Geens Chartered Accountants director Chris Beeston has been elected to lead the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW) in Staffordshire, Shropshire and Wolverhampton.
The influential body represents over 1,800 accountants across the three areas and plays a role in the wider body for England and Wales.
Thirty year-old Chris is thought to be amongst the youngest ever senior representatives of the ICAEW.
It’s yet another landmark for Chris who became Stoke-based Geens’ youngest director aged just 26. He succeeds John Capper as local ICAEW President.
Chris said: “It is an honour to serve as President for ICAEW Staffs, Shropshire and Wolverhampton and during my year in office, I aim to build the link further between ICAEW and the membership to everyone’s benefit.
“We’re a strong group, but there’s no doubt that Covid-19 lockdowns have taken their toll, as we’ve not been able to meet face-to-face regularly for over a year.
“ICAEW plays an important role in supporting local members. There’s been many developments in the profession in recent years as accountants have embraced the rise of digital technology and there’s much we can learn from each other.
“John will be a hard act to follow. We know each other well and, coincidentally, we are both members of a business networking group in North Staffordshire.”
Meanwhile, tiling solutions business Building Adhesives Limited (BAL) has made a number of new appointments following the introduction of a new leadership structure.
David Lyman, former sales and marketing director at Newstead-based BAL will take on the new role of UK commercial director.
He will report to BAL general manager David Hackett and have the responsibility for the company’s tiling, flooring and home improvement channel.
At the same time, Andy Reid, former business development director at BAL’s sister company ARDEX, has been appointed to the newly-formed roles of UK business development director.
He will take responsibility for overseeing major project specification selling across the UK for both ARDEX and BAL.
Peter Bell remains as the managing director of both businesses.
Family-run Adcocks Solicitors has welcomed chartered legal executive Linda Ball to the business.
The Lichfield company – which also has offices in Birmingham and facilities in West Bromwich – has recruited Linda as the head of the residential leasehold team.
Senior director Mark Adcock said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to attract such a major player to lead the firm’s growth in this area.
“Our enfranchisement and residential leasehold work for our clients in the greater Midlands, as well as across England and Wales, has proved a real hit for us, and we are very proud of our reputation in this area of our work.
“The firm’s future is very bright following this important appointment.”
Linda joins the 111-year-old business from Brethertons Solicitors with over a decade’s experience in all aspects of leasehold enfranchisement and residential leasehold law.
Linda said: “I’m delighted to be able to join such a respected team at Adcocks and in such an important role.
“I’m excited to be heading up such a specialist growth area for the company and I’m looking forward to seeing it’s niche services in this sector continue to expand.”
Full-service communications agency 8848 has made two new appointments.
Sam Pollock has joined the Slade Heath-based agency as a PR and content manager while digital marketing executive Georgia Homer is embarking on a degree apprenticeship.
Hazel Crawford, managing director at 8848, said: “The past 15 months have been challenging for all businesses, but I am delighted to be coming out of the pandemic with two new hires.
“Sam brings with him a wealth of experience that I have no doubt will prove invaluable, while Georgia’s appointment demonstrates our commitment to helping young people starting out on their career.”
8848 Communications boasts a team of channel-hopping communications experts whose clients include Persimmon Homes, Selco Builders Warehouse, gin specialist Nelson’s Distillery and Travelworld.