Movers and Shakers: Former sea captain Paul joins Birketts law firm’s specialist shipping team

Paul Haworth, legal director at Birketts' shipping and international trade team. Picture: BIRKETTS

Paul Haworth, legal director at Birketts' shipping and international trade team. Picture: BIRKETTS - Credit: Birketts

Paul Haworth has joined the specialist shipping and international trade team at Ipswich-based law firm Birketts.

Kate Gardner of Fargo Systems,

Kate Gardner of Fargo Systems, - Credit: Fargo Systems

Paul, who becomes legal director at the Ipswich office, was a master mariner who sailed as captain on various DP Class 2 vessels engaged in dive support and offshore construction before coming ashore and qualifying as a solicitor in 2009.

He became a partner at a niche shipping law firm in London and is experienced in all aspects of shipping law. He has a particular specialism in collisions, groundings and salvages and is experienced in ‘dry’ charterparty disputes.

Paul said: “Birketts is a highly respected law firm in the shipping and maritime sector. The shipping and international trade team has built an excellent reputation with a global client base. Moving from the City has meant that I can work with an impressive portfolio of UK-based and overseas clients, who will benefit from me being outside London as much as I will.”

Team head Nicholas Woo said: “The addition of such a highly qualified senior appointment will help ensure that the team continues to offer our clients a premier legal offering. Paul provides advice on all aspects of international trade and maritime law and he is one of only a handful of London shipping lawyers to have sailed as a Captain and to be legally qualified.”

Professor Nick Talbot
, who is set to join The Sainsbury Laboratory in 2018. Picture: JIM WILEMAN

Professor Nick Talbot , who is set to join The Sainsbury Laboratory in 2018. Picture: JIM WILEMAN - Credit: Jim Wileman


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Ipswich-based Kate joins the East Anglian support and implementations team at the firm, which specialises in software for the container haulage industry.

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She will be responsible for overseeing sales and marketing activity and help with the organisation of relevant event and exhibition attendance strategies, management of the company’s CRM system and the maintenance of Fargo’s social media presence.

Chloe Glazier joins Genesis PR as an account executive. Picture: ALEX RAYMOND/GENESIS PR

Chloe Glazier joins Genesis PR as an account executive. Picture: ALEX RAYMOND/GENESIS PR - Credit: Alex Raymond/Genesis PR

Director Steve Collins said: “Kate joins the Fargo team at a critical time in our growth. Kate’s logistics background made her the ideal candidate for this role and she is already proving to be a valuable asset to the team.”

The Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich has appointed Professor Nicholas Talbot FRS as executive director.

Professor Talbot is a world-renowned expert in molecular plant pathology. He is currently deputy vice-chancellor for research and impact at the University of Exeter, and leads an internationally renowned research group. He will join in September 2018.

From left, Caroline Fawcett, Simon Lindley and Andrea Hodgson of Cambridge & Counties Bank. Picture:

From left, Caroline Fawcett, Simon Lindley and Andrea Hodgson of Cambridge & Counties Bank. Picture: JOSEPH O'BRIEN - Credit: Joseph O'Brien Photographer

“I am greatly honoured to be joining the world’s premier laboratory for the study of plant-microbe interactions,” he said.

“The Sainsbury Laboratory is home to some extraordinarily talented scientists and I am looking forward to working with them. We have some exciting times ahead, with new hires to come and many other new developments that will keep the laboratory at the forefront of its field.”

Chloe Glazier has joined Ipswich-based PR firm Genesis PR as an account executive.

Melanie Carroll, Birketts. Picture: BIRKETTS

Melanie Carroll, Birketts. Picture: BIRKETTS - Credit: Birketts

Chloe, who graduated from the University of Bath with a BA (Hons) in French & Politics this summer, developed a significant amount of experience in marketing and communications during her year abroad in Paris, working for the international sales house of a world-renowned publication. Before joining Genesis, Chloe also interned at a fully-integrated PR and content agency in London.

“I am delighted to be joining such a well-established agency as Genesis PR,” she said.

“I look forward to working with their driven and successful team whom I believe will help build my skills and experience.”

Director Penny Arbuthnot said: “We are delighted to welcome Chloe to the team to support our business growth and continue to deliver successful PR and digital campaigns to our clients. Chloe’s skills in marketing and communications along with her experience working within the media sector make her a great addition to Genesis PR.”

Niche bank Cambridge & Counties Bank has appointed three new directors to its board.

Andrea Hodgson joins as chief financial officer, Simon Lindley is already real estate and asset finance team boss and Caroline Fawcett is a non-executive director.

Andrea comes from a digital start-up bank where she held the same position. She began her career at KPMG before moving into financial services and holding senior roles at National Australia Group, Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group. She is also a non-executive director and deputy chair at Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Caroline has 25 years of experience in financial services, specialising in marketing and customer experience in the UK and US. Previous roles included a decade as marketing director at Legal & General. She also sits on the boards of Co-op Insurance and the Money Advice Service.

Simon joined Cambridge & Counties Bank in its launch year of 2012 as its first business development manager. He took over responsibility for the Bank’s national real estate finance team in 2015.

He has been at the centre of the bank’s successful balance sheet growth over the past five years due to his commitment to delivering a service-led, broker-centric business. In 2017 responsibility for the asset finance team was added to his remit.

Chief executive Mike Kirsopp said: “The new arrivals on the board, coming both from within and from outside the business, deepen our collective knowledge, experience and insight. We look forward to the contributions Andrea, Caroline and Simon will make in helping Cambridge & Counties grow and expand its reach while staying true to the customer-focused approach that has characterised its successful first five years.”

As well as £650m of current lending, Cambridge & Counties Bank has savings balances of more than £750m. It posted more than £18m in post-tax profits in 2016.

Ipswich-based law firm Birketts has appointed Melanie Carroll as a legal director in its residential property team.

Melanie has a wealth of experience in residential property law having set up and managed award winning property teams and carried out bespoke property work for high net worth individuals, investors and commercial clients.

Melanie said she was “delighted” to be joining the firm.

Chris Schwer, partner and head of the property division, said the appointment would strengthen the team further.

Melanie will be based in Chelmsford but will support colleagues across Birketts’ three other offices in Cambridge, Ipswich and Norwich.

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