Wosskow team L-R: commercial partner Jamie Brown, partner and head of commercial property Ian Osborn, founding partner Michael Wosskow and managing partner Ian Brown.
Jane Imrie

This week's Yorkshire appointments

Ian Osborn, Wosskow Brown Solicitors

Law firm Wosskow Brown Solicitors has appointed Ian Osborn as partner and head of commercial property.

Having trained at an entrepreneurial city law firm in Newcastle upon Tyne in 2012, Ian developed his career at regional law firm Banner Jones where he gained experience of working with a range of clients on complex commercial property transactions, from charities, developers, landlords, lenders, pension funds, tenants and more.

Ian has experience of dealing with comprehensive leasehold matters, including assignments, grants, surrenders, subleases and variations and he has accrued knowledge with regards to freehold or leasehold property leasing, purchase and sale, high-value secured facilities or re-financing products and site acquisition and disposal.

Wosskow Brown managing partner, Ian Brown, commented: “We really are delighted that Ian has chosen to come on-board — he has precisely the focused blend of legal experience and entrepreneurial drive that Wosskow Brown focuses on in pressing practice development.

“Ian’s appointment – together with recent departmental recruitment of legal assistant Brogan Ward and the impending appointment of a new trainee solicitor – guarantees that, as we expand, our clients can maintain their expectations of proactive, first-class support.”

Ian Osborn added: “Having reached the zenith of my prior experience, I certainly aspired to a partnership-level appointment, in which I could both develop the manner in which scoped, targeted legal services were offered and the way in which they were priced.

“The opportunity to take up the reigns of an already-established and accomplished department, with a view to driving forward capability, efficiency, growth and personnel was simply too promising to overlook.

“I am excited to join the partnership and look forward to being a key part of the firm’s structure and expansion.”

Helen Green and Craig Burrow, Town Centre Securities PLC (TCS)

Property investor and car parking operator Town Centre Securities PLC (TCS) has promoted Helen Green to property director and appointed Craig Burrow as development director.

The promotion of Helen Green to property director comes after 15 years with the business, where she delivered the phased development, regeneration, and growth of TCS’s largest single asset, the 1m sq ft mixed-use Merrion Centre scheme.

More recently she has also managed the extensive refurbishment and rebrand of one of the company’s newest properties, 123 Albion Street.

Helen, who also sits on the board of LeedsBID as a non-executive director and Leeds Chamber of Commerce leadership group, will now oversee the management of the full existing TCS property portfolio across Leeds, Manchester, London and Scotland.

Craig Burrow joins TCS from his previous role as director of Leeds at Bruntwood. He brings a range of experience in managing high-profile acquisitions, investments and redevelopments including the delivery of Platform, 3 Sovereign Square and 100 Wellington Street.

Prior to Bruntwood, Craig was an associate director at DTZ in Leeds and has held positions on boards, committees and steering groups including Yorkshire Property Charitable Trust, Leeds Chamber of Commerce, East Street Arts, Crypt Factor and Yorkshire Property Charity Football.

Craig’s new role will see his 20 years’ experience in the office market progress TCS’s development pipeline including the 3.5 acre Whitehall Riverside project in Leeds and the 12.5 acre Piccadilly Basin scheme in Manchester.

Edward Ziff, chairman and chief executive of Town Centre Securities, said; “We are delighted to have two of Leeds’ most revered property professionals overseeing the Town Centre Securities property portfolio.

“Helen and Craig have both made significant impacts on the region’s development landscape and we are confident that their delivery expertise and network of respected contacts will play a key role in realising TCS’s long-term development ambitions especially in Yorkshire and the North West.

“They have delivered numerous high calibre projects during their illustrious careers, which means we are well prepared for any forthcoming industry challenges and are confident in the continued resilience and success of TCS.”

Karen Bach, Consult Red

Technology company Consult Red has appointed Karen Bach as its chairman.

Karen is an experienced chairman and non-executive director with 30 years of experience working in scaleup and blue-chip technology, media and telecoms (TMT) companies.

Before joining Consult Red, Karen was an executive director of growing international businesses serving as CFO for IXEurope Plc (datacentres), ACS Plc (health-tech) and Kewill Plc (logistics tech). Karen trained initially with blue-chip multi-nationals including EDS France and MCI WorldCom.

In addition, Karen is a member of the 30% Club, which supports boards to appoint more female directors and increase the pipeline of upcoming female talent.

Karen is currently chairman of Amino Technologies Plc (media tech) and non-executive director of Datapharm Ltd (healthtech) and Escape Hunt Plc (escape rooms).

Karen explained: “I’m a huge fan of digitalisation and simplification, and I chose to work with the team at Consult Red because of their energy and passion.

“Over the last 15 years they’ve delivered a solid track record of innovation in the media sector, and I’m looking forward to working with them in their next chapter of growth helping companies across all sectors innovate and adapt in this digital age.”

Andrew Stewart, Consult Red CEO, added: “We’re excited to welcome Karen to the team. Her impressive technology, international and governance expertise will help us to deliver our strategy to grow our global client base in media and across many other sectors too.”

Beth Childs and Shauna Towey, Multitask Personnel

Recruitment firm Multitask Personnel has promoted Beth Childs to senior recruiter and appointed Shauna Towey as recruiter.

Beth, who joined the team in 2016, will be responsible for managing client relationships, increasing the candidate database and ensuring the technical team hits the annual forecast.

Beth commented: “I’m delighted to progress into a senior role and be given the chance to develop the technical recruitment division along with Shauna.

“I have been with Multitask since 2016, starting out in an administrator role before working my way up as a recruitment consultant, so it’s a fantastic feeling to be given a division of my own to run.

“I’m so grateful to Claire and the team for their support and advice over the past few years that have enabled me to progress within the business.”

Managing director Claire Lee added: “We’re delighted to announce that from 1st September 2020, Beth Childs has accepted a promotion into a Senior Recruiter role in our technical department.

“In addition to Beth’s promotion, we have also set on Shauna Towey, technical Recruiter to work alongside Beth and the Technical team. Shauna brings over two years of experience in trade recruitment and will be a vital addition to the team.

“We would like to wish both team members every success with their new roles at Multitask Personnel.”

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