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Lancashire-based property and construction advisory firm Jones Melling has appointed its first non-executive director.  Experienced business advisor and accountant Phil Hawthorne has joined the Preston-based firm.

He brings over three decades of experience in the finance, property, pharmaceuticals, leisure and engineering sectors. Previous roles include senior positions at PwC and Proctor & Gamble.

Ken Jones, co-founder and director of Jones Melling, said: “We’ve expanded quickly in the last few years and it’s important we continue to manage this ongoing growth in a structured way. Phil has been there and done it all before. He can draw on huge reserves of experience and insight, bringing a fresh pair of eyes to the big decisions we take.”

Fellow director, Gary Melling, added: “Phil has strong expertise in management accounting and forecasting, so can add to our knowledge in this area. He will also be a great sounding board for the business. His experience outside the property sector also means he can bring an alternative perspective.”

Phil, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, added: “Mentoring up-and-coming professionals is something I enjoy immensely. I’m looking forward to helping Gary and Ken develop their business.”

Jones Melling, founded in 2009, has 16 staff with teams in building surveying, quantity surveying, residential surveying and project management. As well as its Preston office, the firm also has offices in Chester and London.

It acts for commercial landlords and property owners, architects, agents, law firms, investors, funders, developers and builders. Clients include Fairhome Group, Topps Tiles, Debenhams, London & Scottish Investments, M7 Real Estate and Renaker Build.

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