Movers & Shakers

A summary of some of June's key appointments, hires and promotions from across England, Scotland and Wales.

London & the South

Higginson named Clearwater International chair

Clearwater International has announced the appointment of Andrew Higginson as its new UK chairman.

Higginson is currently chairman of Bradford-based supermarket Morrisons and ITC Luxury Travel, one of the UK’s largest independent luxury tour operators, as well as a non executive director at Woolworths South Africa.

Prior to his role at Morrisons, Higginson was chairman of Poundland under Warburg Pincus ownership and through its successful IPO.

British Exporters Association names new president

The British Exporters Association (BExA) has announced that The Rt Hon Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean, PC, has been appointed as the association’s new president.

Baroness Symons is a senior Labour member of the House of Lords, a former deputy leader of the House of Lords, and held ministerial posts in the UK Government from 1997 until stepping down in 2005. Her time in government was as Minister for the Middle East, Minister for International Trade, Minister for Defence Procurement, and the Prime Minister’s envoy to the Gulf.

Mahon takes the reigns at Channel 4

Alex Mahon has been named as the new chief executive of Channel 4 - making her the first woman to take on the role in the broadcaster's 35-year history.

Alex is an experienced chief executive with a track record of strategic, commercial and creative leadership in the media and technology sectors.

Since 2015 she has been CEO at Foundry, a leading global developer of software to deliver high-end visual effects, 3D, virtual and augmented reality.

It has offices in the UK, USA, China and Ireland – and works with clients across the entertainment, design and digital sectors including Disney, Sony Pictures, Facebook and Google.

Hamer named new Sir Robert McAlpine chief

Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd has this month announced that Paul Hamer will be joining the company as its new chief executive on 31 July 2017. Hamer joins the company from WYG plc where he has been chief executive since 2009.

He said: "I am delighted to be joining Sir Robert McAlpine as it approaches its milestone anniversary of 150 years in business.

"I am looking forward to working with the McAlpine family, the board and my new colleagues to create and drive future success for Sir Robert McAlpine."

Chambers named new Anglo American chairman

Stuart Chambers is set to replace Sir John Parker as the new chairman of mining giant Anglo American.

Chambers was previously chairman of ARM Holdings plc and of Rexam plc until 2016. In recent years, he has served as a non-executive director on the boards of Smiths Group plc and Tesco plc, amongst others, following an executive career at Nippon Sheet Glass (formerly Pilkington), Mars Corporation and Shell, where he began his career as a chemical engineer.

The 61-year-old will join the board in September and take over the post in November.

Townsend to join Galliford Try as non-executive director

Jeremy Townsend has been appointed to the board of housebuilding, regeneration and construction group Galliford Try as a non-executive director.

Townsend is currently the chief financial officer of Rentokil Initial plc and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and a member of the Accounting Council of the Financial Reporting Council. 

Previously, he was finance director at Mitchells & Butlers Plc and prior to that held various finance roles at J Sainsbury Plc including corporate finance director. He began his career in audit and corporate finance at Ernst & Young.

Lulay named new GFT chief

Marika Lulay has been named as the new chief executive officer of GFT Technologies SE and assumed responsibility for the company with effect from the end of the Annual General Meeting on 31 May 2017.

Lulay succeeds Ulrich Dietz, who becomes chairman of the administrative board, after 30 years at the helm of the IT company which he formed in 1987.

The key focus of the company’s growth strategy now lies in international expansion. The company will continue to concentrate on the financial services industry, which will remain central to its corporate strategy.

Redwood Bank appoints two senior directors to its board

Redwood Bank, a new UK SME Business bank that has recently secured its banking licence has made two senior appointments to its board as part of its “Mobilisation” prior to launch later in 2017.

David Buckley has been appointed chairman and is a non-executive director, and Nigel Boothroyd will join as a non-executive director.

AstraZeneca appoints Prof Nazneen Rahman to its board

AstraZeneca has announced that Prof Nazneen Rahman has joined its board as a non-executive director. On appointment, Prof Rahman also becomes a member of the Science Committee.

She is head of the division of genetics and epidemiology at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), London; head of the cancer genetics unit at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust; and director of the TGL clinical gene testing laboratory at the ICR. She qualified in medicine from Oxford University and holds a PhD in molecular genetics.

Consumer Intelligence strengthens its senior management team

Financial services insight specialist Consumer Intelligence has strengthened its senior management team as it builds for long-term expansion.

Alan Brown, former operations director at Ageas (Kwik Fit Insurance), has been appointed to the newly-created role of chief operating officer underlining the commitment to growth.

His appointment to take charge of day-to-day operations frees chief executive Ian Hughes and managing director Martin Coates to focus on strategic development.

Niblett joins Big Yellow Group board

Surrey-headquartered Big Yellow Group has announced the appointment of Vince Niblett, the former global managing partner audit for Deloitte, as a non-executive director with immediate effect.

Niblett has previously held a number of senior leadership roles within Deloitte including as a member of the UK board of partners and of the global executive group and the UK executive group before his retirement from Deloitte in May 2015. 

He has been appointed as the company's audit committee chairman and will also serve on the company's remuneration and nomination committees.