South West appointments round-up
A round-up of appointments from across the South West.
Thrings has bolstered its commercial property team with the appointment of a new associate and solicitor. Steve Schofield has joined the firm as associate after more than 11 years at Guildford-based Stevens & Bolton. He will act for a number of small and medium-sized residential clients on development and investment matters.
Newly qualified Beth Nicholls will work as a solicitor in Thrings' South West practice group. She held her first legal role at Rochman Landau in London and completed her training at Ashfords.
Warren Reid, head of commercial property at Thrings, said: "Improving economic conditions and a resurgence in the South West commercial property market has led to increased levels of activity for many of our existing clients. This has created an opportunity for Thrings to expand its offering to clients and reaffirm its commitment to the regional market.
"As a firm we continue to support and invest in our associates and solicitors, providing them with opportunities to develop their careers and grow their own particular practice area."
Secure Trust Bank Commercial Finance has appointed Neil Clinton, the former Barclays head of UK large corporate asset based lending team, as its regional sales director for central London and the south.
Clinton began his career at Barclays and has more than 30 years' experience in the industry. He said: "It’s a fantastic opportunity to be joining Secure Trust Bank Commercial Finance in the early stages of its development. The management team is second to none and I’m looking forward to working with some of the UK’s most ambitious SMEs."
In the south, Secure Trust Bank Commercial Finance has sales teams based in Bristol, London and the South Coast.
Bath's BMT Defence Services, a subsidiary of maritime design and engineering company BMT Group, has promoted Andy Harris to head of naval architecture.
Harris joined BMT in 1996 and graduating from the University of Southampton. He will manage a team of 70 full time staff in his new role.
Muir Macdonald, managing director of BMT Defence Services, said: "Andy’s appointment ahead of compelling internal and external candidates emphasises the strength and depth of engineering expertise that BMT Defence Services has developed."