People on the Move: the main events of the week in the North-East


Real estate renovation consultants AspinallVerdi strengthened their regional presence with the appointment of Alasdair Ritchie in Newcastle.

Mr. Ritchie joins as a consultant after working as a graduate development surveyor for Advance Northumberland and home builder Taylor Wimpey.

Operating from AspinallVerdi’s office at The Core, Bath Lane, Newcastle Helix, he will work with Director Brett Devenish to support existing work in the North East for Homes England, Northumberland County Council and Tees Valley Combined Authority and attract new clients.

Mr Devenish said: “The appointment of Alasdair and the securing of our new office at The Core is a sign of our commitment to continue establishing AspinallVerdi in Newcastle and the wider North East. Alasdair brings unique perspectives and experience, and I look forward to working with him to continue our growth.

Savills has appointed Mark Scott as a talent and recruitment associate in the company’s rural, energy and projects (REP) division.

Mark Scott of Savills Plc

He joins as an Associate Director and will be responsible for the development and implementation of a UK-wide recruiting strategy, which supports the growth of the REP business from its base in the Savills office. Newcastle.

Mr. Scott has over nine years of HR and recruiting experience, having worked for a global technology organization FTSE 100, a fintech unicorn and an international games company.

He said: “My passion for recruiting started many years ago, when it became apparent that recruiting talented people had a direct correlation with a company’s performance. This is what really excites me and makes me want to find and train talented people to help strengthen a business.

Digital specialist in Newcastle Why made three key appointments, after experiencing increased demand from financial services companies.

Left to right: Whyaye's Stuart Birnie, Mark Edwards, Frankie Love and Jordan Stokoe
Left to right: Whyaye’s Stuart Birnie, Mark Edwards, Frankie Love and Jordan Stokoe

The Hoults Yard-based digital transformation firm has appointed Stuart Birnie, Mark Edwards and Frankie Love as Operational Resilience Specialists to work alongside Jordan Stokoe.

Founded in 2019 by Maureen Robson Norman, Anna Bisset and Lisa Smith, Whyaye was created to bring a new approach to the UK consulting landscape.

CEO Ms. Robson Norman said: “Operational resilience and risk are a key part of our offering and we are building a team that reflects the growing importance of operational resilience and risk management for the service industry. financials today. “

Energi Coast, the offshore wind cluster in North East England, announced Caroline Lofthouse as cluster manager.

Caroline Lofthouse, Cluster Manager, Energi Coast
Caroline Lofthouse, Cluster Manager, Energi Coast

Ms. Lofthouse is a highly experienced business development specialist in the energy sector and has worked with the cluster group since its inception in 2011 through her roles within NOF, the business development organization that developed and delivered the Energi Coast activities.

She will work closely with Energi Coast Chairman Tony Quinn and cluster organizations to implement her strategy to leverage the supply chain capabilities of North East England, support innovation and skills development while helping to attract foreign investment to the region.

Ms. Lofthouse said: “I am exceptionally proud to take on this new role and continue my involvement with Energi Coast. It is an exciting time to get involved in offshore wind power, particularly in the North East of England, which is becoming a hub of activity in the sector, in particular with the development of the Dogger Bank wind farm and of the Sofia offshore wind farm and has the role of playing in the advancement of floating offshore wind innovations.

National law firm Weightlifters welcomed its first cohort of apprentice lawyers to its apprenticeship academy, which allows bachelor’s graduates to qualify as lawyers and earn a law degree while working, as applications are open for its 2022 programs and 2023.

New interns at Weightmans, from left to right, Anya Tremaine, Brooke Urwin and Megan Oliver.
New interns at Weightmans, from left to right, Anya Tremaine, Brooke Urwin and Megan Oliver.

The 13 new entrants – three of whom are based in the North East – will gain experience in each of the firm’s legal departments and also benefit from placement opportunities in key service areas such as finance, human resources and Weightmans’ marketing, and innovation. department.

Overall, the program will run for six years and apprentices will be fully qualified by 2027, earning an LLB in Law and Legal Practice, as well as passing their Lawyer Qualifying Exams (SQEs).

Denise Wright, Graduate Development Advisor at Weightmans, said: “The future of our profession requires lawyers who can bring a combination of business acumen, exceptional legal knowledge and innovative thinking. For us, developing alternative paths to qualification has always been about giving aspiring lawyers the choice to learn in the way that works best for them, so that they qualify with the skills they need to deliver experience. highest quality client, embrace emerging legal technologies and deliver the best results.

Planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore appointed Stuart Natkus as partner.

Barton Willmore's Stuart Natkus
Barton Willmore’s Stuart Natkus

In his former role as Planning Director, he has completed numerous large-scale planning projects in the North East and Yorkshire, including Gateshead BIG, Throckley and Kibblesworth. He has helped deliver thousands of new homes and major commercial developments across the regions.

Mr Natkus, who has worked for Barton Willmore for over 10 years, said: “It is a really exciting time to be a planner in the North East and Yorkshire. With so many challenges and opportunities for developers, our expertise is invaluable.

“I am truly proud to have played a role in the regeneration and growth of our regions during my career so far and look forward to continuing this role as a partner, along with my brilliant colleagues Barton Willmore.

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