Leonard Curtis invests in people to meet market needs

Restructuring and Insolvency

Leonard Curtis has confirmed a wave of appointments and promotions as it steps up its essential professional services support for SMEs and advisors across the country.

Thirty-seven (37) members of the Leonard Curtis team across more than 12 UK locations have been recognised in an annual celebration of high performance within the organisation.

The announcement follows hot on the heels of a recent rebrand by the company to focus on three key pillars of service - restructuring & insolvency, funding and legal - as it supports a growing number of firms in distress.

Figures released by the UK Government’s Insolvency Service this year report an increase in  companies struggling to navigate hugely challenging market conditions.  

Leonard Curtis is committing to a three-year growth strategy - laid out by CEO Dan Booth in 2022 - to double in size to provide more support on a wider basis.

With this in mind the group has appointed David Brown as Joint Chief Operations and Financial Officer to work alongside Group Finance Director Paul Birks. David is a Chartered Accountant, holds an MBA with Distinction from Manchester Business School and is a former professional cricketer.  

Supported by David, Director Carl Faulds takes on a new role as Group Head of Insolvency Operations - working closely with all regional teams to support the delivery of exceptional systems and service to businesses going through a restructuring or insolvency process.

The group has appointed Darren Robinson,  who has significant experience in leading business development teams in insolvency and the wider finance sector, as Head of Business Development and also announced the promotion of Nicky Brooks to Head of Client Relations (North).

Two Director roles have been created - with Stewart Goldsmith in Hampshire and Dane O’Hara in London taking up the new posts - whilst seven Associate Directorships have also been awarded across the business.

Bury’s new Associate Director Daniel Ormerod will sit within an office of new administrators including four promoted MVL team members - Senior Administrator Avery Lewis, Administrators Ben Bardsley, Ben Walsh and Kaash Vaja - with Administrator Shahzaib Nasser in Closures.

The office will also have a trio of new Assistant Managers in John Crolla (Liquidations), Kathryn Ferns (Personal) and Kieran Higson (Fast Track), whilst Aslam Mulla moves up to Supervisor of Liquidations, and Joanne Stubbs becomes Commercial Finance Office Manager.

In Manchester, Sherrelle Scott has been promoted to Associate Director of Leonard Curtis Legal.

The wider Manchester team has also promoted Harry Knowles and Sidhra Qadoos to Senior Administrators, and Stephen Hartshorne to Senior Manager.

The Sheffield office - part of Leonard Curtis’ acquisition of Graywoods - also has three new Associate Director roles with Ryan Holdsworth, Stephen Beverley and Danielle Shore, whilst Amy Lockwood, Elaine Howard and Michael Woodward have earned Senior Administrator positions.

Tom Madden and Lucy Abbott have been promoted to Senior Manager and Manager respectively in Birmingham, whilst Helen Murray is appointed Senior Relationship Manager. Fellow Midlands colleagues Abbie Lenihan and Ethan Yates have taken the next step to become Senior Administrators.

In London, John Buchanan is a new Associate Director, whilst Charlotte John is promoted to Manager.

Phillip Morton is now Associate Director in Barlborough, whilst other causes for celebration include Jonathan Todd and Richard Bradley being appointed Senior Managers in Gateshead and Preston respectively, and Joseph Carter’s promotion to Administrator in Kings Langley.

Jennifer Warren and Melissa Smithers have become Senior Administrators in Glasgow and Leeds respectively.

Catherine Reynolds, HR Director at Leonard Curtis, stated: “We are proud, over the last year, to have grown our business to just under 300 employees across 28 offices. This would not be possible without the hard work and commitment of our people. Our congratulations go to everyone enjoying well-earned promotions or joining us this year.”

Leonard Curtis CEO Dan Booth commented: “Leonard Curtis exists to enable people and businesses to move forward with purpose and we know there is fast-growing market need for that. So we are delighted to see our talented team expanding and developing across the UK.”


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