People & Appointments

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

Law firm appoints new head of marketing

Written by Peter Davison.

Steve Watson


Law firm Awdry Bailey & Douglas has appointed Steve Watson as head of marketing. Steve has more than ten years of in-depth knowledge and expertise in professional services marketing and underlines the firm’s commitment to delivering excellence to all clients in an evolving market place.

Steve is a very creative and proactive person and has a strong track record in brand building, campaign planning, digital media and marketing leadership. He is also part of the ABD management team and has a key role to play in helping to develop the firm’s brand, their visual identity and approach to the market.

Local Enterprise Partnership to appoint new chairman

Written by Peter Davison.

John Mortimer


Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership is looking for a new chairman following the retirement of John Mortimer from the post.

SWLEP is a partnership between Swindon Borough Council, Wiltshire Council and a wide range of private sector organisations. It was formed to ensure that enterprise and economic development are given full consideration in public sector decision-making.

Construction firm appoints new marketing and communications head

Written by Peter Davison.

Melissa Barber


Construction firm Beard has appointed Melissa Barber to the new role of head of marketing and communications.

Melissa will lead the firm’s marketing operations, with responsibility for driving the development of the Beard brand across its four locations in Swindon, Oxford, Guildford and Bristol. She will also support the firm’s directors and senior management with wider communications strategy.

Rachael dives into new role at communications agency

Written by Peter Davison.

Rachael Luckham


Digital communications agency Naturally Social has appointed a business development manager.

Rachael Luckham has joined the Corsham-based firm, which is based at The Digital Mansion, to facilitate growth and ensure exceptional levels of customer service.

Motor technician returns to firm to head department he joined as apprentice

Written by Peter Davison.

Mark Illsley


Award-winning motor technician Mark Illsley has returned to Swindon motor dealer Pebley Beach after a 16-month sabbatical working for a parts and components manufacturer.

Mark, who joined the Hyundai and Suzuki dealership as an apprentice at the age of 19, climbed the career ladder to become a Master Technician and winner of the coveted Suzuki Motor Technician of the Year award.

Expansion at mortgage broker with appointment

Written by Peter Davison.

Broker manger Andrew Martin and commercial finance broker Liva Grinberga


Independent property finance experts DMI Finance have expanded with the appointment of commercial finance broker, Liva Grinberga.

Chippenham-based DMI was founded in 2000 by Geoff Philpot and provides property finance, commercial and buy-to-let mortgages and property insurance for investors, private buyers, landlords, and developers.

Expanding property firm grows team

Written by Peter Davison.

Matthew Holmes


Expanding property consultancy Myddelton & Major has appointed an experienced new chartered surveyor.

Matthew Holmes has joined the long-established Wiltshire firm’s commercial team as associate partner as business continues to grow.

Matthew, an experienced chartered surveyor and RICS Registered Valuer, has 14 years’ experience and has previously worked for national and international property consultancies.

Myddelton & Major partner Philip Holford said: “Matthew brings a wealth of experience in providing valuations for all types of commercial property, including investment and development sites.

“He has worked on behalf of banks, pension funds, businesses and private individuals as well as having a great deal of expertise in acting for landlords and tenants in rent reviews, lease renewals and other landlord and tenant matters.

“We welcome Matthew as we continue to grow our professional services and management team and he is set to play a leading role in our continued development across the central southern region.

“He will be providing a dedicated surveyor service, undertaking landlord and tenant work and valuations for secured lending, pension funds – SIPP and SSAS pension fund beneficiaries– litigation, taxation – CGT and IHT – and company account purposes.”

Matthew said, “Myddelton & Major has a long-established reputation for quality advice and client care and I am looking forward to utilising my extensive sector knowledge and experience to add value to the firm’s extensive and valued client base.”

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