New faces join firms across city
THE Basepoint business centre in Exeter has welcomed John Ashment as its new centre manager.
With more than 20 years' sales management experience, he was previously UK sales manager for Design Objectives Ltd, a manufacturing and distribution business in the craft and hobby sector.
He said: "I am so pleased to be working with Basepoint. I hope to bring a fresh perspective and a lot of energy to my new position, and I'm very much looking forward to my future at Basepoint in Exeter."
A fresh face has joined the legal team at Exeter's Solicitors Title in their new Gandy Street offices.
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Existing partners Janet Milton and Mervyn Rundle have joined forces with corporate and commercial lawyer Richard James to expand the firm's business law services.
Having gained a law degree at the University of Southampton, Richard went on to work in a number of high-profile practices, including a UK top-50 firm in the City of London, and previous clients have included blue chip firms such as Alliance Unichem, Fujifilm and Clarks shoes.
Richard said: "I am thrilled to be joining Janet and Mervyn in such a forward-thinking firm. We realised that we saw things the same way, particularly given our shared view that the way in which legal services are delivered will be very different 10 years from now."
Newly-qualified solicitor Thea Bennun has joined the family law team at Stephens Scown LLP in Exeter after completing her training with the firm.
She said: "I really enjoyed my time with the team during my training contract and knew from very early on that this was the area of law that I wanted to qualify into and focus on.
"I'm working with some of the best family lawyers in the region, gaining exposure to high-quality work and it is a privilege to learn from them and apply that to my work with clients."
Liz Allen, partner and head of the Exeter family law team, said: "Thea is a real asset to the team. It is always great to be able to offer our most promising trainees full-time positions with the firm."
The Co-operative Food has appointed Paul Chudley as its new regional operations manager for the Exeter area.
He has taken up the position after a 23-year retail career.
Originally from Plymouth, Paul began by stacking shelves at the Co-operative Food store in Saltash, before working his way up the ranks to store manager.
Following a brief spell working for a cookware retailer, he returned to the food retail industry with Somerfield, and rejoined the Co-operative as part of the acquisition of the chain in 2009.
Paul said: "I am thrilled to take on my new role in the Exeter area. It's a fantastic opportunity for me to help to drive forward progress in the area and I've been enjoying going out and really getting to know all the stores in and around the city and surrounding areas and I look forward to using my experience to motivate and inspire the team."
Stones Solicitors LLP has appointed solicitor Eleanor Rayner to its growing company commercial team. Eleanor has more than 11 years' experience in corporate law. Her career in the City includes posts at Jupiter Asset Management, Berwin Leighton Paisner and Edward Lewis.
Her experience includes: the launch of a European range of investment funds; the negotiation and drafting of contracts; flotations and the drafting of prospectuses; and corporate litigation.
Simon Morris, head of company commercial at Stones, said: "Our team is growing in strength and amount and quality of work.
"Eleanor's excellent experience in investment and corporate law will add greatly to our offering, and we look forward to welcoming her to the team."
Construction and property services firm Midas Group has welcomed Rob Benson as director responsible for Mi-space, its affordable housing company. He has joined from ISG Pearce and will be responsible for Mi-Space operations throughout the South West and Wales.
Rob said: "The profound lack of affordable housing is a pressing issue for the UK right now. It is my intention that Mi-space is at the centre of the solution by focusing on innovative, industry leading performance and outstanding customer service."
Midas Group chief executive Alan Hope added: "I am delighted to welcome Rob to Midas. Rob is a high profile business leader with a wealth of experience in the construction and property services sector.
"This appointment is a signal of our confidence both that we will continue to flourish as a business and that the affordable housing market is improving again."