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People: Knight TS; knight Frank; H&H Land & Estates; Rochdale Law Association; Apadmi; Peleton Real Estate

Financial due diligence firm Knight Transaction Services (Knight TS) has announced that Umber Irshad and Jathusan Naguleswaran have joined the team as deputy directors, as the company celebrates its first anniversary.

Knight TS, which supports owner-operators, business acquirers, banks and private equity firms through the deal process, also achieved double its revenue target during its first year of trading – with 26 deals closed since its launch in June 2021.

Umber Irshad joins Knight TS from EY where she spent five years as a partner and senior partner. Jathusan previously held positions with Thompson Wright Accountants and Dains Accountants.

Founded by Hayley Brightmore, with associate directors Erin Berry and Jennifer Serridge, Knight offers a range of services to SMEs, including buy-side due diligence, supplier due diligence and supplier assistance.

Hayley Brightmore said: “We’ve had a phenomenal first year and I’m grateful to everyone who has worked with us and supported us so far. Double our projected revenue, win numerous awards and partner with companies such as Foresight, Maven and Pelican Capital in the UK, as well as international clients such as Tivian in the US and Humble Group AB, based in Sweden, exceeded all our expectations.


Jason Gray has joined Knight Frank’s Manchester office as a senior partner in the commercial pricing team with a mission to grow the regional team and grow the client portfolio.

With 26 years working in the North West real estate market, Jason has unparalleled experience in business rates, initially practicing with Gerald Eve and later with the Altus Group.

Jason handles all rating matters and manages rating advisory services for his clients across a wide range of property types, with a particular focus on office, manufacturing, distribution and general industrial sectors. He also specializes in the licensing and leisure sector representing taxpayers occupying public houses, hotels, golf courses and sports stadiums.

He provides strategic rating advice on client portfolios, covering rate management, call strategy and non-call issues, including advice on strategies to minimize empty rate liabilities.

Jason Gray

He said: ‘In my 26 years of practice as a Chartered Surveyor Knight Frank will only be the third company in my career and when they invited me to join them it was an opportunity I would not just couldn’t refuse.

“With the next national rating reassessment fast approaching in 2023, companies across all sectors will need expert advice on the accuracy of their new ratings and if and how they should be challenged. The depth of knowledge and detailed research available at Knight Frank is unmatched and a tremendous asset in helping companies plan their business strategies. »

Office manager David Porter said: “Jason’s mission is to lead and grow this important team and leverage the wealth of knowledge and cooperation that colleagues can bring. He will be a huge asset to the office and is already making an impact helping clients as they prepare for the new preliminary assessments coming in October and what this means for their business.


H&H Land & Estates has appointed two forestry specialists as it expands its offering to meet growing demand for forestry services in the North of England.

Sarah Radcliffe will lead the division as Head of Forests and Forestry, while Will Livesey will take on the role of Forestry and Environmental Advisor for South Lakes.

Sarah started her career over 14 years ago as a forestry officer before becoming a field manager for the Forestry Commission. His primary responsibility will be to provide professional advice to clients on all forestry and forestry matters, in particular government programs and legislative requirements, preparation and submission of forest establishment projects, sales management, planting and harvesting. maintenance, obtaining necessary permits and subsidies, and carrying out assessments, mapping, and reports.

She will operate on a hybrid working system splitting her time between the Carlisle and Durham offices of H&H Land & Estates as she leads this key area of ​​growth for the business in the north of England.

Sarah Radcliffe and Will Livesey

Sarah said: “This is a very exciting opportunity for me to take the skills and knowledge I have gained during my time at the Forestry Commission and put it to use helping landowners and farmers to gain clarity and understanding of forest and woodland management, which is an ever-changing field. I look forward to guiding this new team for H&H Land & Estates and am excited to see what we can accomplish.

Will Livesey’s role will primarily be to provide forest management services and grants to South Lakes clients. Since graduating with a degree in Forest Ecology and Conservation in 2017, Will has gained extensive experience working for Stobart Forestry, undertaking forest surveys, overseeing operations and applying for grants.

