People: Navigation Asset Management; Freeths; Peak; and more

Financial adviser, Navigation Wealth Management, has made three new appointments as part of the firm’s continued growth.

Kate Ingle, James Cunningham and Leanne Urquhart have all joined the Advisor Support team, which provides one-on-one support to Navigation’s financial advisors and acts as an additional point of contact for clients.

Matt Hammond, Managing Director of Navigation Wealth, based in Beverley and Wakefield, said: “To ensure we continue to deliver an exceptional client experience, we need to provide our financial advisers and relationship managers with the administrative support they need to focus entirely on the customer and their needs.

“Increasing the size of our Advisor Support team allows for additional investment in our people, which will fundamentally deliver our client experience and service focus.”

Ingle comes to the business after serving as a director at a FTSE 100 leisure and entertainment company. She brings her organizational and people management skills to Navigation Wealth, and also has longer-term career aspirations to become a financial adviser. .

Cunningham joins the firm after a career change. A former teacher, he evolved within the Adviser Support team before taking training at the company academy to become a financial advisor.

Meanwhile, Urquhart was promoted from within, having already proven her exceptional work ethic after training and developing members of the company’s customer experience team.


Law firm Freeths has expanded its business offering with the appointment of consultant Roger Gough, who joins DLA Piper.

With over 25 years of experience, he advises regional, national and international clients on commercial contracts for the supply of goods and services with particular expertise in trading and supply agreements in the manufacturing and retail as well as warehousing and transport contracts in the logistics sector. sector.

Gough, who will be based in Sheffield, will help support and continue to develop the firm’s national business practice.

Iain Bowler, Country Sales Manager, said: “We have identified our Northern offices: Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool as important locations to grow our Country Sales team, so it’s fantastic to be able to announce Roger’s arrival. by DLA Piper. .

“Roger is a highly rated commercial lawyer with extensive experience advising on a wide range of complex commercial transactions.

“He is well known and highly respected in Sheffield and beyond. Together with Mark Lumley, who also joined the commercial team in Leeds this month, the appointments of Roger and Mark reinforce our intention to become a regional heavyweight in the commercial law in Yorkshire over the next two to three years.

Peter Crawford, partner and head of the Sheffield Corporate team at Freeths, said: “Roger is a very experienced practitioner who is highly regarded in the market.

“His appointment further expands the range of capabilities we can offer our clients and underscores our intention to be the region’s premier business law firm.

“We look forward to introducing Roger to the companies we are fortunate enough to work with in South Yorkshire and beyond.”

Gough added: “It’s exciting to join Freeths as they continue to experience growth and success year on year.

“It’s a busy and exciting time for commercial lawyers as clients face supply chain challenges and unexpected costs. I look forward to the opportunity to help our clients navigate this landscape.


Leeds-based digital marketing agency Spike has hired paid media specialist Matt Wilkinson to become its new paid media manager and promoted Tom Nelson to head of SEO to lead the agency’s SEO team .

After working in digital marketing agencies for over 12 years, Wilkinson joins Spike with a wealth of paid media knowledge.

With previous experience as a campaign performance manager at Fusion Unlimited and working in-house for the past four years, he has an abundance of digital marketing knowledge to bring to the Spike team.

He said: “After speaking with Spike directors Rob Powell and Duncan Colman, it was easy to see that moving back to the agency side with Spike was a good move.

“Their genuine drive to deliver the best results to clients through a collaborative approach is what attracted me to the agency, and now I also understand why workplace culture is so important in a new role – the team was straightforward to chat to, cutting through all the empty promises that usually come with agency culture.

After nearly three years at Spike, former SEO manager Tom Nelson now oversees an expanded team of SEO specialists as the new SEO manager.

Spike recently expanded its SEO offering through technical SEO audit, trend analysis and migration. Nelson seeks to further develop the agency’s SEO offering by leading the team in delivering top-notch client services, while developing thought leadership through short webinars hosted on the agency’s digital platforms. .

He said, “With the SEO team growing thanks to some great clients, I’m excited to develop my management skills and take on a larger team of SEO specialists.

“While my day-to-day role won’t change that much, we are actively recruiting, so managing a bigger team will be the next challenge for me.

“There are more opportunities to work on amazing clients, deliver top-notch work and be part of an ever-changing industry here at Spike and I’m excited to see where that will take us.”


James Homer has joined Apex Mortgage and Protection UK Ltd as he continues to develop and grow his team of qualified advisers.

A CeMAP graduate and with nearly 20 years of experience in the real estate industry, he will provide expert advice and assistance on new residential mortgages, remortgages, additional loans and rental purchases, in addition to a range complete insurance and protection. products, including life insurance, critical illness, income protection and family income benefit.

Homer said, “I’m thrilled to join such a forward-thinking and highly professional team.

“It’s a challenging environment for many people right now, so I’m really looking forward to helping individuals and businesses with all of their mortgage and protection needs.”

Based in Yorkshire, Apex is a full-service brokerage and is an appointed representative of Primis, the UK’s largest mortgage network. Apex is currently the fastest growing mortgage broker in the network.


Leeds-based e-commerce agency Onstate has expanded its team with the appointment of three new members of staff.

Becoming a Shopify Plus Partner in 2019 allowed Onstate to focus on becoming a full-service e-commerce agency.

Offering digital marketing services to complement design and development has seen the agency grow and require a larger team to deliver marketing strategies, while improving their technical capabilities.

The latest recruit, Mark Skeet, has been appointed Head of Technology and Operations to help support and manage new and ongoing projects.

With a rich history in IT, software development, DevOps and people management, Skeet brings great relevant expertise to the team, having joined Group 55 in Hull.

Co-founder and eCommerce Director Chris Marshall said, “Mark brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience, gained over years of working in the technology sector for companies such as Orange, First 10 Digital (now IMA Home) and Marvel.

“We’ve crossed paths a number of times in the agency space and look forward to seeing Mark join the team during this exciting time for the agency.”

Along with technical growth, Onstate has also invested in its digital marketing offering with the appointment of two new hires, as it seeks to establish a foothold in the Shopify space.

Simon Jones joins as Head of Digital Marketing after his stint at Shropshire-based agency The Web Orchard.

Jones’ knowledge from his roles in digital marketing has already been instrumental in delivering successful PPC and SEO strategies as well as insightful data analysis for a set of Onstate clients.

Onstate has also recruited Joel Peart as a content manager to help clients with their organic strategies.

Peart previously served as head of marketing and events at a stately home in East Yorkshire and, prior to that, spent five years co-managing Hull-based agency The Northern Foundry.

Rich Day, Co-Founder and Creative Director, said, “Onstate is first and foremost an e-commerce specialist. While we take pride in the design and successful sites we create, we are now able to support our clients from the start and throughout their journey with continuous digital marketing solutions.

“We want to be the go-to e-commerce agency for brands and retailers looking to grow and need support with design, web development, CRO, data analytics and services. of digital marketing.”