Appointments and promotions at Foundations, Kirwans and DSG

Council housing company Foundations, Merseyside law firm Kirwans and Liverpool accountancy firm DSG have all revealed new recruits and promotions

Darrell Mercer, Liam Knowles, Louise Davies and Angela Forshaw


Liverpool City Council’s housing company Foundations has announced four appointments to its board and senior management team.

The new non-executive directors are Darrell Mercer and Angela Forshaw who have joined Foundations’ board, bringing with them a range of industry skills and experience. Louise Davies has joined Foundations as development director and Liam Knowles is the new finance director.

Darrell has more than 40 years’ experience in the housing sector, and he started his career at Liverpool Housing Trust before moving to the Housing Corporation and Angela was the executive director of operation at Liverpool Mutual Homes between 2008 and 2019.

Louise brings  with her more than 17 years’ experience in the housing sector and most recently was group development director at Sovini Housing Group. Liam was group finance manager for Sovini.

Frank Hont, chair of Foundations, said: “Foundations is at an incredibly exciting period in its growth and we are delighted to be welcoming an experienced group of people to join our senior team.  

“Foundations has a major stake in the future of Liverpool’s housing market and we’ve been committed to building a team of experts who will work to ensure that we can meet our ambitions.”

From left, Natalie Byrne, Carl Nadim and Gabrielle Kitchen of Kirwans


Merseyside law firm Kirwans has seen two employees – Carl Nadim and Gabrielle Kitchen – have been awarded permanent contracts after completing a two-year training programme.

Carl, who will specialise in crime, started working at Kirwans in June 2016 and has a keen interest in fraud and motoring cases. Gabrielle, who will specialise in family law and dispute resolution, joined Kirwans in February 2015 and worked within the criminal department before moving to dispute resolution. 

And Kirwans deputy head of crime, Natalie Byrne, has also been celebrating after achieving Higher Rights of Audience for criminal advocacy which allows her to represent her clients as a solicitor-advocate in the senior criminal courts throughout England and Wales.

Mark Kearsley, tax director at DSG


Mark Kearsley has been promoted to tax director at Liverpool accountancy firm DSG after working 11 years at the practice as a chartered accountant and chartered tax advisor. Mark’s new role will have a focus on business development and advisory work for SMEs to large corporate firms across the Liverpool city region.

As well as assisting in leading the tax team of 13 people, he will oversee claims for creative industry tax reliefs and approval of seed/enterprise investment schemes. 

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