Paul Sagar, Hägen Wolf.
Jane Imrie

This week's Yorkshire appointments

Paul Sagar, Hägen Wolf

Property litigation firm Hägen Wolf has appointed Paul Sagar to the role of senior associate.

Paul has 15 years experience in property litigation, most recently at the Leeds office of DAC Beachcroft LLP. He has worked for firms in Newcastle, London and Leeds advising a range of companies including lenders, landlords, management companies and tenants.

Specialising in acting for telecommunications operators, Paul took a leading role in ‘New Code’ litigation and has managed cases through the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) and Court of Appeal.

Paul commented: “Hägen Wolf is bringing a fresh and client-focused approach to supporting clients across an ever-growing range of sectors.

“I join the firm at an exciting stage in its development and look forward to contributing to its strong record of success.”

He has particular experience acting for telecommunications operators, including taking a leading role in ‘New Code’ litigation and has managed cases through the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) and Court of Appeal.

Commenting on the appointment, Matt Pugh, the managing partner of new property litigation firm Hägen Wolf, said: “Paul brings a wealth of talent and experience to the team at Hägen Wolf.

“As we continue to expand, we must attract the best talent to ensure we continue to deliver the best service to our clients.”

Jonathan Barrow and Mike Aitchison, The City & Capital Group

Financial services growth consultant The City & Capital Group has appointed two new directors.

Jonathan Barrow has joined the firm as director of City & Capital acquisitions, while Mike Aitchison has come on board as director of City & Capital headhunters.

Bringing with him around 15 years of financial services experience, particularly across mergers and acquisitions, Jonathan has worked with clients across private equity-backed firms, PLCs, national firms and startups.

Meanwhile, Mike has 20 years of experience within the financial services sector, the last 13 of those have been spent recruiting for a range of specialist lenders, insurers, BPO providers and fintech businesses.

Commenting on the appointments, Victoria Hicks, group director, said: “These appointments signify The City & Capital Group’s ambitions for further growth – not only within the markets that we operate in with great success, but to new and upcoming markets across the finance and professional sectors.”

“With the addition of such experience, both in terms of financial services, mergers and acquisitions as well as senior recruitment, the appointment of Mike and Johnny will also assist in the growth of the team, their development and ultimately the business itself.”

Matt Phipps, Hortor

Strategic resourcing consultancy Hortor has promoted Matt Phipps to recruitment manager.

Operating out of Hortor’s Leeds office, Matt will be responsible for managing a team of consultants working across the global technology sector.

Joining the business in July 2017 as a recruitment consultant, Matt has since gained experience and industry insight within the global IT and digital marketplace.

Matt commented: “After working in the recruitment industry for over 15 years, Hortor’s impressive rate of expansion hadn’t gone unnoticed.

“When I joined the Hortor family, I was keen to hit the ground running with a company that shared the same ambitions for growth as me.

“As I approach the start of my fourth year here at Hortor, my sentiments remain as strong as ever. The company culture that joint CEO’s Andy Nicholson and Andy Roe have created, provides each employee the perfect platform to reach their potential.”

Andy Roe, joint CEO of Hortor, added: “Since joining the ranks, Matt has consistently demonstrated his desire and commitment to support our global list of clients, no matter how complex the brief may be.

“Matt’s promotion to recruitment manager further indicates our commitment to putting the very best people in a position to help us continue to expand, not just in the UK, but across the globe.”

Tania Morris, Norton Home Loans

Norton Home Loans has appointed Tania Morris as its new lending manager.

Tania joins Norton Home Loans from Yorkshire Bank, where she took on a range of roles and worked her way up from adviser to manager. She has 35 years of experience in the financial services industry.

The role will involve working with Norton’s underwriting team helping to implement new systems and ideas across the company, as well as managing new recruits and working alongside the firm’s business development managers.

Tania commented: “I’m excited about my new role with Norton.

“I’m anticipating new challenges and I’m eager to expand into new areas. It seems like a great team, which I’m looking forward to getting to know and helping to develop through training and recruitment.”

