clients.

Speaking about the appointment, Will said: “It is a great opportunity for me to further develop my skillset and take on that next challenge in my career.

“I’m really looking forward to working closely with the team and getting heavily involved in a number of exciting projects at Fox Lloyd Jones.”

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