A summary of December's key appointments, hires and promotions from across Scotland.
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Cameron Hume continues growth with appointment of new investment manager
Cameron Hume Limited, independent fixed-income manager, has today announced the appointment of Jin Wong as investment manager. Jin brings 12 years’ investment management experience to Cameron Hume following four years at Old Mutual Global Investors and eight years at Ignis Asset Management. Jin managed life and absolute return funds at Ignis and was a portfolio manager in the rates team at Old Mutual Global, where he was responsible for absolute return funds.
Xodus appoints Corporate Development Director to drive growth
International energy consultancy Xodus Group has appointed Phil Cooper as its corporate development director to support the continued growth of the company. A hands-on engineer and business leader with more than 35 years’ experience, Mr Cooper was most recently London general manager at Heerema Marine Contractors where he led a team of engineers engaged in heavy lift and subsea technical activities. Previously, he was the global technology director at INTECSEA and was responsible for defining and delivering its technology strategy.
EnerMech completes sale to The Carlyle Group and announces senior board appointments
EnerMech has confirmed the conclusion of its sale to The Carlyle Group and announced the formation of the group’s board of directors. John Kennedy has been appointed as the group’s chairman, with Joost Dröge and Bob Maguire, both managing directors and partners at Carlyle International Energy Partners (CIEP), and Philippe Boisseau joining the board as non-executive directors.
CENSIS appoints tech stalwart as new chief executive
CENSIS, Scotland’s Innovation Centre for sensing, imaging systems, and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, has appointed entrepreneurial technologist Paul Winstanley as its new chief executive. In a career spanning more than three decades, Winstanley has held senior positions across hi-tech organisations in the US and UK, covering sectors ranging from defence and security to medical and transport.
SAIC appoints first female Chair to its scientific panel
The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) has appointed animal health expert Professor Julie Fitzpatrick OBE, FRSE as the first female chairperson of its Independent Scientific Panel (SISP). With a career spanning more than three decades in the global livestock health and welfare industry, Professor Fitzpatrick will head the committee after joining as a member in 2015.
Lovell Scotland grows senior team with appointment of new commercial director
Partnership housing developer Lovell has announced the appointment of Sarah Fenton as regional commercial director as it sets its sights on future growth in Scotland. Sarah is a fully qualified quantity surveyor by training and joins Lovell’s Scotland office having spent the previous five years with Robertson Group, preceded by a number of quantity surveyor roles with developers including Barratt Homes, NG Bailey, Strathclyde Homes and Bett Homes.
Further appointment as Colliers International continues to build its National Capital Markets team in Scotland
Colliers International has further strengthened its capital markets capability in Scotland with the appointment of experienced adviser Elliot Cassels, in response to growing client demand for investment expertise. Mr Cassels will be based in Edinburgh and work closely with Mr Ford in Glasgow and colleagues across the country, as Colliers seeks to further expand its capital markets capabilities in Scotland.
BT announces new UK Nations & Ireland director
BT Group has appointed Jane Wood to lead the company’s policy and public affairs teams in the UK devolved nations, English regions and Ireland. Jane will also lead the public facing functions of BT Group in Scotland and sit on the BT Scotland board. Jane joins BT from Prince Charles’ responsible business charity, Business in the Community, where she was CEO in Scotland and most recently executive director of membership, UK nations, and BERG (HRH’s Business Emergency Resilience Group).
New director appointment at Converge Challenge
Converge Challenge, company creation programme for staff, students and recent graduates of Scottish Universities and Research Institutes which is hosted by Heriot Watt University, has confirmed the appointment of its new director, Dr Claudia Cavalluzzo. Claudia, who joined Converge Challenge in October 2017 as deputy director, is a former Saltire fellow with a PhD in organic chemistry from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.
STV appoints chief financial officer
Lindsay Dixon will join the Board as Chief Financial Officer. This appointment is made following the announcement in October of George Watt’s intention to step down from his role as Chief Financial Officer in 2019. A Chartered Accountant with extensive commercial experience gained across a range of sectors covering the FTSE 100, 250 and large private companies, Lindsay will join from William Grant & Sons Limited where she holds the role of group financial controller.
