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Yorkshire risk services firm celebrates growth in milestone year

Lighthouse partner Gwyn Evans with new recruits Charlie Robinson and Julie Byrne, Lighthouse partner Chris Hall and new apprentice Elena Brown

A Leeds-based risk management company has expanded its team with the appointment of three new employees, in what is its tenth anniversary year. 

To support the ongoing growth of the company, Lighthouse Risk Services has recruited three key members of staff, including head of accounts, Charlie Robinson, health and safety consultant, Julie Byrne and apprentice, Elena Brown.   

Charlie brings 25 years of accounting experience to the team, joining them from a head of finance role at a Leeds insurance brokers. With a strong background in business management, Charlie is responsible for elements operations including fleet management and HR, as well as producing Lighthouse’s monthly management accounts.  

Health and safety consultant, Julie Byrne, has 13 years’ health and safety consultancy experience gained through public and private sector roles. Julie is primarily responsible for carrying out health and safety audits for clients across the UK, including leading recent contract wins with a group of schools in Bradford and a dog and cat rehoming charity.

Having gained a degree in agriculture and setting her sights on becoming a sheep scientist, a temporary job sparked an interest in health and safety consulting and Julie’s career took off from there, taking her first health and safety role with Ernst and Young in 2004.

Apprentice, Elena, who opted for a change in study area having joined Lighthouse from a British Army training programme, said: “I joined the Army foundation college in Bournemouth straight from high school but soon realised I wanted to return to my roots in Yorkshire.

“I heard about the apprenticeship opportunity at Lighthouse and jumped at the chance to train whilst working. It’s the best of both worlds – I have the opportunity to shadow everyone in the team as well as gaining an NVQ level 3 in Business Administration through City Training.” 

Gwyn Evans, who was appointed as a new partner in April last year, said: “It’s been a terrific year for Lighthouse. We’ve got a fantastic team on board and we are in a strong position to expand further in the year ahead.

“We now have 14 team members and are already looking to recruit an additional health and safety consultant within the next six months, to support our growth projections.”

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