Bath law firm Thrings appoints Alex Pyatt as partner
The law firm that brokered the liaison between Fifty Shades of Grey and erotic specialist Lovehoney is now firming up its own corporate and commercial offering by appointing five new partners.
Thrings, which is one of Legal 500's Top Tier legal firms in the region, has welcomed corporate lawyer Alex Pyatt, as partner, and promoted existing lawyers Danae Carrick, Anna Cole, Melissa George and Mike Tomlin, to partner.
Thomas Sheppard, managing partner at Thrings, said the appointment and promotions reflect the law firm's strategic approach to growth and its focus on providing the complete professional commercial service that entrepreneurs may need at various points in the business life cycle.
Bath Building Society has appointed Mark Wiltshaw as its head of savings and investments following a reshuffle of senior roles.
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Mr Wiltshaw, previously the society's investment development manager, has taken on the new position following a programme of changes at the society overseen by chief executive Dick Jenkins.
As part of the changes, deputy chief executive Kevin Gray takes on responsibility for IT and finance.
Mr Jenkins said: "Bath Building Society is always seeking ways to improve its offering to customers and these changes have been made with our customers in mind."
Over at Jelf Financial Planning there is a new man at the helm with the appointment of Glenn Thomas as managing director.
Mr Thomas joined Jelf over 20 years ago as a financial planning consultant before becoming a director when the business first incorporated.
He said: "I am delighted to be taking over responsibility for our financial planning business and believe that we are extremely well placed to take advantage of the opportunities that the post RDR environment and pension reforms create. We have an excellent client base; experienced, well-qualified advisors, and a very strong client proposition."
â The West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has a new chief executive.
Paul Wilson comes to the role with a combination of international business and third sector leadership experience.
He was formerly chief marketing officer of Fortune 500 software company SunGard.
He said: "I am thrilled to join the West of England (LEP) to work on bringing economic growth and jobs to the region, as the Government strives to create strong, sustainable and balanced growth across the country and between industries. The West of England is a great place to live and work, and the LEP is making it an even better one."
Jane Middleton, who had been the acting director and has managed the transition process, will continue taking responsibility for developing the skills operation across the LEP, working closely with schools and the region's five further education colleges.
Chairman of the West of England LEP Board, Colin Skellett, said: "Success in any business is built on strong leadership teams. The LEP Board is delighted to be able to attract and retain proven professionals with the calibre of Paul and Jane.
"This is a very exciting new phase for the LEP."