Gloucestershire business appointments round-up: March 2023

From major players like Bruton Knowles and pilot training firm Skyborne to one of the county’s senior football clubs, Forest Green Rovers FC, and wealth and management firm Investec - many congratulations to all the businesses involved and everyone we've mentioned on their new roles.

By Andrew Merrell  |  Published
SoGlos highlights appointments from March 2023.

Appointments continue to be announced across several sectors in Gloucestershire and SoGlos has picked out some of the most interesting announcements throughout March 2023.

New names are in the frame at firms ranging from from chartered surveyors Bruton Knowles to Skyborne, the pilot training specialist, from top county football club Forest Green Rovers FC, to wealth and management firm Investec.

John Amos – Bruton Knowles

National chartered surveyor firm, Bruton Knowles, has appointed John Amos as the firm’s new head of rural services.

Amos, who has more than 45 years’ experience in the sector, will oversee the rural teams at Bruton Knowles – based predominately at the firm’s Gloucester headquarters, and at John Amos & Co’s Leominster office.

James Bailey, managing partner at Bruton Knowles, said: ‘John’s considerable experience and unrivalled reputation in the sector, together with his undimmed enthusiasm and drive, is proving to be motivating and inspiring for the whole team.’

Bruton Knowles acquired the specialist rural practice, John Amos & Co, back in 2020.

David Ferguson and Callum Gable  HeadOn PR

HeadOn PR, headquartered in Eagle Tower, Cheltenham, has appointed two new faces to senior roles at the firm following a string of new client wins and a period of steady growth. 

The agency, which has a team in the UK and United States of America, and specialises in public relations, social media and SEO, has doubled its workforce along with its client base in the last 12 months, in particular attracting further international business in cyber, tech, law, HR and sustainability. 

David Ferguson has become a senior account manager and Callum Gable, senior account executive, bringing its total workforce to 12.

According to the firm both have ‘extensive experience in traditional press relations, social media, digital PR and SEO’.

Danielle Cooksley and Liam Peters ­– Wynne-Jones IP

Intellectual property specialists Wynne-Jones has promoted Liam Peters partner at the firm and appointed Danielle Cooksley as director of trade marks.

Peters joined the firm in 2014 and is based at its Cheltenham offices where he has built considerable experience, and notable clients including the Morgan Motor Company and Ecclesiastical Insurance.

Cooksley has more than 15 years of legal experience, moves to the firm from a senior leadership role at Abel & Imray and will lead the trademark team, primarily based out of the firm’s Cardiff office. She has also worked as a trade mark examiner at the UK Intellectual Property Office.

Julie Flower and Ashley Hodges – Skyborne

Pilot training specialists Skyborne has announced two new ‘key’ appointments – a recruitment manager and operations manager – who will support the company’s continued growth.

According to the business, which is based at Staverton Airport, Julie Flower and Ashley Hodges will be pivotal in helping Skyborne continue to recruit high quality trainees, ensuring all aspects of airline pilot training are fully supported.

Flower joins as recruitment manager looking after the business’s selection processes, and Hodges arrives as operations manager with responsibilities spanning everything from managing accounts and ensuring the readiness of fleets to monitoring the availability of training resources.

Hodges was operations manager at L3Harris Commercial Aviation and holds a UK commercial pilot licence.

Marcus Reynolds – Forest Green Rovers Football Club

Forest Green Rovers FC has appointed Marcus Reynolds as the new chief executive officer for the League One club.

Reynolds replaces Henry Staelens, who left the post in January 2023 after a five-year tenure.

New Zealander Reynolds studied management at Waikato University in Hamilton in his home country and will take the executive role at the Nailsworth-based club on Thursday June 1 2023.

Past roles include senior advisor at Sport New Zealand, regional CEO with New Zealand Rugby League and CEO at ASB Classic and Tennis Auckland.

Sebastian Culpan Scott – Investec 

Investec Wealth & Investment has appointed Sebastian Culpan Scott as investment manager in Cheltenham.

According to the firm, his appointment is part of a series of new faces, as it continues to bolster its team of investment managers and financial planners in all of the regional offices within its flagship wealth management business.

Culpan Scott, a chartered member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, began his career at Investec and worked there for five years before moving to Sanlam Wealth as an investment manager.

After a spell as content director for a global investment media company, he has returned to Investec Wealth in its Cheltenham office.

Louise Wilkins and David Doody – Rangeford Villages

Siddington Park, the retirement village near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, has strengthened its sales team with the appointment of two new advisors.

Louise Wilkins and David Doody have joined Rangeford Villages’ team to drive sales of existing properties and the second phase of the development, the all-new Grange Apartments.

Wilkins joins from Richmond Village in Cheltenham and Doody from Redcliffe Homes, Chipping Sodbury, where he was a sales advisor.

Siddington Park is on a former 12-acre parkland site and consists of a selection of contemporary one, two and three-bedroom homes starting from £299,950 – exclusively for the over 60s.

David Prescott – Three Counties Agricultural Society

David Prescott has officially started his role as the new chief executive of the Three Counties Agricultural Society in Malvern.

Prescott took over the running of the society from Ken Nottage, who retired after ‘a hugely successful decade’ at the helm of one of what is ‘one of the UK’s most prosperous show-ground enterprises’.

He joins the society after a 27-year career with the Oxford based Bookseller Blackwell’s, where he held roles across the company from the shop floor to management and regional roles, before becoming managing director in January 2011 and chief executive in May 2013.

Lysa Hardy – Superdry

Clothing brand Superdry has announced the appointment of Lysa Hardy as a new independent non-executive director at the Cheltenham-headquartered plc.

Hardy will take up her role from Monday 1 May 2023 and brings extensive experience in marketing in the retail and technology sectors to the role.

She joins the fashion label from Hotel Chocolat where she is currently chief marketing officer and executive director. Her previous positions include executive roles at T-Mobile, Holland & Barrett and Joules. She was also a non-executive director at Raven Property Group Ltd.

Vincent Seddon – Simplicity

Forest of Dean-based recruitment finance provider Simplicity has appointed Vincent Seddon as its new head of sales.

Seddon brings 13 years of business development experience to the role, having worked for Barclays and most recently TBAT Innovation where he was commercial director.

He spent nearly 10 years with Barclays as a new customer manager, international trade manager and ultimately specialist solutions channel manager and joined TBAT Innovation as business development manager in 2019, becoming commercial director in 2022.

David Vizard, director of sales at Simplicity, said Seddon would be a ‘huge asset’ to the business.

The Reverend Canon Nick Davies – Tewkesbury Abbey

The Diocese of Gloucester has announced The Reverend Canon Nick Davies as the next vicar of Tewkesbury Abbey.

He is currently team rector for South Cheltenham where he leads a team of eight clergy and lay leaders serving five churches representing the breadth of the Church of England.

During his 11 years in Cheltenham, Reverend Davies also served as Area Dean, foundation governor at St James CofE Primary School, Cheltenham and chair of trustees for an Almshouse.

Prior to ordination he had a career in communications and fundraising in the voluntary sector, working for Christian Aid and Save the Children.

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