A summary of October's key appointments, hires and promotions from across Scotland.
Former Momondo CEO Burge joins Wasps board
Former Momondo CEO Hugo Burge has taken a seat on the board of Wasps - Scotland's largest creative community.
Dr John Warner joins Dukosi as board advisor
Dukosi, the developer of disruptive cell based battery management solutions, has announced the appointment of Dr John Warner as an advisor to the company’s Board.
Major promotions for Barton Willmore’s Scottish team
Leading UK planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore, has revealed a range of high profile promotions for its team operating in Scotland.
Euan Revell, who is based at the company’s Edinburgh office on George Street, has been promoted from Senior Architect to Associate Architect and Hamish Jack has also been promoted.
Boundary bolsters team as it prepares to revolutionise smart home security
Smart home security specialist, Boundary, has strengthened its expert team with key hires as it prepares to take the home security market by storm with its innovative smart alarm system.
Founder of My Funding Lab, Ross Findlay joins Boundary as operations manager, where he will be responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the firm in core areas, such as finance.
To focus on the development of its ground-breaking software, Boundary have appointed Carolyn Barbour as Senior Xamarin Engineer. Coming from Connect-Auto, a retail specialist for the world’s largest vehicle brands, Carolyn will be responsible for developing Boundary’s innovative cross-platform app that will become the control interface for its customers.
Barclays bolsters Scottish wealth management team with senior hire
Barclays has hired Chris Arbuthnott as a director of wealth management in Scotland to support business growth.
As well as looking after clients in the East of Scotland, Chris will have a remit for growing the bank’s entrepreneurial, private client and charity customer base, as well as growing the company’s footprint in the region.
AKA appoints media expert to grow Scotland office
Global marketing agency AKA has appointed Jill MachLachlan as business development director for Scotland, as it aims to increase its offering north of the border.
Jill joins AKA UK’s Scottish office following a hugely successful media career, having started at The Daily Record in 1991 before joining The Herald and Evening Times, News Scotland and most recently working for STV.
Hat trick of appointments for consultancy
Specialist communications consultancy, Perceptive Communicators, has made three appointments to its TEAM.
Joining the team as PR & social media manager is Matthew Williams with 11 years’ communications and marketing experience in various sectors and Aelred Nicholas, a communications expert with over 13 years' experience. Kate McMahon is an accountant with 25 years’ experience within chartered accountancy practices, and will complement the team as she takes up the role of finance & administration manager.
Morton Fraser grows agricultural and rural property team with partner appointment
Independent law firm Morton Fraser has appointed agricultural law specialist, Linsey Barclay-Smith, as a Partner to its Agricultural and Rural Property team.
Linsey, who has over 20 years of experience in agricultural and rural property law at firms including Turcan Connell and Thorntons Law, is one of only 26 accredited agricultural law specialists in Scotland.
Gilson Gray swoops to hire new finance director
One of Scotland’s leading legal firms has secured a significant coup from regional heavyweights Brodies to appoint a new finance director.
Gilson Gray has underlined its ambition to attract top industry talent by swooping to appoint Peter Coghlan, 43, from the rival firm.
Peter has over 16 years’ experience in the Scottish legal industry and will work closely with senior management to mould the firm’s future finances.
JLL’s new graduate intake underlines commitment
JLL has welcomed two new Scottish graduate surveyors to its Edinburgh and Glasgow offices as part of its annual graduate recruitment programme.
Thomas Morton joins JLL’s Glasgow office agency team as a graduate surveyor following a degree in accountancy and a masters in real estate at Glasgow University. Ewan Scott also joins JLL as a graduate surveyor within the residential team in Edinburgh after completing his masters in real estate at Aberdeen University.
Gillespie Macandrew promotes Chris Gibson to partner
Independent Scottish law firm, Gillespie Macandrew, has promoted experienced corporate and commercial lawyer, Chris Gibson to partner.
Chris manages a broad range of corporate and commercial work and is a member of the Scottish Legal Awards’ newly recognised Corporate Deal Team of the Year 2018. His experience includes acquisitions and investments and he has advised on some of the largest deals in Scotland.
Influx of new talent helps Scottish space company lift off
The new technical team members at Skyrora join the flourishing firm as it continues to grow and develop its rocket launch capabilities.
Dr. Jack-James Marlow joins as Propulsion Engineer, responsible for both the construction and testing of engines within the UK.
Kate Howard will focus on the health, safety and risk around Skyrora’s work, underlining the importance it places on the environment it provides for both its staff and clients.
Ben Jarvis is the company’s new Aerostructures Specialist and has already helped to build the rockets Skyrora has already launched and ones it intends to launch in future.
While the firm’s determination to hire the best new talent from university has been demonstrated with the hire of Nicola Walker as Junior Engineer following her graduation from Glasgow University.
