Work Inc Group gets new manager

LEEDS-based commercial property services company Work Inc Group has appointed Alex Richens to the post of marketing and communications programme manager.

Formerly marketing manager with Capture Projects, a technology consultancy company, she will have overall responsibility for raising the profile of Work Inc Group, the product of January 2007's acquisition of Certainty Group by Work Inc Group.

Craig Eastwood, chief executive, said: "We are delighted to have Alex on board. She instinctively understands what we need to achieve, has a great feel for people and relates naturally to the distinctive Work Inc Group culture. She makes a big difference to our marketing capability. "

Following an extensive review of its marketing and communications requirements, Work Inc Group has also appointed Trimedia Harrison Cowley to handle its PR and Web Certain to look after its web-marketing.

New directors

THE COMPANY responsible for fitting out Leeds's tallest building – Bridgewater Place – has appointed four new directors to head up the group's expanding operations.

Specialist fit out company, BKL Interiors Ltd, which is part of the 17m turnover B & K group based on Gelderd Road, Leeds, has appointed Mick Quinn and Mark Singleton as directors.

Their promotions follow B&K's recent 5m fit out of the former Royal Mail building on Wellington Street, Leeds, now known as West Central.

They are joined by Andy Cumberland and Jeff Lynn, who move onto the board at B&K Systems Ltd, the group's specialist floor screeding and under floor heating company.

B&K Systems was formed in 1998 and is one of the national leaders in its field.

Group managing director, Martin Wainwright, said: "These appointments reflect the Group's commitment to further controlled expansion. The individuals bring with them an even higher level of professionalism and complement our existing experienced team."

Law firm post

LEEDS commercial law firm Lupton Fawcett has promoted Paul Smith to the position of director.

An investment specialist, Mr Smith now heads the asset management department, previously established by John Eaton, which is part of Lupton Fawcett's personal legal services division.

He joined the firm in 2002 as a senior investment manager having gained over 25 years' blue-chip experience in asset management and financial planning with Lloyds Private Banking, Coutts & Co and Merrill Lynch International.

Lupton Fawcett is one of only a small minority of law firms in the country to have Independent Financial Adviser status and to undertake mainstream investment business.

It became a limited liability partnership in 2006. It now has 32 directors, of whom seven are non-solicitors.

Solicitor joins firm

SOLICITOR David Hutchison has joined law firm Chadwick Lawrence as a fee earner within its dedicated employment department at the firm's Huddersfield office.

Mr Hutchison, who originally hails from Scotland and now lives in Leeds, is also a licensed FIFA footballers' agent and has acted for a number of players, negotiating professional matters for them including transfers and fees.

He said: "The competition to become a football agent is fierce and you have to sit an exam to qualify, but it was definitely worthwhile and I am confident the experience I have gained will stand me in good stead as my legal career progresses."

Chadwick Lawrence has six offices located around West Yorkshire and a total of 13 partners and 181 staff. Its expanding employment department offers training, documentation preparation, ongoing advice and legal expenses insurance for small, medium and and larger employers.

Director promoted

THE DIRECTOR of Faithful+Gould's Yorkshire and East Midlands cluster, David Holmes, has been promoted to the position of managing director for its central region.

He is now responsible for directing and co-ordinating the firm's offices in Leeds, Warrington, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham and Sheffield.

A spokesman said that having worked for Faithful+Gould for 28 years, mainly in the heavy industry, mining, manufacturing and rail sectors, his promotion was part of a wider business re-shuffle of key staff members which had been undertaken to redefine the UK business into four new regions.

Mr Holmes said: "This is a period of exciting and positive change for Faithful+Gould and I am delighted to take up my new position. It will see me continue to be based in Leeds with a profit and loss responsibility across the central region for a further 350 staff."

Team strengthened

MORTGAGE firm Praxis has strengthened its Leeds office with the appointment of a new business development manager.

Rebekah Lloyd brings more than a dozen years' experience in the industry to the city office including seven years with Yorkshire Building Society, in Bradford, as well as four years at Advantage Home Loans, now Advantage Innovative Lending.

Dudley Aldous, Praxis' sales and marketing director, said: "Leeds is a real property hotspot at the moment and it's great to have appointed Rebekah to take Praxis' offer forward in the area."

New manager

ATISREAL in Leeds has appointed Mark Simpson as regional facilities manager within its established property management team.

Mark previously worked for Colliers CRE and Eddisons Commercial and will be responsible for over 30 of Atisreal's properties including multi-let office blocks, retail parks and industrial estates.

Expansion role

LIVERSEDGE-based luxury memory foam mattress manufacturer Komfi has appointed a senior bed industry figure to help the company realise its expansion plans.

Former Sealy UK sales director Jeff Davies will join the Komfi board to develop the business's sales strategy as it continues to grow.

His remit also includes assisting with recruitment and a brand development programme that the company is currently undertaking.

Komfi managing director, Phil Whittell, said: "He has a wealth of industry experience that will prove invaluable as we build the business."

Komfi is a division of the GNG Group, a manufacturer and worldwide distributor of a wide range of foam based products.

Established in 2003, Komfi employs 35 people and has a turnover of 4.5m. The company operates from a purpose built 25,000 sq ft office and manufacturing facility near Leeds.