Keeping reading for some of the latest appointments and promotions from across the East Midlands:
Parry Creative, a branding and design consultancy based in Derby, has made its first appointment, bringing in Jessie Keightley as a graphic designer.
Laura Parry, who founded Parry Creative in 2020, said: “It’s a very exciting time here at Parry Creative and I’m delighted to have Jessie join the team.
“Welcoming my first employee, within the first two years of launching the business, is a very significant and exciting milestone – and one I’m very proud of.
“As well as strengthening the foundations of the business, Jessie will also help take the company forward, enabling us to continue building strong ongoing relationships with small and medium sized businesses that need a little help bringing the value back through our creative design services.”
Parry Creative’s latest rebrand project is with Newstel Worldwide, a global customer service agency, based in Hamburg, Germany, and is the consultancy’s second international client. It has also worked with Orangetheory Fitness, SkillBase First Aid, Honest Communications, and Hang Loose Media Group.
Pattersons Commercial Law
Kirsty Adams has been promoted to managing associate at Pattersons Commercial Law.
Kirsty started her journey with Leicestershire-based Pattersons in May 2018 as a chartered legal executive, specialising in residential conveyancing.
In September of 2018, she began studying the legal practice course part-time in order to cross-qualify as a commercial property solicitor.
He promotion is in recognition of the effort and work dedicated to growing the commercial property team especially throughout the pandemic.
She said: “Since joining Pattersons Commercial Law in 2018 I have received continuous guidance from everyone, old faces and new. Not many people can truly say they enjoy what they do for a living, but I can, and this is down to the team surrounding me and the support in decisions and choices I have made and continue to make.
“We have some exciting plans and developments coming up with the property department and I’m looking forward to working with the team to make these plans successful.”
Loughborough University has announced that Professor Dan Parsons has been appointed as Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation.
Prof Parsons, who will join the university in September, is currently based at the University of Hull, where he was the founding director of the Energy and Environment Institute.
Under his leadership the institute has brought together a more than 180 researchers over four years to conduct research on the global challenges presented by environmental change.
He is also a division president at the European Geosciences Union and a European Research Council grant holder.
Prior to joining the Hull, Prof Parsons was a Lecturer in Earth System Science at the University of Leeds and a Research Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
His research interests centre on the interfaces between earth system science, anthropogenic impacts on earth’s function and broader sustainability issues, including renewable energy.
He said: “I am thrilled to be joining the Loughborough family at this time, with the aspirations set out within the new strategy to grow the breadth, depth and quality of the research and innovation across the university.
“I am looking forward to working across the schools and professional service areas raise our international standing and reputation and also bringing forward bold plans concerning a broader sustainability agenda.”
Geldards’ dispute resolution partner Paul Southby has been installed as the 458th High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire.
The role is a royal appointment for 12 months and is made by the Queen on the recommendation of the Privy Council.
Paul has played an active role in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire’s business community for many years. He recently stood down as chair of Marketing Nottingham but remains on its board, championing inward investment and growth in the local economic area and the development of the visitor economy locally.
He is chair of Nottingham Partners, Chair of Broadway Cinema and a member of the Nottingham Growth Board.
The Office of High Sheriff date back to Saxon times when the ‘Shire Reeve’ was responsible for law and order and the collection of taxes due to the Crown and it remains the oldest royal appointment.
Supporting the Crown and judiciary are still key components of the role today and the 55 High Sheriffs across England and Wales also lend their support to crime prevention agencies, community groups, charities and voluntary organisations. It is an unpaid, independent and non-political role.
Paul has chosen to support Nottingham Partners‘ chosen charity of the year Switch Up, a programme to empower children and young people in Nottingham to break the cycle of offending and reoffending.
Paul said: “I am honoured to be taking on this historic role and am looking forward to supporting our city and county over the coming year through it.
“I am particularly pleased to lend my support to such a deserving and dynamic project as Switch Up which has real impact in improving the lives of young people in Nottinghamshire.
“My main focus will be on supporting local community crime prevention projects and on supporting the work of our county police force and court services. In addition, I intend to do what I can to support our local arts and cultural venues and projects.”
Howard Ward Associates
Nottingham-based engineering consultancy Howard Ward Associates (HWA) has appointed Arron Ross as structural engineer.
Founded in 1977, the civil and structural engineering consultancy works across all sectors and specialities including residential, emergency services and solar PV, providing civil and structural design services to projects with construction values ranging up to £30 million.
With nearly six years’ experience in the construction industry, Arron has joined HWA to assist with the technical delivery of a growing workload.
He is a graduate of the University of Brighton with a degree in civil engineering and has expertise in steelwork design, testing and structural product development.
He said: “Joining the HWA team felt like the ideal career move for me as the company culture aligns with my values and the team works on a vast array of projects across multiple sectors.
“I’m very keen to bring a great work ethic and eagerness to my role as I expand my knowledge and experience and take on new challenges.
“It is evident to me that HWA treat its staff as its greatest asset. Everyone works together as a close-knit team and I’m looking forward to progressing with the company.”
University of Leicester
The University of Leicester has appointed a senior higher education development executive with more than 15 years’ experience in the sector to lead its development and alumni relations office.
Steve Corbett joins from the Royal College of Art, where he was deputy director of development and alumni relations.
During his tenure there, he played a key role in the launch and delivery of the college’s £100 million GenerationRCA campaign.
Before joining the RCA, Steve held senior roles at the University of Hertfordshire, where he developed the strategy for an alumni engagement programme and launched multiple new initiatives, which were shortlisted for HEIST Awards in two consecutive years.
The University of Leicester’s development and alumni relations office is responsible for building lasting relationships with alumni members, including inspiring those who want to give back to the university.
Kerry Law, chief marketing and engagement officer at the university, said: “I am extremely pleased to welcome Steve Corbett as the new director of development and alumni relations.
“He has an impressive track record in advancement and his commitment to deepening engagement within our alumni community will be of great value to the university.”
Nottinghamshire County Council
Nottinghamshire County Council chief executive Anthony May has been appointed a chief executive of the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, taking up his new role in the autumn.
Anthony joined the council in 2004 and was appointed chief executive in 2015, having previously held the posts of corporate director for children, families and cultural services and deputy chief executive.
He called it “a privilege” to have served as chief executive for the last seven years and said he will look back on his tenure with a great deal of pride.
Anthony said: “Whilst reflecting on my time as chief executive here, I value most the work with our councillors, employees and partners, all of whom work tirelessly to deliver the best possible services for local people.
“Whilst I remain at the county council, I will continue to give my complete commitment and focus to the key priorities for this authority.”