Movers and Shakers March 2015

3 March 2015

Jim Coyle accepts Board post at Scottish Building Society

James (Jim) Coyle CA has been appointed a non- executive director of the Scottish Building Society. The appointment takes effect as from 1 March. Coyle was appointed group financial controller at Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) in March 2012. He was previously divisional finance director, group operations at the bank. Coyle is also a key member of the LBG Finance Board. He sits on the LBG Scottish Executive Committee, the body that decides and drives the strategy for LBG in Scotland.

He also sponsored LBG's contingency planning for the Scottish referendum on independence. Coyle is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland, a member of the Council of ICAS, and a member of the Financial Reporting Council's Financial Reporting Review Panel. The Scottish Building Society, which traces its origins to 1848, has more than 30,000 members.

Other movers and shakers this month

Ed Smith CA has been named a director with executive recruitment specialists Fletcher Jones. For the last 10 years Smith has held senior positions with Rabobank at their head office in the Netherlands. Prior to moving abroad, he was chairman of the ICAS Lothian Borders and Central Area committee and is also a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Professor Carol Adams CA of the Monash Sustainability Institute has been appointed as a member of the Technical Working Group of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board, a consortium of global business and environmental NGOs set up to develop international standards for reporting on climate change-related issues.

The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult has named Andrew Walls CA as its new finance director. Walls trained with PricewaterhouseCoopers before joining the investment bank Quayle Munro Holdings plc. He is currently a trustee and newly appointed Audit Committee chairman of Scotland's largest independent charity grant funder, the Glasgow-based Robertson Trust.

Graeme Duncan CA has been appointed as head of financial performance and strategy at GRMSearch, Hong Kong. He was formerly CFO with Elysium Capital and, prior to that, CFO with Managing Partners Ltd. He is a former audit manager with KPMG Hong Kong.

French Duncan (Financial Services) has appointed Zane Hunter as its managing director. Hunter joins the firm from Broadstone Pensions and Investments (formerly BDO Investment Management) where he was private client partner. Prior to that he was a wealth adviser for Towry and assistant regional director for Baker Tilly Financial Services.

Oxford-based firm Shaw Gibbs has named Peter O'Connell as its new managing director. O'Connell joined the firm as a trainee and progressed rapidly to become a partner in 2005. He also leads the firm's corporate finance team. Graham Henley, who has led the firm since 2009, takes on the role of chairman.

Bto solicitors has announced the promotion of Karina McShane and Jilly Petrieto partners. McShane specialises in defending claims for various international and UK insurers and large self-insured companies. Petrie has developed a strong reputation within the construction and engineering sector. Claire Mills from Burness Paull LLP also joins Petrie's team as an associate.

Leading house builder and timber systems manufacturer Stewart Milne Group has appointed Stuart MacGregor as group finance director. MacGregor brings more than 20 years' experience in finance leadership roles, including 15 years with drinks industry giant Heineken. He has just completed a senior project finance role with distillers William Grant & Sons.

Grant Thornton UK LLP has announced the promotion of Tom Davies to director in its Not for Profit team. Davies joined Grant Thornton two years ago and has been working with charity sector clients for more than 10 years. The firm has also made senior appointments within its consumer markets team. Experienced corporate financier Will Baxter joins as corporate finance director, while Elliot Berg is promoted to associate director and Nikki Gray is promoted to the position of manager.

Xero has announced the appointment of Douglas Jeffries as CFO, as well as an expansion in the UK leadership team with Matt Jefferson as UK sales director. Jeffries brings to the accounting software company 30 years of financial, strategic and operational leadership at category leaders such as RetailMeNot, Taleo Corporation (acquired by Oracle), Palm Inc (acquired by HP), and Ebay Inc.

Deloitte has announced the promotion of Steve Williams to financial services partner for Scotland. Williams, who has been with the firm for 22 years, will transfer from Leeds to Deloitte's Edinburgh office. He has worked extensively with the firm's largest retail financial services businesses across the UK and internationally, providing both audit and advisory services.

PKF Littlejohn has named audit and capital markets specialist Joseph Archer as partner. Archer was previously at Crowe Clark Whitehill where he was responsible for managing the audits for the firm's fully listed clients and many AIM listed clients. Archer has also worked for Mazars, Smiths Group plc, and Halliburton.

Accountancy and business advisory firm Price Bailey has expanded its Insolvency and Recovery team. Matt Howard joins the team from BDO Norwich as an insolvency and recovery partner, along with qualified insolvency practitionerStuart Morton.


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