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Tasha Amponsah-Antwito, up at seven

Search-first creative agency Rise at Seven has appointed Tasha Amponsah-Antwito to lead its SEO team following the company’s global expansion.

After being spoken at Brighton SEO and featured in WARC, Tasha joins the team with experience in web search, ecommerce and video search with omnichannel.

Having worked in the industry for almost 9 years, she has worked with over 20 fashion, beauty and travel brands, global super brands such as Gucci and Ralph Lauren and led the global SEO team for LEGO.

The hiring comes after Rise at Seven announced that they plan to open an NYC office after establishing in Sheffield, Manchester and London. With a list of US based customers including Interflora, PrettyLittleThing US, Next Vacay and others.

They are now expanding to NYC to access a new pool of creative and digital talent. They already have 102 employees and are looking for senior positions in the UK and US. including US Digital PR Manager, Content Manager.

Commenting on Tasha’s appointment, Richard Lawrence, Technical Director of Rise at Seven said, “With her multi-platform search experience, Tasha brings tremendous value to the SEO team and we are delighted to have her on board.

“From app store and YouTube optimization to gaining search visibility on marketplaces like Amazon, she brings a breadth of expertise that will be instrumental in further expanding Rise’s Search Everywhere approach in 2022. “

New Head of SEO Tasha Amponsah-Antwi commented, “I’m excited to join the team as Rise is disrupting the industry with innovative, results-driven work.

“I’ve been researching and speaking about how we as SEOs need to strategize beyond website and traditional search, considering other platforms and how that impacts a user’s search journey.

“I believe Rise is the perfect place for this forward-thinking mindset and commitment to being the first to implement new SEO strategies in the industry!”

Oliver Barrett, Rockwell

Rockwell, a mixed-use real estate developer, today announced the appointment of Oliver Barrett as Land Director.

Oliver Barrett, who joins Rockwell after helping build Amazon’s real estate team, brings significant experience and expertise in large-scale acquisitions to the firm.

Barrett previously held the role of Head of Property at Lidl UK, where he led a team of acquisition and construction managers for store openings in London and led the planning team for Lidl’s new 250,000 sqft head office in Tolworth.

The appointment comes at an exciting time for Rockwell as the landmark, award-winning, $151 million Vetro mixed-use project

The London-based property developer is now aiming to expand its operations across the capital in the near future.

Commenting on his appointment, Oliver Barrett, Rockwell’s Land Director, said, “I am both proud and excited to join the Rockwell team as Land Director and I look forward to identifying and advancing landmark projects for this industry-leading real estate developer.”

Nicholas Mee, MD of Rockwell, added: “We are all delighted to welcome Oliver to the team as Country Director and we have every confidence that his knowledge, skills and experience are exactly what Rockwell needs to operate effectively build on our exciting project portfolio.”

Jane Galvin, Santander UK

Santander UK today announced the appointment of Jane Galvin as Head of Corporate Banking within the Corporate and Commercial Banking (CCB) Division.

Jane will start in early February and will be a key member of CCB’s senior management team led by Tim Hinton.

Jane will lead the Corporate Clients’ Relationship teams, which are made up of several UK regional based teams including Industrial, Consumer and Business Services, together with the national sector based teams covering Property, Social Housing, Local Government and Education.

In her role, Jane will be responsible for driving the growth strategy of the CCB business, supporting her clients’ growth and international expansion, and ensuring an unmatched client experience.

Jane joins Santander UK from HSBC UK where she was Managing Director of Corporate Banking UK from 2017 to 2021, leading their UK Corporate Banking team. Prior to that, she spent more than 30 years at Barclays (1985-2017) and held a variety of roles and leadership positions across retail, wealth and corporate banking.

Tim Hinton, Head of Corporate & Commercial Banking, Santander UK, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Jane to the CCB team as we continue our exciting journey to further develop and grow our corporate and commercial banking business.

“Jane brings a wealth of expertise and experience in delivering to her clients, as well as a deep understanding of international markets and how we can help companies expand overseas. Your presence will be invaluable as we seek to support more UK businesses and deliver on our ambitious plans in the years to come.”

