Career Moves this week: 10 August 2016
Your weekly round-up of the CAs and other business professionals moving into new roles.
Christian Johnstone CA is appointed CFO of Ausgroup Ltd
Ausgroup Ltd has announced that Christian Johnstone CA will take over from Phillip Coetzer as chief financial officer of the company that operates in Australia and Asia.
Christian has more than 20 years’ experience in finance and corporate advisory positions including a number of years in senior finance roles.
A spokesperson for Ausgroup Ltd said: “He has extensive experience spanning the mining, gas and industrial sectors, having previously worked as CFO for Iron Ore Holdings Ltd for over four years, and Wesfarmers Limited for over six years in its business development department and its industrial gas subsidiary in a senior finance role.”
Before moving to Wesfarmers Limited, Christian worked for KPMG Corporate Finance in Australia and Asia, and KPMG in Scotland for over 10 years.
Fiona Kerr CA steps down as MD of First Bus in Scotland
Fiona Kerr CA is to leave her role as Managing Director of First Bus to pursue other opportunities, the group has announced. The move, after six months as leader of one of Scotland's biggest bus companies, sees Fiona Kerr leave the transport industry.
She will also step down from her role as chair of the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) Scotland, the umbrella body for bus operators.
A spokesman for CPT Scotland said: "During her time as CPT Chair Fiona has been an important figure in the industry’s push towards smart and integrated ticketing and a great advocate for issues such as gender balance in the passenger transport sector."
Lord Keen QC becomes Ministry of Justice spokesperson in the House of Lords
Richard Keen QC, who has also been Advocate General for Scotland since May 2015, accepted the civil justice brief in July 2016.
Among his responsibilities will be legal services regulation, claims management regulation and relations with the legal profession.
Lord Keen is a former chair of the Scottish Conservatives and has served as Dean of the Faculty of Advocates (leader of the Scottish Bar).
He has served as chairman of the Appeal Committee of ICAS (2000-2004) and as chairman of the Police Appeals Tribunal.
He has been regularly instructed in the Commercial Court, in the Inner House and in the UK supreme Court in a range of Commercial and Public Law cases.
Former Barclays CEO Anton Jenkins takes up Currencies Direct role
Currencies Direct has appointed Antony Jenkins, previously CEO of Barclays, as their non-executive chairman.
Currencies Direct is a UK non-bank provider of foreign exchange and international payment services.
Antony will focus on expanding the company’s digital offering and its international footprint, supporting its growth potential.
For three years until 2015, Antony led Barclays as CEO. Previously he was head of the bank’s UK retail and small business division.
He spent 17 years at Citi where he ran the North American cash management unit, the company’s internet activities and the branded credit card business.
RSM appoints Mark Wood as associate director in their consulting practice
Mark Wood, who is based in Leeds, moves to RSM from PwC where he had been senior manager within the risk assurance team for almost 13 years.
He has also worked within the NHS on high-profile engagements such as the Keogh review and the capability and capacity assessments of Clinical Commissioning Groups for NHS England.
Mark said: “I am absolutely delighted to join RSM. I’ve specialised in risk assurance services throughout my career, predominantly within the not-for-profit sector. I’m looking forward to drawing on this experience and supporting RSM in providing a client focussed consulting and advisory service to a variety of clients in these challenging and uncertain times.”
In the new role, he will focus on strengthening the service offering to support more clients in the North and will enhance the Governance and Risk Consulting Service Group at RSM.
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