A network of young professionals
in and around Durham

Our Next Event...

Comedy at Durham Fringe

July @Durham Town Hall

Gin Tasting

Autumn @TBC

Christmas Quiz

Winter @TBC

Our Board

Yasmin Ali

Yasmin is a newly qualified solicitor within the commercial property department at EMG Solicitors Ltd. She works on a wide variety of transactions, ranging from the grant of new leases and licences to commercial property acquisitions and disposals and is always up for a challenge. Outside of work Yasmin enjoys travelling and being outdoors, as well as kickboxing where she has nearly mastered a flying roundhouse kick!

Louise Crowe

Louise works as a Senior Associate at Clive Owen LLP, based in the Durham office. She is currently training to become a Chartered Accountant and is due to sit her last exam in July 2022. She has worked at Clive Owen LLP since 2019. In her spare time she is a member of a dance school, she also likes to read and go for walks.

Natalie Currie

Natalie joined Handelsbanken in March 2017 at the Darlington branch, as an Account Manager Support. She has since worked in Darlington and Stockton branch providing support to both private and corporate clients. She now works as Individual Banking Manager at the Durham office, looking after a portfolio of private customers. Outside of work, Natalie enjoys spending her time with her husband and two children, often camping and embracing the great outdoors!

Charlotte Excell

Charlotte is a solicitor at Swinburne Maddison. Previously, she worked as a Paralegal and Trainee Solicitor in the commercial property and corporate departments of another regional firm. Outside of work, Charlotte loves to travel and in 2012 spent a year studying in China and travelling South-East Asia.

Ashley Garthwaite

Ashley qualified as a Solicitor at Swinburne Maddison LLP in February 2021 where she has worked for the last 5 and a half years. Ashley works in the firms Residential Conveyancing Department where she really enjoys helping clients buy their first homes. Ashley loves to travel and go for walks with her very spoilt dachshund, Versace. She is not embarrassed to say she is a big Harry Potter fan!

Andrew Grant

Andrew heads up Concision, a creative consultancy specialising in clear communication and clean design. He studied Classics and is a passionate writer and photographer. When not creating things, Andrew enjoys walking, roadtrips and reading.

Nicola Pennock

Nicola joined Handelsbanken in Newcastle as an Account Manager Support in April 2013 after previously having interned at our Sunderland branch in 2011. She has managed both private client and corporate portfolios and now works as an Individual Banking Manager in our Durham branch. Outside of work, Nicola spends most of her time running around after her young Daughter but also loves to travel and hopes to return to ticking off the bucket list soon!