People: Law firm appoints non-exec; Allied Irish Bank (GB) welcomes new relationship manager; and more

Law firm Irwin Mitchell has appointed food and drink sector specialist, Stuart Gallyot, as a Non-Executive Director within its Business Legal Services division.

Gallyot will provide hospitality industry advice to the business and help strengthen the Sheffield-headquartered firm’s proposition within its manufacturing and retail sector groups.

He has 14 years of experience at Punch Taverns and has held a number of senior positions at the former FTSE 100 company including Legal & Estates Director and Company Secretary.

He has sat on Punch Tavern’s Executive Board and the Plc Board and during his time there, Stuart dealt with a number of significant board events including re-financing, legal challenges, estate management as well as mergers and acquisitions.

Gallyot currently works part-time at Punch Taverns as its Legal & Estates Director and launched his own consultancy in January 2018.

Commenting on the appointment as a Non-Executive Director at Irwin Mitchell, Gallyot said:“Food and beverage retailing is under significant pressure but it’s important to remember that the disruption in the sector also brings numerous opportunities and a myriad of legal issues which businesses need support with.

“I’ve been impressed with Irwin Mitchell’s approach to this sector and I firmly believe that together we can take advantage of the huge opportunities that exist. This is an exciting opportunity for me and I look forward to working with the team at Irwin Mitchell and with their new and existing clients.”

Victoria Brackett, Chief Executive of Irwin Mitchell’s Business Legal Services team, added: “We are delighted to welcome Stuart to the team. He has a wealth of senior-level expertise in the food & drink industry and he will be able to offer hugely valuable insight into our business. I’m confident that he will enhance our market proposition and ultimately further improve our service for our clients.

“Stuart is Irwin Mitchell’s first non-exec director to be appointed and we look forward to welcoming more into other sector groups as we continue to invest in our business team.”


Allied Irish Bank has strengthened its North and Midlands team with the appointment of Richard Henshaw as a Healthcare Relationship Manager.

Henshaw will work with the bank’s Leeds and Nottingham business centres to support healthcare customers across Yorkshire and the East Midlands regions.

Henshaw has experience working in the healthcare sector spanning over 16 years. He previously worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland as a healthcare specialist but also has experience working as a broker and gained five years’ experience working as a care home operator.

Richard Henshaw, Healthcare Relationship Manager at AIB (GB), said: “The healthcare sector is very important to the AIB (GB) team and we have big aspirations to expand our customer base.

“I have worked on both sides as both a healthcare operator and finance provider and believe my sector knowledge and banking experience will add real value to our customers. I am looking forward helping healthcare operators with their growth aspirations and funding requirements.”

Mark Billington, Business Centre Head at AIB (GB) in Leeds, added: “Richard is a highly motivated and skilled banker with a wealth of expertise in the healthcare sector. I am delighted to welcome him to the team and to share his knowledge and experience with our customers and staff.

“The Leeds team has a strong track record of success and Richard’s addition is sure to enhance our work within the healthcare sector.  Richard will join his colleagues in assisting local businesses to gain access to appropriate funding and contribute to driving economic growth across Yorkshire.”


Property consultant Eddisons has expanded its Leeds head office with the roll out a series of new hires across its building and project consultancy, agency and valuations teams.

Tim Kirman has joined Eddisons’ building and property consultancy team in Leeds as an associate director from global property and construction consultancy Gleeds. He was previously an associate director at Dunlop Heywood, and a senior surveyor at Edward Symmons.

William Triner has joined the firm from Sanderson Weatherall as a graduate surveyor. Triner also holds a masters degree in real estate and will be involved in a range of surveying work across Eddisons’ growing building and project consultancy division.

Meanwhile, Charles O’Hara joins the agency team as an agency surveyor. He will be based in the Leeds office alongside Steven Jones focusing on acquiring, selling and letting a wide variety of commercial property across the region.

Also joining Eddisons are two junior surveyors on placement from their undergraduate studies.

Archie Ingham joins the valuations team from his surveying course at Northumbria University, while Angus Ellwood joins the building and project consultancy team before continuing his building surveying degree at Sheffield Hallam University.

Ian Harrington, national head of building and property consultancy at Eddisons, said: “Our agency, valuations and building and project consultancy teams are all forging ahead in 2018, with significant new business wins and an appetite for growth.

“We are really pleased to be adding yet more new recruits to our Leeds office and it is great to have such talented young people on board at Eddisons.”