Movers and shakers: October 2015

CA Today Movers and Shakers
By Robert Outram and Isabelle Bell

28 October 2015

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

WWF boss joins IIRC Board

David Nussbaum

David Nussbaum CA, CEO of WWF UK and non-executive chair of the board of Transparency International UK, has been appointed to the board of directors of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC).

Prior to taking the lead at WWF UK in 2007, David Nussbaum was vice-chair of the fair trade finance organisation Shared Interest Society Ltd and finance director of Oxfam.

He joins the 12-strong IIRC board alongside new chair Barry Melancon, president and chief executive of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, who replaces Professor Mervyn King.

Paul Druckman, IIRC chief executive, said: “The new board will maintain our successful drive towards our strategy and make a step change in our integrated reporting journey. Now there are over 1,000 businesses worldwide using integrated reporting as a key mechanism for presenting their value creation story.”

Tata Chemicals appoints John Mulhall CA as CFO

Tata Chemicals – India’s manufacturer of chemicals, fertilisers and consumer products – has appointed John Mulhall CA as its new Chief Financial Officer.

John was a Finance Director at Tata Chemicals Europe, followed by Vice President and CFO of Tata Chemicals North America. He was also CFO of Tata Chemicals International in Singapore.

Prior to joining Tata Chemicals, John Mulhall worked in finance functions for a number of UK manufacturing companies.

Morven Campbell CA joins EY

Morvern Campbell

Morven Campbell CA has joined EY Scotland’s Glasgow office as a partner in its financial services practice.

She will lead EY’s extended assurance practice across the UK regions.

A former PwC partner, Morvern Campbell most recently ran her own consultancy business.

Stuart McAlpine CA becomes managing partner of Cinven

Stuart McAlpine CA has been appointed managing partner of Cinven, one of Europe’s leading Private Equity firms.

Stuart, who qualified with EY, will assume operational management responsibilities and lead the strategic development of the business, overseeing future funds and investment strategy.

He joined Cinven in 1996, before becoming  a partner in 2003, joining the executive committee in 2007 and the investment committee in 2009. Stuart takes over from Hugh Langmuir.

Armstrong Watson appoints Karen Thomson

Accountancy and business advisory firm Armstrong Watson has announced the appointment of Karen Thomson as its new director of payroll services.

Karen Thomson was previously associate director of policy at the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals and is currently a member of the Administrative Burdens Advisory Board.

Movers and shakers: 21 October 2015

Alan Kilpatrick in distiller’s chair

Alan Kilpatrick

North British Distillery has appointed Alan Kilpatrick CA as the 11th managing director in the business’s 130-year history. He succeeds David Rae who retires after 20 years at the helm of the Edinburgh-based Scotch whisky producer.

Alan was previously managing director of Devro (Scotland) Limited and regional director of Devro plc for UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. More recently he was group strategy director for Baxters Food Group. He is also currently a non-executive director of the Beatson Cancer Charity and was awarded a British Empire Medal in the 2013 Honours List for his services to people with cancer in the west of Scotland.

Brian Mackie CA is First Milk’s new Chief Operating Officer

Brian Mackie

Brian Mackie CA will be joining the First Milk management team as chief operating officer, after becoming a non-executive director in June 2015. He has previously worked as a chief financial officer with companies including Autobar, Starbev/Molson Coors Europe, Maxxium Worldwide and Cott Corporation.

First Milk CEO Mike Gallacher said he had proved “an outstanding addition to the First Milk Board over the last few months”.

He added: “We have been working very closely together on delivering the turnaround plan for the company. He has significant and broad business experience, strong leadership and high energy levels, so I am delighted that he has agreed to step into this key executive role.”

Malcolm MacLeod CA joins First Names Group

Malcolm MacLeod

Malcolm MacLeod CA has been appointed Head of Corporate Services in the Channel Islands for First Names Group, one of the world’s largest independent trust fund and corporate services providers.

Malcolm joins from Capita Asset Services, where he was Head of Corporate Solutions in Jersey, overseeing administration services to a diverse global client base. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant having trained with PwC’s Audit and Business Assurance practice in the UK and Jersey.

Armin Kirchner, Group Managing Director for Corporate and Institutional Services, said: “I am delighted to welcome Malcolm to the business. Malcolm’s knowledge and expertise will add significant value to the business as we continue to deepen our international footprint in the corporate services arena.”

Christine McGuigan's appointment at Infinity Partnership

Christine McGuigan

Christine McGuigan has been appointed senior tax manager at Aberdeen accountancy firm Infinity Partnership. Christine was previously tax manager at Hall Morrice for six years and UK tax manager at Subsea 7.

Simon Cowie, managing partner at Infinity Partnership, said: “Christine's industry credentials, specialist skills and proven ability to deal with complex tax issues will be of immense benefit to our clients.

Stuart McCallum CA joins Baker Tilly

Stuart McCallum

Baker Tilly has appointed Stuart McCallum CA as a director practice. He will work with the firm’s sector team in Glasgow, specialising in agriculture, hospitality/tourism and food and drink. Stuart McCallum joins from Clydesdale Bank.

Movers and shakers: 14 October 2015

Jonathan Peake CA becomes CFO of Africa's largest bank

Jonathan Peake

Standard Bank, Africa's largest bank by assets, has appointed Jonathan Peake CA to the role of chief financial officer with responsibility for the finance and treasury teams across the group's offshore business in Jersey, Isle of Man and Mauritius.

