People & Appointments

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

Three new partners at property consultancy

Written by Peter Davison.

Sarah Cull Tim Haine and Rachael WytheExpanding Salisbury-based property consultancy Myddelton & Major has appointed three new partners as upward growth continues.

Sarah Cull, Tim Haine and Rachael Wythe have all been promoted at the long established independent firm of chartered surveyors.

The High Street based firm, founded in 1903, provides advice on sales, lettings and acquisitions of commercial and residential property, as well as managing commercial portfolios and providing professional advice to landlords and tenants.

Myddelton & Major senior partner Philip Holford said: “Congratulations to Sarah, Tim and Rachael on this rightfully deserved promotion for which they have worked so hard.
“At Myddelton & Major we pride ourselves on the quality of the people we hire and I can truthfully say that these three are exceptional employees – professional, efficient and personable.

“We have seen significant technological advancements in both commercial and residential property fields and it is imperative that we embrace these changes to ensure we continue to offer the best possible service.

“Sarah, Tim and Rachael have the capability to meet these challenges head on and I have every confidence they will all take any new responsibilities in their stride and continue to give a diligent, dedicated and attentive service to clients.”

Salisbury born and bred Sarah, partner in residential sales, joined Myddelton & Major in 1999 and is now vastly experienced in dealing with a wide range of property types after rising through the ranks at the firm.

She said: “I am delighted with this promotion and with the continuing confidence shown in me by the firm. I still get a complete buzz from achieving sales and helping clients through the sales process in what can be a particularly stressful time – and guiding them to a successful conclusion.”

Tim, partner in commercial, who joined Myddelton & Major in 2015 after a decade working in Southampton, is an experienced MRICS surveyor specialising in property and asset management across a wide range of commercial property.

He said: “I am grateful to be awarded this promotion. I will continue to build and maintain strong and effective relationships with clients, tenants and suppliers while striving to achieve positive outcomes for all.”

Rachael, also partner in commercial and an MRICS surveyor, who is currently on maternity leave, began with Myddelton & Major in 2014 after working for national firms in Manchester and London and has more than a decade’s commercial agency experience, dealing with sales, lettings and acquisitions.

She said: “I’m excited to be given this new role and I appreciate the opportunity to serve the firm in the best possible way by utilising my skills for the benefit of our loyal client base.”

Myddelton & Major, which serves central southern England, was named the most active agency in Wiltshire in 2018 for the seventh year running by Estates Gazette, the weekly and online magazine of the UK commercial property industry.


IT firm recruits first female technician in 20-year history

Written by Peter Davison .

Hayley Dixon and Emily RiggIT support firm Systemagic has appointed the first female IT technician in its 20-year history.

Emma Rigg previously completed a business administration apprenticeship and worked for the NHS, but is now following her passion for IT.

She has been hired to further improve the industry-leading response and resolution times Systemagic currently provide.

Emma, from Bath, is one of two new faces at the Bradford-on-Avon based business, with Hayley Dixon taking on new role of business and finance administrator.

Hayley, from Chippenham, has over 10 years’ experience in customer facing roles and after running her own cake business she's now looking for the next challenge. Hayley will be responsible for managing accounts and ensuring efficient operations of the business.

“I’m delighted to welcome Emily and Hayley to Systemagic and start our 20th year of service with two additional roles," said managing director James Eades.

"Both are already thriving in their new positions and have been warmly welcomed by the rest of the team. Our plan is to grow by another couple of people this year as we continue to welcome many new clients onboard to our services.”

The gender imbalance in the tech industry is well recognised. Earlier this year Swindon-based BCS, the chartered institute for IT, published a report which found 45 percent of women in the industry thought their gender was the main barrier to getting ahead in their career, compared to nine percent of men.

The Inclusivity in the Workplace survey also found that 30 percent of women thought their gender was the biggest barrier to getting that all-important first job in IT.

Nationally, women make up just 17 percent of the sector's workforce – a proportion unchanged for five years.

Creative marketing agency expands into Bristol 

Written by Peter Davison.

Tom JaggsDigital marketing agency Resolution Design has appointed a new member of the team to spearhead their expansion into the Bristol area.

Tom Jaggs, who is the son of directors Richard & Becky Jaggs, joined the Devizes-based agency in July.

Tom graduated with a degree in Product Design in 2018 and has helped to set up a design consultancy in Cheltenham.

Tom is an award-winning designer in his own right, scooping the Allermuir Associate Prize at the New Designers Exhibition 2018 for his innovative water cooler. 

Armed with good digital marketing knowledge and based in central Bristol, Tom is responsible for new business development and is currently getting established in the Bristol business landscape.

“I’m excited to be joining Resolution and looking forward to the challenge of establishing us in Bristol," said Tom.

"I've always been interested in design and marketing and it's great to have the opportunity to raise awareness of our excellent services and to help businesses to grow."

Chartered financial planning firm expands

Written by Peter Davison.

Richard Day and Verity FerrisSpecialist financial planning firm Bourlet Consulting has appointed two new members of staff to cope with growing demand.

The appointment of Richard Day as practice manager and Verity Ferris as trainee paraplanner brings the staff tally at Hartham Park, Corsham-based firm to eight.

Richard, who began his career in marketing before moving into senior management roles in organisations with household names including RAC and National Trust, brings a wealth of business experience to the team.

Graduating with a degree in law, Verity brings strong customer relations skills to the organisation and is studying for her diploma in Regulated Financial Planning.

Bourlet Consulting was formed in 2004 by managing director Roger Bourlet to provide independent financial advice based on a an academically proven approach to the vagaries of the financial markets.

The firm operates throughout the South West and M4 corridor and concentrates its services to three specialist areas of financial advice with Roger’s specialism lying in providing advice to business owners looking at succession planning or possible exit plans.

