Senior industry figure Nick Leeming steps down from Belvoir board

first_imgHome » News » Senior industry figure Nick Leeming steps down from Belvoir board previous nextSenior industry figure Nick Leeming steps down from Belvoir boardAfter five years helping franchising giant through initial years on the AIM stockmarket, Nick is to be replaced as a non-exec director by Michael Stoop.Nigel Lewis26th March 201801,387 Views Senior industry figure Nick Leeming has stepped down from his position as a non-executive director at franchised lettings giant Belvoir after five years on the company’s board.Nick has helped steer Belvoir through a turbulent five-year period since it floated on the AIM stock market, raising £7 million to fund an aggressive expansion programme and, last year, an attempt to merge with The Property Franchise Group (TPFG), parent company of Martin & Co.He joined the Belvoir board after stepping down from a senior role at portal Zoopla. As well as his work for Belvoir, Nick has been Chairman of Jackson-Stops since 2013 and been a regular judge for The Negotiator’s industry awards.Nick, who says he is retiring from his position at Belvoir, will step down on 10th April and be replaced by another industry stalwart, Michael Stoop (pictured, left).Michael has an equally gold-plated and long-standing career within the industry having helped establish Belvoir’s franchising rivals Winkworth and TPFG, and in July last year returning to Winkworth in an advisory role.“On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Nick for his considerable contribution since the Group floated on AIM,” says Michael Goddard, Chairman of Belvoir.“I am delighted to welcome Michael to the Company and am sure his deep understanding of franchising as well as the property sector will be a great asset to the Group. The Board very much looks forward to working with him.”Michael Goddard will now replace Nick Leeming as Chairman of Belvoir’s Remuneration Committee and also become a member of its Audit Committee.The 62-year-old also has several other key industry connections including roles at Agents Giving, The Property Ombudsman and proptech firm Sorbet HQ. Michael Stoop Nick Leeming Belvoir TPFG Zoopla March 26, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img

St Hugh’s fines cross the line

first_imgA series of fines amounting to over £2000 issued by St Hugh’s has provoked outrage among many members of the JCR. The fines have been collected by the college authorities for rule infringements this term involving smoking indoors, bringing guests into college, theft, having vomit in a bin, and vandalism of college property.In Freshers’ Week, two first year students were fined £150 each and banned from the college bar for a term for urinating in a bush. Later in the week, the college imposed further punishment after finding out that police had issued a caution to the same two students for what was described by one St Hugh’s fresher, who wished to remain anonymous, as “horsing around with some bikes in town.”The offenders were issued with a further £300 fine, a year-long ban from the college bar and the threat of immediate rustication for any future offence. The eventual punishment came after over two and a half weeks of meetings. The issue was referred from the Dean to the Disciplinary Committee and finally the Junior Proctor, who allegedly called the offenders “idiots” and “arseholes”, and told them that they did not deserve to be at the University.This was one of several incidents incurring fines that were recounted to Cherwell, most of which have happened since third week. They concern largely, but not exclusively, members of the first year. Most of our sources wished to remain anonymous for fear of recriminations within St Hugh’s.In another incident, two freshers were fined £100 each for stealing signs from Wadham, which were returned to the college within an hour.One of the students was fined a further £100 for vandalising his staircase. This involved depositing seven slices of mouldy bread in front of a friend’s door, leaving cigarette butts lying around and creating a mess on his own door that he cleaned up the next morning. A second year student was fined £200 for smoking in her room and playing music at 10.50pm, when neither of her neighbours were present. “I was hardly creating a ‘noise disturbance’ to other members of the college,” she told Cherwell. There were also reports of group activities, such as conversations and watching films, being stopped by members of the decanal team. Many within the college feel that the measures have been too strict, with one first year student saying “we feel our own independence is being infringed upon.”One of those who have been fined told the Cherwell that he believed such punishments to be “highly disproportionate”. He said that he resented above all the lack of “room for discussion” over the punishments. “Any response given to the dean was considered an act of rudeness.“At times I was simply accused of things that were not the case, andwhen I tried, as politely as I could, discuss this with him, I was shouted at,” he added.Others have felt that there is a behavioural problem in St Hugh’s this year – with incidents such as windows being smashed – and that all punishments were administered in line with college rules. “I don’t feel any of the fines have been arbitrarily dished out and all have been perfectly justified,” said one third-year student.“Those first years that have committed serial offences need to get a life and realise that all this does is give their year a bad reputation.” An email titled “Advice from the Dean” sent to all members of the JCR by First-Year Rep Tom Meacher warned, among other things, of the implications of breaking the law by smoking indoors.“I must warn you that the dean takes this extremely seriously,” Meacher wrote, “as, if a member of the college staff complains (for example a scout who cleans your room) through their trade union, the college would not have a leg to stand on in court and would be liable for a fine in the tens of thousands of pounds.”Sebastian Stain, one of the Junior Deans, told Cherwell that the college regulations have not changed since last year and that he felt that the increase in decanal activity was due to “the behaviour of some people in the first year.”“The measures are completely appropriate,” he said. “Everything is in line with the college and university regulations.”The “dramatic increase in decanal activity” was raised in a JCR meeting on 7 November by second-year students Annie MacIver and Shanna Martens. In their proposal they expressed concern that the punishments were having “an entirely adverse effect” and had “increased hostility to the decanal team”. The motion noted that the decanal team does “a valuable and essential job,” but also declared that “students have the capacity and maturity to be aware of each other.”It continued, “we believe it is unnecessary to discipline students for activities that can be shown to not inconvenience others, for example listening to music or watching TV late at night, having ensured that neighbouring students are not working or sleeping.”The read more