Industry expert makes the switch to Commsworld
Scotland’s largest independent telecoms company has swooped for a new Account Director to help further expand into new areas of business and enterprise.
Sam Reymbaut is bringing over 20 years of industry experience to her new role at Commsworld, where her wide ranging remit will open doors with an array of new clients.
As part of her role, she will be responsible for overseeing the firm’s range of large enterprise, council and corporate contracts.
EY expands pensions advisory practice with the appointment of Jamie MacKenzie as new lead for Scotland
The strategic investment in EY’s growing transaction advisory services business continues in Scotland with the appointment of Jamie MacKenzie as head of pensions covenant advisory.
Jamie, a chartered accountant and an accredited mediator with the Centre of Effective Dispute Resolution, has more than 10 years’ experience of providing strategic pensions advice to trustees, corporates, investors, government and regulators, in relation to defined benefit pension schemes.
Construction Scotland appoints Ken Munro to industry leadership group
Construction Scotland, the leadership organisation for the construction industry in Scotland, has announced the appointment of Ken Munro, CEO of Superglass, to its Industry Leadership Group (ILG).
Construction Scotland’s ILG is formally recognised by the Scottish Government and its agencies as the representative voice of the industry in Scotland. It brings together key figures from the private and public sector to drive sector growth and industry wide collaboration.
KPMG announces audit partner among raft of senior promotions
KPMG has announced a strategic promotion to its financial services audit team in response to significant growth in their audit client base.
Phil Merchant has been appointed audit partner and will spearhead the firm’s 80-strong FS audit team in Scotland. The promotion follows significant growth for the practice in Scotland.
Blackadders bolsters Board with two new appointments
National law firm Blackadders has reinforced its management board with the election of two new partners to the group.
Emma Gray and Petra Grunenberg assume their new roles immediately and will support the further growth and development of Blackadders’ business plan.
International Beverage appoints Cara Chambers to marketing director role
Global drinks business International Beverage Holdings has announced the appointment of Cara Chambers to the post of marketing director.
Based at the company’s Scotch whisky subsidiary Inver House Distillers in Airdrie, Mrs Chambers is tasked with leading marketing and innovation for International Beverage’s award-winning spirits portfolio, which includes the Old Pulteney, anCnoc, Speyburn and Balblair single malt whisky brands, Hankey Bannister blended Scotch, as well as Scotland’s leading super premium gin Caorunn.
IFB makes sppointments to its senior management team
IFB, one of Scotland’s leading managed service and data network providers, is strengthening its senior management team with two key appointments as it plans for growth throughout the UK and beyond.
George Gordon, equipped with over 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, has been appointed as chief operations officer at IFB with a key focus on shaping IFB’s operations function in line with the business’ substantial growth strategy.
Gilson Gray strengthens East Lothian team
A legal firm has underlined its ambitions to grow the business in East Lothian with the appointment of one of the region’s most respected solicitors.
Multi-award-winning Gilson Gray has appointed Cheryl Edgar, who brings more than 20 years’ experience of the local property market to its North Berwick team.
She joins as Senior Associate from local firm Garden Stirling Burnet (GSB) with many years’ experience in conveyancing law, and prior to this spent 18 years with Anderson Strathern.
Tilney build-up in Scotland continues with further hires
Leading investment management and financial planning group Tilney, which looks after more than £24bn for private clients, families, charities and professionals, has further strengthened its team in Scotland with the appointment of John Milne as a financial planner and Debbie Hair as a senior investment manager.
DM Hall appoints property manager Kerry Boyle as its new Edinburgh-based Business Sales Agent
DM Hall, one of Scotland’s leading independent firms of chartered surveyors, has appointed Kerry Boyle as a Business Sales Agent. She will be based in the firm’s Edinburgh office.
With a background both in finance at Bank of Scotland and in property management, Kerry comes highly experienced for her new role which includes securing business sales opportunities for DM Hall’s surveying team throughout Scotland.
Global Surface Intelligence bolsters its team with two senior appointments
Global Surface Intelligence (GSI), the Scottish-based geospatial analytics company providing natural resource management analytics, has made two senior appointments to strengthen its leadership team to support its planned growth over the next two years.
Peter Young and George Lindsay have been appointed as non-executive director and chief operating officer, respectively. The appointments follow successful £1m fundraising since its chief executive, Gavin Tweedie, was appointed in June 2017. Gavin and the GSI team are now working to grow the business across the UK and internationally.
Senior hire for Hampden & Co as lending growth increases at UK’s newest private bank
Hampden & Co has hired Duncan Buchanan from Lloyds Banking Group as a banking director as the UK’s newest private bank continues to experience lending growth across Scotland and the rest of the UK.