Chartered financial planner, Ian Farrer provides financial advice to families and those who have, through their lifetime, generated meaningful assets that they want to enjoy in retirement or pass on; while director Robert Johnson works with the legal and accountancy professions to help to discharge their responsibilities to clients looking for the best outcomes for those who are often vulnerable and need expert financial help.

"Verity will further strengthen our existing paraplanning team, who assist with the preparation of the necessary financial research and help to ensure that we offer suitable and appropriate advice, while Richard’s operational and commercial skills will help us to structure the growth that the business is experiencing," said Robert.

"Both appointments come at a crucial time for the us as we have seen the business grow organically over the last few years to the point that we needed to add a strong framework to the organisation to give us the capacity to help all of those who look to us for financial advice."

Community foundation appoints new chairman of trustees

Written by Peter Davison.

Ashley TruluckWiltshire Community Foundation has announced the appointment of Ashley Truluck CB CBE as chairman of trustees.

The former Major General will bring extensive experience, both in the military and the commercial world, to the foundation, which last year gave out £1.2 million to charities, community groups and individuals across Swindon and Wiltshire.

He said: “I am passionate about community projects - so I wouldn’t have taken on the role unless I was convinced that it was a worthy cause.

“The foundation does a fantastic job – providing philanthropists and other donors with a safe and efficient route for dispensing financial support to communities in need."

"Equally importantly it provides ongoing research into areas of need in Wiltshire and free advice and guidance to people setting up and running community projects.

Mr Truluck, 71, grew up near Amesbury and has subsequently worked and lived near Swindon and Salisbury.

After a distinguished military career where he specialised in managing national and international change and equipment programmes for MOD and NATO; he carried these skills over into public service - managing the merger of London law courts and spending six years with the Department of Communities – and local government – managing the introduction of new command and control systems to the emergency services.

Switching to commercial work, he acted as a strategic advisor for IBM and managing consultant of a leisure industry tour company.

He has undertaken many voluntary roles, including local regional chairman of the Gurkha Welfare Trust and chairman of the Society for Army Historical Research.

He lives with his wife Jenny in Broad Chalke, near Salisbury where he is active in the village and was instrumental in the formation of the Community Hub, which saved the church, village store and post office from closure.

He said: “With a surname like Truluck, I have been blessed with true luck in life. I hope I can bring just a little of that luck to my time with the Wiltshire Community Foundation in order to put people who care, in touch with communities that matter - and so help make Wiltshire an even happier, safer and more equitable place to live and work in.”

Chief executive Rosemary Macdonald said: “I am delighted to have Ashley working with us and know he will bring new ideas, drive and passion. He joins us at an exciting time when we have six new trustees on board.

“We have a wonderful track record of identifying and tackling need at a local level and I am really looking forward to seeing how this new energy will drive us forward to do even more for communities in Wiltshire.”

Business growth specialists appoint 10 new associate directors

Written by Peter Davison.

Inspire CEO Rob Perks with the new associate directorsBusiness growth specialists Inspire are expanding themselves – providing a real-life showcase for clients on how to scale up a business.

The Westbury-based organisation, which provides support to fast growing businesses that want to scale up, has appointed 10 new associate directors.

The move, which adds significantly to the Inspire team, means the company will be able to offer ambitious entrepreneurs even more business support.

After a recent successful launch into Somerset, demand is increasing for Inspire’s support service and this is expected to rise when the company launches into Devon in October.

“We are delighted to welcome 10 new associate directors to the Inspire team,” said Rob Perks, CEO of Inspire.

“They each bring an impressive wealth of commercial experience with them, having been successful in business themselves, both in corporate careers and in SMEs, enabling them to relate well to our clients who are growing their own businesses.

“Coupled with the education provided by the Goldman Sachs 10,000 small businesses programme, ambitious entrepreneurs can access truly unique and unrivalled expertise in the world of scale up support.

It’s the latest example of how Inspire have changed and grown as a business, having started life as The Wessex Association of Chambers of Commerce before being rebranded as Inspire and providing SME support activities.

They then won a contract to run the Swindon and Wiltshire growth hub and in 2016 embarked on a strategy to become the leading organisation in the wider south west for delivery of support to fast growing businesses.

Since then they have partnered with the Goldman Sachs Foundation to promote the fully funded 10,000 Small Business programme and have successfully launched into Bristol and Somerset.

“This significant growth in our team, together with our partnerships with the Somerset and Devon Chambers of Commerce, will drive our strategy as an organisation to be the “go to” resource for fast growing businesses across the South West region.

“By sharing expertise and working closely with our Clients, our ambition is to make a significant contribution to growth in the regional economy.”

Digital marketing firm keeps it in the family with new appointment

Written by Peter Davison.

Charlotte CurtisDigital marketing agency Smarter Media has appointed Charlotte Curtis as a digital campaigns coordinator.

Charlotte has just joined the company after a 15 year career as a legal secretary in a Swindon law firm.

“I wanted a new challenge,” Charlotte said. “I thoroughly enjoyed working with my colleagues in the law firm and became a go-to person for many things. When this opportunity came up to learn new skills and become more engaged with digital marketing I had to take it.

“I have to say I’m loving it. Every day is different, I’m getting to know the customers and for many I’m the person co-ordinating their activity with us and I’m their first point of contact.”

Charlotte’s decision to join Smarter Media is ensuring that the success of the growing company has a real family feel. The managing director Karl Paul, is her partner and the operations director Robert Curtis is her brother.

“Family is important to us and we want our team to have that family feel,” Robert Curtis said. “We care about all team members and our clients. At work, we are all one big family.”

Smarter Media is a growing digital agency which works with companies large and small throughout the South West including Amaroc, Excalibur and Moovahome.

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