People on the Move: CBRE; Borough Care; RSM; Q+A Planning

From left: Stephen Capper, Paul Cook, Alex Perratt and Darren Hill

CBRE has strengthened its North West industrial and logistics team based in Manchester and Liverpool with the appointment of Alex Perratt who joins as surveyor.

Alex joins from LSH where he spent more than two years in the industrial agency team.

He said: “I am delighted to join the CBRE industrial agency team in the North West to work across a number of excellent instructions, including prime distribution units, brand new multi-let estates and development sites.”

Paul Cook, head of industrial & logistics for CBRE in the North West said: “Alex joins us at an extremely exciting time as we continue to strengthen our portfolio of instructions on both existing stock and across a number of major North West logistics sites which will be developed over the next few years to increase supply and meet continued occupational demand.”

The North West team has secured instructions on a number of development sites capable of providing more than six million sq ft of logistics space, in addition to several speculative buildings providing more than two million sq ft.

Paul Cook added: “Whilst we saw a slow start to take up in 2018, our research shows that year to date take-up stands at 2.15m sq ft with a further 800,000 sq ft under offer.

“There are a number of active requirements currently in the market which should see take-up for 2018 being another successful year for the North West.”

With offices in both Manchester and Liverpool the team at CBRE is ideally placed to service the whole of the North West region. The team comprises Paul Cook (senior director), Steve Capper (director), Darren Hill (director), Alex Perratt (surveyor).


Borough Care has appointed Mark Dale as its new catering & hospitality manager.

The firm boasts it is the largest not-for-profit provider of care for older people in Stockport and has 11 homes across the borough.

Mark’s role is a new one at Borough Care, as the company previously outsourced residents’ meals and has recently brought the meal service back in-house.

Mark Dale

In his new role Mark will be responsible for leading the catering team, setting standards in food preparation and monitoring the quality of food and service.

He will look after the implementation of a safe, well-balanced meal provision across Borough Care’s homes.

A key part of this will be working with suppliers to ensure the sustainability of the food served, and providing tailor made food packages for residents with special dietary requirements.

Mark’s role will also include leading on the training and development of the catering teams at each of Borough Care’s homes.

He said: “I’m looking forward to using my skills to create a dynamic, multi-skilled catering team at Borough Care.

“I have lots of experience working within multi-site organisations and love seeing the various teams come together to support each other.”


Audit, tax and consulting firm RSM has expanded its North West tax practice with the appointment of two new directors.

Helen Guy joins RSM from KPMG where she was the national lead for creative sector tax reliefs.

She specialises in innovation tax reliefs, including R&D tax relief, patent box and creative sector tax reliefs.

She also brings key industry knowledge to the position following an early career in TV production before re-training as a tax practitioner.

Patrick Curry, who also joins from KPMG, has more than 15 years’ experience in corporate tax, working with large businesses across the North West.

He has supported a range of businesses from start-up technology companies to private equity backed and listed groups, through acquisitions, disposals, restructuring and global expansion.

Helen Guy and Patrick Curry

He also brings significant sector experience across manufacturing, retail, infrastructure and technology.

In their new roles, Helen and Patrick will work with the 110-strong North West tax team to grow the regional innovation relief offering and further enhance RSM’s technical and sector expertise within the team.

The expansion in the North West team, which now comprises more than 680 partners and staff, underlines RSM’s growth ambitions in the local market.

Jill Jones, RSM’S regional managing partner in the North West, said: “Helen and Patrick’s appointments demonstrate our ongoing commitment to attracting and retaining talent.

“Both strategic hires enhance, and complement, our regional offering and will play a key role in our growth across the North West. It’s great to have them on board.”


Browne Jacobson has appointed Helen Simm as partner to its Manchester office as the firm continues to develop its growing regulatory practice in the North West.

With 16 years’ experience in the legal sector, Helen joins Browne Jacobson having represented individual and corporate clients facing investigation and prosecution by all major regulators, including the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Helen has a particular specialism in financial crime investigations.

She joins from Clyde & Co, where she worked as a legal director in the safety, health and environmental regulatory team.

Prior to that, Helen worked for 12 years at Slater & Gordon (previously Pannone), latterly as principal lawyer, acting in several widely reported criminal cases.

This includes representing the lead defendant in the largest police corruption prosecution in UK history, arising from the Lynette White murder.

Helen Simm

She will work alongside the firm’s 10-strong national criminal, compliance and regulatory team to undertake both defence and prosecution work for clients involved in investigations by all major regulators, focusing on the North West market.

The appointment continues the strong growth across Browne Jacobson’s North West team, which has seen headcount grow by 32% in the past 12 months and revenues by 26% in the year ending March 2018.

Andrew Hopkin, partner and head of Browne Jacobson’s regulatory practice, said: “Helen has developed an excellent reputation in the North West market through significant experience in often high-profile regulatory and criminal law matters, and will be an excellent asset to us as we continue to develop and expand our offer in this sector.”

Helen Simm said: “I am pleased to have the opportunity to join Browne Jacobson to develop the firm’s regulatory practice in the North West and beyond.

“There is a great deal of opportunity in this market, and the calibre of the existing team gives me great confidence in our ability to make an even greater impact in the region and further afield.”

Amanda Callaghan, partner and head of Manchester at Browne Jacobson, said: “We continue to invest in expert staff across all divisions following a year of record growth in which we have delivered exceptional client service.

“Helen reflects this commitment, and is a key strategic hire for us as we add strength in depth to our North West offering.”


Independent planning consultancy, Q+A Planning, has welcomed two new professionals to its team in Manchester.

Jonathan Martin and Amanda Pickering have joined the practice as a planner and senior planning consultant, respectively.

Jonathan, who joins from RPS in London, will be working across the firm’s strong pipeline of projects for developers, landowners, retail and commercial clients.

Amanda, who has more than 20 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors, will provide consultancy services, with a focus on Q+A Planning’s growing portfolio of healthcare and residential projects.

Amanda Pickering and Jonathan Martin

The additions of Jonathan and Amanda bring the number of people employed by Q+A Planning to six and follows the upgrading of the Manchester office to larger accommodation at Paradise Wharf earlier this year.

Ruth Child, director of Q+A Planning, said: “Manchester is a city that is continuing to see high levels of new development and strong investment interest, which has fuelled the expansion of both our teams and premises.

“Jonathan and Amanda bring with them significant experience in securing planning consents for a range of clients and across a diverse spectrum of development types and we are looking forward to welcoming them into the Q+A Planning team.”

An independent town planning consultancy with offices in London, Manchester and Warwick, Q+A Planning specialises in providing advice on securing planning permissions for a wide range of different types of development across the UK.

Q+A Planning provides advice to some of the UK’s largest and most successful property developers, investors and retailers, including Legal & General, Gazeley UK, Elysium Healthcare, NewRiver and Next.