Laura Briggs
Laura Briggs, PCL.
Jane Imrie

This week's Yorkshire appointments

Laura Briggs, PCL

Pneumatics specialist PCL has appointed Laura Briggs as area sales manager.

Laura joins PCL from construction industry firm Hilti, where she built customer relationships and exceeded targets through solutions-based selling.

In her new role Laura will be responsible for building existing relationships and developing new business for the world-leading PCL and TECALEMIT brands in the North of England, along the M62 corridor.

Laura explained: “I have been brought in to add value on the solutions side of the business. My mission is to really get to know the businesses PCL deals with and what makes them tick, looking at their strengths and weaknesses to work diligently with them as a partner, not just a supplier.”

“A massive part of me wanting to come to PCL is that it’s a family-orientated UK business where employees and customers come first, but as part of the HORNGROUP of companies they still have a big reach globally.”

PCL sales director, Lee Wright, added: “Laura’s attitude and approach is perfectly aligned to our company values and dedication to helping our customers to develop long-term and flourish.

“COVID-19 has been devastating for many industries, and we are completely committed to supporting our partners and customers to make it through this. Laura’s intent to gain insight and add value to the businesses we deal with is exactly what we are looking for, and we are delighted to welcome her onboard.”

Natalie Ingram and Paige Duller, Clarion

Clarion has appointed Natalie Ingram and Paige Duller as associates in its property litigation team.

After qualifying in 2016, Natalie worked for two international law firms before taking on an in-house role.

Natalie has experience advising on a broad range of contentious property matters, including commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes for public and private sector clients, covering commercial lease renewals, dilapidations, breach of covenant and break clause matters.

Natalie also has experience in advising developer clients on vacant possession strategies and on land compensation matters.

Natalie commented: “With one of the largest real estate teams in the region, the wide variety of matters that such a busy property litigation practice offers will be a valuable learning experience for me and I am looking forward to working with the wide range of clients of the property litigation team.”

With seven years’ experience in commercial property, Paige has moved to Clarion to specialise in property litigation.

Paige trained with a firm in London which specialised in serving clients in the healthcare sector, after having worked in the commercial property practice of another regional firm.

Paige has experience in a range of property matters, including landlord and tenant matters, residential disputes, development and property finance. She has acted for a range of clients, from individuals to investment landlords and large corporate groups.

Paige commented: “Clarion is a great fit for me as I share the firm’s commercial and pragmatic approach, and I am also excited to be working as part of a fast-growing, innovative and client-driven team.”

Sophie Morley, partner and head of the property litigation team, commented: “With Paige and Natalie’s appointments taking the real estate team to 33 lawyers and the property litigation team to four, we have the strength in depth to cover all aspects of property disputes and demand for our specialist property litigation services is continuing to grow..

“With her fantastic pedigree in commercial property, both in private practice and in house, Natalie is a valuable asset to the team.

“Likewise, Paige brings experience of residential and commercial transactions and litigation, adding to our capacity and skills. We are now one of the biggest specialist property litigation teams in the region and our combined experience allows us to work with some fantastic clients.”

Joshua Clamp and Angelika Davies, ORB Recruitment

Recruitment agency ORB Recruitment has appointed Joshua Clamp as specialist recruitment consultant for construction and Angelika Davies as consultant for industrial.

In his new role, Joshua will work on resourcing, building relationships with candidates and clients and bolstering business development for ORB’s work in the construction sector.

Joshua said: “Meeting new people and learning new skills is definitely what I’m enjoying the most at ORB. The friendly atmosphere amongst the different teams and how management are invested in everyone’s personal development really makes the company stand out.

“I enjoy that every day is different. Having to deal with and solve new problems is really important in this industry and I like a challenge!”

Angelika, who holds a tourism and hospitality degree and has a background in hospitality and retail as well as recruitment, will work as a consultant in the industrial sector.

Angelika, who is originally from Poland speaks Czech, Slovakian and Lithuanian in addition to English, commented: “The team at ORB really look after you and I love recruitment, particularly meeting new clients and candidates, so I’m really excited to be here and get started!”

Stewart Olsen, managing director of ORB Recruitment, said: “We’re proud to welcome Joshua and Angelika to our exceptional team of recruitment professionals.

