Business people on the move

Gilson Gray, one of Scotland’s most prominent law firms, has recruited Calum Crighton – a co-founder of Lex Energy – to join its fast-growing corporate practice.

Calum joins the partnership with 15 years of commercial law experience primarily focused on upstream oil and gas and the associated supply chain. Dual qualified in both Scottish and English Law, Calum will be based in Aberdeen and play an integral role in the further extension of the firm’s oil and gas practice.

Prior to co-founding Lex Energy, Calum held senior legal positions with Pinsent Masons, Fairfield Energy and Premier Oil. He is one of the leading oil and gas lawyers in Scotland.

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His appointment follows significant developments in the energy sector for the firm, including the recent appointment to the legal panel of one of the leading national oil majors, and will strengthen their burgeoning oil and gas practice.

The Firm also already represents a number of contractors and operators in the oil and gas and renewables environments, offering significant expertise in corporate law, international arbitration, commercial contracts work and related energy affairs.

Visit Inverness Loch Ness has appointed Jo de Sylva of Bogbain Farm and MacGregors Bar as chair of the organisation.

She succeeds Graeme Bell of Inverness Airport who after three years as Chair steps down from the role but will remain on the board. Marina Huggett of Achnagairn Estate remains as vice chair.

Jo is one of the company’s existing directors and was first appointed to the board in 2019. She immediately impressed with her broad range of skills, commitment to the sustainable development of the destination and creative entrepreneurial spirit.

One of the UK’s foremost data scientists, Dr Chris Foley, is joining management consultants Optima Partners after working at Cambridge University, where he has used AI and advanced data science techniques.

Dr Foley, who grew up in the Dundee area and took a first in mathematics at the University of St Andrews, is moving back to Scotland to take a new role devising business strategy.Dr Foley will be based in Edinburgh where Optima Partners is headquartered