Here we take a look at the latest movers and shakers from across North Staffordshire.
This week’s instalment includes appointments and promotions at a law firm, a digital agency and a machinery supplier among others.
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RJS Solicitors has welcomed Laura Lambert to the firm as the new head of the family department.
Laura has joined the Trentham company with 12 years’ experience in advising clients on all family law matters.
Managing director Rob Bailey said: “We are delighted that Laura has agreed to join us and head up our family team.
“Laura’s reputation as a leading local family lawyer was a driving force behind her appointment.”
Laura said: “I am really pleased to be joining RJS as their head of family.
“RJS offers an ideal platform for the work I do, and I am excited about the prospect of expanding the firm’s services for the individual.”
Meanwhile North Staffordshire finance expert John Capper has been elected as President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) for Staffs, Salop and Wolverhampton.
John, of John Capper and Co Chartered Accountants in Cocknage, was appointed to his one-year term of office at the organisation’s AGM in May.
As President, John will represent over 1,800 ICAEW Chartered Accountants living and working in the local area and will also focus on building close connections with and between members by bringing new and innovative events and initiatives to the area.
He will also focus on the impact of technology on ICAEW Chartered Accountants, their teams and their organisations.
John said: “It is an honour to serve as President for ICAEW Staffs, Salop and Wolverhampton and during my year in office, I aim to help accountancy practices and businesses to recruit, develop and retain highly skilled team members to deliver a wide range of future-proofed solutions.”
Chris Beeston of Stoke-based Geens Accountants has been appointed as Deputy President.
Bespoke machinery supplier KM Tools has appointed Neil Harrison as its new sales manager.
The Cheadle-based business has welcomed Neil from a previous role as national OEM and technical sales manager at Wheelabrator.
Neil said: “I’m delighted to be joining KM Tools. The technical capabilities of the business and its customers match well with my experience in previous roles. I look forward to working directly with leading OEM customers to help realise production machine goals.”
KM Tools Ltd is a turnkey provider of manufacturing equipment, offering its customers access to design, manufacturing, installation and maintenance services in-house.
At the same time, software and e-learning business DBLX has hired Phil Beastall as senior video producer.
The Festival Park company has welcomed Phil, who is famed for his work for Scottish hit-maker Lewis Capaldi and the viral Christmas film ‘Love is a Gift’, to accelerate its content offering and creative strategy.
Phil will report directly to Chief Brand Officer Richard Urwin and will sit on the organisation’s creative team where he will lead video production for DBLX and its parent company My Clever Group.
Richard said: “Phil has a track record of telling stories that resonate with viewers. He will be a huge asset to add to our highly talented team at DBLX. Phil will head up our video production, overseeing the industry leading creative for our immersive learning experiences.
“He’ll play an integral role in ensuring our award-winning learning content becomes even more cutting edge and impactful.”
Phil added: “I’m absolutely delighted to be joining MCG and DBLX, a company that really wants to do things differently and puts human engagement at the centre of everything they do. I have craved an opportunity like this for some time and can’t wait to get started.”