Nicola Mckay has been appointed to an associate role at design and architecture company HLM. Ms Mckay has delivered high-profile projects in the UK, Ireland and internationally, in a broad range of sectors including healthcare, commercial and hospitality. She also held a post as a lecturer, and is managing HLM’S hospitality projects in Abu Dhabi. Michelle Linden has been appointed director at Specsavers in Newry, where she will be responsible for helping to grow the business and develop staff. Ms Linden has worked for Specsavers Newry for 10 years, recently as a senior optometrist. Steven Lennon has been appointed associate at HLM. Mr Lennon has worked for the company for 10 years and offers extensive knowledge and design expertise. Mr Lennon leads HLM’S flagship work with the NI Fire and Rescue Service. He is also overseeing the £73m North Wing project at Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry. Jonathan Hacking has been appointed associate in mergers, acquisitions and corporate at A&L Goodbody to advise public and private sector clients on all aspects of commercial, data and IP law. He specialises in commercial law, technology, IP matters. Kate Ferguson has been appointed communications director at Jago. With more than 15 years’ experience of PR and marketing communications, spanning both in-house and agency, Ms Ferguson’s role will see her direct a team of communications professionals and lead PR strategy, creative campaign development and media relations. David Craig will take over as head of the media department at law firm Johnsons Solicitors. He will combine this role with his position as head of Johnsons’ large loss team. He acted for both plaintiffs and defendants in a number of high-profile cases. Moira Leheny will head up Belfast firm Hool Law. She is one of Northern Ireland’s most experienced specialist family lawyers. She advises on and resolves the most pressing issues following relationship breakdown in terms of money, children, pensions and co-habitee disputes as well as pre-marital agreements. Aine Hughes has been appointed associate, restructuring and insolvency at A&L Goodbody. She specialises in providing advice to insolvency practitioners and financial institutions on both contentious and non-contentious matters.