A building society has welcomed a new chair of the board.
Joanne Hindle has been appointed to the role at Stafford Railway Building Society.
Since 2008, Joanne has held a range of non-executive roles which currently include chair of the Shepherds Friendly Society, a non-executive at the Bank of London and the Middle East and until recently, chair of Holmesdale Building Society.
Joanne succeeds Colin Lloyd who retired as chair at the end of the society’s AGM in February 2021.
She said: “I am very much looking forward at the chance to working with an organisation continuing on its growth journey.
“Growth comes in all dimensions, an increased product portfolio, new channels to market and increasing distribution channels. The building blocks are already in place and we will continue to drive the evolution, not revolution of what we already do exceptionally well.”
Vice-chair Karen McCormick added: “I and the board are delighted to welcome Joanne Hindle as our new chair. Her considerable breadth of knowledge, experience and leadership in the financial services sector will be invaluable as we continue our journey of sustainable and profitable growth.”
Elsewhere, a solicitors firm is now offering personal injury advice to clients after appointing Jennifer O’Brien to head up the new department.
Jennifer has joined Beeston Shenton – which has offices in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Crewe, Sandbach and Knutsford – who has more than 12 years’ experience in the industry.
Jennifer – who had previously been commuting to Manchester – is delighted to be working so close to home.
She said: “I am really pleased to have moved back closer to my roots and join the Beeston Shenton family.”
Director Paul Shenton added: “We are really pleased Jennifer has joined the team. She brings with her a wealth of experience and a new area of law to the firm. It adds to the services we offer to our clients.”
Beeston Shenton now offers a no win-no fee service in relation to personal injury claims to clients in both Staffordshire and South Cheshire.
Law firm Bowcock and Pursaill has welcomed Joy Hancock as partner.
Joy first joined Bowcock & Pursaill’s legal family as an associate solicitor in 2018.
Based at its Uttoxeter office, she has a wealth of experience within the commercial property sector.
Now Joy said she is ‘excited’ to take on her new role and is looking forward to ‘many more years’ at the company.
She added: “I’m incredibly proud to be recently appointed partner at Bowcock & Pursaill and to represent such a highly reputable legal firm.
“The team here are so friendly and approachable, while always maintaining a high degree of professionalism.
“They really care about achieving the best outcomes for clients and staff. In an ever-changing legal landscape, it is rare to see a law firm retain such outstanding core values which is something I look forward to being a part of.”
Fellow partner Catherine Whittles said: “Joy’s property expertise is a great strength to our team and we’re pleased to have her as a partner in the business.
“We look forward to continuing to support our clients and providing sensible legal advice with a friendly face.”
Meanwhile experienced former banker Joanne Webster-Sisson has joined Beta CF.
Joanne will support commercial customers at the Alton-based commercial finance company, ensuring finance applications go from acceptance to completion.
She’s the third new employee to join the business in just over 12 months.
Managing director Tom Wilkinson said: “It’s good to welcome Joanne to our team. She comes to Beta with experience as a former RBS business banker and her role will involve guiding customers as their transactions go from the initial funding offers through to completion.
“Joanne’s appointment is a positive sign not only for our expanding business but also because of the health and optimism that’s rising in the UK economy. There’s been a pent up desire to grow during Covid-19 lockdown and that’s now blossoming into real deals.”
Joanne joins a team headed by Tom and senior account manager, Jacqui Wright. They were joined by commercial manager Becky Kilday and account manager Sue Matthews last year.
Tour operator Blue Bay Travel has strengthened its team with the appointment of two new sales managers.
Abbie Heaton has been promoted to the role of sales manager – personal travel consultants, after six years with the company.
While Georgina Dawson is joining the company as sales manager – personal travel advisors, after holding previous roles with TUI and Riveria Travel.
Nicola Holman, head of sales at Blue Bay Travel, said: “I am delighted to welcome Georgina Dawson and Abbie Heaton into their exciting new roles. I am confident they will be a force of nature in driving forward the success and growth of both the sales team and personal travel consultants.
“I am thrilled to be working alongside them both on their new areas of focus within the Blue Bay Travel family.”
Alistair Rowland, group CEO at Blue Bay Travel, added: “This duo of appointments marks a significant step for Blue Bay Travel as we invest in the growth ambition of our business, striving to double its size in three years to firmly cement Blue Bay Travel as one of the biggest agent/operators in the UK.
“The new positions reaffirm our direction as we aim to become a leader in the home-based, personal travel consultant market. It is a pleasure to have Georgina and Abbie on board as our new sales managers.”
Experienced commercial property paralegal Emma Barnes has joined the team at Beswicks Legal.
Emma, who is currently studying at CILEX (Chartered Institute of Legal Executives) Law School to qualify as a legal executive, is passionate about supporting the commercial property team and its clients.
She said: “Everyone has been very welcoming and supportive. I can’t wait to get stuck in helping the team to provide a first-class service to clients.”
Stoke-based Beswicks’ commercial property team supports clients to buy and sell commercial property and agricultural land, property management, commercial property developments, commercial landlord and tenant agreements and property finance.
Beswicks Legal’s commercial director Ryan Yates said: “We’re absolutely delighted to welcome Emma to Beswicks.
“Our commercial property team is widely regarded as the most knowledgeable, responsive and cost-effective in the region. The addition of Emma enables us to support even more clients as demand for commercial property services continues to grow.”