Merit boosts Scotland team for growth
Merit Holdings has made three key appointments to its Glasgow team as part of a plan to develop the company’s specialist turnkey design and build the business in Scotland. Charlie McKenzie joins the Glasgow office as regional managing director along with Rob Beattie as project consultant and Steven Tracey as accounts manager.
Staff moving up the ladder at Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel
Scotland’s Conference Hotel of the Year has announced its new hotel manager at the same time three other staff members gain promotions. Denis Flanagan, who has been the Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel’s food and beverage manager for the past two and a half years, took up the manager’s role this month. Three other staff are taking on promoted roles at the hotel include Vikki Gow, Lisa Hamilton and Greg Gibson.
Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh appoints new director of sales
Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian, has chosen Andrea Bullen as its new director of sales. Andrea originally joined the team in 2015, based in London as a sales manager focused on building the MICE (meetings, incentives, conferencing and exhibitions) market for the hotel, as well as working closely with the Group’s conference and events team to convert business for the iconic five-star property in Edinburgh.
Bill Kane launches Merlin Consultancy Team
Former ‘Big 4’ Partner, Bill Kane, has set his sights on launching a new team of business consultants that will impact on business transformation projects around the UK and Europe.
Merlin Consultancy (Global) Ltd has launched with Bill and five senior strategic consultants and a strategic advisor and is targeting C-suite that have critical performance issues and looking to benefit from trusted specialist support.
New partner strengthens Deloitte’s Aberdeen leadership team
Deloitte has appointed a new partner at its Aberdeen office as the business advisory firm continues to experience significant growth in the city.
Caroline Muir has more than 20 years’ experience in advising large corporates, high growth, family-owned and private equity-backed businesses on their tax strategies and has been promoted from her role as Aberdeen head of business tax.
Strategic appointment for oil and gas recruitment specialist Carlton Resource Solutions
Carlton Resource Solutions has strengthened its senior management team with the addition of a highly experienced director to a key strategic role.
With 22 years’ experience in oil and gas recruitment, Doug Robertson has joined the Aberdeen-based business as operations director with a remit to enhance the firm’s capabilities through his expertise both in the UK and internationally.
Balfour+Manson appoints medical negligence specialist as senior associate
Legal firm Balfour+Manson has strengthened its litigation team with the appointment of medical negligence lawyer Kiera Dargie, as senior associate.
Kiera joins Balfour+Manson from The Medical Protection Society where she was medical negligence litigator within its Pathway 4B team. As part of this, she represented doctors in South Africa on a number of highly complex medical negligence claims.
Keith Oliver joins Morton Fraser’s private client team
Morton Fraser, a growing Scottish independent law firm, has appointed Keith Oliver as a consultant to its private client team.
Keith, who brings over 40 years’ experience to the 54 strong private client team at Morton Fraser, will play a key role in delivering advice and managing the firm’s vast client base which includes individuals, families, business owners and executives.
New head of retail and tourism resilience at SBRC
An experienced Police Scotland Inspector has re-joined the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC).
Gary Ritchie has been welcomed by SBRC as its new head of retail and tourism resilience, following a previous three-year secondment to the Centre from 2010.
Thomas & Adamson strengthen London operation with senior appointment
International construction and property consultancy, Thomas & Adamson, has strengthened its London arm for 2019 with the appointment of a new regional director.
David Lane re-joins the company after a two-year period away and will be responsible for the QS department in the London office. Lane brings a wealth of experience to the role, having previously worked across a wide range of sectors including residential, hotel and leisure and retail.
Convention Edinburgh strengthens business tourism team for 2019
Convention Edinburgh - the business tourism arm for Marketing Edinburgh – has appointed two new sales colleagues to support the team in maintaining and growing Edinburgh’s position as a leading destination for meeting planners.
Laura Henry joins Convention Edinburgh as International Association Sales Manager, bringing eleven years of business development experience within the hospitality and tourism sector to the team.
Nam Gowans-Brown joins the team as National Association Sales Executive, bringing with her a solid track record of sales achievement in the service and hospitality industry, gained after completing an Honours Degree in Tourism from Edinburgh Napier University.
Change Recruitment makes senior international and customer contact hires
Change Recruitment has recruited Lesley Shepherd as an associate director to lead the team. She has been joined by several additional senior consultants, as Change focuses on significantly increasing its share of the customer contact recruitment market in Scotland.
