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This is a free service. Send good-quality colour photographs and particulars to Business Desk, The Journal, 2nd Floor, INTU Eldon Square, Eldon Court, Percy Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 7JB or contact | RMT Accountants and Business Advisors has launched a major recruitment drive as it continues to expand across all of its practice areas. The independent firm has added 10 new employees to its Gosforth team in the last month and says further new recruits are expected to follow as it gears up for further growth in its tax, outsourcing, audit and healthcare teams.

Joy Clegg and Rebecca Grieve have both joined the firm's outsourcing division as a senior accountant and an accountant respectively, while Kasia May has taken up a personal tax senior position.

Alex Gowthorpe and Daniel Sopp have come into the firm as accounts assistants, while accountants Aaron Jowsey and Craig Richardson have joined the RMT healthcare team.

Jack Sanderson is now part of the audit and accounts team, Michelle Vogel has taken a receptionist/administrator role and Nick Dalton has come in as an audit senior.

Managing director Mike Pott said: "We're very pleased to have brought in such high-calibre recruits, and expect to be creating more jobs in the months to come."

| Creative marketing agency Narrative has appointed three new members of staff as part of its growth plans.

The client partnership team has welcomed Rachel Roberts, while Claire Turnbull and Briony Cragg have joined the creative delivery team. Managing director Kieron Goldsborough said: "We're delighted to welcome Rachel, Claire and Briony to the Narrative team. We have exciting plans for growth and on the back of some new client wins we needed to bolster our capacity.

"There has been a real appetite from clients for our full-service model and our new team members will enable us to expand this still further."

| Stuart Cameron has been appointed managing director of Newcastle-based higher education provider UCQ.

Mr Cameron will be responsible for leading UCQ's national expansion programme and attracting candidates to UCQ's six regional centres. He brings many years' experience of being an employer, having founded and led two market-leading businesses, won awards for entrepreneurship, turned failing companies around, managed the difficulties of company closure.

Most recently he led the training arm of the $50bn Danish conglomerate Maersk in the UK, helping to establish it as the world's leading provider of training and education programmes to the wind energy sector.

He said: "I can understand why there has been a reluctance to send an employee on a traditional management degree course due to the disruption it can cause in the workplace while they are studying. "That is why we have drawn on our previous employer experience to design a work-based programme which suits the business by providing greater flexibility."

| County Durham manufacturer CAV Systems has appointed Mike Richards as CEO.

Mr Richards, who was most recently managing director of Davall Gears, brings a long record of improving productivity and profitability in challenging markets. He said: "I am proud to lead the team as we move forward into the next chapter of our company's history. CAV Systems is an established aviation and aerospace technology leader with huge potential to expand globally across commercial aerospace and defence markets.

"We have a healthy innovation pipeline and expect our innovation strategy to contribute towards our expansion as we seek to cement CAV's leading market position."

Mr Richards' appointment was secured following a search by Nigel Wright Recruitment.

| Gateshead-headquartered Flame Heating Group is fuelling its expansion plans with a series of key appointments and further job creation.

The company has expanded its head office team with the appointment of Victoria Brown as assistant management accountant, Grant Thompson as internal sales cocoordinator, while two new apprenticeships within the company have been supported. Darren Kipling has also been appointed as commercial manager for Scotland.

Managing director John Savage said: "It is an exciting time for the group as we kick on with our Scotland project, and extend our presence in the North East. These latest appointments, together with further job creation in the near future, will help support and drive forward growth at the company."

| Law firm EMG Solicitors has appointed Claire Hewitt as business development manager. EMG was set up in 2014 by Emma Gaudern and has increased both its team and areas of expertise, now employing more than 25 staff working across a wide range of areas of law.

Ms Hewitt - who joined the team in April - has more than 18 years of experience in professional services marketing, coupled with 15 years working exclusively with legal practices.

She said: "I've enjoyed a very interesting career so far in professional services marketing and it's an environment where I thrive.

"I'm very excited to have joined the team at EMG Solicitors. The firm has become renowned across the region and I'm delighted to now be part of this award-winning team."

| Planning consultancy GVA has made two new senior appointments in its Newcastle office.

Matt Verlander appointed as a director will be responsible for leading the planning development and regeneration team in the North East. He brings more than 20 years' expertise in planning and development consultancy, managing multi-disciplinary projects, together with extensive experience of negotiating complex major planning permissions and the delivery of mixed use regeneration schemes.

And Hannah Furness has been appointed as an associate in the land and development team. She has been active for 12 years within the real estate development and regeneration sectors, primarily across the North East, spanning the public and private sectors.

Gordon Hewling, regional senior director at GVA Newcastle, said: "Matt and Hannah bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise which will strengthen our advisory capacity within the planning and development sectors across the North East region."

| Collingwood Legal has appointed an experienced associate solicitor.

Helen Scott will support the growth ambitions of the employment law specialists following a significant rise in business.

She said: "I am delighted to join the team at Collingwood Legal.

"I am very pleased to work for a firm with such a great reputation as employment experts and that passionately believes in getting the best for its clients."


Rachel Roberts, Claire Turnbull and Briony Cragg; new recruits at Narrative communications

Claire Hewitt

Stuart Cameron

Mike Richards

Helen Scott and Collingwood Legal founder Paul McGowan
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Date:Jun 20, 2018
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