News - Midlands

Appointments round-up

A round-up of the latest appointments across the West Midlands.

The Birmingham office of business and finance adviser Grant Thornton has added to its VAT team, making it one of the largest in the Midlands. New senior manager Henry Cairns-Terry has spent about 20 years working with the region's businesses. His role will include developing the firm's VAT practice. Manager Gregg Pearman specialises in advising not-for-profit businesses, with an emphasis on the education sector.

Coventry Building Society has appointed Feike Brouwers to the board as chief risk officer and executive director with effect from today (2 April 2013). Feike has extensive experience of the UK financial services industry, having been chief financial officer at ING Direct. He joined ING Group in 1997, having spent several years at PwC and brings 20 years experience of financial management, risk management and strategic planning.

Stoke-on-Trent engineering company Goodwin has announced the retirement of Francis Gaffney from the board. He has been with the group for more than 22 years, the last ten of which have been as a main board director.

Law firm Sydney Mitchell has expanded its corporate team with the appointment of Kian Golestani as consultant solicitor based in the Birmingham office. He has more than 25 years' experience in corporate and commercial law. He works with owner-managed businesses and SMEs, in addition to subsidiaries of multi-national companies. His specialist areas include share and assets sales and purchases and other private equity transactions, commercial property sales and purchases, as well as commercial landlord and tenant transactions.

Bromsgrove law firm Thomas Horton has the appointed two new recruits to its commercial and family divisions. Lisa Johnson joins the company as director of commercial property and Anila Naeem joins the family team as a solicitor.

Joe Kelly, chief administration officer and company secretary at Birmingham Airport, was elected president for two years at Solihull Chamber of Commerce. He takes over from Alan Volkaerts, operations director at Jaguar Land Rover.

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