Martyn Kilbryde has been appointed head of engineering at Chemist4U. Last year the company behind the growing online pharmacy received a £12m investment from Pitalia Capital. Skelmersdale-based Chemist4U is part of JCCO Healthcare. James O’Loan is the CEO and Ricardo Laverty is the COO.


Jeanette Gill has been appointed managing director of Liverpool-headquartered full-service brand and communications  agency Agent. She’s been at Agent for 11 years and said: “I have seen a lot, learnt a lot and done a lot and there really is no other place that does it like Agent. From our incredible work, to our commitment to social and environmental issues, Agent really is somewhere unique. but also the chance to navigate the next chapter for the business.”

Huit International Business School

George Imafidon MBE, co-founder and CEO of the award-winning youth-led organisation Motivez, has joined the corporate advisory board of the prestigious Huit International Business School. Motivez empowers underserved young people aged 14 – 25 to access entry-level STEM jobs. The work has been supported by the likes of the Royal Family, Sir Lewis Hamilton MBE, Idris Elba OBE and Beyonce.

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He’ll be supporting Huit’s executive board and 4,500+ students in expanding the $180m non-profit organisation whilst developing the school’s curriculum, industry links and career development support. He’ll be travelling across the business schools campuses in Boston, London, San Francisco and Dubai. He said: “It’s so important to me to be a voice for the many that feel unseen and drive the change that we need the most in our institutions. God is GOOD and when it’s your time, it’s your time.”

Jonathan Smith has started a new role as CTO at, which was founded by Mark Kuhillow to help scale-ups and their investors by giving them a post-money growth playbook. He’s previously worked as CTO at On The Beach.


PE-backed Telcom, the full fibre and fixed wireless internet network provider, has appointed Elliott Mueller as CEO and Steve Best as non-executive director. Experienced Elliott has previously served as CEO of several organisations in the telecommunications sector, including GT Global, Metronet and Tele2. Mueller said: “The business has an impressive UK footprint, a strong brand portfolio, a talented team, and an enviable reputation. The company continues its focus on building its solutions for business customers and I am looking forward to working with the team.” Best has previously served on the boards or held executive leadership roles with major UK telecom companies, including EE and BT.

Wobble Genomics

Lee Lindley has started a new position as investor and non executive director at biotech firm Wobble Genomics. Wobble Genomics is a University of Edinburgh spin-out and has raised £8.5m to help commercialise its technology. The funding round was led by Mercia Ventures and BGF. Wobble was established in 2021 by Dr Richard Kuo. It’s been a busy time for Lindley as he’s also recently taken on the role of  investor and non-executive director at Camena Bioscience.

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Nigel Jones will become a board member representing the digital and creative cluster at Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to help drive productivity, investment and employment opportunities. He’s best known for his work at Department for International Trade.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Caroline Simpson is set to become the CEO of Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM). She’s currently the chief executive of Stockport Council. She’ll succeed Eamonn Boylan.

Luxe Collective Fashion

Isobel Cowell is the new social media lead for Luxe Collective Fashion, which found fame on Dragons’ Den.  Nearly 500 people applied for the role.

Chorley Group

Motor dealership Chorley Group has appointed Stuart Leatherbarrow to the senior management team as the group used strategy manager.

Northern Gritstone

Northern Gritstone, the investment business focused on science and technology-enabled businesses in the North of England, has appointed of Joanne Hosker as talent director for its business support services arm NG Innovation Services. Hosker joins from BGF’s Talent Network team where she supported the creation of effective boards introducing BGF portfolio businesses to a network of non-executive board directors and chairs.

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Her remit with NG Innovation Services includes connecting early-stage businesses with sector-specific entrepreneurs, operating partners and c-suite expertise, in order to support these companies on the path to success. She’ll be based at Northern Gritstone’s office in Manchester.