Career Moves this week: 3 May 2017

By Eleanor O'Neill, CA Today

3 May 2017

Your weekly round-up of the CAs and other business professionals moving into new roles.

Sir Brian Souter CA succeeds Ken McHattie CA as ICAS President

Sir Brian Souter CA became the new ICAS President at the Annual General Meeting on Friday 28 April 2017.

Founder and Chairman of Stagecoach Group, Sir Brian qualified as a CA with Arthur Andersen in 1984 and was appointed Vice President of ICAS in 2015.

In a recent interview for CA Magazine, Sir Brian said: “ICAS gave me great training and I want to put something back… it was very much part of my story.

“I couldn’t have done what I did without that training and the benefits I got from it,” adding that the key themes of his presidential year are “enterprise, compassion and inspiration”.

Donald Forsyth CA joins Saffery Champness as Partner

Donald Forsyth CA has moved to Saffery Champness to fill the role of Partner in the Inverness office.

Donald was most recently a Managing Partner with EY and has previously worked at Edinburgh Napier University. He qualified as a CA in 1992 with Scott-Moncreiff and spent over 25 years with the firm.

He has worked with a number of large businesses and charities in Scotland and specialises in advising entrepreneurs and not-for-profit organisations.

Grant Thornton appoints new Director to further growth

Anita Eunson has been made a Director at Grant Thornton to lead the firm's Scottish Employers Solutions practice.

A chartered tax advisor, Anita has 16 years' experience in equity incentives and has worked with a range of clients from large oil and gas companies to owner-managed businesses.

She said: “I’m looking forward to bringing my experience with me to such a forward-thinking, vibrant company that is focused on shaping sustainable, long-term growth for business in Scotland.”

Vishal Chopra, Partner and Head of Tax at Grant Thornton in Scotland, commented: “I’m confident Anita will be an extremely valuable asset as we strive to build a vibrant economy for our clients.”

Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) names new Chief Executive

Mark Bevan will join the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) as Chief Executive on 22 May 2017.

Currently the Director of Business in Community Scotland, Mark has previously held senior executive roles at Keep Scotland Beautiful, Amnesty International and Capability Scotland.

Brendan Dick, Chair of SCDI, said: “Mark’s most recent experience of running a business membership organisation, along with his track record of significant policy work, made him a stand-out candidate for this crucial role.

"I’m very much looking forward to working with Mark, our members and the wider stakeholder community to create sustainable economic growth and prosperity for Scotland.”

Portmeirion Group announce Directorate change

Mike Raybould will succeed Brett Phillips as Group Finance Director of Portmeirion Group at the end of May.

He has occupied senior financial roles at Cadbury Limited, Vax and, most recently, TTI Floorcare Europe. Mike is an ICAEW chartered accountant.

Lawrence Bryan, Portmeirion Group Chief Executive, commented: "I welcome Mike and congratulate him on his upcoming appointment. I am delighted that he is joining our Group.

"He brings sound experience in all financial matters, and has an acute understanding of branded businesses and international commerce through multiple channels which is highly relevant to the role."

Portmeirion is the manufacturer and worldwide distributor of homewares under the Portmeirion, Royal Worcester, Spode and Wax Lyrical brands.

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