A director at a West Midlands business lender has been announced as the new president of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce.
Sarah Moorhouse, who is operations and marketing director at Wolverhampton-based BCRS Business Loans, took on the role on the same day that the 160-year-old chamber announced for the first time in its history a 50/50 split of male and female board members.
She has been a member of the leadership team at BCRS Business Loans for more than a decade, delivering funding to small businesses that are unable to access finance from traditional lenders such as banks.
Ms Moorhouse said: “I am thoroughly delighted and relish the opportunity to become president (and) also delighted to find I’m joined by fellow successful businesswomen around the table.
“I’ll be focussing a lot of my support on women in business and women in leadership throughout my two-year role and also as chair of the chamber’s Women in Leadership initiative.
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“I have always been passionate about supporting the growth and prosperity of local small businesses and it is something that I live and breathe in my role at BCRS Business Loans.
“I will help support our fantastic leadership team in their delivery of the strategic objectives that support our members.”
In other appointment news, corporate lawyer Bradley Quin has joined Lodders as partner in the West Midlands firm’s corporate and commercial practice.
He has experience in mergers and acquisitions, complex re-organisations, private equity transactions, buy-outs and joint ventures and was previously a director at KPMG, leading the deals practice of its law team in the Midlands.
Mr Quin has also worked for law firms Gowling WLG and Squire Patton Boggs.
Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens has appointed a new operations director in a newly created role aimed at preserving the heritage site in Edgbaston for future generations.
Arts and events specialist Rebecca Steen has joined from Birmingham’s Town Hall and Symphony Hall where she was box office manager for seven years.
In the new role, she will bring the operational departments together to help them achieve the strategic aims and objectives of the grade II* listed gardens.
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Law firm Shoosmiths has added to its growing national planning practice by recruiting Stuart Tym as partner in Birmingham.
He has joined from Irwin Mitchell and will be acting for clients such as IM Properties, L&Q and Grainger.
He brings more than 15 years of experience in the private and public sector, with planning expertise including enabling developments and enforcement proceedings, as well as compulsory purchase.
Business advisory firm FRP has established a forensic services team in Birmingham with the appointment of Henry Pocock as a partner.
With more than 20 years of experience in forensic accounting, he joins from big four financial services firm EY where he was an associate partner in the forensic and integrity services practice.
Mr Pocock specialises in complex forensic accounting cases, including contractual and transaction disputes, fraud and regulatory investigations and has led numerous engagements to quantify losses arising from matters such as a breach of contract, business interruption insurance claims and post-transaction breach of warranty claims.