Despite the challenges of the Covid pandemic, firms are continuing to grow and jobs are being created, so here is a round up of some recent appointments and promotions at South West businesses.

PKF Francis Clark

Chloe Mills and Liam Dushynsky, partners at PKF Francis Clark

PKF Francis Clark is celebrating the promotions of two new partners and five new directors. Chloe Mills and Liam Dushynsky are made partners in the firm, while Chris Rodgers, Sarah Brown, Adam Waddle, Kieran Hancock and Mark Bishop are promoted to director roles. The newly promoted partners and directors are based in Exeter, Poole, Torquay and Plymouth.

Ms Mills joined the firm as a director of audit in 2010 and is responsible for overseeing audit and accounting services at the Poole office.

Exeter-based Mr Dushynsky joined PKF Francis Clark in 2005 as a graduate trainee and is now a key member of the firm’s VAT and customs team.

British Lithium

Peter Long, non-executive director at British Lithium

A businessman whose long and distinguished career has included regular meetings with national and international heads of state, has joined British Lithium as a non-executive director.

Having established Newquay-based and family-run Legacy Properties in 2008, Peter Long is an active member of the Cornish business community. He is also a firm advocate of supporting companies with clear growth potential.

As chief executive of TUI Travel PLC, Mr Long played a leading role in creating TUI Group – the largest integrated leisure tourism business in the world with 64,000 staff and 30million customers.

Previous non-executive chairman and non-executive director roles include Rentokil Initial, RAC, Royal Mail and Countrywide. He has also been president of the Family Holiday Association charity since 2013.

British Lithium is the first company in the world to be progressing commercial extraction of lithium from the mica in granite and the first in the UK to commence drilling operations in Cornwall.


Group finance director Christopher Baylis, of Wasdell

Swindon-based healthcare group Wasdell has strengthened teams with key appointments in order to underpin and maintain the growth and development.

Group finance director Christopher Baylis joins Wasdell after having previously worked as an advisor to the firm. He has run his own chartered accountancy practice for 20 years, however with a keen interest in the healthcare sector, plus the experience of sitting on the board of many other firms.

Precious Emovon has been appointed as head of quality at Wasdell

Precious Emovon has been appointed as head of quality and Natalia Teixeira has joined as validation officer. Mr Emovon brings with him years in pharmaceutical consulting from across UK and Europe, including for some of the biggest names in the industry.

Natalia Teixeira, a chemist and validation officer at Wasdell

Chemist Ms Teixeira, who holds a masters in production management, joined Wasdell as production operative in November 2020 and has been fast-tracked through Wasdell in order to harness experience and skills that she has brought with her through her previous roles as a quality technician for Heineken Brewery and quality assurance analyst at Citrosuco, one of the largest exporters of orange juice in the world.


Gary Standen, business development executive at Access2Funding

Access2Funding has welcomed two new starters to its Bristol office after experiencing a period of exponential growth.

One of the fastest-growing R&D tax specialists in the UK has expanded its team across the country by over five times in the past year, including the recent additions to the Bristol contingent.

Gary Standen joins as business development executive, bringing more than 14 years of experience in the asset finance industry from Hitachi Capital and Grenke Leasing, where he worked with dealers, manufacturers and direct end user customers.

Tracey Kovacs of Access2Funding

Tracey Kovacs joins the business from Lloyds Bank with 25 years under her belt. She will be getting stuck in to building the business whilst passing on her specialist knowledge to clients in the South West.

To date, Access2Funding has secured almost £30million in R&D tax credit for businesses.

Vickery Holman

Rebecca Cook has been promoted to associate at South West property consultants Vickery Holman

Rebecca Cook has been promoted to associate at leading property consultants Vickery Holman, with responsibility for leading the general practice surveying team in Cornwall and business rates consultancy team regionally.

Ms Cook joined as a graduate surveyor in October 2018 and will continue to be based in the Truro office and lead the general practice team, providing valuations for secured and non-secured lending purposes across Cornwall, and business rates team regionally.

Vickery Holman’s experienced general [practice team provides professional advice on a full range of commercial, residential and trade related property matters including valuation, business rates, development and lease advisory across the South West.

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Trewithen Dairy

Cornwall’s Trewithen Dairy has appointed Emma Lawes to head of marketing

Trewithen Dairy, the family-run producer of Cornish dairy products, has appointed Emma Lawes to its management team as head of marketing.

Ms Lawes, with a background in marketing and product management, will be responsible for developing and growing the brand. In particular she will oversee positioning the brand for its next stage of growth as it looks to expand nationally, and lead how the business brings innovative new products to market.

Before joining the Lostwithiel-based business, Mr Lawes had worked in key positions with national brands. Notably, she was head of proposition development at Virgin Media, where she gained extensive experience designing and implementing marketing strategies and launching successful consumer products and services to market.

Ms Lawes is also a qualified personal trainer, and is passionate about health, fitness, food and its provenance and the environment.

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