LAND and property consultants Robinson & Hall LLP has expanded its team by taking on three new starters at its Ipswich office and nine in total company-wide.

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The Ipswich new starters include senior chartered town planner Yee Cheung who has nine years’ experience working for local councils dealing with a variety of planning applications and representing the council in appeals. Its new assistant rural practice surveyors are Kate Mortimer Lee who joins after completing a masters degree in rural land and business management at Reading University and Tom Jackson who has just completed a BSc (Hons) in rural enterprise and land management at Harper Adams.

Both were brought up working on farms and have an excellent understanding of all issues facing farmers and the rural economy.

: : IPSWICH Building Society has made two internal promotions, appointing Sara Bucknall as compliance and conduct manager and Clare Argent as head of customer services.

Chief executive Paul Winter said: “Appointing experienced and dedicated staff such as Sara and Clare to new and challenging roles will be of great benefit to the society, and to our members. Having worked with Clare and Sara for many years, I am pleased to see them progress within the organisation.”

Sara Bucknall originally joined the society 1991 as a customer service adviser. She worked in a wide range of roles within society, gaining a wealth of experience in financial planning, training and competency and branch management, before taking a break from the organisation to pursue consultancy and public sector roles.

“I returned to the society in 2006 and although I have thoroughly enjoyed developing the branches that I worked in, I am looking forward to my new role and look forward to working with the society’s compliance team,” she said.

Clare Argent has worked for the society for 21 years. Her first role was as a junior accounts assistant and she has held various roles within the finance and audit departments.

She said: “My career at Ipswich Building Society has been primarily in the compliance and finance teams, but I am looking forward to heading up our customer service teams and ensuring that members of the society continue to receive the excellent service that we pride ourselves on offering.”

: : A FORMER High Sheriff of Suffolk has been appointed to the board of the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

James Buckle, a well-known and respected Suffolk farmer and entrepreneur has been welcomed to the EAAA board of trustees where his knowledge and experience and will help to develop the charity as it enters a new era of operation.

Andrew Egerton-Smith, chairman of the board trustees, said: “I’m delighted to welcome James on to the board; he’ll be a tremendous addition to the team.

“James brings with him a wealth of local knowledge and business experience which will be of great benefit to the charity as we embark on our mission to fly at night and help hundreds more people who fall ill or find themselves involved in accidents across the region.”

James said: “I was proud to be asked to join the team of trustees at the East Anglian Air Ambulance and had no hesitation in accepting the invitation. As a keen rider I know first-hand of the great work they do and I’m really looking forward to helping the charity raise awareness and the funds it needs to help the highly trained teams of clinicians continue their life-saving work.”

James was born in Suffolk and is passionate about all matters to do with the county. He’s also the proud owner of the “Suffolk Trinity” – a Suffolk Punch horse, a Red Poll cow and Suffolk sheep – and is determined to ensure their survival for future generations. He lives in a village near Ipswich and is married with three children.

: : MOSAIC Publicity’s PR and digital marketing services are set to be ramped up in 2013 thanks to the arrival of two experienced account managers.

Alex Ward and Kelly Taylor bring with them a raft of enthusiasm, experience and expertise in PR and digital marketing.

Alex, 28, joins the team as the new digital account manager having spent 10 years running his own successful design and web agency. He is also highly experienced in project management and is a PRINCE2 practitioner.

Alex said: “I’m really excited about my new role at Mosaic. I’m looking forward to working closely with our clients to help them with their websites, mobile applications and online marketing to grow their business.”

Kelly Taylor, 27, has taken a role as PR and digital account manager. Having studied multi-media journalism at university, Kelly has spent five years working in PR roles at Essex Police and Basildon Borough Council.

Kelly said: “I’m very focused on achieving excellent results for Mosaic’s clients and I can’t wait to get my teeth stuck into my new role!”

Chief executive Karen Ainley welcomed their arrival.

Mosaic has moved to new offices on Severalls Business Park to strengthen links with the local business community.

: : IPSWICH-based Clayden Financial has appointed Karen Last as a consultant to join its established team of financial advisers. She brings with her more than 30 years’ experience of the financial services industry. Karen is fully qualified and experienced to provide advice across all areas of financial planning. She specialises in pre and post-retirement planning for individuals and this extends to assisting companies in understanding their legal responsibilities, now and in the future. Karen is an acknowledged expert in the fast growing area of equity release mortgages, enabling mature clients to safely release funds from their property.

Karen joins from a leading firm of Norfolk advisers, where she spent five years providing a range of services to high net worth individuals. Prior to this Karen was a director of a local financial services business, following a varied career with the Halifax, where she held senior management positions locally for over fifteen years.

Managing director Leigh Clayden said: “Karen brings with her both the experience and skills to ensure this continues and we welcome her to the company. It is also helpful to be able to offer clients the choice of a female adviser, if appropriate to their needs.”

Karen said: “I look forward to working with the team.”

: : ESTATE agency group Spicerhaart has appointed Alison Leyshon as its chief operating officer.

A chartered accountant by profession, Alison will assume board responsibility for the management of shared service operations across the group, which has more than 200 branches currently trading as High Street brands Darlows, haart, Haybrook, Felicity J Lord, Fine and Spicer McColl. As part of her role Alison will also oversee the development of Valunation, the company’s property valuation division.

Prior to joining Spicerhaart Alison spent three years working at director level for the NHS in London, with responsibility for a number of shared service functions including finance, business intelligence and IT.

Most recently she was part of the management team charged with establishing the new NHS Commissioning Support Unit for North East London, which will support 12 clinical commissioning groups with a combined budget in excess of £5billion. She began her professional career with PwC, where she spent 11 years, before becoming group finance director for two listed multinational service companies.

Alison said: “I am delighted to have joined Spicerhaart as its chief operating officer and look forward to working with the senior management team to build an independent estate agency business that is profitable, sustainable and a clear market leader.”

Chief executive Paul Smith said: “Alison brings a wealth of experience to Spicerhaart from both the public and private sectors that I believe will prove hugely beneficial for the organisation moving forward as we look to achieve our aims and objectives in what remains a highly competitive marketplace.”

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