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NEWCASTLE-BASED fingerprint entry company UK Biometrics Ltd has appointed IAN PICK as northern regional sales manager. Ian from Chester-le- Street brings over 10 years' software sales experience to his new position.

He will be responsible for managing the introduction of UK Biometrics 'Evolution' range of robust biometric readers to North East businesses and will help with the launch of further new products over the coming 12 months.

Newcastle Building Society has appointed RICHARD HALL, from Houghton-le-Spring as its internal and corporate communications assistant to improve the effectiveness of the society's interaction with its 1,200-strong workforce.

His role involves all aspects of internal communication, including re-designing the intranet and co-ordinating the production of a staff magazine, newsletters and organising events.

The 24-year-old will also put his previous experience of working for a local PR agency and as a press officer to good use, working in the Society's busy press office. But the prospect of undertaking new challenges in the financial services sector was one of the main reasons he applied for the role.

Law firm Latimer Hinks has appointed GILLIAN PERKINS as a newly qualified solicitor. The 25-year-old joined the Darlington-based firm three and a half years ago from Leicester University where she studied Law and Economics. Before that she attended Conyers Comprehensive School in her home town of Yarm and gained Alevels in history, economics and English literature. Now living in Darlington, Gillian works within the private client department of Latimer Hinks.

CHARLES BOLAM has been appointed associate director, working on the land agency side of Hexham-based Rural Property Services, RPS Rural.

Charles, 42, was born in Rothbury, and follows a long line of land agents.

His father was land agent Peter Bolam, and grandfather Robert Bolam was a well known agent and auctioneer in the area.

He has worked in Scotland and Northumberland as a forestry contractor and as a land agent. He is conscious of the changing role of traditional land agents from managing landed estates to include a more dynamic role of providing rural business advice. Much of his role now is in facilitating business diversification to strengthen and enhance farm and other countryside based businesses.

Newcastle public relations firm Benchmark Communications has appointed SAM WASS as general manager.

Sam brings a wealth of commercial and management experience in the events industry from both the public and private sector.

Most recently he was responsible for the 'Passionate people, Passionate places' Regional Image campaign at One NorthEast. Prior to that he spent seven years at Manchester Central Convention Complex.

He helped establish Manchester as a leading conference destination and was involved in the bidding and management of a variety of events from large-scale conferences such as The Labour Party Conference, and British Council of Shopping Centres to exhibitions, including A Place in the Sun Live.

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NEW APPOINTMENTS From left: Sam Wass, Gillian Perkins, Richard Hall, Ian Pick.; KICKER Charles Bolam
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jul 9, 2008
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