Alex Atkinson, Liz Sidgwick, Simon Lomiiko, Michelle Merry, Heather Fitton.

Alex Atkinson (left) with colleagues Liz Sidgwick, Simon Lomiiko, Michelle Merry and Heather Fitton. Credit: Cubed Thinking

Identity Consult rings the changes

The development and construction consultancy has announced a regional restructure and made director-level promotions as it seeks further North West growth.

Identity Consult offers a variety of services including project management, cost consultancy, risk management, development consultancy, environmental impact assessment, procurement support, and building information modelling. The company also launched a decarbonisation arm earlier this year.

Alex Atkinson has been promoted to senior director, taking charge of North West business operations across the region. Atkinson will oversee a 21-person team operating out of the Preston and Salford offices, which she led on the opening of in 2022.

She will also support her newly promoted counterpart in the North East, Andrew Milnes, with the pair collaborating as they lead their respective regions’ leadership team management structure; one that is set to be replicated in the Yorkshire region in due course.

Atkinson originally joined Identity Consult in 2017 where she was instrumental in the growth of the North West team, leading its growth beyond  £2m turnover.

Speaking of her promotion she said: “I am delighted to further my career at Identity Consult, taking forward new opportunities as we seek to grow our portfolio and support clients across the North West.

“We are continually investing in our people, fostering an environment where everyone can evolve and be considered for promotion from within, supported by bringing in talent for key areas of growth. We are fortunate to support pioneering clients across the region and I look forward to partnering with more of them as we seek to support their delivery of sustainable new developments.”

The promotions also see Michelle Merry promoted to director of HR and social value, while Liz Sidgwick joins the North West team as associate director.

A former senior project manager at RPS, Liz has delivered property developments across multiple sectors across the North and is an active member of Women in Property.

She said: “I’m looking forward to making my mark at Identity Consult and joining an interesting and growing business. I can’t wait to collaborate with my new colleagues on our North West wide project portfolio.”

Other promotions in Salford and Preston include Chris Allsop’s move to associate director, supporting Simon Lomiiko, director of IC’s quantity surveying team. Heather Fitton, who recently passed her APC, has been promoted to associate, along with Gary Pinch who will join Fitton as associate and further bolster the senior QS team.

IC managing director Mark Doherty said: “Our IC people are the cornerstone of our success, and we are committed to fostering their growth within the company, promoting those already within our team while investing in new recruits, equipping them with the skills and expertise necessary to excel.

“My congratulations to each of these colleagues; these changes will allow continued growth across the company, with the right leadership team in place, and colleagues like Andrew and Alex immersed in their regions and now empowered to make the best decisions around local issues. They and each of our colleagues are in a fantastic position to support more clients in the delivery of all our projects across the North of England.”

The news comes following a period of growth for Identity Consult; during the past year it has announced an increase in turnover to £6.575m from £5.79m, as well as an increase in headcount with five new colleagues joining the team across its offices in Salford, Preston, Sunderland and York.

Current North West projects for Identity Consult include Salford City Council’s Irwell Valley, an affordable Passivhaus resi project.

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