Two new recruits at law firm’s planning team

Birketts� Planning team (left to right): Philip Kratz, Sue Chadwick, Tom Newcombe, Nicola Doole, Stu

Birketts� Planning team (left to right): Philip Kratz, Sue Chadwick, Tom Newcombe, Nicola Doole, Stuart Tym, Lisa Walker, Naomi Sunkin - Credit: Archant

East Anglian law firm Birketts has welcomed two highly-experienced professionals to its planning and environmental law team. Senior associate Sue Chadwick and associate Stuart Tym come with a wealth of knowledge and experience having advised a number of local planning authorities for many years.

“I am thrilled,” said Sue. “I can’t wait to get stuck in.”

Stuart said: “It’s a really exciting time to join.”

Tom Newcombe, partner and head of Birketts’ planning and environment team said he was “delighted” to welcome them to the team.

Sue has more than 25 years’ experience across the public and private sector and advises on all aspects of planning law with particular expertise in delivery of large scale projects and corporate governance. Her experience includes acting as deputy monitoring officer at Essex County council, project manager of the Grand Arcade shopping centre in Cambridge city centre and corporate growth manager for the Southern Fringe and other growth sites in Cambridge.

Stuart has specialised in planning, environmental and highways law for over a decade. He has particular expertise in contentious planning, including enforcement matters, complex s.106 agreements and renewable energy projects.

Both Sue and Stuart will be based in the Cambridge office but support colleagues across Birketts’ four offices: Cambridge, Chelmsford, Ipswich and Norwich.

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Hannah, a fluent french and Spanish speaker, brings with her a strong customer focus, and has a solid customer service background in the travel trade and hospitality industry.

She worked for Mark Warner Holidays, a leading independent tour operator, for eight years, undertaking varied roles including head of customer service, head of Housekeeping and also six years as a hotel manager, managing 60 staff in a 160 bed hotel. More recently she was business manager at Suffolk Food Hall, overseeing daily operations of food service, staff training and development and HR.

Ipswich-based ITO World has appointed Johan Herrlin as chief executive officer as it announces plans to expand into London. Johan succeeds Peter Miller, the company’s co-founder and current CEO.

Peter Miller, who will remain on the board, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to attract Johan to lead ITO through a major global expansion. It was always my intention to hand-over to someone with strong sector and scale-up skills at the appropriate time, and it is all credit to the wider ITO team that we have reached this important point.”

“I’m extremely excited to join ITO,” said Herrlin. “ITO is at the centre of so many relevant trends, such as smart cities, the internet of things, and multi-modal transportation. It is in a unique position in that it offers both a streaming transit data service as well as high-end data visualisation software.”

Johan joins ITO after 20 years in the software and data industry, holding leadership positions in sales, product management, and product marketing.

Prior to joining ITO, he was a company director at Esri, where he focused on product strategy for the billion dollar revenue privately-held software company. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.

“We have appointed Johan to build on and accelerate the successful technical and commercial progress that Peter and the team have achieved,” said Vince Smith, chairman of ITO.

“Johan has a track record of leadership in both software and data products. This combined with his broad industry knowledge and international experience makes Johan uniquely qualified to lead ITO through its next phase of growth.”

Fornham House Care Residence in Fornham St Martin, near Bury St Edmunds, has appointed a new senior team. The home, which is part of the Healthcare Homes Group, has made three new appointments and is welcoming a new home manager, deputy manager and head of care.

Irina Catnescu has taken on the post of home manager, having worked in the care industry for the last 12 years. She began her career as a laundry assistant for a healthcare provider, before choosing to become a care assistant.

She qualified in nursing at Cambridge in 2011 and began working for the NHS, reaching a senior nursing position at Addenbrooks Hospital. Having a desire to return to caring for older people, she became a deputy clinical services manager at a BUPA facility before becoming a home manager at a dementia nursing home in Cambridge.

She was “delighted” to be appointed, she said.

“I began my career in care by working with older people and this is the work I find most rewarding. I really enjoy making a difference to the lives of people who live in our homes, and I am looking forward to drawing on the skills I have gained over the years to ensure the services we provide are the best that they can be.

“My new senior team brings a wealth of experience to Fornham House and together we will be implementing a range of projects to ensure our residents receive the best possible care.”

Irina will be supported by new deputy manager Anca Dumitru. Anca began her career in nursing, before joining as a aare assistant for another of Healthcare Homes’ sites in Newmarket in 2014. She left to become a senior carer then a nurse and has now taken on the deputy manager’s post at Fornham House.

Anca said: “It is an exciting challenge for me moving from nursing to a senior position in a residential setting. A key priority for me is bringing together management, staff, residents and families to make sure everyone’s needs are taken into account. It is extremely rewarding when we see the satisfaction and gratitude of residents and their families when we deliver high quality care. This will be our continued focus.”

Flavia Mos is the new head of care, having started her career in health and social care as a Care Assistant six years ago, before moving to a senior care position at a home in Sudbury. Flavia will be supervising the senior team and the care team, and will have overall responsibility for the care provision at the home.

Flavia is looking forward to developing what she sees as an interesting and exciting post, commenting: “I will be looking to build relationships between Fornham House and partner agencies. Professionals within the care industry have a wealth of shared experience and a mutual desire to help those within our care settings. I will be using this shared expertise to help our team develop their skills to further enhance the overall wellbeing of our residents.”

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Michaela joined earlier this year in the role of Account Manager and brings with her a wealth of experience managing both projects and people to great effect.

Chief executive Hana Dickinson said: “We’re very pleased to have Michaela as part of our team. Friendly, funny and a fierce defender of what’s right and proper, she keeps us all focused and motivated.

“Her background in the wildly different areas of Media and Probation has given her an enviable set of skills and experience that mean she can plate-spin like a boss, empathise with and relate to pretty much anyone and make and manage practical, actionable plans to deliver the best possible outcomes for all.”

Michaela said: “It’s great to work with a team genuinely keen to use my experience and skills from working in the public and private sectors. We’re exploring new ideas to bring the team’s wide range of skills and services to a broader range of businesses, while retaining our focus on results and customer service.”