People on the Move: Top meetings and North East promotions of the week

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Newcastle accountancy and business advisory firm UNW has appointed former PwC dealmaker Paul Mankin as corporate finance partner.

Mr. Mankin brings over three decades of experience to the role, which will see him leading the company’s corporate finance activities, helping to guide and build the team and further strengthen its market position.

He left PwC in December 2020, having spent 38 years with the firm, during which time he advised on a number of high profile transactions, including the sale of Aesica Pharmaceuticals to Consort Medical plc and the divestment of Anson Limited to National Oilwell Varco Inc.

He said: “UNW has a very strong brand that differentiates locally, with an exceptional track record of going above and beyond for its customers and supporting the development of its people. The strength of our corporate finance team means we have the ability to advise a large and varied client base, and I look forward to playing my part in its continued success by supporting the existing team and recruiting new talent at all levels. .”




Malavika Anderson has been appointed by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) as Museum Director at Newcastle University’s Great North Museum: Hancock.

Ms Anderson joins TWAM from Wellcome Collection in London, where she was responsible for the live programme. She has also worked at the University of Cambridge, the Goethe-Institut in New Delhi and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

At the Great North Museum: Hancock, she will oversee an engaging public program of exhibitions and events while caring for internationally significant collections and supporting research at Newcastle University.

She said: “This is a difficult but exciting time for museums and cultural spaces. They play a crucial role in bringing people together in accessible public spaces and help us reflect on the world we live in in quite a profound way. In its ability to facilitate access and nurture interest in ideas about nature, science, history and culture, the Great North Museum: Hancock stands as a vital institution – regionally, national and international.



Alexandra Withers, Chairman of R3 North East of Manolete Partners plc, with Chris Ferguson of RMT Accountants & Business Advisors
Alexandra Withers, Chairman of R3 North East of Manolete Partners plc, with Chris Ferguson of RMT Accountants & Business Advisors

A Newcastle corporate finance expert has taken over as chair of the North East region of the R3 trade body on insolvency and restructuring.

Chris Ferguson is now responsible for leading R3 campaigns to highlight the benefits of accessing qualified advice from North East insolvency and restructuring professionals for individuals and businesses in financial difficulty, and will serve a two-year term in this position.

Mr Ferguson, Head of Collections and Insolvency at RMT Accountants & Business Advisors, based in Gosforth, and a Chartered Insolvency Practitioner, succeeds Alexandra Withers, Associate Director at Manolete Partners plc in Newcastle.

He said: “The North East’s insolvency and restructuring community makes an important and often unrecognized contribution to the overall well-being of the regional economy, and this expertise will play a crucial role in the economic recovery of the region after the pandemic.”



Stéphanie Beaumont, associate partner at EY
Stéphanie Beaumont, associate partner at EY

EY has appointed Stephanie Beaumont to the Newcastle management team as an associate partner.

Ms. Beaumont joined EY in 2007 as a seasoned employee and has over 18 years of experience in accounting and professional services, as well as expertise in international accounting and auditing standards.

During her time at EY, she worked with a diverse portfolio of private and public sector clients, including a number of the largest companies in the North East.

She said: “Becoming an Associate Partner is a proud moment in my career and I have received incredible support from EY throughout my journey. At EY Newcastle we have a fantastic team of talent and work with an inspiring range of businesses.



Scott Smrdel, CTO, Turntide Technologies
Scott Smrdel, CTO, Turntide Technologies

Turntide Technologies, developer of sustainable technologies, has named Scott Smrdel as Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Engineering.

Richard Hellinga, who previously served as CTO, will now lead a new global technology and innovation group.

Mr Smrdel joins Turntide, which has its UK operations in Gateshead and Sunderland, from BAE Systems, where he was the Head of Engineering and CTO of their Land Vehicles business unit.

He said: “Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time, and Turntide is a mission-driven technology company seeking to help optimize the way humanity uses energy. I look forward to contributing to such an impressive team at this critical time for the company and the planet.



Michelle Tang of Studio Anyo
Michelle Tang of Studio Anyo



Alannah Lyons of Studio Anyo
Alannah Lyons of Studio Anyo

Northeast architects and interior designers Studio Anyo has announced two new appointments as it continues to develop and expand its regional and national operations.

Michelle Tang joins as Part 1’s architectural assistant while Alannah Lyons enters as interior designer.

Director Craig Kipling said: “Our investment in Michelle and Alannah alongside other experienced and qualified people is key to providing top quality advice and service to our clients. We look forward to contributing to our continued success and adding significantly to the knowledge, capabilities and overall expertise of the team. »




Smart Works Newcastle, a charity that gives women the confidence they need to find jobs, has appointed Lisa Eaton, North East marketing professional and owner of the creative agency, as vice-president.

Ms Eaton has been a board member of the charity since 2021 and is stepping up to provide more strategic support to the organization as it aims to double the number of women it helps get back to work.

With over 20 years of industry experience, Ms Eaton is a leading figure in the North East marketing industry, having founded the creative agency Unwritten as well as the Fabric marketing academy.

She said: “Confidence is one of the biggest hurdles for women wanting to enter or return to work, so seeing how Smart Works is empowering women in this way and playing a part in their future success is incredibly rewarding. I am taking on this new role at a time when we plan to double the number of women we support to over 720, which will involve dedicated stakeholder and lead engagement to ensure women in the North East are aware of the service we provide.


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