NBS – Russell Haworth, Chief Executive Officer
Newcastle-based construction technology firm NBS, has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer, Russell Haworth, aiming to continue the firm’s already impressive growth – which has been at double-digit levels for the past two years consecutively.
Haworth, is a technology-focused CEO, with a successful track record of growing businesses across multiple sectors – ranging from FinTech to Cyber Security by leveraging software, information and data analytics. He was previously CEO of Nominet, the UK internet domain registry and cyber security company. Prior to this, Haworth spent 14 years at Thomson Reuters working in multiple continents including North America, Asia and the Middle East. In addition to his extensive operational experience, he has a strong background in M&A.
Headquartered at The Old Post Office, within the heart of Newcastle City Centre, NBS’ latest move will help elevate the business further, solidifying its role as a major tech player in the area. Colin Smith, previously Executive Chairman of NBS, will now become UK Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer of Byggfakta Group, with responsibility for NBS, its Australian and Canadian subsidiaries and Glenigan, the construction and planning data provider.
Colin Smith, Chairman, NBS, says, “Russell brings a wealth of experience and new energy. Not only has he spent the past two decades in the data, information and technology arena, his strong track record includes scaling commercial operations internationally with a combination of organic growth and acquisitions. His leadership style is engaging, inclusive and people-centric and his intelligence and diligence shone through. That’s why we consider him the perfect person to take NBS through the next phase.”
Russell Haworth, CEO, NBS, says, “I’m excited to join a business that has achieved so much already, but equally well positioned to grow further in the construction data and information market. NBS has a rich history and unique products that add tremendous value to the construction industry, as well as being a true North East success story. With further product innovation and international expansion opportunities as well as the Byggfakta Group behind it we have a great opportunity to continue NBS’s growth.”
Waltons Clark Whitehill – Paul Buckley, associate and Chris Hunter, manager
An expanding team of chartered accountants and business advisers has made two new appointments from within.
Waltons Clark Whitehill’s Paul Buckley has been promoted to associate with the firm, while Chris Hunter has been promoted to manager.
These latest moves follow on from Paul Harrison taking on the role of managing director and the appointment of Sharon Hutchinson as operations director in April.
Sharon said “We’re delighted to be able to recognise Paul and Chris in this way. They exemplify what we are looking for from our team and it is always nice to see loyal, long-standing employees’ progress.”
Paul started with Waltons in December 2015 as a tax supervisor, and he moved into the role of managing the newly created cloud accounting and tax team.
The 36-year-old chartered tax adviser, from Redcar, specialises in tax planning for companies and individuals.
He said: “I look after some of our high-profile clients, and it’s an expanding portfolio.
“The firm is growing, in terms of getting out there and being known across Teesside and the North-East business community. It’s a fantastic company to be part of”.
Chris joined the firm as an apprentice 20 years ago on a day release basis, studying towards the Association of Accounting Technicians qualification.
Chris said “I’m looking forward to continue to work alongside Paul, overseeing the day-to-day management of the CAT team.
“I’ve worked my way up over the years, with previous roles of supervisor and assistant manager, the firm is all about progression and rewarding its team.”
Paragon Aesthetics – Dr Chloe Aucott and Dr Aran Maxwell-Cox, qualified dentists, and Lucy Richardson, qualified skincare aesthetician
One of Newcastle’s leading medical aesthetics clinics, Paragon Aesthetics has expanded its team with three new practitioners in just four months following ambitious growth plans.
Since April, Paragon Aesthetics has seen the addition of qualified dentists Dr Chloe Aucott, Dr Aran Maxwell-Cox and qualified skincare aesthetician Lucy Richardson to broaden their vast treatment offering.
Prior to the new appointments, the clinic was solely led by Aesthetics Awards ‘Rising Star of the Year’ shortlisted businesswoman and qualified dentist Dr Eleanor Reid who started the company five years ago. Shortly after inception, the clinic then gained help from a treatment coordinator and another medical injector to work alongside Dr Reid.
The latest additions to the team have enabled Paragon Aesthetics to strengthen their offering to include exclusive treatments such as SkinPen Precision microneedling and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy.
The aesthetics clinic has also just set up a revolutionary subscription service not offered at any other clinic in the region. The service allows patients to save monthly for future treatments by paying into a piggy bank via direct debit, making treatment accessible to many.
Speaking on the rapid growth of her team, the director behind the successful clinic, Dr Reid said: “I’ve hand-picked the best practitioners in our industry to work alongside me in the clinic. I’m immensely proud of the team we have curated at Paragon Aesthetics that has allowed us to deliver clinical excellence to our patients.
“We’re highly committed to developing our skills as practitioners and educating our patients on their treatments, which is why our medical injectors are trained in advanced facial aesthetics at award-winning training academy Acquisition Aesthetics and now proudly mentor at this prestigious academy.”
Active Chartered Financial Planners – Rebekah Thorpe, client support manager
Active Chartered Financial Planners has welcomed an experienced client support manager as part of its ongoing growth and development programme.
Rebekah Thorpe joins the firm following three and a half years at Darlington Building Society in a similar client support position.
In her new role, Rebekah will offer support to the firm’s chartered financial planners and advisers, including daily communication with strategic partners and providers in order to update client plans.
She will also be responsible for building strong relationships with clients in order to ensure Active’s high levels of service are maintained.
Rebekah said: “I wanted to work with Active Chartered Financial Planners because it has a fantastic reputation for both its work with customers and the development of its staff.
“It’s a really positive environment to work in and I look forward to supporting the financial planners and advisers to provide Active’s trademark excellent service to our clients.
“I’ve worked in customer service my whole career, and I look forward to bringing my experience and enthusiasm to the role.”
Karl Pemberton, managing director at Active Chartered Financial Planners, said: “We are in a very privileged position at the moment that we’re able to grow our business and bring new talent into the team.
“Rebekah has been someone we have known for a while. It’s therefore a privilege to have her join the team, and I look forward to seeing her grow and develop with us.”