University under fire for “Orwellian” guidance report

first_imgOxford University has faced criticism for a Trinity term newsletter published by the Equality and Diversity Unit, which warned against racist micro-aggressions.According to the report, this “subtle, everyday racism can appear trivial. But repeated micro-aggressions can be tiring and alienating”.The piece, entitled ‘Everyday Racism’, went on to say that racial micro-aggressions may include not making eye contact or speaking directly to people, as well as “not believing someone is British” by making jokes or drawing attention to their accent.Dr. Joanna Williams, a lecturer in higher education at the University of Kent, said the guidance was “completely ridiculous”.Speaking to The Telegraph, Dr. Williams said: “Essentially people are being accused of a thought crime. They are being accused of thinking incorrect thoughts based on an assumption of where they may or may not be looking.”The Daily Mail gave the story a provocative headline: “Avoiding making eye contact or asking where someone is from are signs of RACISM says Oxford University in new snowflake row”.The article included comments from Professor Frank Furedi, who said the advice was “Orwellian” and urged Oxford to “wake up to reality”.He added: “To go from simply stating someone is racist based on what they say to assume they are unconsciously racist is a very Orwellian turn. Micro-aggressions empower the accuser to say that it doesn’t matter what you intend by that look, I just know by the look of your eyes you are racist.”Femi Nylander, a campaigner with Rhodes Must Fall, reacted to the coverage from the newspapers: “We have become used to seeing reactionary articles from these publications, which decry the genuine grievances of minority students as simply the cries of a snowflake generation.”Nylander’s criticism comes after Balliol College’s University Challenge team decided to “ethically boycott” the Daily Mail.An Oxford University spokesman told Cherwell: “The Equality and Diversity Unit works with University bodies to ensure that the University’s pursuit of excellence goes hand in hand with freedom from discrimination and equality of opportunity and the newsletter is one way of advising and supporting staff towards achieving these aims.However, the University have recently apologised for the newsletter.In a series of tweets, the University replied to criticism: “We made a mistake. Our newsletter was too brief to deal adequately and sensibly with the issue.“We are sorry that we took no account of other reasons for difference in eye contact and social interaction, including disability.“Oxford deeply values and works hard to support students and staff with disabilities, including those with autism or social anxiety disorder.”last_img

