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Colin Doherty

Award-holder Doherty joins Purpose Media

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award holder Collum Doherty has joined e-commerce website developer and online marketing specialist, Purpose Media.

A former pupil of Ashfield School, Kirkby in Ashfield, which is a specialist technology and vocational language college, Collum first worked for Purpose Media in 2009 and the company has supported his return on work experience since then to help him gain additional skills.

Collum said: “I realised from my work experience that I wanted to a career in website design and development so I worked hard at school to gain academic qualifications.

“However, I also wanted to bring some additional experience and life skills to a future employer so I decided to complete the Duke Edinburgh awards programme alongside my studies.”

Collum, now 19, is currently awaiting his invitation to St James’s Palace to receive his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.

The Duke of Edinburgh Awards is a leading youth charity which gives young people the chance to develop skills for work and life and involves giving time to volunteer, to do physical activity, to learn from new experiences and take part in an expedition.

For his activity, Collum chose to visit Honduras on a science expedition. He raised money to fund his trip and was also able to donate £1,500 to help the charity Operation Wallacea, which helps conserve the two locations he visited and many others worldwide.

During the two week trip Collum helped scientists evaluate and measure information about habitats and species numbers within both the Cusuco National Park rainforest and Cayos Cochinos, a small group of tropical islands within the Caribbean sea.

Purpose Media now employs 12 people and has over 600 clients. Collum’s new role will support the client retainer team.

MediCity has new director

David Browning, a former CEO at Philips Healthcare and Consumer Lifestyle, has been appointed Director of MediCity, the new Nottingham-based health and wellness business incubator.

MediCity, a collaboration between Alliance Boots and BioCity, is an incubator designed to provide a stimulating and supportive business development environment for innovators in consumer healthcare, medical technology, diagnostics, and beauty products.

It is based in the Nottingham Enterprise Zone, on the Alliance Boots site, in Beeston.

Businesses housed at MediCity will benefit from BioCity’s experience of growing successful businesses in specialised incubator environments and Alliance Boots' expertise in the global healthcare market.

As Director of MediCity, David will oversee the refurbishment and population of the D6 building, which will provide fully serviced office and laboratory space. Work is already underway as first tenants begin to take up space, and interest builds from meetings, events and conferencing organisations.

David Browning has more than 30 years of applied healthcare experience. As a scientist and entrepreneur, he has led the development of new products and services for leading healthcare organisations with an emphasis on diagnosis, personalised medicine, and health and wellbeing.

Most recently, David has developed and supported a number of entrepreneurial businesses, both as a coach on the UK Government’s Growth Accelerator and in leadership roles, including Cognotiva, delivering unique software-based platforms for health and wellbeing and Cizzle Biotechnology, developing novel diagnostics for lung cancer.

He brings extensive experience of working as an entrepreneur across leading centres for innovation, including Oxford, Cambridge, the Netherlands and the Silicon Valley.

Commenting on his appointment David said: “It is a real privilege to join the BioCity team with the opportunity to create a health and wellness incubator on a par with leading global innovation centres.

“I grew up in the East Midlands and am looking forward to working with talented innovators of new clinical and consumer products.”

BioCity CEO, Dr Glenn Crocker, said: “David’s appointment is a real coup for MediCity. He has an incredible wealth of experience of working with early stage innovative businesses and technologies and this, combined with the access to Alliance Boots innovation and product development knowledge, is already proving an extremely attractive proposition for companies.”

Solicitor appoints three

Two trainee solicitors have been appointed by legal firm Ellis-Fermor and Negus which has offices in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

Twenty-seven-year-old Jonathan Potter has been taken on in the probate department at the Ripley office.

From Stoke-on-Trent, Jonathan gained a degree in theology from Nottingham University in 2004. He then worked for Grace Church in the city centre for four years, working alongside students at the two universities there.

Jonathan recently competed a course at Nottingham Law School to gain a law degree. He lives in Nottingham and still plays a part with Grace Church. He is a Stoke City fan.

He said “everyone seems friendly” and he is looking forward to meeting more local people.

Twenty-four-year-old Clare Lancefield has joined the commercial/litigation section of the firm's office in Beeston, where she lives.

This is her first job since gaining a degree in law from Sheffield University.

Her work involves dealing with commercial property, employment law, and charity law.

In addition, the firm has taken on Jonathan Kerr, 27, as a paralegal – a legal administrator – at its Ripley office.

Fluent in French, he has lived in Brussels as well as Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire. He gained his law degree from Sheffield University.

A specialist in debt problems and bankruptcy, Jonathan has previously worked for Christians Against Poverty, in Bradford.

A keen sportsman, Jonathan enjoys working out at the gym, playing football and martial arts. He also plays the guitar and gives lessons.

andrew and co

Law firm appoints two new solicitors

As part of its strategic restructuring, East Midlands law firm Andrew and Co has appointed two solicitors to strengthen its employment law and dispute resolution team.

The appointment of Orla Lowe and Caroline Siddiquee will not only strengthen the firm’s EDR capability but also greatly expand its breadth of expertise, particularly in areas like tax litigation.

Andrew and Co’s Chief Executive Simon Smith said: “Orla and Caroline join us at a very exciting stage of our three-year growth plan.

“Their cross-sector and multi-jurisdiction litigation experience will complement the skills of our two established EDR Partners, Philip Armitage and Annette Wood, and will enable us to maximise our value to clients, as well as establish specialist support services.”

Orla Lowe is relocating to Lincolnshire and joins from London firm Maurice Turnor Gardner where she was as an Associate.

She trained with PricewaterhouseCooper Legal. Qualifying in September 2010, Orla has already worked on some highly contentious litigation cases, including tax investigations worth up to £44m.

She has experience of trust, property, tax and commercial litigation and a large part of her work has been investigative.

Caroline Siddiquee qualified in 2006. She is local to the area and has experience of working within the public sector and private practice in Lincolnshire and beyond.

Her previous experience equips her very well for her expected caseload of contract disputes, professional negligence, land and boundary disputes, debt recovery and employment matters.

Caroline has defended personal injury claims, managed disputes relating to public footpaths and handled defamation claims. She also has strong business skills, particularly in the area of implementing marketing strategies.

Orla and Caroline will support Andrew and Co's Newark and Lincoln offices.

jason hughes

Full circle for Jason

A Derbyshire man has come full circle and returned to one of the country’s leading youth and adult learning organisations to head up its centres in Ripley and Alfreton.

Jason Hughes, who lives in Heanor, has re-joined TBG Learning and will manage the organisation’s Acorn Training Consultants centre on Nottingham Road, Ripley, and its centre on King Street, Alfreton.

Jason spent a year with TBG Learning as senior business development manager before joining delivery partner Workpays to support the growth of the Midlands training, recruitment and consultancy.

“This is a fantastic challenge and I’m delighted be back at TBG Learning and managing Acorn Training Consultants, which has a strong reputation across Ripley and the wider region,” said Jason.

“In the short time I’ve been away, TBG Learning has built strongly on its offering and invested in quality products such as the Work Study Programme which is already having a hugely positive impact on young people who are not in education, employment or training.”

Jason maintained close links with TBG Learning while with Workpays as the two organisations partner on the delivery of learning programmes.

He added: “One of my major priorities will be to build on relationships with employers across the area and establish new ones as routes into employment for people enrolling with us.”
Simon O’Connell, head of business development at TBG Learning, added: “Jason has significant experience of the skills and employment support sectors and we’re delighted to welcome him back to the company.

“We have very ambitious plans for Acorn Training Consultants and with the team we have in place and Jason on board we’re confident that we’ll deliver.”