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Property industry heavyweight Paul Millington has become the new non-executive chairman of Hull-based commercial developer Wykeland Group.

Millington, who held senior positions on the board of Evans Property Group for 27 years, has been appointed chairman of the board of Wykeland as the company completes a series of essential major developments to regeneration and economic growth in Yorkshire and the Humber.

He is joined on Wykeland’s board by a new non-executive director, Richard Dawson, who brings more than 30 years’ experience to the company in senior financial, commercial and strategic roles.

Wykeland Managing Director Dominic Gibbons said: “Paul and Richard are well-known figures in the North of England property scene and bring to the board decades of top-level experience which will underpin our next growth stage.

“Their expertise will strengthen our excellent management team and will be important as we deliver existing developments and capitalize on the many exciting new opportunities we have identified.”

Millington held a series of senior positions on the board of Leeds-based Evans Property Group, one of the UK’s leading private property investment and development companies, with net assets of over £600 million.

His roles have included Group Chief Financial Officer, Director of Overseas Investments and Executive Director responsible for overseeing the growth of the Dakota Hotels business.

He has represented Evans Property Group on the boards of several joint ventures, including with LendLease, Land Securities PLC, Harworth Group PLC, Kelda Group, CALA Homes, York University and the Kodak Pension Fund.

He also acted as an advisor to the Evans Family Trust and served on the Evans Family Council.

Dawson became chief financial officer of the Highstone group in 2001, then head of the Moore family family office in 2007.

This position included a key role in the growth of Wilton Developments, a Leeds-based property development business within the Moore Group.

Millington succeeds former William Jackson Food Group chairman Christopher Oughtred as Wykeland Group chairman, while Dawson replaces Neil Stothard, managing director of building products and services specialist Vp PLC, as non-executive director.

Millington said: “Wykeland is a fantastic company, backed by strong core values, and its commitment to
of community players has enabled it to consistently deliver top-notch developments.

“I really look forward to working with Dominic and the management team and meeting the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

Dawson added: “I am very excited to join Wykeland to participate in the next stage of business growth and look forward to working with Paul, Dominic and the Wykeland team.

“Wykeland Group has an outstanding reputation for delivering high quality projects and combining excellent financial results with a strong code of ethics and values.”


Gordons Law Firm celebrates the last two graduates of its law apprenticeship.

Eleanor Tordoff and Lauren Wurzal qualified as Chartered Legal Executives in the firm’s real estate litigation and corporate affairs areas respectively.

Launched in September 2011, Gordons was the first in the legal industry to offer an apprenticeship leading its licensed legal counsel to an equivalent degree. Since its creation, the company has recruited 30 apprentices straight out of school.

Gordons partner and firm board member, Victoria Davey, said: “Eleanor and Lauren should be very proud of their accomplishments, and we love to celebrate their success. We are very happy for them as they are both talented colleagues and great people to know.

“Our clients feel the same about Eleanor and Lauren and they now both have the opportunity to further develop their careers at Gordons.

“We remain fully committed to our legal apprenticeship as it has been an important differentiating factor for the firm.

“This shows our continued commitment to enabling social mobility within the legal profession and reflects our belief that attitude is more important than background. It’s something our customers tell us they admire.

Employing 170 people, Gordons has offices in Leeds and Bradford. The company’s customers include retailers AO, B&M, Heron Foods, Iceland Foods, Morrisons, Ocado Retail, Whole Foods Market and Wren Kitchens.


The digital agency Engage is investing in its offer with the appointment of Gregg Turner as performance marketing director to strengthen the services offered to clients.

He was appointed to lead the agency in the development and implementation of its new proposition and to develop the performance arm of the business.

This encompasses a range of existing specialties, including search engine optimization (SEO), paid search, social media, email marketing, and reporting and analytics.

Turner will work with the Board of Directors and lead the department in achieving its goals for continued growth.

In order to broaden its offering, the £9m turnover agency has appointed 21 new people since January 2022, with the performance marketing department currently having 18 people working across the various specialties.

Turner said, “I am truly excited to begin this new role, focusing on repositioning and growing performance marketing services at Engage.

“The team is extremely talented and the culture of the agency makes it an incredible working environment.

“Given the current climate, it has never been more important for us to work closely with our clients to maximize their budgets and the effectiveness of our offering.

“I look forward to working with the board, especially when it comes to providing in-depth reporting and analysis, growing the performance marketing department, and helping to prevent our clients from wasting money. money in the marketing space.”

Alex Willcocks, Founder of Leeds-based Engage, added: “Times continue to be challenging for consumers and brands, and over the next 12 months we want to strengthen our offering to deliver even more results to clients. that give them a strong return on investment. investment.

“Bringing Gregg on to bolster our performance marketing offering was a no-brainer, as it will allow us to deliver a more cohesive approach with a better focus on insights and data analytics.


A new partnership focused on promoting development and investment in the District of Bradford has appointed Pete Mills as its chair.

The Bradford District Place Making and Investment Partnership is due to hold its inaugural meeting at Odsal Stadium on December 5.

Mills brings with him a wealth of experience and an extensive network across the region.

Born and raised in Bradford, he studied law and worked as a corporate lawyer before founding two companies and was involved in several others as an investor and strategic non-executive director.

His current business, a software company called Crysp, is based in Salts Mill, Saltaire and provides compliance solutions to businesses and schools.

Mills said: “Growing up I always had a great sense of pride in where I came from, which was definitely instilled in me by my parents and grandparents.

“Walking around the city and its surroundings, I have always felt a deep connection with its historical and cultural richness.

“I am therefore absolutely delighted to have been appointed Chairman of the Place Making and Investment Board as we seek to establish a legacy of growth and opportunity.”

Councilor Alex Ross-Shaw, portfolio holder for regeneration, planning and transport at Bradford Council, said: “I am delighted to welcome Pete Mills as Chairman of the Bradford District Place Making and Investment Partnership.

“These are exciting times for Bradford and this partnership will allow stakeholders and organizations to work together to promote the district on the world stage and maximize its potential.”

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