Movers & Shakers: Six recruits join Fenn Wright’s new Sudbury office

Fenn Wright's Sudbury team from left, Sharon Thurgood, Joseph Hall, Sam Thornton, Tracey Wigens, Gra

Fenn Wright's Sudbury team from left, Sharon Thurgood, Joseph Hall, Sam Thornton, Tracey Wigens, Graham Buxton, Jess Stanhope, Janice Woodhouse, Brady Catterwell and Jenny Olley. - Credit: Archant

East Anglian estate agents Fenn Wright has recruited six new members of staff to its eight branch, which as been launched in Sudbury.

Laragh Jeanroy and Paul Harris of RSM.

Laragh Jeanroy and Paul Harris of RSM. - Credit: Archant

The appointments, which follow the acquisition of established Sudbury estate agent, Thorntons, together have almost 200 years of experience.

Sam Thornton, Janice Woodhouse and Sharon Thurgood from Thorntons, Brady Catterwell from Countrywide, and Jessica Stanhope and Tracy Wigens from Bairstow Eves have joined Fenn Wright partner, Graham Buxton, and senior negotiator, Jenny Olley in the new branch.

Managing partner, Alan Williams said: “I am delighted to welcome so many new faces to the Fenn Wright family. By bringing together a talented team of individuals with such strong experience, we are able to introduce our exceptional service standards, traditional values and a contemporary, straight forward approach to Sudbury and surrounding areas.”

Sam joins as associate partner following the acquisition of Thorntons, which he established in 1989. A qualified chartered surveyor, Sam has more than three decades of experience selling homes along the Suffolk Essex border.


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“I’m very excited to be joining such a well-regarded local agency,” he said.

Janice joins as the main secretary in the residential department and will be playing an administrative role.

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She spent 30 years at Thorntons.

Jo McKenna has joined Birkett Long�s business team.

Jo McKenna has joined Birkett Long�s business team. - Credit: Archant

Sharon is branching out from her secretarial role at Thorntons, and is taking on a new challenge as residential sales negotiator.

She has worked in the property industry for 12 years and is now responsible for bringing new clients to the Fenn Wright team.

“I’m keen to use my knowledge of the town and its history and what the future may bring for the area,” she said.

Brady has worked his way through five promotions and is now lettings manager. He joined from Countrywide, where he was responsible for five offices and managed a team of seven. An ambitious go-getter, Brady is currently undertaking his ARLA qualification.

Jessica brings her experience as property appraisals managers for Bairstow Eves to her new role as residential sales negotiator. She has lived in Sudbury for four years, and was named one of the top 25 negotiators in the region by.

“This is an exciting move for me and I really relish the chance to build Fenn Wright’s name as Sudbury’s number one estate agent,” she said.

Tracy Wigens, who is the branch’s residential sales progressor, has 33 years of estate agency experience in the local area, having spent time fine-tuning her trade as manager of Bairstow Eves in both Clacton and Sudbury.

Ross McDermott, Dardan Security

Ross McDermott, Dardan Security - Credit: Archant

“Having lived in Sudbury for 46 years, I’m looking forward to supporting our clients with my knowledge of the local area and my expertise. It’s great to be working in a team that has the customer at heart,” she said.

•Bury St Edmunds-based audit, tax and consulting firm RSM has strengthened its East Anglian team with the appointment of two new partners.

Laragh Jeanroy joins the firm’s audit practice while Paul Harris becomes lead partner in the private client tax team.

Laragh, who has worked in the profession for 20 years, is currently deputy president of the East Anglian Society of Chartered Accountants. Prior to joining RSM, she was head of audit at PEM in Cambridge where she was responsible for the audit and related advisory services to a portfolio of corporate and not for profit entities. She was previously a partner in Grant Thornton and Robson Rhodes in Cambridge.

Paul, who most recently worked at Grant Thornton in Norwich, is a qualified chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser, who has specialised in private client taxation for over 30 years. Previously, Paul was a private client tax partner with Smith & Williamson in Salisbury. His expertise lies in advising on wealth preservation and capital tax planning and his clients tend to be high net worth individuals including farmers and owners of landed estates as well as non-domiciliaries and their families.

Stephen Duffety, office managing partner at RSM in East Anglia said: “We are delighted to welcome Laragh and Paul to the local RSM team. They both bring a wealth of experience and expertise in their respective fields and will be a huge asset to our clients. Their appointments also underline RSM’s ambition to continue to significantly expand our business across the wider East Anglian region.”

Peter Murphy, chairman, Visit Essex.

Peter Murphy, chairman, Visit Essex. - Credit: Archant

•High-flying employment law specialist Jo McKenna has joined Birkett Long’s business team and is enjoying helping clients to tackle complex cases.

