Movers & Shakers: Fenella Eddell and Victoria Hunt join Barker Gotelee

Fenella Eddell and Victoria Hunt of Barker Gotelee.

Fenella Eddell and Victoria Hunt of Barker Gotelee. - Credit: Archant

Law firm Barker Gotelee has appointed two new recruits to join its expanding property department.

Fenella Eddell has joined the Martlesham Heath-based property team as an associate solicitor and will assist Toby Pound, Andrew Nicholson and Kerry Addison with farm transactions, commercial leases and agricultural tenancy advice.

Fenella studied at the College of Law in York and trained with international law firm Olswang in London before returning to live and work in her home region of East Anglia.

Victoria Hunt has also joined the property department as a paralegal, to assist colleagues on all aspects of residential, commercial and agricultural property matters.

Victoria’s appointment follows a period of work experience with Barker Gotelee in January 2014, and prior to joining the team she was employed as a litigation paralegal. She graduated in 2012 with a 2:1 law degree from the University of Essex and then went on to complete the legal practice course at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford.

Partner Toby Pound said: “At Barker Gotelee we have enjoyed an exceptionally busy year for property transactions and we are delighted to have reinforced our growing property team with the recruitment of Fenella and Victoria.”

: : Neil Turvey has been made senior estates surveyor at Ipswich-based Concertus Design & Property Consultants.

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Neil, a member of the RICS since 1986, brings a wealth of experience in property management, acquisitions and development, especially within the leisure sector. He started his career with Milton Keynes Development Corporation and was involved in The Point, one of the first multi-screen cinemas in the UK.

He then moved on to Whitbread as head of acquisitions and worked on developments including the conversion of the Grade II-listed former GLC building on the South Bank in London to a five star Marriott Hotel and the Premier Inn development at Claydon.

Neil also spent six years as property director for Luminar Leisure and managed negotiations for a range of schemes including Cardinal Park in Ipswich and Xscape in Milton Keynes. He was also involved in the roll out of the Chicago Rock Café brand and Liquid nightclubs. In 2001, he established a property and investment company Tribecka, completing developments across the UK including the Lidl and Beefeater restaurant at Harwich International Port.

For the last seven years, Neil has worked as a consultant for organisations including Peterborough city and Scarborough borough councils, Mulberry Property Developments and the East of England Co-op.

Director Carl Lockwood said: “We are delighted to welcome Neil to Concertus and I have no doubt that he will be a tremendous asset to the team. His impressive range of experience in managing complex and difficult negotiations, for both public and private property developments, will enable us to expand and enhance our service offering to clients.”

Neil is married and has twins; a boy and a girl. His wife, Paula, went to the Convent school on Woodbridge Road in Ipswich and they met when they both attended Leicester Polytechnic. The family moved back to Suffolk in 2012 and now live in Cotton, near Stowmarket.

: : Colchester-based WRS Insurance Brokers has recruited Matthew Harding to the role of development account executive and Borislava Borovanska to the role of digital marketing executive.

Matthew has had more than 12 years in the industry, and brings with him a wealth of experience gained from a number of high profile insurance companies and spanning a range of roles.

Borislava, who has previously worked in the professional services and education sectors, will be responsible for marketing campaigns and day-to-day activities.

Matthew and Borislava will help drive increased sales at WRS as well as support the customer service experience at the firm, which specialises in providing charity, faith, not-for-profit and commercial business insurance.

Matthew said: “With my strong background in sales and customer service it’s great to be joining an established and growing business, with an excellent track record in customer satisfaction and that focus on providing the right solutions and cover for their clients”.

Managing director Chris Chapman said: “We are delighted to have Matthew and Borislava on board. They will help move our business forward, and provide a wider base of experience to draw on, as the business continues its growth journey.”

: : John Sutcliffe has been appointed as a new non-executive director at the Stowmarket-based maltster and malted ingredient manufacturer Muntons.

John comes from a long background within the food industry at a senior level.

Prior to retirement, he was chief executive of the grocery division of Associated British Foods, responsible for sales of products to the value of more than £1billion a year. He is currently the vice chairman of the British Nutrition Foundation.

“I have been genuinely impressed with the business; all of the resources needed to be a strong company are in place. Muntons have a terrific quality and service reputation,” he said.“There are great foundation stones in place. My desire is to assist the board and the business to clearly identify avenues of growth – and of course to make it happen.”

Managing director Alan Ridealgh said: “As our involvement on the global food industry increases it is becoming more and more important that we work with people as experienced as John, to ensure that we are developing and implementing the correct strategies for continued future growth and prosperity. It is a real pleasure to welcome John to our team.”