Who we are

Established in 2007, Place North West is a business-to-business website for property and regeneration professionals in the North West.

Place North West is part of publishing group, Place North. We publish news, comment, event listings, job vacancies, in-depth special reports and professional advice on a broad subject range but with a strict regional focus.

In addition to our online publishing, Place North West also delivers the region’s best industry events, from breakfast meetings and conferences to client events and socials.

Place North West reports on activity in Manchester, Greater Manchester, Liverpool, Merseyside, Preston, Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire, Warrington and North Wales.

Please send ALL press releases to news@placenorthwest.co.uk


Charity partner

Championing a diverse and more modern built environment has always been a focus for Place North. That’s why we partner with Regeneration Brainery to accelerate change to make our industry more representative of the world in which it operates.

Regeneration Brainery is a not-for-profit organisation that addresses the skills gap and the need for diversity in the property industry by working with young people from under-represented backgrounds to encourage them to pursue careers in the built environment.

Get involved with Regeneration Brainery


The Place team


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Julia Hatmaker - Editor

Julia is a veteran multimedia journalist, who joined the team in 2021. She comes to Place from the United States, where she worked for nearly a decade at the Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper The Patriot-News and its website, PennLive.com. In 2020, she was named one of the 25 rising stars of journalism under the age of 35 by Editor & Publisher, the American newspaper trade magazine.

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Dan Whelan - Senior reporter

Dan graduated with a First Class honours degree in journalism from the University of Salford in 2015, before moving to Spain to work as an English language teacher. During his four years in Spain, he worked as a freelance sports reporter, covering football for a variety of publications. Dan joined Place North West in January 2020.

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Sophie Rennie - Reporter

Sophie graduated with a distinction in Media and Journalism from Newcastle University in 2022. Throughout her time at university she wrote for a variety of online publications, before moving to Manchester to join Place North West.

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David Thame - Analysis editor

David has more than 30 years’ experience covering the region’s property industry. He is responsible for producing The Subplot and contributing broadly to the editorial management team. The Subplot focuses on getting behind the headlines and examining the issues affecting the industry, as well as the significant role the North West plays in the national economy.


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Dino Moutsopoulos - Managing partner, head of commercial

Dino has more than 22 years of experience in strategic business development and growing brands. Specialising in event sponsorship, Dino has worked both nationally and internationally, winning work with global brands and SMEs alike. Dino is responsible for leading the commercial offering of Place North and overseeing strategic commercial projects and managing key Partner work across the firm. He holds an MA in Communications and Public Relations from Manchester Metropolitan University.

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Louise Hall - Business development manager - Yorkshire & North East

Louise has more than 25 years’ experience in business development. From Middlesbrough originally, she is a graduate of Teesside University and has lived in West Yorkshire for 23 years. She joined Place North in 2023 to focus on expanding Place Yorkshire and Place North East.

Products & Events

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Kirsty Butcher - Managing partner, head of product

Kirsty leads on the delivery and development of Place products and services, to ensure we’re providing engaging and quality publications across the North. She has nearly 10 years of B2B publishing experience and has been with Place since 2015, seeing readership grow by 300% in that time.

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Laura Davies - Event director

Laura has more than 10 years of events experience. After graduating from Bangor University, she began her career in event management at a bilingual communications consultancy. In 2013 she moved to Manchester, working in the events team of a B2B publishing company, before joining Place North West in November 2018.

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Annaliese Hesketh - Event producer

Annaliese graduated with a First Class honours degree in Event Management from Leeds Beckett University. Having worked at an event publicist, she joined Place North West in March 2021 to assist with the busy calendar of conferences and socials.

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Zara Ashraf - Event Assistant

Zara graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2022 with a degree in Business Management, before completing her MSc in Hospitality and Tourism at Northumbria University. She has several years of hospitality and event experience, joining the events team at Place North in 2023 as Event Assistant.

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David Booth - Content producer

David graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a degree in Filmmaking and went on to work behind the camera for four years creating videos and digital marketing content for a recycled plastic manufacturing company in Lancashire. David joined in March 2020 to grow the video and content offering at Place North West.


Holly Sale - Digital content and marketing producer

After graduating from Lancaster University with a degree in Linguistics, Holly began her marketing career at Peel. In 2023, she joined Place North to further enhance our digital and marketing content.

Office Management & Accounts

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Fiona Davies - Office and accounts manager

Fiona gained a degree in Marketing with Management before moving to Manchester in 2011. Her background in the property sector consists of experience in legal, administrative and managerial positions. She positively assists and supports the day to day running of Place by managing our office and accounts.



Paul Unger - Publisher

Paul founded regional trade title Place North West in 2007. He started in journalism as a graduate trainee on the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo, rising to become business editor of the Daily Post. After moving into freelance business reporting, he spent six years as North West features writer for Property Week, before creating Place.

Address: Parsonage Chambers, 3 Parsonage, Manchester, M3 2HW
Company number: 09392799

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