A former student at The Boswells School in Chelmsford, Jo developed her love of law when she studied the subject for A level and was taught by a former solicitor. She graduated in the top ten of her year on the LLB course at the University of Nottingham, and gained a distinction from her Legal Practice Course in Leeds.

She worked as a paralegal in Chelmsford and London, before starting her training contract with a firm based in Ipswich and Chelmsford. She qualified as a solicitor in 2014 and worked for a law firm in Colchester before joining Birkett Long’s Basildon office.

Jo, who still lives in Chelmsford, said: “I am excited by the opportunity to work with clients as an extension of their team, supporting them with their employment issues and allowing them to focus on running their business.”

•Security expert Ross McDermott has joined East Anglian security firm Dardan Security from Norfolk Constabulary

Newmarket Racecourses has appointed Jonathan Tewson,Regional Partnerships Manager for Jockey Club Ra

Newmarket Racecourses has appointed Jonathan Tewson,Regional Partnerships Manager for Jockey Club Racecourses East Region - Credit: Archant

Ross, a leading specialist in counter terrorism security and hostage and crisis negotiation, spent 14 years with Norfolk Constabulary, rising to the rank of inspector, and working in both detective and uniformed disciplines.

He worked in several specialist roles, including managing complex investigations into crimes involving vulnerable people, working on counter terrorism security measures and hostage and crisis negotiation. Latterly, he managed a number of specialist units including public order, specialist search, CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) and police dog units. He also had responsibility for the policing of Norwich Airport, mobilisation of specialist police resources nationally and the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles, bringing the police, fire and ambulance services’ working practices closer together. He was also a public order commander and public order tactics trainer.

In the newly created role of head of aviation and specialist services, he will be responsible for security for clients at Norwich Airport, Aberdeen Airport and for key national sites and sensitive locations.

Philip Anthony, managing director at Dardan, which offices in Ipswich, Norwich, Aberdeen, Cambridge and Peterborough, said: “This is a very important new appointment for Dardan Security and an exciting expansion of our aviation and specialist security services for our clients. Ross has an impeccable track record within the police service and brings an enormous wealth of knowledge and experience.”

•The Board of Visit Essex has elected Peter Murphy as its new chairman for the next three years.

Peter, a board member of Visit Essex since 2013, takes over from George Kieffer who remains on the board to support the organisation’s transition to a new business model.

Peter Murphy is the owner and managing director of Lifehouse Spa & Hotel at Thorpe-le-Soken and has more than 20 years experience in the hospitality industry, having held senior positions in the Starwood Group, one of the world’s leading hospitality companies.

He became managing director of Macdonald Hotels where his role was to spearhead change, people, innovation and structural initiatives to enhance the profile and profitability of the business.

He has been general manager of prestigious properties like the Sheraton Grand Hotel and ONE Spa in Edinburgh, the Park Lane Hotel in London, as well as having worked in Portugal, Italy and Turkey. He has served as a director of the Edinburgh Lothian Tourist Board and as chairman of the Hospitality Industry Trust, where he continues as a trustee.

George said “I am delighted that Peter has accepted the nomination for Chairman and to bring his considerable experience in promoting tourism to bear for our members. As owner and operator of a major Essex-based hospitality business, Peter is ideally placed to understand the opportunities for the sector as well as the challenges it faces and his strategic vision will stand the industry in Essex in good stead.”

Peter said it was “an honour” to have been elected.

“I am excited about what the future has in store for Visit Essex and our beautiful county. I am passionate about our local economy and community which has so much to offer, and I will be working closely with the Visit Essex team to continue to profile Essex as a major up-and-coming tourist destination. I feel privileged to have been selected for the position, as George Kieffer has shown fantastic leadership of the Visit Essex team during his chairmanship.”

•Newmarket Racecourses has appointed Jonathan Tewson as regional partnerships manager for Jockey Club Racecourses East Region.

Jonathan brings a wealth of experience in commercial partnerships and sales and joins from Cambridge News and Media and Herts and Essex News and Media, a division of Trinity Mirror Regionals, where he was media sales director.

He spent five years at the company, joining the then Local World owned company in 2012 as marketing manager. Prior to that, he worked at Archant’s Cambridgeshire division in the commercial team from 2006 to 2012, joining there after 10 years as sales and marketing director at a family-owned agricultural export company.

Jonathan, who reports to regional head of sales Sophie Able, will be responsible for the strategy, management and acquisition of all current and future commercial partners for Newmarket’s Rowley Mile and Adnams July Course as well as working closely with the teams at Huntingdon, Nottingham and Market Rasen Racecourses.

Jonathan said he was really looking forward to his new role.

Amy said; “We are thrilled that Jonathan will be joining the team at Newmarket Racecourses as Regional Partnerships Manager.

“Having worked with him for a number of years, we are confident that he will be a fantastic asset to the team, bringing not only commercial experience but also strong knowledge of the regional business landscape, including many invaluable contacts.”

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