YORK-based JMG Townends Insurance Brokers has recruited Chris Midgley as Senior Account Executive to support growth and add further depth of experience to its team.

Mr Midgley brings almost 30 years insurance industry experience to his role at JMG Townends, 18 of which were gained at Bluefin in its York and Harrogate offices.

JMG Townends Insurance Brokers is a joint venture between Townends Chartered Accountants and insurance broker, JM Glendinning. Led by David Fryer, the business looks after the needs of owner managed businesses to ensure their assets and income are protected.

EAST Yorkshire poultry supplier Soanes Poultry has appointed a new technical manager to support the growing business.

The Middleton-on-the-Wolds based business has been boosted by the appointment of Hannah Dearden who joins from the meat industry and will be responsible for developing, implementing and auditing the site’s food safety, quality and environmental management systems.

More than five million birds are reared annually on 11 farms and the business sells premium chicken to butchers, restaurateurs, wholesalers and independent retailers in Yorkshire and nationwide.

DRINKS producer Raisthorpe Manor Fine Foods based at Wharram is expanding with the appointment of Oliver Medforth as sales and operations director.

After studying business management at Bishop Burton College, Mr Medforth worked at Raisthorpe, a family business founded by his mother Julia, before studying for a degree in International Food and Agricultural Business from the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester. In his new role the 22-year-old will attend events across the UK to showcase products.