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Morven Smith has been appointed HR director at Watson Burton. Smith joins from British Energy’ Hartlepool plant, where she was HR manager. She will be responsible for personnel management at the firm’s Newcastle, Leeds and London offices. Watson Burton managing director Patrick Harwood said Smith’s experience would be a great asset to the firm and […]

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