Movers and shakers: a roundup of the latest dates from across Staffordshire
Geens Chartered Accountants Director Chris Beeston has been elected to head the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW) in Staffordshire, Shropshire and Wolverhampton.
The influential body represents over 1,800 accountants in the three fields and plays a role in the larger body for England and Wales.
Chris, 30, is considered one of ICAEW’s youngest high profile representatives.
It’s yet another landmark for Chris who became the youngest director of Stoke-based Geens at just 26 years old. He succeeds John Capper as local president of ICAEW.
Chris said: “It is an honor to serve as Chairman of the ICAEW, Shropshire and Wolverhampton staffs and during my year in office I aim to strengthen the bond between the ‘ICAEW and members for the benefit of all.
“We are a strong group, but there is no doubt that the Covid-19 lockdowns have taken their toll, as we have not been able to meet regularly face to face for over a year.
“ICAEW plays an important role in supporting local members. There have been many developments in the profession in recent years as accountants have embraced the rise of digital technology and we can learn a lot from each other.
“John will be a tough act to follow. We know each other well and, coincidentally, we are both members of a business networking group in North Staffordshire.”
Meanwhile, the tile solutions company Limited Construction Adhesives (BAL) made a number of new appointments following the introduction of a new management structure.
David Lyman, former director of sales and marketing at BAL, based in Newstead, will take on the new role of UK business director.
He will report to BAL’s Managing Director David Hackett and will be responsible for the company’s tiling, flooring and home improvement business.
At the same time, Andy Reid, former director of business development at BAL’s sister company, ARDEX, has been appointed to the new roles of director of business development in the UK.
He will assume responsibility for overseeing the sale of major project specifications across the UK for ARDEX and BAL.
Peter Bell remains the Managing Director of both companies.
Family Adcocks lawyers welcomed Linda Ball, Certified Legal Officer, to the company.
The Lichfield company – which also has offices in Birmingham and facilities in West Bromwich – has recruited Linda to lead the residential leases team.
Senior Director Mark Adcock said: “I am delighted that we have been able to attract such an important player to lead the company’s growth in this area.
“Our work of emancipation and residential lease for our clients in the Greater Midlands, as well as in England and Wales, has proven to be a real success for us, and we are very proud of our reputation in this area of our work.
“The future of the firm is very promising following this important appointment.
Linda joins the 111-year-old firm of Brethertons Solicitors with over a decade of experience in all aspects of lease emancipation and residential lease law.
Linda said: “I am delighted to be able to join such a respected team at Adcocks and in such an important role.
“I am delighted to lead such a specialized area of growth for the company and look forward to seeing its niche services in this sector continue to develop.”
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Full-service communications agency 8848 took two new appointments.
Sam Pollock has joined the Slade Heath-based agency as head of public relations and content, while Georgia Homer, director of digital marketing, embarks on a degree apprenticeship.
Hazel Crawford, Managing Director of 8848, said: “The past 15 months have been tough for all businesses, but I am thrilled to come out of the pandemic with two new hires.
“Sam brings with him a wealth of experience which I have no doubt will prove invaluable, as Georgia’s appointment demonstrates our commitment to helping young people start their careers.”
8848 Communications has a team of expert channel hopping communications whose clients include Persimmon Homes, Selco Builders Warehouse, gin specialist Nelson’s Distillery and Travelworld.