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PROSPER MAGAZINE: DIGITAL EDITION

NEWS IN BRIEF

UNIVERSITY OF WOLVERHAMPTON STUDENT SCOOPS TOP AWARD FROM LEADING UK HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY BODY

Katie Walker, 22 from Wednesfield near Wolverhampton, was named ITT Hospitality and Catering Student of the Year in the Future You Awards run by the Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT).

Studying for a degree in International Hospitality Management with her Sandwich Year in the University of Wolverhampton Business School, Katie was chosen as winner of the category by the ITT Education and Training Committee.

The ITT is the only professional membership body for individuals employed in the travel and tourism industry, one of the largest trade sectors in the UK.

WEST MIDLANDS LEADING SUPPORTER OF VOCATIONAL LEARNING HAS SADLY PASSED AWAY

Geoff Jones, who ran training provider In-Comm Training since 1997, died unexpectedly in late July.

The larger than life character had been involved in manufacturing for more than 50 years after starting his career with British Steel in Bilston in 1968, before completing a BA in Human Resources & Business Studies and moving to Swan Housewares in Lye.

He stayed there until 1988 when his love affair with In-Comm began, first heading up the recruitment agency side of the firm and then working his way up to Training & Business Adviser, Business Services Manager and then Director just four years later.

Geoff along with lifelong friend and colleague Colin Mills then decided they wanted to ensure the long-term future of the business by buying shares in it, and, after convincing Annette to re-mortgage the family home, this was secured in 1997.

 

Geoff’s daughter, Bekki Phillips, Managing Director of In-Comm Training, said “We are devastated to lose Dad, first as a family and then for the passion and commitment he always gave to the business, our apprentices and people looking to use training to boost their career."

CITY HIRE FOR THURSFIELDS AS NEW HEAD OF EMPLOYMENT DEPARTMENT JOINS

Thursfields Solicitors has head-hunted a top lawyer from a large, global legal firm to become Head of its Employment department.

Helena Morrissey joins Thursfields after spending the last 14 years with Squire Patton Boggs (formerly Hammonds), where she started as an Assistant Solicitor and left as a Director in its Labour & Employment team.

Her experience has seen her act for a wide range of commercial clients, from small family businesses to household name corporates, covering the full range of employment law services.  

Michelle O’Hara, Commercial and HR Director of Thursfields, said, “Helena is the second key growth hire in as many months for our Employment Team.  We have built a team of seven employment law specialists based across our regional network.

 

We have the depth and breadth of expertise to advise employers of all sizes on their employment law and HR issues.

Helena initially studied music at the University of Birmingham and worked as a researcher and producer for BBC Radio 3 in the 1990s. She then retrained part time for four years as a lawyer at UWE Bristol, qualifying in 2003.

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