Ben Robson, Flint Hyde.
Jane Imrie

This week's Yorkshire appointments

Ben Robson, Flint Hyde

International executive search specialist Flint Hyde has appointed Ben Robson as associate director.

Ben joins the Leeds office of Flint Hyde, working on global executive and senior management appointments within the packaging, sustainability and industry 4.0 sectors.

Ben brings over ten years’ experience in professional recruitment, during which time, he has developed an ‘extensive’ network of clients, delivered pan-European multi-role recruitment fulfilment and business leadership assignments.

Ben commented: “Packaging, sustainability and industry 4.0 are all huge industries and are front of mind for consumers, manufacturers and retailers, but what this means from a talent perspective is only just taking shape.

This is a real growth area for those that embrace this brave new world and something I am thrilled to be driving forward through my exciting new role with executive search specialists, Flint Hyde.“

Jonathan Flint, director at Flint Hyde, added: “Ben is a great addition to our highly experienced team of consultants and researchers, bringing with him specialist knowledge in key industrial markets.

“Ben’s reputation for delivering, combined with his obvious passion, makes him the perfect fit to drive forward the expansion in packaging, sustainability and industry 4.0 sectors.

“We look forward to drawing on his experience to continue to strengthen our offering to clients and brands globally.”

Rob Stewart, Clarion

Law firm Clarion has appointed Rob Stewart as legal director.

After more than 10 years working for a ‘magic circle’ firm in the City, litigator Rob Stewart has joined Clarion’s growing commercial dispute and resolution practice.

Having qualified in 2011, Rob went on to work for international law firm Clifford Chance for over a decade, moving up to senior associate and working on a number of high-profile cases.

Primarily a contract and corporate litigator, Rob works across all industries and sectors advising blue chip corporates, international banks and private equity portfolio companies alongside entrepreneurs and owner-managed businesses. He also advises institutional trustees and high-net-worth individuals with contentious trust matters.

Commenting on his appointment, Rob said: “I am excited to join Clarion’s ongoing growth story.

“It is a progressive firm that is really making waves locally, nationally and overseas, and is extremely well regarded by those in the know as a firm that houses exceptional lawyers who focus on the client as well as the client’s legal issue.”

Simon Young, partner and head of the dispute resolution practice at Clarion, added: “Rob has had an impressive career to date at one of this country’s premier firms in London.

“He brings a wealth of skills to the team which add to and complement our existing and market leading commercial disputes practice.

“As we continue to make a name for ourselves across the UK and further afield, Rob further strengthens our offering to clients.”

Gareth Shepherd, Luke Wilson, Johann Zeuner Griffiths, Callum Street as a trainee structural engineer and James Watchorn, Adept Civil and Structural Consulting Engineers

Adept Civil and Structural Consulting Engineers has made four new appointments at its Leeds office.

The firm has appointed Gareth Shepherd as regional director, Luke Wilson as a civil engineering technician, Johann Zeuner Griffiths as a graduate civil engineer, Callum Street as a trainee structural engineer and James Watchorn as an apprentice technician.

Gareth brings more than two decades worth of experience in the civil and structural engineering consultancy sector to the role, and has spent the last four years at WYG Engineering.

Gareth said: “Adept is renowned for providing a quality service, across all types of projects, with an ethos and approach that aligns exactly with my own values and how I work with fellow clients, contractors and consultants.

“It was clear from the conversations with Erol and the team that the common ground we share in terms of the kind of projects we enjoy delivering, and the clients we like working with, meant it was the right fit for all of us.

“Above all I’m excited to return to industry amongst a group of like-minded people set on achieving the same goals.”

Erol Erturan, managing director at Adept, added: “Gareth is very well respected and has delivered all types of projects, throughout their entire life cycles, from winning bids and initial site appraisals through to providing a hands-on approach right through construction.

“Crucially, he works across all sectors, which matches our varied client base, and all this combined to make him a great fit for our team.

“It’s no secret that the construction industry has been badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, but during the summer months we’ve won work throughout Yorkshire and the North West. We’ve also established a physical presence in Sheffield, following several contract wins in the city, to complement our Leeds and Manchester offices.

“Appointing Gareth, Luke, Johann, Callum and James will enable us to service this demand, as well being an investment in the future talent of the industry.”

Tony Lee, Harron Homes

Developer Harron Homes has appointed Tony Lee as managing director of its Yorkshire operations.

Having started out as a design engineer, Tony progressed through technical roles with a range of developers.

Most recently, Tony was group technical director/deputy managing director at Gleeson Homes, where as part of a senior management team.

Tony, who is focused heavily on business development, commented: “I’d like to grow Harron Homes to deliver up to 500 new homes per year. We’ve got a great team here in Yorkshire and good safety standards too, so I’d like to use that to our advantage. I’ve not been in post long but I’ve already experienced just how enthusiastic the team is.”

“I was attracted to Harron Homes because of the similarities to Gleeson in terms of growth potential and opportunity, as well as the different challenge of offering a higher end, exclusive product.

“It’s something I’m looking forward to being involved with. I’ll be focusing on quality and customer experience too; I want to ensure that the business is growing in the right way.”

Tom Day, Dove Haigh Phillips (DHP)

Property consultancy Dove Haigh Phillips (DHP) has appointed Tom Day as partner.

An experienced property professional, Tom founded the niche investment firm Stephenson Day in 2003.

Mike Haigh, partner with DHP, commented: “This is a very significant appointment for us, which strengthens our team considerably. Tom’s expertise is in property investment and development funding with a focus on maximising value.

“His knowledge of all aspects of the property sector in Yorkshire and beyond will be invaluable to DHP, giving our team a depth of skill and knowledge which will be of great benefit to our clients.”

“We are leading consultants in the development sector in Yorkshire. Tom’s appointment will endorse our reputation as a one-stop property shop that delivers results”.

Tom added: “I provide clients with market-leading advice on all commercial property investment matters. My work can be broadly split into three areas – investment (sales and purchases), development (funding) and strategic asset management.

“I joined DHP as I felt the addition of a specialist investment function could bring significant added value to the already high-service offer.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to join a very successful Yorkshire partnership, with a fantastic skillset, a superb track record, a hard-working and close-knit team and an impressive number of high-quality and high-profile clients.”

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