People on the Move: this week’s meetings in the North-East


Independent film company Ithica Films continues with six new appointments to his Middlesbrough team.

Paula McGough returns as Director after maternity leave while Kevin Firman takes on the role of Finance and Operations Manager. The filmmaking capacity of the company was bolstered by the hiring of cinematographer Joe Macdonald and Sam Harrop as a dedicated editor.

Meanwhile, Kara Wilson and Pennie Sharp will become permanent filmmakers after an internship at Teesside University and an apprenticeship as a content creator, respectively.

General Manager Matt McGough said: “I am very pleased to welcome a mix of experience and new talent to the Ithica team with these six exceptional individuals. Their fantastic skills and passion for cinema will help us deliver even bigger and better movies to our customers. “

Bradley Hall Chartered Surveyors and Real Estate Agents appointed Daniel Duce to head its team of building surveyors.

Mr. Duce is a Certified Building Surveyor and joins the team after a well established career in the industry with over 15 years of experience.

As head of the department – which offers specialized services including design and construction, project management, construction studies, professional services and planned maintenance – he aims to increase his presence in the North West and the Yorkshire following its success in the North East.

He said: “I am looking forward to bringing my vast experience in school buildings, contract administration, project management and professional services and am delighted to lead an already experienced team. Leading the team as the department grows and develops is something I am particularly passionate about, and I am very positive about my future at Bradley Hall alongside the Building Surveying Department.

Arlington Real Estate promoted Dean Cook to Managing Director, allowing him to lead the next step in delivering the DurhamGate Blueprint.

Dean Cook at DurhamGate

Mr Cook was instrumental in the development of DurhamGate, contributing to key elements of the 85-acre site, and is currently developing the next phase of the master plan, which will be unveiled in the near future.

Prior to joining Arlington Real Estate, Mr. Cook, who was promoted to Director of Development, was involved in the delivery of LIVIN’s head office to DurhamGate as well as Freemans Reach to Durham City and Seaham Health Center.

Mr Cook said: “This is an exciting opportunity for me to take my vision for DurhamGate forward and bring it to fruition, as well as to seek further development opportunities in the North East. We are currently working on the next phase of DurhamGate’s master plan, which will shortly be submitted to Durham County Council, outlining plans for a greater mix of housing, retail and business opportunities.

Middlesbrough University Group has appointed Matt Telling to the position of Group Director of Commercial Engagement and Partnerships.

Matt Telling of Middlesbrough College Group
Matt Telling of Middlesbrough College Group

In this role, Mr. Telling will develop the employer engagement and partnership strategy for the group, which includes a basic continuing education college, technical training provider TTE and apprenticeship training specialist Northern Skills Group.

Having worked in recruitment for over 20 years, he brings his extensive cross-industry experience gained to previous operational management and business development positions with regional SMEs and large multinationals.

He said: “Although relatively new to the education sector, I am fully up to the challenge. I have built close relationships with some of the largest employers in this region, and know their strengths and opportunities.

Marketing agency Horizon Works appointed Michael Newton to further strengthen its creative and digital offering.

Michael Newton joined Cramlington as a graphic designer and brings with him extensive skills in motion graphics as well as experience in creative design and branding.

Since obtaining a BA in Graphic Communication and Design from the University of Sunderland, he has honed his design skills at creative agencies based in the North East and has also worked as an in-house designer for a media organization. sportsmen.

He said, “I look forward to further developing my career working with the creative and marketing specialists at Horizon Works and applying my knowledge to support the many pioneering companies in our client portfolio. “

Turner and Townsend appointed Andrew Horsman as director of its Teesside office, leading the cost management team. His appointment is one of more than 30 new hires the professional services consulting firm has made in the Northeast in recent months.

Andrew Horsman and Darren Laybourn of Turner & Townsend
Andrew Horsman and Darren Laybourn of Turner & Townsend

Mr. Horsman will work with clients to drive innovation, improve productivity, and enhance the social and economic value of their projects in the region. He comes from Faithful + Gould and brings 14 years of experience delivering major real estate projects in the North East.

Mr. Horsman said: “Turner & Townsend has its origins in Darlington and the passion and commitment of the Teesside team to improving the area is evident. There is a huge pipeline of opportunities in the North East and it is important that the projects we carry out provide long term benefits to the local economy and its communities.

Leading independent accounting firm MHA Tait Walker welcomed a new member to the growing Data Insight team.

Daniel Walker is the latest addition to the team, coming from Engie where he worked as a data scientist. He joins the firm as Data Insight Manager, expanding the scope of the team, which is the only Data Insight department within an independent accounting firm in the North East.

He said: “I joined MHA Tait Walker because I saw how the Data Insight team is really making a difference for businesses in the North East and it would give me the chance to continue to develop my own. Skills and expertise.

“As a team we instantly clicked, with our skills complementing each other perfectly, I am really looking forward to working with Graham and the team.”


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