People: Fletchers Solicitors; Low Wood Bay; ANS; Place Capital Group; Livv Housing Group

Fletchers Solicitors has expanded its severe harm crew with the appointment of Siobhan Thacker as associate.
Thacker joins from CFG Law and brings greater than 15 years’ expertise supporting shoppers and their households after a catastrophic harm, specialising in mind and spinal accidents, amputations, and complicated a number of fractures.
Ranked in Chambers & Partners and named as a ‘Next Generation Lawyer’ in her area by the Legal 500, Thacker will be a part of a rising crew of 75 attorneys. She will work intently with director of significant harm, Caroline Morris, and Partners Julia Eyton, Gerard Horton and Charlotte Mackulin in representing shoppers who’ve suffered essentially the most severe and life altering accidents.
Thacker stated: “This was too nice a possibility to overlook, becoming a member of such a gifted crew and a enterprise that’s really on the crest of a wave for the time being with an enormous concentrate on development and funding in its individuals. Fletchers ticked all of the packing containers for me – ahead pondering, dynamic and caring with an actual ardour for placing the wants of its shopper first.”
Caroline Morris stated: “I knew from first assembly Siobhan that she can be an exquisite addition to the crew each professionally and personally and I’m thrilled she selected to affix us. Our severe harm crew continues to develop from power to power and attracting such excessive calibre expertise like Siobhan is testomony to our repute and market standing.”
Matt Jones
A hospitality skilled from Ambleside has landed his first function as a head chef, having began his profession as a kitchen assistant simply 5 years in the past.
Matt Jones, 31, is the brand new chef accountable for the kitchen crew at Blue Smoke at Low Wood Bay in Windermere. He joined English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues in 2018 and quickly labored his method up the catering crew in quite a lot of totally different roles together with chef de partie and junior sous chef.
Before becoming a member of the resort group, Matt had labored in safety and hospitality earlier than deciding that it was the latter wherein he needed to forge a profession.
With a mixture of in-house coaching and mentoring from senior cooks and managers on the resort group, Matt took on larger tasks and labored his method up the kitchen hierarchy.
He stated: “Blue Smoke is a good place to work, particularly as I’ve an actual style for the kind of barbecue and wooden smoked steak and meat dishes we serve right here. It fits me proper right down to the bottom.”
Mark Needham, from English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues, stated: “It’s been nice to observe Matt’s progress since he joined the meals and beverage crew at Low Wood Bay 5 years in the past. He’s at all times been keen to tackle new challenges and be proactive throughout the crew and that method naturally lends itself to management roles.”
Janet Robb
Digital transformation firm, ANS, has appointed Janet Robb as its new director of buyer enablement to assist its clients by means of their digital transformation journeys.
At the Manchester-based know-how firm, Janet will likely be accountable for making certain that clients have in place the suitable adoption metrics, imaginative and prescient, and technique. She will work intently with clients to assist them thrive and quickly overcome challenges inside digital transformation initiatives.
Janet’s appointment is a part of ANS’s ongoing mission to assist organisations obtain their ambitions by giving entry to the very best know-how and assets. Janet, a number one determine in digital transformation, Power Platform particularly, and a keynote speaker, joins from Microsoft the place she was a senior member of the enterprise purposes buyer success programme.
She was one of many founding members of the Power Platform neighborhood, the place she ran a programme of conferences, coaching, and mentoring periods. All ANS clients will be capable of entry Janet’s experience for steering, recommendation, and arms on assist with digital transformation initiatives.
As director of buyer enablement, Janet may also assist ANS’s senior management crew with its wider enterprise technique and assist to tell the perfect method for purchasers trying to undertake Microsoft Power Platform, a set of low-code instruments for constructing apps, workflows, AI bots, and knowledge analytics.
Janet joins ANS at a time of speedy development, following its current launch of its new tech hub ‘Fusion’ in Manchester. The new campus, representing a big multimillion-pound funding in area and infrastructure, is about to function a vibrant hub for collaborative working areas, offering its workers, clients, native companies, and communities entry to innovate.
Richard Thompson, CEO of ANS, stated: “Janet’s addition to our crew at ANS will actually assist our clients speed up their development plans, whereas following greatest follow and governance. Janet’s in depth expertise will be sure that we proceed to create new, modern methods of working with our clients.”
Janet Robb stated: “I imagine everybody deserves the chance to achieve expertise, thrive and be included with equality in a protected tech neighborhood. I’m captivated with serving to individuals in tech initiatives on their particular person change journeys.”
Gerry Hughes
Senior actual property and concrete regeneration skilled, Gerry Hughes, has joined the board of Place Capital Group (PCG).
Hughes is a former CEO of GVA and European chief of Avison Young and has been appearing independently as a regeneration and growth advisor by means of his personal enterprise over the previous 12 months.
As a non-executive director, he’ll present strategic recommendation and assist the group’s development in London and the South East, constructing on its rising success throughout the North.
PCG is a housing and regeneration growth and growth administration enterprise shaped in 2020. The group is presently delivering greater than £250m of housing property regeneration initiatives throughout the North of England, together with in Blackburn, Halifax and Lancaster, and is now quickly increasing its market provide into London.
The group posted £4.5m of turnover from growth administration charges in 2022, its first full 12 months of buying and selling. It has a headcount of 42 at its places of work in Manchester, Liverpool and London. Its founder, David Smith-Milne, will likely be main the group’s enlargement into London and the South East with the assist from Gerry Hughes.
Hughes is a massively skilled actual property skilled with greater than 35 years’ expertise throughout the UK, Ireland, Continental Europe and North America. He holds an Honorary Professorship at Queen’s University Belfast.
He stated: “I’ve watched the speedy progress made by David Smith-Milne and the crew at Place Capital intently since arrange, and have been impressed by each the eagerness of the enterprise to straight tackle housing wants – particularly for extra and higher social and inexpensive housing, but in addition the laser concentrate on working with and empowering native communities.”
CEO, David Smith-Milne, stated: “Gerry’s expertise, data and contacts over a protracted profession in city regeneration make him a massively useful addition to the Place Capital Group board.”
New apprentice cohort at Livv Housing Group
As one of many largest apprenticeship suppliers within the borough, Knowsley-based housing affiliation, Livv Housing Group, has welcomed an additional 12 apprentices to the enterprise.
Apprentices have been recruited in a spread of workplace and trade-based roles together with growth, belongings, HR and studying and growth, advertising and marketing and communications, buyer perception, plumbing, joinery, electrician, portray and adorning and responsive repairs.
Three of the apprentices secured their apprenticeships after finishing work expertise with the enterprise earlier this 12 months.
Ring-fenced for 16-24-year-olds dwelling in Knowsley, Livv’s apprenticeship programme gives younger individuals the chance to achieve sensible expertise whereas learning in direction of a recognised qualification. Several of them will likely be working in direction of the Level 2 Certificate in Housing Practice from the Chartered Institute of Housing.
Sharon Marsh, govt director of assets at Livv Housing Group, stated: “We’re thrilled to welcome our newest cohort of apprentices. As a enterprise that’s dedicated to 5 per cent of our workforce being made up of apprentices from the borough, we really imagine in investing in younger native individuals and creating alternatives that may assist them be taught, develop and develop.”

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