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1. National law firm Gateley, has appointed three new solicitors to strengthen its corporate, commercial dispute resolution and pensions teams in Birmingham. The trio, pictured left to right,

are Jenna Ostrowski, Jill Walters and Kate Ashwood Jenna Ostrowski joins the

corporate team from the Birmingham office of Shoosmiths where she was a trainee, qualifying as a solicitor in September. Kate Ashwood takes up a position in Gateley's corporate dispute resolution team following three years at Leamington Spa based Wright Hassall. Jill Walters joins the firm's pensions team having previously worked for Hammonds. The appointments follow a

successful year for Gateley, which has seen the firm enter into the top 50 national law firms for the first time

Michael Ward, the firm's senior partner in England and Birmingham Chamber president, said: "We welcome Jenna, Kate and Jill on board and are delighted they have joined us at a busy and exciting time for the firm. Recruiting talented, commercially minded people is a vital part of our business's success and one of the clearest demonstrations we can make of our commitment to providing clients with the very best service. We hope they enjoy a long and successful career with us.”



2. Dr Mirza Ahmad, former corporate director of governance at Birmingham City Council, has joined St Philips Chambers. As chief legal officer of the

largest local authority in Europe, Dr Ahmed became one of the most recognised figures in local authority leadership, and has a wealth of high level experience gained over the last 26 years in local government legal services. Dr Ahmad said: "It is a great honour and a privilege for me to join St Philips, as it is nationally recognised as a leading set of Barristers Chambers.” Head of Chambers Kevin Hegarty QC, said: “St Philips has built a strong reputation for local authority work, which is a key area for Chambers, especially given the changing legal services marketplace. Mirza’s decision to join us will strengthen our team and will help to shape the services we can offer to clients in this sector in the future.”


Left to right: Tim Sewell, chief executive, with Richard Wilson, Rob Ellis, Gail Newbold, Carmel McCarthy, Adam Carey and Jackie Molloy


3. Family Housing Association, which provides nearly 2,500 affordable homes in Birmingham and the West Midlands, has appointed two new senior members of staff. Jackie Molloy has joined as

assistant director for people and performance and Richard Wilson has taken on the role of assistant finance director. Jackie was previously head of people and performance at Bromsgrove District Housing Trust and Richard was director of resources at Local Better Regulation Office. They join Tim Sewell, chief

executive; deputy chief executive Carmel McCarthy; director of finance and business development Rob Ellis; assistant director homes and neighbourhoods Gail Newbold; and head of community investment Adam Carey in the new senior team.

Mr Sewell said: “I am confident that our new senior management team has the combined skills and expertise to ensure that Family can confidently face the current challenges in the social housing sector and the wider economy and be well placed to take advantage of the opportunities that may arise.”


4. Shelley Tromans, left, and Samantha Fennell have joined the middle management team at Birmingham-based health insurer BHSF. Ms Fennell has been appointed

assistant company secretary and brings a wealth of experience from her previous role as head of quality and compliance at Teleperformance. Ms Tromans, joins as marketing manager having held a number of high profile marketing and business development positions, as well as running her own marketing consultancy.

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