Matthew Neville

This week’s North East appointments

This week’s round up of North East appointments includes Oasis Community Housing, Malhotra Group, and Hollis. Read on to find out more.

Rebecca Skippage, Washington Waithaka, Andrew Griffiths, and John Norton - Oasis Community Housing

Homelessness charity Oasis Community Housing has expanded its board with the appointment of four new trustees, following the launch of an ambitious three-year strategy to widen its reach and amplify its impact for men, women, and vulnerable families facing homelessness.

Rebecca Skippage is the BBC’s first disinformation editor, leading teams based across the world to report, investigate and debunk ‘fake news’. With more than 20 years journalism experience, she has spoken at international events on disinformation, security and media and advised the UK and EU governments.

Washington Waithaka is director of liquidity at Chipper Cash, a fintech dedicated to expanding financial inclusion in regions of the world most in need of accessible, easy-to-use and affordable financial services. He has 25 years’ international experience as a treasury and finance leader.

Andrew Griffiths is head of advocacy at international charity Sightsavers. With extensive experience in the third sector, he is also published on a number of topics including nutrition in fragile states and disability policy. He co-chairs the Bond Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Group, working to influence the UK government’s implementation of the UN SDGs.

John Norton is head of workplace health and wellbeing operations at the British Heart Foundation. He is responsible for the Health at Work Programme, with an aim to improve the health of workplaces and provide organisations with information and services that can help to detect and reduce the risk factors that contribute to heart and circulatory diseases.

Mary Watts and Zoe Limon - Malhotra Group PLC

Malhotra Group PLC, which has care and leisure divisions along with a large property portfolio, has taken on two new paralegals, to help deal with its ever-increasing workload. The new part time appointments are giving a real opportunity to two law students at Northumbria University, who will be working for the company while continuing their studies.

Mary Watts, originally from York and Zoe Limon, originally from Saltburn-by-the-Sea are now working from the company’s base at Malhotra House, Grey Street, Newcastle. Their appointment sees them now part of a five strong team, looking after all the various aspects of the Malhotra Group PLC’s legal requirements.

Anu Kaura, head of legal and group in-house lawyer, said the company’s continued growth required a bolstering of the team. “Five years ago it was just me on my own. But now we are tending to do more and more in-house so it’s important for us to have our own dedicated team. We are dealing with more and more complex work so we really need to have a strong resource.”

Both Mary and Zoe impressed the Malhotra Group PLC with their experience and commitment and will be working across all sectors of the business.

Mary commented: “This gives us a great opportunity to work at an extremely busy company with a whole range of diverse interests,” she said. It means we are able to get some real experience in a number of different sectors and also will hopefully be able to help give a great deal of support to the team.“

Zoe added: “I was delighted when I heard that I’d been chosen to join the Malhotra Group. It’s a fantastic opportunity to work in a real legal environment but still be able to finish my studies at the same time.”

James Dixon, Jade Hadden, and Chloe Cummings - Hollis

International, independent real estate consultancy Hollis is delighted to have welcomed three new starters to its Newcastle office.

James Dixon (pictured left) joins the Newcastle office as an associate supporting the building surveying team. James is a Chartered Surveyor with 15 years’ experience in the commercial property sector, specialising in technical due diligence, dilapidations and project management with a focus on sustainability.

Jade Hadden (pictured right) joins as a Senior Chartered Building Surveyor in the building surveying team. After graduating with a BSc in Building Surveying from Northumbria University in 2013, Jade spent eight years at Sanderson Weatherall.

Chloe Cummings joins as an administrator in the business support team. She graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in Architecture and Urban Planning in 2019.

Director and head of Hollis in Newcastle, David Cox, said: “Despite significant uncertainty amid the Ukraine war and its impact on economies across the globe, demand for commercial property in Newcastle remains strong as the city looks to build back better post-COVID.

“We are thrilled to welcome James, Jade and Chloe to Hollis in Newcastle; their combined industry knowledge and experience will prove an asset to our team, and I look forward to seeing their careers flourish at Hollis.”


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