Ian Kilner (left) and Jonathan Edwards of Integral IT.
Jane Imrie

This week's Yorkshire appointments

Iain Kilner, Integral IT

IT services provider Integral IT has appointed Iain Kilner as service delivery manager.

Iain has more than 30 years’ IT experience both at enterprise and SME level. Having started his career in technical positions, he went on to spend 13 years setting up and running his own Harrogate-based IT support business, Digital Media Infrastructure.

Iain was also general manager of interactive digital signage platform SignStix in Leeds for two years. His specialisms include network infrastructure, installation and support.

In his new role, Iain will be responsible for managing Integral’s team of engineers on a day-to-day basis and for enhancing customer service by acting as an escalation point for operational issues.

Jonathan Edwards, managing director of Integral IT, commented: “Demand for the services of a reliable IT partner like Integral has really accelerated over the last year and having someone on board with Iain’s vast experience will help us to continue to expand, while also remaining customer-focused.

“Having known Iain for a number of years, we have great respect for one another and I am looking forward to having someone with a different perspective as we develop the business and pursue our aspirations in Yorkshire and beyond.”

Iain added: “Integral is an ambitious business which is seeing rapid growth and with my extensive track record in telecoms and SME networking, I feel I can add knowledge and value. I am really enjoying being back in the IT world.”

Harriet Frank, Carter Jonas

Property consultancy Carter Jonas has appointed Harriet Frank as a senior planner.

Harriet joins from Stone + Associates and previously Nineteen47, where she was a senior planner and planner respectively. Prior to that, she was a planning officer at the North York Moors National Park Authority.

With over six years of planning experience in both the public and private sectors, Harriet offers advice on all aspects of town and country planning. Her specialism is in rural planning and development, helping landowners to identify ways in which they can diversify their existing business and maximise the potential of their assets through the planning system.

Harriet is proficient in preparing a range of planning applications from the initial pre-application enquiry submissions to discharge of condition applications, and everything in between. Additionally, she has knowledge on the planning constraints surrounding Article 2 Land and can offer specialist advice on this matter.

John Webster, partner of planning and development and Head of the Leeds office, Carter Jonas, commented: “We are extremely pleased to welcome Harriet to our Leeds office.

“Her strong understanding of the regional market, with a particular focus on rural planning, complements well the knowledge of our team.

“Current market activity is buoyant and teams from across our business are involved in a number of complex and diverse projects. Harriet’s expertise will be of great benefit.”

Kelly Wharin, MD Law

Commercial law firm MD Law has promoted Kelly Wharin to partner.

Kelly joined the commercial practice in January 2018 and has over a decade of experience. She has built a record of working with companies and individuals, and dealing with a range of disputes and litigation, regularly instructed in high value actions.

Kelly graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2003 and started her career as a trainee in 2005, qualifying in 2007.

Kelly commented: “Not only do I enjoy the variety and quality of the work we deal with at MD Law but I have also been privileged to have been involved in the management of the business, including supervising the two trainees we have.

“The people make the firm here and it is a fantastic team. I am delighted to be promoted to partner. I feel, ever since I started here, that my opinion has really mattered. I look forward to seeing the firm grow further.”

Founder and partner of MD Law Matthew Dixon added: “Congratulations to Kelly on her well deserved promotion. This is a reward for her hard work over the last three years on commercial litigation work but also on the management side of the business.

“Her promotion to partner will be very important as we continue to grow the business organically in the region.”

Katie Evans, Aberfield Communications

PR agency Aberfield Communications has appointed Katie Evans as PR consultant.

Katie joins the team from Jaywing in Leeds, where she worked as a senior PR executive delivering digital PR campaigns across a range of industries including technology, e-commerce and travel.

Katie’s digital PR portfolio includes securing 200+ pieces of coverage for a campaign for travel provider, Florida4Less, and securing a front-page feature in the Sunday Times for Good Move.

Commenting on her recent appointment, Katie said: “I’m really looking forward to working with the team at Aberfield!

“I have wanted to take a step away from typical SEO PR campaigns and explore a more holistic approach to PR and marketing as my next career move for a while now, and Aberfield is an agency that really stood out to me as the perfect mix of digital and traditional PR. I’m excited to get stuck in and start working on a great range of clients.”

Tim Downs, director of Aberfield, added: “It’s great to have Katie on board with us at Aberfield.

“Thanks to a number of new client wins in 2021, we’ve been in a position to grow our team. Katie will really add some additional and valuable skills to the team, especially with her digital PR experience and we’re looking forward to seeing how she develops with us.”

Ross Malkin, Knight Frank

Property consultancy Knight Frank has appointed Ross Malkin as a partner.

Ross joins from CBRE in London, where he was a director specialising in retail and mixed- use property management, having previously worked at British Land.

Ross commented: “This is a major move and a tremendous opportunity for me. I am delighted to have the chance to join Knight Frank and am ready to develop my career further with this internationally renowned property consultancy.

“The property management department is already a leading consultancy across the Yorkshire region, but my challenge is to take it to another level. The combined Leeds and Sheffield teams will provide an unrivalled service for existing and future clients alike.

“I have a genuine breadth of experience in property management, having worked on the client side for British Land and Edinburgh House Estates and in consultancy practice. This experience extends to all asset classes.

“The chance to join Knight Frank was an offer I couldn’t refuse. This is a superb opportunity – and challenge - at a pivotal time for the real estate market in Yorkshire.”

Henrie Westlake, head of Knight Frank in Leeds, added: “Ross is an incredibly important appointment for us. His expertise and experience in managing high-profile commercial property will be vital for expanding our property management department in Yorkshire and his arrival heralds a new era for the team.

“He is a perfect fit for our culture and we could not be more excited about him joining the partnership. These are very exciting times for Knight Frank and Ross is absolutely integral to our future success in the county.”

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