“Our diverse team bring with them a range of experience and specialisms - both of which are integral to ORB’s growth.

“We’re looking forward to offering them a wonderful place to work and supporting both of them throughout their careers.”

Paddy Sturman, Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Yorkshire and Humber Council

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has appointed Paddy Sturman to its Yorkshire and Humber council.

The head of Irwin Mitchell Business Legal Services in Leeds, Paddy is also a partner in the national banking and finance team.

Paddy will serve on the council for the next 12 months where he will join over 40 executive CBI members in sharing knowledge, looking to help shape the CBI’s policies and campaigns on regional business issues.

Emily Moncuit, associate regional director of Yorkshire and the Humber CBI said: “We are delighted to welcome Paddy to the CBI’s Yorkshire and Humber Council.

“His role at Irwin Mitchell means he understands the challenges local businesses face and his insight will be invaluable as the region looks to bounce back from the challenges of lockdown and deliver post-Brexit prosperity.”

Paddy added: “With the challenge of Brexit and of course the tragic events of the last year, there couldn’t be a more important time to join the CBI council.

“I’m really looking forward to lending my support over what will be a vital 12 months, as we all aim to recover from the impact of both the pandemic and Brexit on business.

“As the recovery gets underway, there is much we need to do, to support business, our institutions and our local communities to get back on their feet.”

Sam Jamieson, Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & Wakefield has appointed Sam Jamieson as associate.

In his new role, Sam will be responsible for managing disposal instructions and delivering a pipeline of acquisition work to clients across Leeds, Sheffield and the wider region.

Sam previously spent six years in the office leasing team at Knight Frank, acting on behalf of a range of clients including corporate funds, developers, property companies and private individuals across Leeds, York, Bradford and Wakefield.

Adam Cockroft, national offices partner at Cushman & Wakefield in Leeds, said: “I am pleased to welcome Sam to the team. He brings a wealth of local market knowledge and agency experience having acted on behalf of both landlord and occupier clients across the region.”

“Despite difficult market conditions in 2020, the office agency team concluded several significant transactions demonstrating the strength of the region’s office market. I look forward to working with Sam to build upon these successes.”

Leonie Mann, Search Laboratory

Digital marketing agency Search Laboratory has appointed Leonie Mann as head of technical SEO

Leonie has been with Search Laboratory for six years, having joined in 2015 as a front-end web developer before joining the technical SEO team where she became an SEO consultant.

In her new role, where she will be responsible for leading and developing the technical SEO offering.

Commenting on her promotion, Leonie said: “My career at Search Laboratory has taught me so much and I am really excited to be able to give back and help continue the learning and development of the team.

“I am delighted to have been promoted to a senior tech position. The opportunities in the Leeds digital and tech industry are huge; I hope that my new role as head of technical SEO will inspire other women to apply for senior roles, and for more companies to continue to diversify their tech team and hire more women into these positions.”

James Bentham, head of SEO at Search Laboratory, added: “Technical SEO has advanced dramatically in recent years, and now intersects areas of development, data analysis and automation.

“Leonie brings a wealth of experience in web development and coding into the role, alongside her outstanding SEO knowledge.

“She is in the perfect position to keep our offering at the cutting edge of technical SEO and we’re looking forward to seeing where she takes the team.”

Lauren Waterman, Lupton Fawcett

Law firm Lupton Fawcett has appointed Lauren Waterman as solicitor on its intellectual property and commercial team.

After graduating from the University of York, Lauren qualified as a solicitor in September 2020. She is experienced in all aspects of intellectual property, including trade mark, copyright and design rights, as well as commercial law.

In her new role, Lauren will assist clients to identify, protect and capitalise on the intellectual property they have developed within brands, products, inventions, ideas, designs and creative works. She will also assist clients with commercial agreements.

Clive Lawrence, head of intellectual property at  Lupton Fawcett, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Lauren to our specialist intellectual property and commercial team in Leeds.

“She has gained experience across all aspects of intellectual property while completing her training, with notable achievements including success in the Court of Appeal.

“At Lupton Fawcett, our ethos is about putting our clients ahead, and Lauren is therefore the perfect fit for us.”

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