A BUSINESSiQ roundup of the key appointments at companies across the North East - who’s in and who’s out




Deloitte continues to invest in its regional business by promoting a new partner, an associate partner and four new directors in its Newcastle office.

It has also appointed a new director to its Tax & Legal team. Across the UK, Deloitte has promoted 124 people to partner – a 57% increase on last year. In the Newcastle office a total of 79 people have been promoted.

Based at the recently opened Newcastle office the new partner is Mick Jeffrey, the associate partner (a senior signing director) is Paul Hewitson and the new directors are Jo Robertson and Andrew Horn in Tax & Legal, Heather Younger in Financial Advisory and Suzanne Green in Audit & Assurance. The new externally hired director is Mark Lockey.

Mick Jeffrey, part of the Audit & Assurance team, has extensive experience of working within all key industry sectors and in particular the chemicals and pharmaceuticals sectors.

Stephen Hall, senior partner at Deloitte in Newcastle, said: “These promotions demonstrate the depth of expertise which our people are putting to play with our clients. I’m very proud that 79 people in the Newcastle have been promoted.

“We have recently opened our new office in Newcastle which has been specifically designed with our climate goals front and centre."



Law firm, Muckle LLP, has strengthened its Banking and Restructuring team with a senior appointment.

With over 20 years’ experience, project finance lawyer Andrew Coddington joins the firm as Partner and brings with him a wealth of experience acting for both borrowers and lenders, with particular expertise in energy, acquisition and Islamic finance.

With two decades spent acting on countless international power-based developments across Europe, the Caribbean and the Middle East, Andrew is channelling his vast experience to bolster the Newcastle-based firm’s already extensive presence across the energy industry.

Andrew said: “I want to use my experience and knowledge to build on what is already here. Energy cuts right through every aspect of Muckle, from employment, litigation and banking to areas including corporate and real estate."

The team, led by well-known finance practitioner Louise Duffy, has a reputation acting for lenders and borrowers, with a large client base made up of banks, private equity providers and corporate borrowers.



Everflow, the UK’s fastest growing water supplier and the UK’s first carbon neutral water supplier, has announces the appointment of Jennifer Ioannidou as Head of Product to lead the company’s new product department.

Jennifer will spearhead the business’ product strategy and help to deliver a product centric approach to achieve the company’s growth ambitions for 2022 and beyond. She has been brought in to create a pipeline of new products that improve customer experience and make utilities simpler for brokers and businesses using Everflow’s services.

She said: “Everflow is a business committed to disrupting the utilities sector. I’m incredibly excited to support on its growth plans to deliver a suite of products that will innovate and offer competitive advantages. My team works closely with all departments across the business to develop product propositions that address clear gaps in the market, meet our customers’ needs and help achieve our strategic objectives."

px Group


Stockton-based px Group, the leading infrastructure solutions business and operator of several critical UK energy sites, has announced a major addition to its Executive Committee.
Guido Frenken joins px Group as Chief Growth and Innovation Officer from Equans, a spin-out of ENGIE.

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Guido joined ENGIE in 2013 in a leadership role focused on growing the sustainability part of the business in the Netherlands. There he initiated the new company ENGIE Ventures & Integrated Solutions, which has grown rapidly both autonomously as well as by two acquisitions, before becoming a member of the Executive Committee in 2018 with responsibility for Energy Sales, the B2B and B2C markets, Renewable Energy developments and Integrated Solutions for Energy Transition.
With an MSc. In Aerospace Engineering from Delft University in the Netherlands, Guido has over 25 years’ experience in technical management, business development and Senior Leadership positions.
Initially working in the Aerospace sector with a primary focus on strategy, innovation, and business development, he has lived and worked in Germany, the Netherlands and USA.
Guido Frenken says: “px Group is a fast-growing company that is truly facilitating the Energy Transition. It has an operating model that is trusted, tried, and tested with the company responsible for so many critical energy assets in the UK, while it is renowned for its development of Saltend Chemicals Park, particularly regarding the company’s ability to attract huge investment from next-generation energy and industrial companies.”
“The next step is to take both of those aspects into Europe.”



North East tech firm Excelpoint has enjoyed a positive first-quarter performance and to support its growing customer base has recently appointed two new software developers responsible for building additional depth and functionality, keeping ahead of a highly competitive market.
Joining the team are Ed Wyllie and Luke McNaughton. Drawing on his experiences at IBM, Cognos Analytics, Vertu Motors, and Mott MacDonald, Ed joins Excelpoint as a Software Engineer focusing on the front-end development of the client application and user interface. Luke joins the team as Back-end Software Engineer with previous experience working at Bishop Auckland College.
With customers from SMEs to corporate brands recognised worldwide, Excelpoint has also appointed Parry Jenkins as Strategic Business Consultant. With over 30 years of experience within the technology sector at Accenture, B2E Consulting, and as Head of Homecare at AgeUK, Parry is responsible for broadening the scope of services and pursuing high-value opportunities in the private and public sectors. He said: “No-code enables organisations to leverage value from non-technical employees to create enterprise-grade applications at pace. 
“The technology enables them to pivot and adapt, removing the reliance on already busy IT departments and avoiding the pitfalls of technical debt.”
Finally, Charlie Auld and Lee Dodgson join the team as an Apprentice Software Support Technician and Apprentice Business Consultant. They will gain experience in customer service, product testing, system configuration, and continuous improvement while working towards the achievement of their apprenticeships.