Changes at Latimer Hinks, George F. White and Gateshead College


Northeastern company Seaward Electronic has announced multiple executive appointments as it continues to invest in skilled workforce and business support roles.

Kyle Fitzgerald has been promoted to IT manager at Peterlee while the Calibrationhouse brand of instrumentation calibration services is boosted by the promotions of Andrew Simpson and Tom Worthy to manager and laboratory manager respectively. Chad Murray assumes the role of Seaward Electronic Quality Manager, while other appointments include Brett Spence as Junior Production Engineer, Natasha Kirkup as Junior Buyer, Toni Wells as Management Accountant and Jade Fitzgerald as Assistant Accountant.

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Also based in Tampa, Fla., Seaward Electronic currently employs approximately 170 people and is an industry-leading manufacturer of electronic test and measurement equipment.

Seaward Electronic CEO Chris Callan said, “We have a growth strategy – and developing our expertise and skills is an important part of that strategy.”

“We offer exciting projects and technologies and it has been fantastic to welcome new team members to strengthen our ability to introduce new products to our global markets.”

Latimer Hinks

Latimer Hinks Solicitors has welcomed Rob Steer, an experienced estate agent specializing in estate transfers, to its growing team, who will join as Associate Solicitor as part of the next phase of growth.

Rob graduated from Northumbria University with a law degree and got his first legal job in 2012 with a law firm in Middlesbrough. He said: “I was born and raised in Darlington and was keen to advance my career locally. I secured a position with an established company based in Darlington, where I stayed for six years, eventually taking on the role of employed partner before joining Latimer Hinks.”

A highlight of Rob’s career to date has been the sale of a large portfolio comprising a significant number of properties.

He said: “This deal has been invaluable for my learning and development. It was essentially the same work I do every day, only on a much larger scale.”

Latimer Hinks recently made a significant investment in its IT systems to revolutionize the way the company works with its clients, which Rob discovers: “A difference between Latimer Hinks and other companies I’ve worked for , are the IT facilities that are far away. “I’m a bit more advanced here, so it was quite a learning curve for me.”


The new chairman Dr. Sarah Prichard has pledged to support the Association of Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) and the organization’s members in taking on “the challenge of a generation”.

She believes that membership in ACE gives companies of all sizes a stronger voice and impact in putting the built environment sector at the center of the global net zero challenge.

The partner and managing director for UK Buildings, Hong Kong and China at Buro Happold is also focused on ACE delivering his design for 2022-2025.

dr Prichard said the blueprint will support ACE members to be more impactful and drive economic growth across the UK while developing skills for a greener future.

Gateshead College

Entrepreneur and lawyer Michael Wood Williams has been appointed as the new President of Gateshead College.
He brings extensive business experience to the position, including a successful career in the computer software industry and expertise in business planning, corporate finance, corporate law and software and systems implementation. He has also held a number of non-executive directorships in recent years.

The Northern Echo: David Alexander, Director and CEO, Michael Wood Williams, new Chair of the Governors and Sarah Stewart, former Chair of the GovernorsDavid Alexander, Director and CEO, Michael Wood Williams, incoming Chairperson and Sarah Stewart, past Chairperson (Image: press release)
Michael, who has served as vice chair at Gateshead College since 2021, said: “I am delighted to be taking on this important role. I will focus on supporting colleagues to make everyone in the boardroom feel empowered and working together to ensure it feels like the safest space possible to explore ideas so we can continue to challenge ourselves, to realize the college’s ambitious vision.”
He succeeds Sarah Stewart OBE DL, Northeast Corporate Executive, who has held numerous board positions in the private, public and third sectors. Sarah, a former High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear and former CEO of the NewcastleGateshead Initiative, has been in office for over three years.
Working with the board and leadership team, Sarah oversaw the successful transition that Gateshead College has undergone over the past few years – this has included the delivery of a financial recovery plan and the building of a new leadership team, including the appointment of an executive director and finance director, and renewal of the team board membership and recently ensured a strong result of the Ofsted inspection.

George F White

SPECIALIST real estate consultancy George F. White has announced Sally Hart and Richard Garland as joint managing partners.

The Northern Echo: Richard Garland by George F. White, Sally Hart and Robyn PeatGeorge F. White’s Richard Garland, Sally Hart and Robyn Peat (Image: press release)
After being instrumental in the accelerated growth of George F. White over the past few years, the two have come together to strategically drive the company’s ambitious vision for continued growth after what has been the most successful year to date.
Sally, who assumed the role of Managing Director last year, will focus on business strategy and operations, leading the property administration and agency teams. Richard, promoted from partner, will focus on business development and strategic client work at a high level.

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Both have been at the forefront of the company’s evolution and have helped define the customer proposition on which its strong growth is based.
Former Managing Partner Robyn Peat has assumed the role of Chair and will remain with the Company and on the Company’s Board of Directors and continue to work with clients.
The announcement comes as the company is celebrating its biggest year of growth to date following its merger with Johnson Tucker LLP. Revenue is up 10 percent from last year’s record year and headcount has grown 17.5 percent to over 100 team members.
Major investments were also made to expand into new territories: within six months three new offices were opened in Hexham, Durham and Leeds and existing offices were expanded. Changes at Latimer Hinks, George F. White and Gateshead College

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