Jonathan replaces Will Thorp and has been promoted from the position of head of risk, which he has held since joining South African-based Standard Bank in July 2013. Mark Hucker, CEO of the Offshore Group, said: "Jonathan's ability to deal with complex situations in the challenging environments in which we operate will add significant strength to our leadership team." Jonathan said he is looking forward to working with "a team of dedicated professionals".

Alexa Henderson CA to stand down as Scottish Building Society chair

Alexa HendersonAlexa Henderson CA is standing down as chair of the Scottish Building Society after four years in the role.

She is succeeded by Robert Golbourn and will continue to serve as a non-executive director on the board. Raymond Abbott CA, who joined the board in 2013, replaces Robert Golbourn as vice-chairman and senior independent director.

Keith Anderson CA appointed director of mlm Solutions

Keith AndersonFinancial recovery, restructuring and insolvency boutique mlm Solutions has appointed Keith Anderson CA as a director.

Keith, a qualified CA and Insolvency Practitioner with over 25 years' experience, will head up the recently opened Edinburgh office to enhance mlm's presence in the east of Scotland. He joins mlm from Baker Tilly where he headed up the Restructuring and Recovery team in Scotland. Maureen Leslie, founding director at mlm Solutions, said: "Keith has an excellent reputation in the marketplace and is a great addition to the business. As well as bolstering our presence in the east of Scotland Keith's appointment will help to position us for more complex corporate work."

RBS names Katie Murray as new Director of Finance

Katie Murray

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group has announced the appointment of Katie Murray as its new Director of Finance. This newly created role will report directly to Ewen Stevenson, Chief Financial Officer.

Katie is currently Group Finance Director at Old Mutual Emerging Markets, based in Johannesburg. Katie will join the bank next month and will take over from Rajan Kapoor, Financial Controller, who is retiring after 27 years' service. Ewen Stevenson said: "I am delighted to have someone of Katie's calibre appointed to this important role.  She will be an excellent addition to my management team and I look forward to working with her."

New appointments at Financial Reporting Council

The Financial Reporting Council has made three appointments to its Conduct Committee, with effect from 1 September. David Cannon is a non-executive director with Morgan Stanley and was formerly CFO with Deutschebank's global investment bank and a financial services partner with EY. Helen Jones, a chartered accountant, is senior vice-president, GlaxoSmithKline plc. Sean Collins is audit committee chairman with Jersey Telecom and was a partner with KPMG for many years, working in Malaysia and in the UK.

Movers and shakers: 7 October 2015

Police duties for Andrew Flanagan CA

Andrew FlanaganAndrew Flanagan CA has been named as the new chair of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA). The former chief executive of children's charity NSPCC and chief executive of media company SMG succeeds Vic Emery in the position. The SPA is responsible for overseeing Police Scotland and is accountable for policing's budget of more than £1bn. 

One of Andrew Flanagan's first tasks will be to undertake a rapid review of governance. He said: "The Scottish Police Authority has a unique role at the heart of policing and I'm delighted to be taking on such a demanding and exciting role. While I recognise the challenges we face, I believe there is much to build on in Scottish policing – not least the excellent work undertaken every day by the thousands of dedicated officers and staff."

David Nish CA appointed to board of Vodafone

David NishPast Standard Life CEO David Nish CA has been appointed a Non-Executive Director of Vodafone Group plc.

Under his tenure as Chief Executive from 2010 to 2015, Standard Life's market capitalisation increased from £4.8bn to £9.3bn and the company returned £3.7bn to shareholders. David Nish was the Group Finance Director of Scottish Power plc from 1999 to 2005 and is a former Partner at Price Waterhouse.

Vodafone Group Chairman Gerard Kleisterlee said:  "David is a highly experienced business leader who helped build Standard Life into one of the UK's largest asset managers, delivering significant returns to shareholders. His financial expertise and capital market skills will be a complementary addition to the Board and I am delighted to welcome him to Vodafone."

Bryan Jackson CA moves to Johnston Carmichael

Bryan JacksonJohnston Carmichael has appointed Bryan Jackson CA to its restructuring team as a consultant. Bryan Jackson, who has 34 years of corporate recovery experience with PKF, is a member of ICAS and former chairman of its Insolvency Committee. He is also a past examiner on personal insolvency of the Joint Insolvency Examination Board (JIEB).  

Bryan said: "I feel really energised by this new opportunity with Johnston Carmichael. It's a highly regarded Scottish-based firm with a strong growth record and great people. 

"I know some of Johnston Carmichael's business recovery experts, whom I have worked with over recent years, and now look forward to supporting the wider restructuring team in this new chapter of my career."

Marta Phillips CA joins Crown Prosecution Service audit committee

Marta PhillipsMarta Phillips OBE CA has been appointed as a member of the audit committee of the Crown Prosecution Service. She holds a number of other non-executive posts including chairing the Audit Committee of the Single Source Regulations Office, a non-departmental public body responsible for regulating single source defence procurement established under the 2014 Defence Act. 

Marta Phillips has been a member of the ICAS Council since 2010 and was the chief executive of the Pensions Advisory Service between 2010 and 2013. Prior to that she was director of compliance at the National Lottery Commission, which she joined in November 1999, after working in banking and then as head of finance for the Department for Education and Employment's European Social Fund Unit.

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