Increased demand and the launch of an innovative scheme to give employment law and HR advice has led to a new appointment at a leading North East legal practice.

Richard Reed Solicitors, based at Frederick Street, Sunderland has been joined by experienced dispute resolution and employment law solicitor, Kat Moody.

Kat, originally from Sunderland, has come to Richard Reed from a Peterlee law firm and will now work alongside directors Barry Wood and Phil Moir as part of the dispute resolution team.

She said: “The ongoing impact of the pandemic means that employers have to take into consideration their staff’s health or what might be an employee’s disability. Having the ability to get proper legal advice and support is what RR Protect is all about and it’s very exciting for me.”

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A North-East based company which is the UK’s largest independent supplier of renewable energy heat pumps has added to its growing team.

Go Geothermal, which employs 18 people from its head office on the Aycliffe Business Park in Newton Aycliffe, has appointed Alan Brooke as its new Technical Manager for the North.

Alan will provide support to installers who purchase products from the company’s CTC brand, particularly ground and air heat source heat pumps.

Alan, 60, said: “In Scandinavia, CTC is the market leader, selling 48% of all heat pumps in the region, and this is down to the extremely high quality of the products they supply.

“They are the Rolls Royce of heat pumps and one of my roles is to introduce the brand to more installers in the UK and make sure the process runs as smoothly as possible.”


Two key members of the investment team at the North East’s longest-standing business investor have earned promotions on the back of the impact of their work with growing companies across the region.

Jane Siddle and Mike Guellard have been made senior investment executives at NEL Fund Managers after helping dozens of North East firms successfully secure growth capital investments that enable them to bring in new equipment, launch new products and services and create new jobs.

NEL is currently responsible for managing two elements of the £120m North East Fund Supported By The European Regional Development Fund - the £9m North East Small Loan Fund and the £18m North East Growth Capital Fund.

Dr Yvonne Gale, chief executive at NEL Fund Managers, says: “Jane and Mike have been cornerstones of our investment team for many years and thoroughly deserve the promotions that they’re earned.

“Their expertise, knowledge and dedication has been central to the growth plans of dozens of North East businesses being successfully realised.


Muckle LLP has strengthened its award-winning team with nine new promotions, including three new Partners.

Richard Nixon, Julie Garbutt and Amy Sergison have been promoted to Partner and Sara Worsick, Tom Justice, Olivia Colbeck, Kate Rickett, Beth Thompson and Zoe Ditch have all been promoted to Associate.

Jason Wainwright, Managing Partner at Muckle LLP, said: “We pride ourselves on nurturing talent from within, and we’re pleased to help develop and reward our home-grown talent.”


Bowburn-based business development specialists Hudson Outsourcing has taken on its 11th new Bid Writer this year.
Steven Herron will be working with Hudson’s clients on their bid proposals to help them win more work. Steven graduated from the University of Sunderland with a BA in English and Psychology. He then went on to do a Master’s Degree in World Literature.
Hudson has also welcomed John Bilcliffe as their new Bid Quality Manager, responsible for providing managerial support to their on-site team of Bid Writers. He will be involved with quality assurance throughout the tendering process, helping drive the overall success rate.


HR2day in Darlington has welcomed a new HR account manager to handle its increasing number of business contracts.
Melissa Neilson has more than a decade’s experience of working in HR roles across a variety of sectors, including education, the public sector and manufacturing.
She joins the company amid a period of sustained growth which began at the start of 2020 and has seen its turnover double and its client number increase by 100 per cent.
HR2day provides bespoke HR solutions to SMEs across the UK and provided online support and advice to business leaders throughout the pandemic.
In addition to her Human Resources qualification from Aston University, Melissa also holds a CIPD level 5 in human resource management.