Prof Dianne Ford (pictured)
Northumbria University has appointed a new executive dean to lead its faculty of health and life sciences. Professor Dianne Ford joins from Newcastle University, where she was director of PhD studies in the faculty of medical sciences. A Fellow of the Society of Biology, Prof Ford will now lead Northumbria’s largest academic faculty, which has almost 12,000 students and 595 staff.
Major Family Law
Major Family Law has expanded its North East Team with the appointment of family lawyer, Trevor Gay.
Trevor is experienced in a broad range of family law issues, including divorce proceedings, pre- and post-nuptial financial agreements and proceedings with high-net-worth clients. He has relocated to the North East having worked in a number of legal practices in London, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. 
Keith Russell and Lucy Richardson
Business development manager and marketing and communications exec
PD Ports has announced two new appointments. Former shipping agent Keith Russell has joined as a business development manager while former journalist Lucy Richardson has been appointed as a marketing and communications executive to help raise the profile of PD Ports within its key markets.
Area sales manager
Specialist chemicals company Devine Chemicals has expanded its team with the appointment of Will Norris as a new area sales manager. Will, who has vast expertise in the plastics sector, will be responsible for expanding Devine Chemicals’ presence, by promoting the company’s products and developing and maintaining business partner relationships.
Dan Gadd and Andy Bell
Lead developer and senior web designer
Newcastle-based creative digital agency Keltie Cochrane has invested in its digital offering with two new appointments.
Dan Gadd joins the agency as lead developer with over five years’ experience in digital development and technical engineering, while Andy Bell has taken on the role of senior web and user interface designer.
Malhotra Group plc
North East care and leisure company Malhotra Group plc has recruited Ian Tubman as a project director.
Ian has worked in the construction industry for more than 25 years, serving his time as a joiner and building surveyor before going on to be senior project manager on large scale capital projects and programmes. His primary responsibility will be to deliver property/site development projects within the group, on time and within budget.