In addition to her over 30 years of experience in the financial services sector, Jane is also a former Chair of CBI East of England and has held non-executive directorships on not-for-profit bodies.

Colette Henshaw, Tilney Smith & Williamson

Wealth management firm Tilney Smith & Williamson has strengthened its tax practice by appointing Colette Henshaw to lead the launch of a new business tariff offering.

Colette is a MRICS Business Rates Tax Specialist with 13 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, the majority of which has been spent as a business rates consultant. She joins Tilney Smith & Williamson as Head of Business Rates from Cushman and Wakefield, where she was a partner.

Tom Shave, Head of London Tax at Tilney Smith & Williamson, commented: “I am delighted to welcome Colette to Tilney Smith & Williamson to lead the launch of our new national business rates service offering. I look forward to working closely with her to expand our capabilities across multiple regions and real estate sectors.

“Trade tax is one of the largest property burdens for owners and occupiers of property in the UK in general and I know many of our clients will greatly benefit from Colette’s considerable experience and expertise in this area.”

Colette added, “Tilney Smith & Williamson has a renowned corporate tax offering with a market-leading real estate focus.

“This serves as an attractive and natural platform from which to establish a market-leading national business tariffs advisory team to complement the existing offering. I am delighted to be a part of Tilney Smith & Williamson’s exciting tax practice expansion plans.

“Business tax is one of the most important real estate costs and is becoming increasingly complex in terms of its assessment and challenge. For commercial property occupiers and owners who are liable for business rates, it is crucial to seek advice as early as possible to ensure liability is kept to a minimum.”

Collette added, “With the 2023 corporate interest rate reassessment fast approaching April 1, 2023, now is a critical time for taxpayers to begin reviewing their current and projected liabilities to begin budgeting and alignment with business strategy inform.”

Dan Conway, Tom Berry, FRP

Specialist management consultancy FRP has added two new senior staff to its London-based restructuring team.

Dan Conway joins as a Partner from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) whilst Tom Berry joins as Director of UK Government Investments (UKGI) who bring a combined 40 years of public and private sector experience.

Dan spent the first 18 years of his career at BDO in Audit, Assurance and Restructuring. This included leading BDO’s business improvement and liquidation team and a two-year secondment to Barclays Bank as part of their recovery program which redresses clients who have erroneously sold interest rate hedging products.

Dan joined FCA in 2015 and has since worked on a number of specialist teams and on many of FCA’s biggest resolution cases. In 2019 he was tasked with drafting the FCA’s supervisory approach to minibonds and in 2020 he was given responsibility for providing the regulator’s resolution strategy for distressed regulated entities.

Commenting on his appointment, Dan said, “FRP has built an impressive reputation in the industry for the quality of its service and the expertise of its teams. Regulated companies have certain considerations to make when they face financial difficulties and it is important that they receive the right support while managing the restructuring processes.

“I look forward to using my first-hand experience working with regulators and with financial services firms to assist them with these processes and ultimately achieve the best possible outcomes for all parties involved.”

Tom Berry – Chartered Accountant – also started his career in accounting at BDO before joining Deloitte in 2006. In 2008, he joined Deloitte’s corporate restructuring group, working on large-scale cases beginning with the Woolworths bankruptcy and the regulatory response to the global financial crisis, most recently serving as an associate director on the public sector restructuring team.

In 2018 he was appointed Assistant Director at UKGI – an entity wholly owned by HM Treasury which provides corporate governance and corporate finance services to the whole UK government.

Here he served in the Special Situations Group, which focused on sectors and companies where the risk of an economic shock could affect key jobs or assets of national interest. Most recently, he has worked with government agencies to support their economic response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Commenting on his appointment, Tom said, “FRP has made a name for itself by delivering positive results on restructuring cases for some of the biggest names in the country. These remain challenging times for businesses, but the right restructuring solutions can help protect and restore value.

“In this role, I will combine my in-depth Whitehall experience with my private sector experience to help companies and public sector organizations successfully tackle problems head on and respond with constructive, effective and sustainable strategies.”

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