New head of agribusiness at Savills

n GILES Hanglin has taken over as head of agribusiness for land agents Savills’ eastern region team.

The appointment follows the semi-retirement of Peter Bennett, who has been with Savills for nearly 40 years, to a consultant role within the company.

Mr Hanglin has worked along side Peter since joining Savills in 2007 and in that time the agribusiness department has grown significantly, nearly doubling its income stream and staff.

There are now eight members of the agribusiness department which operates across the Savills offices in Bishop’s Stortford, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Ipswich and Norwich.

He said: “I am delighted to be taking over the management of the agribusiness team from Peter. 2010 has been a fantastic year for us and we are hoping to continue this success into the New Year and beyond. We are looking to expand our presence in Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk as well as build on the excellent foundations laid by Peter over the years.”

Mr Bennett will continue to work with Giles and the team managing some of his existing clients and estates.

“After nearly 40 years at Savills, I have decided to hand over the reins to Giles and wish him and the team every success for the future,” he said.

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“I will continue to work with some of my oldest clients on a consultancy level and will look forward to watching the team grown and develop even further over the coming years.”

n Michael Greene has been promoted to manager status at Colchester-based accountants, Whittle & Co.

Mr Greene, who has been with Whittle &Co for almost 9 years, has been a qualified Chartered Accountant since 2006. He joined Whittles after completing a degree in mathematics from the University of Reading.

His broad-based experience includes audit, statutory limited company accounts preparation, group accounts and consolidations, VAT returns, Payroll and PAYE, corporation tax and capital allowances.

Paul Whittle, the Firm’s Senior Partner was delighted to announce the promotion: “One of the great pleasures of being a more senior member of the firm is seeing younger members of the team such as Michael join and then grow over the years in terms of confidence and experience. His promotion is well-deserved, both as recognition of his past commitment to the firm and its clients but also a reflection of the partners’ belief in his potential for the future.”

n Two students from University Campus Suffolk (UCS) have had their achievements recognised by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), receiving individual awards at an annual ceremony.

Marie Finbow received the MBA Shield for the best all round level of achievement and Myles Gould received the BA Business Management award for his two essays on Change Management.

Stephen Walker, chair of the Suffolk and North East Essex Branch Management Team, presented the awards to the students.

“The CMI are delighted to present the awards to the two UCS students. Now in its third decade, the awards aim to celebrate the success of students across the region with ceremonies being held here at UCS and at the Colchester Institute. We would like to extend our congratulations to this year’s winners” he said.

n Ipswich-based construction company Morgan Sindall has appointed Paul Butcher as the firm’s new special works manager for Suffolk and Essex.

Mr Butcher, who will be based at Morgan Sindall’s offices in Compair Crescent, will be responsible for the strategic development and expansion of the company’s East Anglia special works operations.

“The expansion of our East Anglia special works division has been driven by an increasing demand for small-scale schemes such as refurbishments and restoration projects,” said Mr Butcher, who has 28 years’ experience in the construction industry and 18 years within management.

Morgan Sindall’s special works business undertakes construction projects ranging from �100,000 to �1.5million in value for customers who include local authorities, schools, hospitals, the MOD and national insurance companies. Typical schemes he and his team will be delivering in Suffolk and Essex include new build schemes, refurbishments, extensions and building alterations, as well as storm, fire and floor repairs.

“There are exciting opportunities available to us in the current economic climate with more of our customers opting to upgrade their existing properties instead of undertaking large-scale construction projects,” he said.

“Working with our network of local suppliers in the region, we are well placed to deliver these smaller value schemes as well as larger construction projects.”

n Law firm Prettys continues to strengthen its team with two staff promotions in its Ipswich and Chelmsford offices.

Carolyn Porter, who joined Prettys as a trainee in September 2008, has qualified into the construction and commercial litigation departments at the Chelmsford office. She brings several years of legal experience to the role, including two years at Prettys where she has worked in the employment and construction litigation departments, as well as two years working as a paralegal in shipping finance for another firm.

After joining the firm just last month, Jade Moss has qualified as a legal executive in the residential conveyancing department at Prettys Ipswich office. Ms Moss has experience acting for both developers and private individuals on varied caseloads, which range from plot related work in the private residential and affordable housing sectors to sales and purchases.