People on the move: Main Northeast meetings and promotions of the week

Sunderland Building Design Northern Engineering and Architecture Practice (BDN) hired John Herring as a civil engineer.

Mr. Herring has spent the past 15 years in the United States, working for international engineering firms in New York and Ohio on large-scale projects, including the creation of a transportation facility for the Bronx. Following his relocation to the North East, he joined the civil engineering department of BDN.

He said, “I’m thrilled to join the BDN team and be part of an ambitious company in my hometown. It’s an exciting time for the business, and I look forward to working with new clients on a range of projects. I hope my varied experience will help BDN continue its impressive growth.

Andrew Webb, Director of Engineering, who redeveloped the division when he joined the firm in 2020, said: “It is a pleasure to witness the continued growth of the civil engineering department. We are delighted to welcome John to the team. John’s experience and extensive skills will positively complement the department, enabling us to continue to provide our customers with the quality and technical expertise they have come to expect from BDN.




Law of square one announced the promotion of Bal Manak as a construction partner.

Having served as a senior partner in the law firm’s property team for two and a half years, she will lead the development of its building service in West Yorkshire, the Tees Valley and the North East.

With a specialization in non-contentious construction and over 16 years of experience advising clients on a wide range of commercial developments, Ms. Manak has been involved in a variety of large-scale projects operating from the offices of Square One Law in Newcastle, Leeds and Darlington.

She said: “The North of England is seeing strong levels of regeneration and building activity in both the residential and commercial sectors, which is generating a variety of projects for our clients. I am proud to become a partner in the dynamic and proactive real estate team at Square One Law, which has built a positive reputation in Leeds, Tees Valley and Newcastle, all of which are critical to the economic success of the government’s leveling policies. .

Irwin Mitchell has announced two new senior partners and two new partners to its Newcastle office as part of this year’s promotion round.

The newly promoted senior partners are personal injury specialists Emma Bell and Helen Smith, who work in the court of protection department, and new partner Rachael Smurthwaite. The other new partner is personal injury lawyer Helen Jones.

Andrew Tucker, Group Managing Director at Irwin Mitchell, said: “The announcement of these new partners, senior partners and associates makes me extremely proud and it is another clear sign of our continued focus on investment and development of our employees.

“These latest promotions show our strength and scale across the group while recognizing the significant contribution our colleagues make to our business in terms of supporting our customers and creating the right culture for future success.”



Alan Brooke of Go Geothermal

County Durham Renewable Energy Heat Pump Company Go Geothermal appointed Alan Brooke as the new technical director for the North.

Go Geothermal has 18 people at its head office on Aycliffe Business Park in Newton Aycliffe and Mr Brooke will provide support to installers purchasing CTC branded products from the company. Mr. Brooke joins Go Geothermal with over 35 years experience in the heating and renewables industry and has worked solely with renewables since 2009 as an installer and in sales.

He said: “I am delighted to have joined Go Geothermal and look forward to being part of the future growth of the business and developing the CTC brand in the UK. In Scandinavia, CTC is the market leader, selling 48% of all heat pumps in the region, thanks to the very 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 ensure the installation process is as smooth as possible.”

Affordable Home Builder Gleeson Homes has appointed Jennifer Tupman as Regional Managing Director to oversee its operations at Tyne and Wear.

She will seek to drive activity in several key areas, including expanding the current land portfolio, investing in people and an unwavering commitment to quality construction. It will seek to continue the important work currently underway in the region, while investing energy in new projects.

She said: “I am thrilled to start working with Gleeson and to continue the brilliant and essential work they are doing in this part of the country. I was inspired by the passion for customer satisfaction, build quality and investing in people that Gleeson is known for and look forward to continuing this work, as well as providing a fresh perspective on tasks. coming.

“In particular, I want to continue our engagement with local communities, making sure to connect with them and invest in them wherever possible, to ensure that each of our projects is mutually beneficial. Through rejuvenation mostly brownfields, I want to extend the opportunity to build a Gleeson home to as many local low-income families, key workers and first-time buyers as possible.”



From left to right: Nicola Scarr, Chris Hird, Sara Andrews of Haines Watts
From left to right: Nicola Scarr, Chris Hird, Sara Andrews of Haines Watts

Haines Watts has appointed three new partners alongside eight internal promotions in the North East.

Sara Andrews, Nicola Scarr and Chris Hird have all been promoted to partners from their former partner positions, after completing the firm’s talent development program.

Managing Partner Donna Bulmer said, “I’m really proud that we’re welcoming three new members to the partner team, all with different backgrounds and professional experiences. I am particularly proud that a third of our management team is made up of female leaders.

“The appointments come at a time of evolution and growth for the business, and this is a critical next step in our exciting plans for the years to come.”

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