Movers and Shakers: Trio of new appointments at Southwold-based Spring

SOUTHWOLD-based creative marketing agency Spring has made three new appointments.

Stephanie Renouf joins to head the agency’s PR team bringing extensive client experience across consumer brands and leading East Anglian businesses. The former co-founder of Norwich-based Hunter PR lists The Suffolk Agricultural Association, The Suffolk Show, Suffolk Dog Day, Tyco Matchbox preschool toys, The Lightbox gallery and museum, Mothercare and Babies R Us among the clients for which she has worked.

Jemima Thompson arrives at Spring after completing the two-year graduate management programme at Suffolk County Council, where she worked on a range of communication and engagement projects. Jemima will be taking on the role of Content Manager part-time, whilst continuing with her work as Communications Officer for the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Lynton Wall Palmer is a graphic designer who graduated from Norwich University College of the Arts in 2011. With work experience for a number of local publishing and print organisations under his belt, Lynton brings with him a passion for quality design and problem solving.

GUY Longhurst is now senior partner Essex-based Ellisons Solicitors, taking over the reins from Peter Powell.


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Peter hands over the position to his successor, Guy, after five years in post. However, Peter will remain as a Partner at the firm and will continue to act for his many clients – with no plans to retire just yet.

Commercial Property lawyer, Philip Roberts, is also promoted to partner. Philip has worked for Ellisons since 2004 and looks forward to the new challenge.

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Peter Powell trained with Ellisons and qualified in 1971, becoming a partner in 1974. Peter was Ellisons’ senior partner for the period 1988 to 1997 and resumed the role in 2007. He says: ‘‘I would like to wish Guy every success in his new position. I have no doubt that Guy will help drive Ellisons forward, building upon the firm’s already thriving knowledge, expertise and client base.’’

Guy, who joined Ellisons in 1995, became a partner in 2000, before his promotion to one of three managing partners of the firm.

“I am delighted to take on the role of Senior Partner at such an exciting and pivotal time for the firm,” he said.

EAST Anglian law firm Prettys announces three new appointments: Jon Bloor, Richard Guy and Roger White, as well as two newly qualified solicitors. Jon Bloor has been appointed as associate in the corporate services department. Jon brings with him a wealth of experience gained at leading national and global practices, latterly heading up the business law team at a niche Merseyside practice. At Prettys, Jon will use his expertise to advise private investors, business owners and funders on all aspects of corporate transactions including business and share sales, management buy-outs and private equity investment.

Jon’s appointment follows hot on the heels of Richard Guy who joined Prettys’ estates department earlier this year. Richard is a second career lawyer, having worked for the International Shipping Federation in the City of London. He trained and worked as a solicitor at a large Cambridge law firm prior to joining Prettys’ estates department. Richard will use his expertise to advise clients across wills, estate and tax planning, trusts, probate and estate administration and powers of attorney.

Roger White has also been announced as a member of Prettys’ shipping and insurance department. Roger joins the company as a part-time consultant and brings with him over 20 years’ experience gained as a solicitor in London and the Far East and as the current editor of Shipping & Transport International.

Two newly qualified solicitors, Samantha Wardell and Vikki Clark, now part of the employment team, both joined the firm as trainees in March 2010 and qualified in March 2012.

LEXIA Media has welcomed Helen Duggan and Angharad Whybrow to its Woodbridge office. Helen joins as project manager, while Angharad has taken on the role of account executive.

Helen, from Kesgrave, brings a wealth of experience in office and project management. Arriving from a successful career at a major logistics company in Suffolk, she previously held significant roles in London for the Guardian Media Group.

“I am delighted to have been given this opportunity to join such a creative, dynamic and expanding business,” she said.

“The agency has won some exceptional pieces of business in recent months and I’m looking forward to being on board and helping to maintain and enhance the client relationship on each of those accounts.”

Angharad, 24, from Colchester, is a graduate from Oxford Brookes University BA (Hons) in marketing management. In her new role, she will be actively engaged on accounts including Suffolk Agricultural Association, Stokes Sauces and So Active, as well as supporting social media projects.

HAINES Watts Ipswich has welcome Sarah Gough to its team. Sarah is a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians and is training for her ACA qualification with the ICAEW.

As part of the Haines Watts Ipswich team Sarah will be producing statutory accounts and liaising with other departments and clients to ensure quality and accuracy are reached at all times. Sarah’s main role will be in accounts production where she will be using up to date software and financial reporting systems.

Sarah has recently relocated to the area from Burnley where she was a member of the North West Chartered Accountants Student Society and previously employed by MacMahon Leggate Chartered Accountants.

Haines Watts, an accountancy and business services firm, works with companies across the Ipswich and Suffolk area and has six offices locally.

JANE Fielden, agricultural recruitment manager at OSR, has just successfully completed and been awarded a merit gaining a Certificate in Recruitment Practice.

In an agricultural recruitment career spanning 10 years Jane has extensive experience of working to ensure GLA and AWO compliance for her clients throughout the region. Along with a working knowledge of the sector, being married to a farmer, Jane more importantly has a firm understanding of the issues surrounding staff supply in agriculture. Working closely with Clair Crowley (Archant Recruitment Consultant of the Year 2009), the Agri Division supplies clients from Maldon to Chatteris.

Philip Saunders, regional director for OSR Recruitment Ltd, which has an office in Ipswich, said: “When Jane joined us she bought with her a wealth of agricultural recruitment experience and I have been delighted to see the agricultural division grow year on year since her appointment”.

LANDEX Limited has appointed Tony Burrows to the board of directors.

Tony has worked in the construction industry for nearly 35 years and joined Landex, based in Ipswich, as a site manager in 2008 before being promoted to operations manager the following year. Tony has had a major role in the development of the company’s house building division and is recognised as a key member of the management team. The work of Tony and his team has been recognised with awards at both local and national level.

THE South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) has appointed Susan Priest as its director.

Dr Priest, the executive director for business development at the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA), will head up a new three person independent secretariat. She will be responsible for working with the South East LEP’s chairman, John Spence, to achieve SELEP’s purpose of creating the most enterprising economy in England.

Dr Priest joined SEEDA in 2000 as head of business support and later became deputy director in the International & Business Division. In 2003 she was appointed area director for Kent and Medway before leading the agency’s re-structuring programme from January 2009, then managing as executive director from November 2009 the bulk of SEEDA’s investment into business and latterly acting as deputy CEO through SEEDA’s closure programme.

Before joining SEEDA she worked for the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).

Dr Priest, who has a PhD from St Catharine’s College Cambridge, said: “I’m looking forward to having real impact in this very exciting role.”

South East LEP chairman, John Spence, said: “The South East LEP is focused on optimising opportunities for and removing the barriers to growth and enterprise across the whole area. I firmly believe that in Susan we have the person with the right calibre, skills and experience to drive forward our ambitions.”

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