People & Appointments

Recruitment, HR and training sector news in Swindon and Wiltshire.

Stonewood Partnerships’ new land director has his eye on more quality sites

Written by Peter Davison.

James Petherick


New Stonewood Partnerships residential land director James Petherick will be using his extensive knowledge of the South West to lift the housing developer’s site acquisition to a new level.

The 36-year-old will be using his 15 years of experience in the sector to help the company find more high-quality land as it moves towards its target of building 300 homes a year.

Seventeen new recruits at finance firm

Written by Peter Davison.


Expanding financial services firm Old Mill has taken on 17 new recruits – despite the pandemic.

Old Mill, which has offices in Melksham, Somerset and Devon, offers business, tax and wealth management advice to businesses and individuals.

Former military man joins law firm

Written by Peter Davison.

Mark Hood


Greater legal support for Wiltshire's extensive community of military families has been made possible by the appointment of Mark Hood to the growing family law team at Goughs Solicitors.

Mark Hood will be based at the firm’s Trowbridge office, working across a range of family matters including divorce and separation, financial matters, injunctions and arrangements for children.

With an impressive military career already under his belt, Mark will also become a key member of the firm’s Armed Forces sector which actively looks to support and advise members of the armed forces community.

With an understanding that military lives can be even more complicated than civilian, Goughs is a signatory to the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant committing to supporting those in the field.

“I am grateful to be joining such a well-established law firm with a large family team and a sterling reputation," said Mark.

"Having spent 20 years in the military, often travelling the world, I can’t think of a better place to be situated, enabling me to spend more time with my family whilst embarking on this new and exciting career.

"The opportunities at Goughs to develop your career and your role within the firm are unmatched.

"Great emphasis has been placed not only on recruitment, but also on the firm’s strategic direction and overall vision which is really exciting for everyone involved.”

Richard Bebb, partner in the family department and head of the armed forces sector, said:

"We are delighted to welcome Mark to Goughs and I am certain that with his extensive range of experience he will become a great asset not only to the firm, the family department and the armed forces sector, but to the local community as a whole."


Law firm appoints new solicitor, promotes six more

Written by Peter Davison.

Marina Emmanouel


Law firm Awdry Bailey & Douglas has appointed experienced solicitor Marina Emmanouel to its private client team, and promoted six lawyers across a number of departments.

Marina is a dual-qualified solicitor in England & Wales and Cyprus and joins the firm’s Chippenham office after having worked for a leading law firm in Bristol for several years.

Law firm expands commercial property department with new appointment

Written by Peter Davison.


Law firm Goughs has appointed commercial property specialist Olivia Holden to its growing commercial property and real estate team.

The legal 500 accredited law firm opened its seventh office earlier this year. This new office accommodates its growing commercial and corporate services offering with the team now based at the Greenways Business Park, Chippenham office.

Lockdown hire for web designer

Written by Peter Davison.


Web design firm Black Nova Designs has taken on a new team member in response to a growing number of enquiries sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.

Richard Tydeman has become the sixth permanent member of staff offering customer-facing tech support at the Calne-based company, which saw a spike in enquiries for new website design and hosting projects in March and April.

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