Change is also planning to grow its international recruitment team. Gordon Hutchison has joined the firm as an Associate Director to further develop the team within the industry and commerce sectors, with a specific focus on key markets in mainland Europe.
Operations and marketing managers recruited as drinks delivery service breaks into Glasgow
As it prepares to expand its services into Glasgow, online drinks delivery business Drinkly has bolstered its management team with the recruitment of a marketing manager and operations manager.
Ailidh Forlan has been appointed as marketing manager and Paul Finlayson will take up the role of operations manager.
Angus Bowie appointed regional director at STATS
STATS Group (STATS) is targeting further growth in the Asia Pacific region and has appointed Angus Bowie as regional director to spearhead its expansion plans.
Mr Bowie takes on the position, extending his existing role as regional director for the Middle East North Africa, which he has held for six years.
Wylie & Bisset promotes new director to support owner managed businesses
Wylie & Bisset, the Glasgow-based chartered accountants with a national reach, has promoted Catherine Livingstone to director with responsibility for supporting its growing owner managed businesses client base.
Livingstone, who first joined the firm as a trainee CA in 2004, has helped build an extensive client list of audit exempt charities during her time at the firm and will now use her experience to support audit exempt owner managed businesses. She will help not only in fulfilling statutory obligations, but support clients to realise their business ambitions.
Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre recruits new head of skills and talent
The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) has appointed veterinary expert Dr Mary Fraser as its new head of skills and talent.
Dr Fraser, who has more than two decades’ experience in course development and teaching, has lectured and published widely across veterinary disciplines. She is part of a select group of vets to become a member of the Academy of Medical Educators and has particular expertise in veterinary education, evidence-based medicine, clinical research, and dermatology.
Waterstons appoint Robert Cowan as lead consultant for manufacturing
National business and IT consultancy Waterstons appoint Robert Cowan, former Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS) Lead Practitioner West of Scotland, as the new lead consultant for manufacturing.
The new appointment enhances Waterstons’ offer to manufacturing companies across Scotland and the UK by providing a service that will help businesses realise the benefits of an integrated manufacturing line and give expert guidance on how innovative technologies and processes can add value.
Brewgooder strengthens board with two new appointments
The social enterprise brewery, Brewgooder, has announced the appointment of two new board members, including the current senior VP of Growth at Skyscanner.
Shane Corstorphine of Skyscanner and Patrick Hartless of William Grant & Sons, bolster the current board of five to provide strategic leadership as the brand looks to transition from start-up to scale-up and reach £2.5 million in sales by FYE 2021.
JLL promotes ten in Scotland
JLL, Scotland’s leading property consultancy, has promoted ten members of staff in Scotland, including the promotion of two staff to senior director.
Two of the firm’s lead directors in Scotland - Mike Buchan (head of Glasgow) and Jason Hogg (residential) - have been recognised with further director grade promotion. Under the firm’s new career framework, while Angela White (corporate services) and Andy McCracken (industrial agency) have also moved up a grade.
Shahid Ali & Stuart Winter from JLL’s Planning team, along with Gordon Rogerson from Project & Development Services have all been promoted from associate directors to directors.
Makela Milne from residential and William Rankine from alternatives have been made associates of the business and Charlie McNaught has been promoted to senior surveyor in the investment team.
Xodus strengthens decom division after securing more than £2m of work
International energy consultancy Xodus Group has strengthened its decommissioning team with the appointment of Gareth Jones as Decom Lead.
The appointment follows a successful year for Xodus’ decommissioning division which has secured several new clients and won £2m of work in 2018.
An experienced principal consultant and project manager, Mr Jones will be responsible for advising and supporting operators in relation to environmental and societal impacts associated with decommissioning.
Prominent North East farmer joins ANM board
ANM Group, one of Scotland’s leading and most active farming, food and finance businesses, announces the appointment of a prominent North East farmer to its board.
Norman Thow has farmed for more than 40 years in Denside, Auchenblae near Stonehaven and brings a significant wealth of knowledge and experience across the agricultural sector. He will attend his first board meeting at Thainstone on Tuesday 11th December 2019.
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