People: M247; BDO; Voicescape; KM Real Estate; Prairie Foods; Lowry Legal

Provider of cloud solutions and connectivity, M247 has further strengthened its management team with the appointment of Rich Hughes as Director of Human Resources.

Rich brings significant experience in fast-growing companies, having most recently led global human resources for recruiter Oliver James, where he successfully increased employee engagement and improved the company’s profitability operating model.

He said: “M247 is at an exciting stage in its journey following a significant investment in its new 5G network and a successful repositioning in the market as a cloud and IT MSP.

“Along with M247’s longstanding legacy in the industry, these elements provide an excellent opportunity for existing and new employees who want to advance their careers at a successful and innovative technology company. My goal is to ensure that we are widely regarded as THE place to work and a destination for top talent. »

M247 CEO Darryl Edwards said, “Our commitment to our people-centric strategy has already brought huge improvements to our business with industry experts joining in key areas to ensure our products is market leader. I look forward to seeing the continued developments in talent acquisition and employee engagement that he will implement. »


Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO has bolstered its expatriate team with the appointment of Mark Allsopp as associate director.

Mark is a dual-qualified UK and US tax adviser with over 14 years’ experience in the expatriate areas, including inbound/outbound advice from the US to the UK and from the UK. United to United States, considerations for UK/US residents, and simplified reporting for non-compliant US individuals. .

Marc Allsopp

At BDO he will be primarily responsible for helping US individuals moving to or based in the UK navigate the complexities of the UK and US tax systems, enabling the individual to be tax efficient in the two countries.

Mark will be part of the firm’s Northern region expatriate team, covering the North West and Yorkshire.

Ben Tarry, tax partner at BDO, said: “Mark is a fantastic addition to our Expat team.

“His appointment represents an exciting opportunity for the company as we seek to unlock significant potential in regional markets. Mark’s experience in areas such as US retail expatriation and relevant tax compliance will be key in helping us build our presence outside of London.

Currently, US residents based in the UK have the option of using the Simplified Foreign Offshore Procedures in order to comply with their US tax obligations. However, the window to take advantage of this “amnesty” will be closed in the future.

Mark said: “Navigating complex systems of double taxation can be a daunting and complicated process for any UK-based American individual – especially for those who establish they are ‘accidental Americans’ and need to meet their obligation. to comply with U.S. taxation.


Manchester-based Voicescape, a software company that provides tenant engagement solutions for social landlords and council tax collections for local authorities, has been appointed by Newcastle City Council to help manage the increase in housing tax arrears.

As part of Voicescape’s ambition to strengthen its position in the public sector, it has appointed Sean Sutton as head of local government.

A former public sector manager at Esendex, he brings over 11 years of experience managing software applications in central and local government, as well as 15 years of experience working in a more diverse range of industries. Working in the private and public sectors, he has helped increase market engagement and efficiency in business processes through the use of digital technology.

Sean Suton

Bill Williams, Chief Revenue Officer at Voicescape, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Sean to the team at a time of significant market change. With a proven track record of taking a dynamic approach to improving processes and systems, particularly within central and local government, we are confident that his arrival will help us amplify our core message of driving innovation. engagement of residents through digital transformation in local government, such as at Newcastle City Council.

“At the strategic level, Sean has consistently demonstrated his ability to identify and maximize real business transformation opportunities. This, combined with a keen sense of understanding client and staff needs, translates ideas into practical winning strategies – something we are very keen to exploit for the benefit of our clients.

Prior to joining Voicescape, Sean also held leadership roles at Civica Digital and boxxe. During his career he has worked alongside the Welsh Government, Ministry of Justice (MOJ), Department of Leveling, Housing and Communities (DCLG) and NI Direct, to deliver transformational projects digital.

He said, “I passionately believe that ‘digital’ should be at the heart of any business strategy for customer and staff engagement. Mobile platforms are “the way to change”. Everywhere you look you see people browsing on their mobile devices. Digital is the language of today and of future generations of inhabitants.


Michelle Cliff has been confirmed as Head of Residential Real Estate Management for KM Real Estate in a major appointment for the real estate company.

Michelle has over 18 years of experience in the property management industry having started her career at Regenda Homes as a tenant administrator, before being quickly promoted to property manager.

Michelle will be leaving Regenda in 2014, being sought for further leadership positions in block management, developing unparalleled knowledge and contacts within the industry.

Michelle Cliff

She comes to KM Real Estate as a leading figure in North West property management and will help drive progress following the major alliance between Berkeley Shaw and Keppie Massie and the move to luxury offices in Old Haymarket in the center -City of Liverpool.

Berkeley Shaw and Keppie Massie, two well-known Liverpool firms that have been in the property business for over 50 years in Crosby, Formby, Southport and the city centre, joined earlier in 2022 to create a more focused and comprehensive service for their residential agency and management clients.

Michelle Cliff said: “At KM Real Estate I can already see a clear vision for the future and I’m so excited to get started. I consider myself to be innovative in the thought processes behind the corporate culture, I have a strong value ethic and I share the same core values ​​as KM Real Estate.

“Property management is challenging and every day is different, but it’s also the most rewarding of careers. Being able to make customers feel safe and happy in their forever homes while delivering on our promises is the best feeling in the world.


Meadow Foods has appointed Jack Hancock as director of mergers and acquisitions and strategy, expanding on his previous role as general manager of the company’s plant division.

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This newly created position will see Hancock focus on developing the strategic direction of the business through transformational growth opportunities and mergers and acquisitions.

Jack joined Meadow Foods in 2007 and has since led several transformation projects in various parts of the group. His most recent role was leading the cutting-edge plant-based facility developing plant-based dairy alternatives.

With the herbal offering now thriving, Jack will continue to oversee the herbal division and is currently recruiting a sales manager to bolster the team.

Jack is also continuing his role as director and board member of Meadow Foods, based in Chester.


Lowry Legal, the high net worth (HNW) family law firm, has recruited Michael Gregory as a partner. He has around 20 years of experience advising HNW business owners.

Michel Gregoire

Michael also brings with him a specialist practice in surrogacy, fertility law and modern family to the firm, which has offices in Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester.

He is a credentialed resolution specialist with advanced portfolios in complex financial matters and children’s issues.

Michael said, “I look forward to being part of a practice that is making such tremendous strides in family law.”

Katie McCann, founding partner of Lowry Legal, said: “We are delighted to have Michael join the team and bring with him niche expertise in surrogacy, fertility law and modern family. It is so exciting to see how quickly the business is growing and Michael’s appointment will certainly ensure the continued strength and growth of the business.

Chris B. Hall