Speech: Global economic outlook: trade, growth and the Commonwealth

first_imgHello and let me add my welcome to London, and to the Commonwealth Business Forum.It is great to see so many of you here, at what I am sure will be a very worthwhile and successful event.One of the core stated aims of this Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting is to build a more prosperous future for the Commonwealth, its member states and all our citizens.Prosperity is, of course, a key marker for human progress.It is obvious to all that an increase in prosperity – or alleviation from poverty – at an individual level engenders personal liberty.But prosperity on a national basis can create freedom on a far greater scale, providing the means for states to realise the wider aims of this meeting.I have said many times before that trade is not an end in itself. Trade is a means by which we spread prosperity. Prosperity is the means by which we create and underpin social cohesion. Social cohesion contributes to political stability, and political stability is the essential building block of our collective security. It is a continuum that cannot be affected at one point, without affecting the whole. You cannot choose to have protectionism rather than free trade without there being consequences.If you choose not to have global free trade do not be surprised if you get increased mass migration. Or increased radicalisation.But prosperity is also the means by which nations can build a fairer and more sustainable future.So, although it may be a view that you expect from the Secretary of State for International Trade, I believe that building our prosperity is the most important issue of this CHOGM, underpinning our other aims.I would even go further and say that prosperity and its economic foundations offer a blueprint for the future direction of this organisation.Its members would be the first to acknowledge that the Commonwealth of Nations is unlike any other intergovernmental organisation.It is not a military alliance like NATO, nor is it simply a political entity.It is not an alliance based on geographical proximity, or an international rule-setting body like the WTO.Rather, it is a group of nations brought together by the ties of history, culture, friendship, family, and sometimes language.These ties were not created by design. But the Commonwealth is an acknowledgement that, as much as our countries have been part of one another’s past, we will also be an essential part of one another’s future.In many ways, this is an approach that stands us in good stead as we meet the challenges of an increasingly globalised world.Increasingly, challenges, opportunities and solutions are multinational affairs, requiring co-operation that extends beyond the borders of nations or continents.I firmly believe that the strength of the Commonwealth lies in its diversity. Our members range from some of the largest and most populous countries on earth, to the smallest.Such variety presents disparate challenges, but also a wide range of experience.Likewise, the different levels of development of our members should not be seen as detrimental.Instead, it is an opportunity – a chance to use our collective strengths to support our fellow members and help to unlock our collective economic potential.The UK believes that free and open trade is the greatest catalyst for poverty elimination and lasting economic development.Development in the modern era must be about developing economic and commercial capacity – nurturing new industries in less developed countries and creating lasting opportunity.The Commonwealth, with all of our rich experience and expertise, can lead the world in unlocking this approach.Development should no longer be focussed simply on giving and receiving aid, but on commercial partnership, and working together to realise our economic potential.Make no mistake – that potential is vast.According to the Commonwealth Secretariat, intra-Commonwealth trade is currently estimated at around $560 billion. An impressive figure but, as the Prime Minister said earlier, it is projected to grow rapidly, to over $700 billion by 2020.And, as the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, we have the opportunity to re-invigorate our Commonwealth partnerships and usher in a new era, harnessing the movement of expertise, talent, goods, and capital between our nations in a way that we have not for a generation or more.Yet beyond this obvious economic advantage, I believe that the Commonwealth has the potential, and the responsibility, to take a principal role in the defence of global commercial freedoms.In an era when free trade is increasingly threatened by the siren call of protectionism, we have the opportunity to reject insularity in favour of economic openness and co-operation.It is the United Kingdom’s ambition to become the foremost global champion of free trade, using our economic and diplomatic influence to support free trade.This will mean leading by example, and where better to begin than with our friends read more

Students participate in Black Friday shopping

first_imgWhen major retailers like Walmart and Target began their Black Friday sales over Thanksgiving break, the shopping rush drew some Notre Dame students straight from the dinner table. Senior Michelle Ferreira, a Los Angeles native who stayed in South Bend for the break, started Black Friday on Thursday. “I ended up leaving dinner at about 9 p.m. [Thursday], and I headed over to Walmart” she said. “They opened everything at 10 p.m. and it was pure chaos. It was absolutely nuts.” Ferreira had never heard of Black Friday before coming to Notre Dame, she said, and she was surprised by how seriously some took the sales. “People waiting had lawn chairs out, it was completely packed,” Ferreira said. “You had to know what area you wanted, because people had obviously scoped it out days in advance. There was like a 200 person line in every aisle. I wanted to get out as soon as possible.” Ferreira said some of her fellow bargain-hunters let the mania get the best of them. “I didn’t see pepper spraying or gun shots or whatever, but I saw people crying, I saw some disputes between people,” she said. “They were cutting in line, there were some disputes between families — there was just chaos.” Ferreira walked out of the store unscathed with a number of additions to her movie collection. “It was $1.96 for DVDs. And they were recent movies, too,” she said. “I got The Hangover and my brother wanted Fast Five Blu-ray for Christmas. They had it for $10.” While shoppers like Ferreira hit the aisles early, not all of the deals were snatched up by the time the second wave of shoppers arrived Friday. Junior Aurora Kareh opted for a Friday afternoon shopping trip at The Woodlands Mall in her Texas hometown. “It was 2 or 3 p.m. when we got to Macy’s,” Kareh said. “It was more full than I had ever seen it, but it wasn’t what I expected it had been when they opened.” Unlike Ferreira’s DVD hunt, Kareh did not have a plan of action when she arrived at the mall. “I didn’t have anything specific in mind that I wanted to buy, but I knew Macy’s would have good deals on things I would be interested in,” she said. Junior Lexi Casaceli’s Black Friday shopping at the Lee Outlets in Lee, Mass., was even less deliberate. “We went after lunch on a spur-of-the-moment trip because it was such a nice day out, so we would be able to enjoy the weather while shopping at the outdoor outlets,” she said. Like Kareh, Cascaceli avoided the intensity of the late-night shoppers. “Unfortunately, I saw nothing ridiculous,” Cascaceli said. “We had missed most of the Black Friday deals at the outlet that went from midnight to 6 a.m., so the crazies weren’t out, although there were still a lot of shoppers.” Ferreira said these giant crowds, at least in South Bend, may be a result of the economic climate. “In South Bend, it’s pretty nuts,” she said. “The economy is hurting people, so everyone’s taking advantage of what they can with savings.” Ferreira said one Black Friday shopping trip was enough for her. “I won’t be going back next year,” she said. “I’m a senior, so no more South Bend crazy Black Fridays for me. Unless I need a 70-inch plasma for half-off down the road, no thanks.”last_img

