The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland has announced that Phil Moorhouse will be the new chair of its board of trustees.
Mr Moorhouse, who recently stepped down after 10 years as chair of Newcastle Building Society, has been appointed as successor to the Foundation’s current chair, Fiona Cruickshank.
He said: “It’s a great pleasure to be joining the Community Foundation as chair of trustees. I’m a great admirer, having seen the organisation’s work first-hand during my time as chair of Newcastle Building Society. There we engaged with the Foundation as the perfect vehicle for reaching causes which are not always as visible as the larger charities.
“I’ve also become more deeply involved personally through a fund my family and I have set up in memory of our daughter, Louise. I have lived and worked in North East England all my life. So, I am very much looking forward to putting my passion for this place, alongside my knowledge and networks, to good use, working with the wider trustees and staff team.”
Newcastle law firm Muckle LLP has added three lawyers and a paralegal to its team.
Claire Renney, who specialises in education and safeguarding, joins the employment team. Siobhain Corr joins the corporate team, and will advise on various transactions in the busy North East deals market.
Sarah Farish now part of the banking and restructuring team, while Joanna Garvey-Smith, who is currently completing her law degree at Teesside University, joins the corporate services team as a paralegal.
Muckle’s managing partner Jason Wainwright said: “We’re delighted to have Claire, Siobhain, Joanna and Sarah on board. They’ve already hit the ground running so I’m excited to see what they do in the future.”
North Shields firm Cargo Creative has taken on three new staff members following a number of new business wins.
Justina Burkauskiene, Corey Stimpson, and Kasey Hartney have joined the growing team bringing new digital marketing and SEO experience as well as bolstering the agency’s traditional design skills.
Ms Burkauskiene joins the team as a search specialist while Mr Stimpson has been appointed as a graphic designer and Ms Hartney as a designer.
Cargo Creative owner Paul Hart said: “It’s amazing that we are in a position where we can not only take on new team members but additional staff in new areas too. We’ve always been known for our design and web building capabilities but with the latest recruits, we can now offer search and digital marketing into the mix.”
Andrew Wigmore has joined the Court of Protection – health and welfare team at Darlington legal practice BHP Law.
Mr Wigmore qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and initially worked in criminal law.
But he also volunteered at Independent Advocacy North East in North Tyneside and became familiar with the law in relation to safeguarding adults.
In 2011, he gained a position as an advocate with the charity and started practising in the field of mental capacity and mental health. He later worked at North Tyneside Council.
Mr Wigmore said: “I realised early on that I could make a real and vital impact by ensuring that the voices of the vulnerable in society are heard by advocating on their behalf when any major decisions are taken by public bodies regarding their need, I am thrilled to have joined the team at BHP Law.”
A company which helps organisations protect and secure their data had strengthened its team with a new appointment.
Hicomply has signed search engine optimisation (SEO) expert, Sharon Gwati-Mudzudzu. Initially a web designer, she has honed her skills to become in demand for both her technical skills and strategic planning for a range of companies.
She said: “This is the first time I have had an in-house job as I’ve always worked for a variety of digital marketing agencies.
“But this seemed like the perfect time to get into an industry that is still fairly new and which would bring me some exciting challenges.
“I love working with data and there are so many changes in the way that SEO operates that it’s very exciting to be able to bring my knowledge to Hicomply.”
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