Paul Stringer, director of Norton Home Loans, added: “We’re excited to have Tania on board. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience.

“It’s great to see the positive impact Tania is having on the team already.”

Mia Hodgkinson, Source Marketing

PR and social media agency Source Marketing has appointed Mia Hodgkinson as senior account manager.

Mia, who joins the firm from ilke Homes, has experience across traditional PR and marketing.

Mia also has journalistic knowledge, having spent time working for the Press Association.

Daniel Kennedy, a director of Source, said: “Mia joins us with the strongest traditional PR skills we’ve come across in a long time.

“She has the instinct to find a good news hook in any story; loves to write; and isn’t averse to the hard job of picking up the phone and selling stories to journalists. It really is great to see.”

Commenting on her appointment, Mia added: “I’m delighted to have found my niche at Source. Never before have I been able to fully focus on the things that really make me tick.

“Not only is the team an incredible mix of talented individuals, there is a real sense of camaraderie there too which makes every day thoroughly enjoyable.”

Janette McClean and Tim Parker, Atlas Leisure Homes

Hull caravan manufacturer Atlas Leisure Homes has appointed Janette McClean and Tim Parker as regional sales directors.

Janette McClean has been promoted from her regional sales manager role to regional sales director – North. She has been with the company for over two years.

Also joining the team in the second newly-created role, Regional Sales Director – South, is Tim Parker, who joins with a range of experience in the market.

Joint managing director, Phil Spark, commented: “Janette has supported the business through a time of rapid change and growth, taking responsibility for sales, customer service, and ensuring we continue to provide the very highest quality product that our dealers have come to expect from us.

“I was delighted to be able to promote from within for this new role. I know that she provides a safe pair of hands to support our customers.”

Commenting on the new role, Janette said: “I’m really pleased to have been recognised in this way and am looking forward to delivering continued growth for Atlas and our customers – despite these strange and challenging times we’re working in.”

Commenting on Tim’s appointment, Phil continued: “It feels like the right time to bring someone in to the business who can help us drive further growth and so we can offer an even better service to our customers based in the south, and Tim is the ideal fit for this.

“He has a proven history of working successfully within the holiday home manufacturing industry.”

Speaking about starting the new role, Parker said: “To start a new job in the current environment, having only met a few of my new colleagues, and not even having had a tour of the factory yet, is certainly different to what I’m used to, however I’m really looking forward to getting my teeth into the new role.

“I’m based right in the heart of where many of our customers are, so as soon as lockdown ends, I’ll be able to get out and meet with them.”

Jenny Roberts and Chloe Kershaw, SimpleUsability

SimpleUsability has appointed Jenny Roberts as research helper manager and Chloe Kershaw as participant recruitment administrator to its sister company Research Helper.

Jenny joins the firm following 20 years’ experience in customer service and five years in facilities management. Having previously worked within multinational businesses, motivating multi-disciplined teams in project and change management roles whilst completing all aspects of service delivery, Jenny will manage the day-to-day running of the participant recruitment team.

Jenny commented: “I jumped at the chance to take on this exciting new role which sounded interesting and when I came for my interview the passion and enthusiasm within the team were palpable and I knew straight away it was right for me.

“I want to develop my participant recruitment skills whilst using existing people and process management experience to support and develop the team as we grow.

“I also want to maintain the high standards for participant recruitment which Research Helper provides as we get busier and help develop new technologies to help the team to work smarter, instead of harder.”

Chloe, a recent graduate of Leeds Beckett university, will support the recruitment for both Research Helper and SimpleUsability projects, managing the full life cycle administration and support for clients and development of existing nationwide outreach for participants.

Chloe explained: “I’m passionate about the work SimpleUsability is doing, which is well established as a premium quality service.

“It is also at a really exciting point, where new developments and business ventures are about to unfold allowing for more niche recruitment projects; and for new avenues to be explored.”

Judith Doherty, business development director at SimpleUsability, added: “Jenny and Chloe have joined us at a critical time with exciting plans in place for the development of our Research Helper service.”

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