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>> Movers and shakers The NEC Group has appointed Stuart Cain as the managing director of its newly-created commercial marketing business agency. The development comes after continued success at The Ticket Factory, the UK’s third largest ticketing agent, and the launch of a ‘live event’ marketing agency, Eight Feet Tall. Stuart was previously marketing director at the NEC Group and will be replaced by Nicola Young, who joins from Burton-based global brewer, Molson Coors. Stuart, who also joins the NEC Group’s executive board, said: “My job is to support the great people we have working out of the NEC and make sure the business continues to grow nationally and internationally.”

regarded as one of the UK’s best private equity lawyers. He becomes a corporate partner at Mills & Reeve, which advised on a record number of deals last year including advising Virgin Care on a £500 million NHS contract. Steve Allen, partner and head of Mills & Reeve’s Birmingham office, said: “Peter is widely regarded as a ‘big hitter’ in dealmaking circles. His standing, both in the Midlands and nationally, underlines our determination to become the law firm of choice for business in the region.”

Mike Steventon, senior partner at KPMG’s Birmingham office, has become regional chairman of the accountancy giant from the beginning of this year. Mike’s promotion comes as Steve Hollis steps down from the chair ahead of his retirement this spring. The changes came as KPMG announced that it is to create six new partners in the Midlands. Mr Hollis, one of the best-known faces on the West Midlands business circuit, said: “The KPMG team in the Midlands has done a great job over the last two years. Together we have built real momentum and I am confident Mike will do a great job in taking this forward.” Mike said: “Steve has made a significant impact upon the local marketplace and helped drive KPMG into the position of strength we now find ourselves.”

The Birmingham office of leading business and finance adviser Grant Thornton has made three new senior appointments across key areas of the business. Associate director Becky Eagle joins the firm’s Audit practice following 15 years at KPMG. Paul Tallon joins the Advisory team also as an associate director after seven years at BDO in Birmingham. And Donald Sadler becomes a senior audit manager in Business Risk Services, moving from KPMG.

One of Birmingham’s top deal-makers has been poached from law firm Squire Sanders by rival Mills & Reeve. Peter McLintock, who was a partner at Squire Sanders, specialises in all aspects of corporate finance and is

Birmingham-based chartered surveyors Pennycuick Collins has announced the appointment of Paul Steele as associate partner. Paul has over 30 years experience within


From left, Paul Tallon, Becky Eagle and Donald Sadler


the profession and has particular expertise in valuation, an area of the business that Pennycuick Collins is expanding. To strengthen the existing commercial property team Sara Elwell has also joined as a graduate surveyor after receiving a First Class degree in Real Estate Management and Business from Liverpool John Moores University. National property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) has appointed Julian Warbrick as director of its Birmingham-based corporate recovery team. Julian, formerly a director at Jones Lang LaSalle, will work closely with LSH’s national corporate recovery team led by John Knowles. Midland law firm Lodders has promoted three solicitors who all began as trainees to associate status. David Lodder, senior partner at the Stratfordupon-Avon firm, said that kim klahn, Emma Vaqueiro and Laura Eaves were all “talented members of the team” who had “made a substantial contribution to our success”. Clarke Associates, the leading West Midlands based PR and marketing agency, has announced two new appointments to its team. Penny Thorp, aged 26, has joined the Wythall consultancy as a communications executive. She has previously worked on communication campaigns for Hampshire Fire and Rescue, Meridian, CIPR and West Sussex NHS Trust. ash Dhindsa, 20, has joined as an intern from Birmingham City University after winning a competition for a PR placement via the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.