Duncan Buchanan joins Hampden & Co from Bank of Scotland Private, a division of Lloyds Banking Group where he specialised in providing lending to high net worth individuals.
Sir Sandy Crombie joins LendingCrowd as Chairman
Sir Sandy Crombie, a former CEO of Standard Life and senior independent director at Royal Bank of Scotland, has joined the Board of LendingCrowd, Scotland’s only fintech lender, as chairman.
Law firm Lindsays announces three senior promotions
Lindsays has announced the promotion of Louise Norris to Senior Associate and Brian Pollock and Leanne Gordon to Associates.
Louise is a member of Lindsays’ Commercial Property team and is based in Edinburgh. She joined the firm in 2014 as a solicitor and her considerable experience includes working on acquisitions and disposals, commercial leasing, security work and title rectifications for a wide variety of clients.
Newly promoted Associates, Brian, who works in Dispute Resolution and Litigation and Leanne Gordon, who is part of the Rural Services team, are based in Glasgow and Edinburgh respectively.
BTO becomes first law firm to offer doula services
Leading independent law firm BTO Solicitors LLP has announced the appointment of two new members of staff for its Families and Individuals and Residential Property teams.
Solicitor Hilary Peppiette is one of Scotland’s first end of life doulas, rendering BTO the first Scottish law firm to offer such specialist counselling and support to clients facing their final days. She will be based in BTO’s Edinburgh office.
In addition to Hilary’s appointment, Alexander Scott has recently joined BTO’s Residential Property team in Edinburgh as an estate agent and valuer.
Change of chairs at Abbeyfield Scotland
After a decade of dedicated service on the Board of Abbeyfield Scotland, Chairman James Craigie has retired from the role.
James has been Chairman of Abbeyfield Scotland, the not for profit organisation that provides independent living with support for older people in Scotland, for the past seven years and served on the Board for three years before that.
Shepherd and Wedderburn expands property and energy expertise with appointment of 11-strong team
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP has appointed three new property and infrastructure partners and a further eight specialist lawyers and paralegals to its property and infrastructure division.
Joanna Hamilton, Anthony McEwan and Moray Thomson, all of whom have particular expertise in the energy sector, join Shepherd and Wedderburn from DWF. The appointments mark the return to Shepherd and Wedderburn of Anthony and Moray, who spent two-and-a-half years and six years respectively at the firm early in their legal careers.
Joanna, Anthony and Moray will be joined by eight other property and planning specialists – three associates, three solicitors and two paralegals. The entire team will be based in the Glasgow office as part of the firm’s expanding Property and Infrastructure Division, bringing the total number of partners at Shepherd and Wedderburn to 81.
Morton Fraser appoints legal director to Banking & Finance Group
Leading independent Scottish law firm Morton Fraser has appointed banking law specialist Kirsty McBirnie as Legal Director in its Banking & Finance Group.
McBirnie has over 15 years of experience in the sector, having previously advised clients at Pinsent Masons and Brodies. She is the third Legal Director to be appointed by Morton Fraser in the last 12 months, strengthening the firm’s position as one of Scotland's largest dedicated finance practices and one of the UK's largest asset-based lending, asset and invoice finance practices.
Life Sciences Scotland Industry Leadership Group welcomes new co-chair
Life Sciences Scotland is pleased to welcome new co-chair, Ivan McKee the Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation and Joe Fitzpatrick, Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing to the Industry Leadership Group.
The LSS ILG consists of senior representatives from stakeholders across the spectrum of the life sciences community; individuals who are committed to developing the life sciences sector in Scotland. The group sits quarterly and meetings are rotated around different cities in Scotland.
Appointment of new Entrepreneurial Scotland Chair
Colin Robertson, chief executive officer of bus and coach manufacturing company Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), has been appointed as the new chair of Entrepreneurial Scotland (ES).
Colin takes over from entrepreneur Chris van der Kuyl of video games developer, 4J Studios, who was the founding chair of Entrepreneurial Scotland, whilst previously holding the position of chair at the Entrepreneurial Exchange. Chris will continue his involvement with ES helping mould the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders in Scotland.
DM Hall hires highly-experienced Building Surveyor
DM Hall, one of Scotland’s largest independent firms of chartered surveyors, has recruited seasoned building surveyor, Kevin Reid, who has joined the firm’s Aberdeen office as an Associate.
Kevin established his own private practice in 2007 and has serviced a broad range of clients in both commercial and domestic or residential sectors.
Major appointment for the HALO
The HALO Urban Regeneration Company today announces a major appointment to its board. Jim McMahon is the new Non-executive director of the HALO, an innovative, multipurpose development planned for the site of the former Johnnie Walker bottling plant in Kilmarnock.
Jim was a founding partner in West Coast Capital with Sir Tom Hunter and has been a trustee of the Hunter Foundation since 2001.
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