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This week's Yorkshire appointments

Jon Anderson, Scarborough Group International

Real estate developer Scarborough Group International (SGI)has appointed a new project director to help deliver its growth strategy.

Jon Anderson has been appointed to oversee the delivery of the group’s new developments across the Yorkshire region, including the next phase of Thorpe Park Leeds and Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park.

His role will also include carrying out development appraisals, handling procurement and managing the construction process from inception through to completion.

Jon brings more than 24 years’ experience to the role, the last seven of which were spent at Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) where he was head of the Leeds office and regional lead for the Building Consultancy division for the North, working with the likes of Homes England, Drax Power and Hermes Parcelnet.

Prior to LSH he had spells at AA Projects, GVA, Sanderson Weatherall and Bucknall Austin. He has a degree in Building Surveying and is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Jon added: “Throughout my life I have always strived to make a positive contribution to society, having been involved in various community-related initiatives, including being a board member for property industry charity, Land Aid.

“Scarborough Group’s philosophy of creating thriving spaces for people to live, work and enjoy, while giving back to the communities in which they operate really resonated with me and I’m excited and honoured to have the opportunity to build on the significant progress the Group has made to date.”

Andy Parkin, JMG Group

JMG Group has announced the appointment of Andy Parkin as its client director responsible for cyber insurance.

With 35 years in the insurance industry, Andy has gained top level experience in organisations including Heath Lambert and Towergate Insurance.

He joins JM Glendinning from Bollington Insurance Brokers in Harrogate – an office he established.

Andy said: “I will ensure that our clients can access the most up to date and appropriate cybercrime insurance and risk management support. I am thoroughly excited to be part of this fast-moving business and to add to what is already an exceptional client service offering.”

Jake Fox, JM Glendinning Professional Risks MD, says: “Andy is a great hire for us and will be a real asset as we look to grow our cyber liability insurance proposition.

“Having a dedicated director responsible for cyber, data and crime insurance shows that we are serious about ensuring that clients reduce their risk to keep both themselves and their businesses safe. With Andy’s experience, expertise and drive, our clients are in very safe hands.”

Kieran Rigby, rradar

Litigation and commercial law firm rradar has announced the appointment of Kieran Rigby.

Kieran has previously served as global president of Crawford Claims Solutions, CEO International and CEO Europe and Latin America for Crawford and Company from 2014 until 2020.

He was also the CEO and owner of GAB Robins UK until it was acquired by Crawford and Company in 2014.

Kieran will work alongside CEO Gary Gallen and rradar’s Board, advising on the strategy and growth of the company.

Gary Gallen, rradar CEO, said: “I am very pleased to welcome Kieran to our board as a non-executive director.

“This is a significant appointment for rradar and to have secured someone of his calibre, with significant global knowledge and experience in claims management and digital solutions, insurance and leadership capabilities is both testament to the growth potential and future development of the company and an invaluable asset for us as we begin to accelerate our growth strategy over the next year.”

Kieran said: “What rradar has achieved in only a few short years under Gary’s leadership shows that there has been a real need for this sort of radical vision and I’m delighted to be stepping onboard at such a pivotal stage for the company to work closely with the team and see rradar reach its goals of delivering value and innovation to its clients.”

George Bacon, Walker Morris

Law firm Walker Morris has appointed George Bacon as partner to its specialist Real Estate Group.

George joins from Eversheds Sutherland, where he was head of Leeds Real Estate.

His recent work includes forward funding deals for the development of significant distribution sites; acquisition and development of sites across a wide range of asset classes; and advising on the letting of a newly developed retail and leisure scheme.

Jeremy Moore, partner in the Real Estate Group, said: “As a firm we are making a significant investment in talent acquisition to grow our business and practice expertise, to further reinforce our position as the pre-eminent firm outside of London.

“We are so pleased to welcome our new partner, George, to the Real Estate team, bringing with him over two decades of experience in the sector and further boosting the group’s specialist knowledge and expertise.”

George said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Walker Morris as part of its distinguished Real Estate Group.

“As a unique one-site firm located in Leeds, Walker Morris’ entrepreneurial philosophy, excellent reputation and breadth of expertise give it a distinctive edge and I am looking forward to being a part of one of the strongest specialist Real Estate teams in the country.”

Gary Steen, Tunstall Healthcare

Health and care technology company Tunstall Healthcare has announced the appointment of Gary Steen as group chief technology officer (CTO).

Gary will be responsible for all solutions and products from Tunstall’s technology delivery centres in the UK, Sweden and Germany.

He joins Tunstall from TalkTalk where he held the role of group managing director for Technology, delivering services to over four million consumers and businesses across the UK.

Prior to joining TalkTalk, Gary worked as CTO for MDS Global, a software services business where he was responsible for running core product deliveries across Europe, Australia and the USA.

Gary commented: “I’m delighted to be joining the Tunstall team during a period of pivotal growth in its critical and innovative solutions.

“Operating in 15 countries, Tunstall is ideally placed to continue to build on its market leading position and I look forward to leading a world class technology team that supports the needs of its existing and future customer base.”

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