Movers & Shakers: Andrew Lee joins Ipswich-based digital agency Crafted as strategy director

Andrew Lee, strategy director, Crafted.

Andrew Lee, strategy director, Crafted. - Credit: Crafted

Digital marketing agency Crafted, based in Ipswich, has bolstered its senior management team with the appointment of Andrew Lee as strategy director.

Andrew has more than 20 years’ integrated and digital marketing experience, gained from a mix of agency and client side roles across a broad range of sectors including automotive, tech software and services, financial and professional services.

He has worked across a variety of roles at a senior level, both agency and client-side, managing various campaigns, projects and programs for the likes of Barclaycard, Mazda UK, Aviva and Lotus Cars, including strategic planning and insight, channel optimisation, partnership programs and integrated acquisition campaigns.

Chief executive Ian Miller said: “We’ve welcomed a lot of new starters to Crafted in recent months off the back of impressive growth in both new and existing clients. It’s positive to see the contribution appointments such as Andy’s make, bringing their extensive experience from a wide range of industries to bear on our diverse and growing client base.”

Ipswich and Chelmsford based law firm Prettys has announced three new appointments as it expands its commercial and personal law services.

Claire Barritt, previously a self-employed consultant, has joined the Ipswich real estate team as an associate. Claire brings her experience in managing a variety of commercial property transactions, town planning, highways matters, and a range of public sector legal and governance issues. She is also a trustee of Suffolk4YP, a local charity that focuses on improving the health and well-being of young people.

Prettys is also bolstering its personal injury team in Ipswich with the addition of Michael Freebury. Michael is an experienced personal injury lawyer, who qualified in 2009 and has since worked for some of West Yorkshire’s largest commercial law firms and has significant experience in handling a variety of civil litigation matters.

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Laura Pharez-Zea has joined the employment law team in Chelmsford. She comes from an international law firm at which she trained before qualifying in 2010. She has advised employers within the financial services, insurance and pharmaceutical industries in relation to a wide range of non-contentious employment issues and has represented her clients in tribunals and the high court.

Chief executive Ian Carr said: “Having had a positive start to the new financial year, we are expanding our teams and services in several areas. At Prettys, we are passionate about finding, recruiting and developing talent. Our latest recruits have very specific skillsets and valuable experience which we can use to develop key growth areas within the business.”

Bloor Homes has appointed a new managing director to lead the growth of its eastern region, which covers Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex.

Terry Tedder has joined the privately-owned developer from Bovis Homes, where he was regional managing director for the Thames Valley region, and brings with him 18 years experience in the housebuilding industry.

Terry, 40, who will be based at Bloor’s Bury St Edmunds office, takes over from Andrew Marns, who has been appointed divisional chairman.

“I am delighted to have been given this opportunity,” he said.

Estate agents Cheffins is strengthening its position in the planning and development industry across the Cambridge region after taking on a new planner, Claire Shannon.

Claire has been involved in the planning and development sector for more than three years and joins from ID Planning in Leeds and previously, Rick Finc Associates in Edinburgh. She will be working on a range of residential, commercial and rural projects across the department, which is led by Ian Smith.

Director Ian Smith welcomed her appointment.

“Claire’s appointment will help our team to enhance and expand our planning and development service throughout the region. We have a number of exciting new projects over the coming months and are looking to grow the team as we continue to be one of the leading planning consultants in the region,” he said.

Claire said: “In my previous role I concentrated on five-year housing supply, both small and large-scale residential projects, strategic land release and several major retail schemes and I am pleased to be able to bring this experience with me. I was drawn to Cheffins’ proactive approach, diverse portfolio and its strong reputation in the field and I am looking forward to joining this already well-established team.”

Axis Fleet Management has appointed five new business development managers to strengthen its sales and account management team across the UK, including Steve Finn who will take responsibility for the East Anglia region.

With more than 25 years of industry experience, Steve is a key addition to the Axis team. Along with his newly appointed colleagues, he will be responsible for managing client assets and promoting excellent service standards across the company’s UK-wide operations.

He will report to sales director Leigh Goodland.

“These appointments are an exciting development for Axis Fleet Management. The combined expertise and knowledge of our new business development managers will enable us to further establish the company as one of the leading contract hire organisations in the UK. This investment in quality people is a key part of our strategic focus to develop a highly motivated sales team to enhance our excellent customer service and the value-added solutions we deliver for clients,” he said.

Axis, based in Oxfordshire, specialises in long-term contract hire and fleet management services.

Suffolk Life, part of the Curtis Banks Group, has appointed Greg Kingston to the Suffolk Life boards in the role of marketing and communications director, subject to regulatory approval.

As well as responsibility for marketing and communications for the Curtis Banks Group plc, he also has responsibility for Suffolk Life’s product and insight teams, governing the products and oversight of complaints and research.

Chief executive Will Self said: “It is with great pleasure that I announced today that Greg Kingston will be joining the Suffolk Life Boards. Greg has been with Suffolk Life for nearly 10 years and on the management committee for the last four.

“He has a proven track record and is an invaluable part of the team, especially since the sale to Curtis Banks, working tirelessly to bring the firms closer together for the benefit of everyone. He has taken on a wide number of responsibilities including managing the product and marketing teams, the Insight function as well as group-wide internal and external communications.”

Greg Kingston said he was looking forward to his new responsibilities and working with Will and the other board members.

“I am immensely proud of what we have achieved to date and look forward to creating a world class business, that treats customers well and provides solutions that make a real difference,” he said.