Police Director, Leader of Anti-Drug Fight in Colombia, Resigns

first_imgBy Dialogo April 23, 2012 The director of the Colombian police, Óscar Naranjo, resigned on April 19, after five years in a key post for the fight against drug trafficking, President Juan Manuel Santos, who praised the agent’s career, announced. “You’ve won the respect of all the nations that are fighting against crime, against drug trafficking (…) you’re leaving behind a police force that is producing results every day,” Santos congratulated Naranjo during a joint press appearance. Naranjo was appointed by former president Álvaro Uribe (2002-2010). “It’s a normal transition in the context of something that was entirely expected,” affirmed Santos, who explained that Naranjo did not want to remain in his post for more than five years. The police general will continue as director until July. The name of his replacement has not yet been announced. In his remarks, Naranjo limited himself to recognizing the work done by the current Colombian administration and the police force. Santos praised the departing director’s efforts, stressing that Colombia is currently reporting its lowest rate of violent deaths in the last 27 years, with 31 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants in 2011. The president also highlighted the successes achieved by his security forces in reducing coca cultivation, arresting drug traffickers, and striking blows against the FARC guerrilla group. Naranjo was named police director in 2007, when Santos was in charge of the Defense Ministry, which includes the police under its umbrella, and in 2011, he also became director of the Police Community of the Americas (AMERIPOL). In the course of his career, Naranjo also led the police intelligence directorate and participated in the dismantling of the large drug cartels in the 1990s.last_img

Alleged Rapist Tried to Hire Hit Man to Kill Victim, DA Says

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Patrick O’SullivanAn alleged rapist accused of trying to recruit a fellow inmate to kill two witnesses wanted to mail one target’s decapitated head to the witness’ family for the holidays, Suffolk County authorities said.The grisly failed hit-for-hire plot was detailed in handwritten letters shared between the suspect, Patrick O’Sullivan, and an anonymous inmate-turned-informant who was incarcerated near O’Sullivan’s Suffolk County jail cell, according to investigators.“The DA needs a crying bitch [to] really get a conviction, right?” the 21-year-old East Moriches man allegedly wrote in one of the letters to the informant that prosecutors released to the media. The informant wrote back: “Yeah, without her no one can say you were there when it happened.”O’Sullivan has been jailed since December on charges of predatory sexual assault, first-degree rape, criminal sexual act, sexual abuse, burglary and criminal use of a firearm. Prosecutors said he shot at the victim, who was house sitting a Stony Brook home at the time, tied her up and sexually assaulted her at knifepoint in November 2012.A judge set his bail at $1 million bond or $250,000 cash, which O’Sullivan has not posted. Authorities said he tried to recruit the inmate he befriended because the “hit man” was scheduled to be released last month. O’Sullivan allegedly offered $23,000 for a hit on both the victim and a witness that places him in the house, which belongs to the suspect’s friend.“In his mind, without those two witnesses, he would go free,” Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota told reporters Wednesday during a news conference at his Hauppauge office. “He wanted it done before the holidays.”Spota then read part the most disturbing part of a detailed letter O’Sullivan allegedly wrote to the informant after the informant was released from jail: “After you kill the witness, bury the witness so that after the case against me collapses and I get out of jail, I can dig the body up, cut his head off and mail it to his family for the holidays.”But, the inmate reported the plot to prosecutors through his attorney and negotiated a slightly earlier release. Spota said both targets have been made aware of the plot. Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco said O’Sullivan now being watched even closer by guards at the county’s main jail in Riverside.“He will be kept separate, but you can’t keep inmates from talking to each other,” said DeMarco, adding that inmates “kite” notes between cells by folding them into paper airplanes and flying them back and forth.O’Sullivan will be arraigned Tuesday on two counts of conspiracy to commit murder. He faces up to life in prison on the predatory sexual assault charge, if convicted.last_img

