A BUSINESSiQ round-up of the key moves at influential companies around the North East - who’s in and who’s out


Irwin Mitchell


A specialist lawyer in Irwin Mitchell’s public law and human rights team is set to become chair of the Mental Health and Disability Committee of The Law Society.

Based in the Irwin Mitchell Newcastle office, Kirsty Stuart takes over the role from September. For the next three years, Kirsty will guide the committee’s work in helping shape the Society’s policy on mental health and disability.

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By reviewing and promoting improvements in law, practice and procedure affecting people impacted by mental health or with disabilities. The committee works to ensure their rights and equality of treatment under the law.

The committee promotes and develops legal services for people subject to the Mental Capacity and Mental Health Acts, in addition to reviewing the role and operation of the Law Society Mental Health Tribunal Accreditation and MCA (Welfare) Accreditation Schemes.

Kirsty said: “It’s a huge honour to be appointed as chair of a committee that does such important work and I can’t wait to get started. The work of the committee covers a vital area and it’s a big responsibility for me and everyone else involved.

“As a mother with children with Special Educational Needs, the work of this committee has a special place in my heart and I’m looking forward to playing my part in ensuring our work helps guide the approach to the needs of those living with mental health and other disabilities.”


Anglo Scottish Asset Finance


County Durham-based, Anglo Scottish Asset Finance, has announced the appointment of Andrew Morris as contract hire sales manager, as it continues to rapidly grow its presence throughout the UK.

Business contract hire (BCH) is a funding product that allows businesses to fund cars or commercial vehicles over a fixed period of time and pay a monthly rental calculated on the expected mileage of the vehicle.

Established in 2007, Anglo Scottish is an independent finance broker, providing a range of financial services across the UK including asset finance, business loans, vendor and dealer finance, as well as personal vehicle solutions and vehicle sourcing.

Andrew said: “The Anglo team is one that is united in its goal to expand not only geographically but also in terms of offering the best customer experience in the market, both to existing and new clients.

“This, is why I have been appointed. Contract hire has been available via Anglo Scottish for a number of years but, in recent times, the demand within the business community for electric vehicles has spiked and, as such, the business has responded by doubling down on the service that it offers.”

Serios Group


Seriös Group, the boutique data analytics and testing consultancy, has made 11 new appointments as it continues to deliver rapid growth.

One key hire is that of Emma Leigh Miller who has been appointed as HR & talent manager.

Finance will also be brought in-house under the leadership of finance manager Liane Duffy, who will be supported by finance administrator Rachel Milnes.

In addition, it has recruited Dan Reed and Lorraine Rorison as product owners, Andrew Collins and Tatiana Soares da Silva as senior consultants, Christine Huntley, Marcus Trinder, and Michael Young as consultants, and Miikael Puusepp as a junior consultant on the apprenticeship programme.


Caddick Construction


Caddick Construction has appointed Durham lad Paul Dodsworth as its new Managing Director. Caddick Construction and its subsidiaries form the construction division of Caddick Group and Paul will be head of all construction companies.

The Northern Echo: Paul DodsworthPaul Dodsworth

Paul, who joins from Wates Group where he was Regional Managing Director North, is tasked with continuing Caddick Construction’s vision for strategic geographical and sustainable growth across its divisions.

Paul brings with him more than 40 years’ experience across the construction sector and was credited with leading and growing Wates’ Northern Division, which is now recognised as one of the strongest in the Wates Group.

Andrew Murray, Executive Chairman of Caddick Construction, said: “We are delighted that that Paul is stepping into this exiting role to lead all of our construction businesses, his hands on approach will strengthen the business and we all look forward to working with him. Paul replaces Adrian Dobson who has retired after almost 23 years on the board. Adrian held the Managing Director Position from 2019, he has been a key member of our board helping to guide the strong growth of the company to become one of the leading and largest independent contractors in the north of England. He will be sadly missed but we wish him well in his retirement and thank him for his massive contribution since joining us in 1999.”

Paul Caddick, Chairman of Caddick Group, comments: “Paul has the passion and character to take on the formidable challenges the market currently presents. His experience and ability will drive our aspiration for continued growth as a sustainable forward-thinking business.”

Caddick Construction is planning to expand its regions of operation and increase its activity in the residential sector. It will also support the growth of Casa by Moda by delivering the construction of Moda Living’s single family home brand, alongside other key projects across Yorkshire, North East and North West.

Paul Dodsworth added: “The aspirations of the business to expand its geographical footprint, whilst further developing the existing regions, is a challenge I will embrace and drive."


Your Homes Newcastle


A TRIO of new appointments is set to strengthen a Newcastle housing provider.

Three experienced professionals - Alison Thompson, Siobhan Weightman and Hayley Hoben-Blight – have joined Your Homes Newcastle (YHN).

The Northern Echo: Siobhan Weightman with Alison Thompson and Hayley Hoben-BlightSiobhan Weightman with Alison Thompson and Hayley Hoben-Blight

Alison Thompson has joined as Interim Assistant Director Finance and Performance and will take on responsibility for the wider finance directorate who are responsible for managing money effectively within the organisation. Having held roles with DWP, Defra, the NHS and most recently the Ministry of Justice, she brings a wealth of public sector experience to her new role.

Siobhan Weightman has been appointed Assistant Director Technology and Transformation, a new directorate at YHN focusing on how digital transformation can improve customer experience and efficiency within the organisation. She joins the firm having built a successful career in local government, policing and housing.

Completing the hattrick of appointments is Hayley Hoben-Blight, who is Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Lead at YHN. Hayley has been promoted to her new role having previously served as a Safe Living Officer at YHN.

The roles are important new additions that YHN managing director, Tina Drury, believes will build on the organisation’s fresh focus, set out in its new business plan.

She said: “We have an ambitious plan at YHN, and - at its heart, the aim is to ensure we provide the best value, service and experience for our customers.

"These appointments are about not only improving the efficiency of our service, but also ensuring that YHN residents enjoy the best care and support possible – and that our service reflects the diverse communities we serve too."

YHN is an Arms Length Management Organisation (ALMO) responsible for managing council homes on behalf of Newcastle City Council. It was set up in 2004 and currently manages around 26,000 council homes.


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