As part of his role, Will will be primarily responsible for preparing and submitting environmental and forestry program applications, including logging permits and environmental impact assessments. He will also be responsible for undertaking ecological and forestry studies, producing ecological assessments in relation to planning applications and renewable energy development projects, and preparing accurate and detailed plans and maps using of specialized GIS software.

Operating from the Kendal office, Will will also be part of the wider forestry and environmental teams that significantly enhance the company’s ability to deliver new and existing instruction in this area.

Thomas Armstrong, Principal and Chartered Surveyor at H&H Land & Estates, said: “With the focus on forestry and its impact on the environment, we wanted to ensure that we were able to offer the best professional advice and the best support to both and new customers, which is why we have set up a team of specialists in this field.


Private barrister, Sarah Milner, was named the last president of the Rochdale Law Association, which was established in 1905 to provide legal assistance and advice to locals.

A partner at the full-service law firm JBHS Solicitors, Sarah was inaugurated at the organization’s annual general meeting on June 15 and succeeds outgoing president Zoe Clough.

Sarah Milner

As part of her official duties, she will oversee the association’s final annual dinner for its members, which includes legal experts from across the city. The association has decided to cease its activities later this year.

Sarah, who specializes in all aspects of private client family and employment law, said she was “privileged” to have been appointed chair: “For over 100 years, members of Rochdale Law Association are committed to maintaining high standards of integrity and service, providing expert legal advice to people who live and work in our local community.

“I am proud and privileged to have this opportunity and although it is sad that the association is coming to an end, I am very much looking forward to hosting the annual members dinner in November when we can reflect on all that the association has accomplished over the years and come out in style.

An expert solicitor with over a decade of experience, Sarah Milner is one of many partners at JBHS Solicitors in Rochdale.


Digital technology consultancy, Apadmi, has bolstered its senior team with the appointment of Stu Lunn as UK Managing Director.

Based in Manchester, and with other offices in the UK and Europe, the 200-strong Apadmi is the digital product partner of some of the world’s leading organisations, including Domino’s, Co-op, NHS, BBC, Chelsea Football Club, Co-op and Argos. Financial services.

Lunn, who brings with him over 20 years of marketing and digital industry experience, will oversee the growth and development of the group’s UK arm as it accelerates its expansion into EMEA.

Stu Lunn

Previously Managing Director at Havas Media Group, leading the expansion of the group’s business pipeline nationwide, Lunn has also held positions such as Head of Sales at Google, Head of EMEA Global Marketing Solutions at Facebook and Vice- president – strategic projects at MAG (Airports Group).

Lunn’s appointment comes at an exciting time for Apadmi, following a banner year and further expansion with new offices in Edinburgh and the Netherlands.

Managing Director Garry Partington said: “We are really delighted to have Stu on board, especially at such a busy time. His combined agency and digital platform experience will be invaluable as Apadmi’s mission expands beyond mobile technology across the UK.

Lunn said, “Apadmi’s expertise is unparalleled and I am delighted to join us as we take on the challenge of continuing our domestic and international growth.

Lunn will take over chief executive responsibilities from M&A director Jasper van de Luijtgaarden, who returns to focus on M&A and oversee Apadmi’s new Dutch office.


Manchester-based Peloton Real Estate have announced a new appointment as they continue to grow their team.

John Whitehurst joins as Asset Manager to work alongside the existing team. After five years, he joined the real estate consultancy firm JLL where he was a senior surveyor in its team at the Manchester industrial agency.

John Whitehurst

David Tyson, Director of Asset Management at Peloton Real Estate, said: “John is a fantastic addition to the business as we continue to grow our asset management platform across our range of private and institutional clients. . John brings with him a fantastic experience within a large company having had extensive exposure to the North West industrial market.

“We have significantly increased our assets under management over the past six months and the addition of John will allow us to continue our growth plans and build a business that can make a positive difference.”

Peloton Real Estate is a national asset management platform serving a select number of institutional and high net worth clients. The team currently manages £640m of assets across 4.5m² plus a development pipeline.