How to use content marketing services to cross sell to CU Members

first_img 34SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Content marketing services involve a marketing technique of creating and distributing valuabe, relevant and consistent content to attract and acquire a clearly defined audience, with the objective of driving profiltable customer action.  The key word here is “valuable” according to Forbes.Likely your CU is using content marketing services to promote specific campaigns identified by their strategic plan for the year.  Additionally, these campaigns should also align with SMART business goals for the year (i.e. increase new checking accounts by X, grow auto loans by X, grow home loans by X, increase savings accounts by X, etc.) at your CU.  Here are some examples of content and channels we use with our clients to cross sell to their CU members.eBooksMost of our clients include eBooks in their campaigns.  These eBooks range in size from 2000-4000 words in length, depending on the topic.  We recently developed an eBook for a client to use for their home loan campaign.  After some SEO and keyword research, we decided it would be best to develop a printable “Home Buying Checklist” eBook that its members could print out and take with them to aide in their home buying success. continue reading »last_img

Governor Wolf Leads Call-to-Action for Criminal Justice Reform

first_imgGovernor Wolf Leads Call-to-Action for Criminal Justice Reform SHARE Email Facebook Twitter April 12, 2018center_img Criminal Justice Reform,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel, legislators, and advocacy groups in a call-to-action for criminal justice reforms that are long overdue and necessary to provide consistency and uniformity in the system.“The debate about how we can fix our criminal justice system is complicated, and over time that debate has changed to reflect the modern realities and issues present in our system,” Governor Wolf said. “I believe that we can improve the criminal justice system, so that we can protect victims while also ending a cycle of incarceration that has left so many people feeling trapped, helpless and without an opportunity to return to society after they have been released.”The governor outlined a package of eight reform initiatives, including:Justice Reinvestment Initiatives (JRI2), which seek to provide for fair sentencing, increase parole supervision and use of community-based programs, among other reforms.Bail and Pre-Trial Reforms to ensure that everyone has a right to a fair trial and that risk-assessment tools are consistent across the commonwealth.Post-Conviction Relief Act Expansion to reduce time sensitivity by increasing awareness of when rights expire so defendants can make an informed plea decision. Currently if a defendant pleads guilty, they are foreclosed from post-conviction relief; this needs to change so all defendants, regardless of plea, may attempt to prove their innocence.Review/Implement the Goals of the Sentencing Commission, which include adopting a standardized, single assessment tool model used from pre-trial until parole completion.Probation/Parole Revocation and Resentencing to create uniformity in probation revocation procedures and ensure a correlation between risk and probation lengths, resulting in better supervision.Comprehensive Clean Slate Legislation currently being considered in the General Assembly and the first step in establishing a much more comprehensive clean slate law in the commonwealth to provide an opportunity for persons convicted of greater offenses, including felony convictions, to reenter the community with success.Indigent Defense is a critical part of the system that can have a large impact on volume, cost, and human effects and is needed in Pennsylvania to ensure the independence and quality of counsel under the Sixth Amendment.Stepping Up Initiative, which was launched statewide in April 2017 and via summit in December 2017 along with a data-driven project by Dauphin County to examine its criminal justice system, with the goal of reducing the number of people who have serious mental illnesses in the county prison. The findings from that project will be made public at the end of this month and will be used to develop policy and programming recommendations.The governor was joined by Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf in announcing these reforms. Sen. Greenleaf has been a champion of criminal justice reform and is the Senate Judiciary Committee chair.“At one time, Pennsylvania had a 65 percent recidivism rate – that is a failed system,” said Sen. Greenleaf. “Since the landmark passage of criminal justice reform legislation in 2012, following our first round with the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, we have reduced our inmate population by over 3,300 inmates, seen a sharp decline in the recidivism rate and saved the state over $400 million. While we have made great progress in recent years reversing the unintended consequences of the past, there are still great injustices built into the system which must be rectified.”“We need to do the work to make our criminal justice system fairer, more equitable and more focused on rehabilitation,” Governor Wolf said. “Since I became Governor, I have worked hard to reform our system so that it leads to better outcomes and saves taxpayer dollars – while also leading to less crime and fewer victims.“Let’s continue to work towards building the criminal justice system we all want to see in Pennsylvania.”last_img