PR and digital marketing agency The Big Partnership has announced the appointment of Malcolm McPherson, senior partner at Edinburgh-based legal firm HBJ Gateley, as non-executive chair.
The firm, which has ten offices across the UK, said McPherson has been a non-executive director of many successful Scottish companies, with a particular focus on entrepreneurially-led businesses and corporate-affairs advice, with previous roles including chairman of Hibernian Football Club.
Big director Zoe Ogilvie said he is “one of the country’s most experienced and widely respected business figures, and someone we’ve known for many years. Not only will Malcolm add strong corporate governance to our board, his experience in establishing HBJ Gateley as a major force across the UK and internationally also mirrors our own ambitions”.
McPherson said now is “an exciting time to come on board and I’m greatly looking forward to playing a role in helping the agency achieve its ambitions”.
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Power supplier Spark Energy, subject of a recently-announced management buyout bid, has named Shaun Burnett director of customer and brand experience, completing the firm’s senior team. Burnett was most recently senior marketing manager at British Gas, and prior to that was head of marketing and communications at Lothian Buses.
Spark said it is focusing on customer experience alongside expansion, and chief executive Chris Gauld added: “Shaun brings very specific talents to the mix in our leadership team, which now has all the capabilities we need to tackle the next stage of our growth.”
Gauld also highlighted the new recruit’s work at Lothian Buses as “especially relevant as we look to double our customer base” while Burnett said: “This is a massively exciting time to be joining the team. Spark is an ambitious company, a growth company and one with a genuine customer focus in a difficult market.”
Legal firm Gilson Gray has set its sights on the nationwide expansion of its real estate team following the appointment of Gregor Duthie as an associate. He joins from DWF (formerly Biggart Baillie), where he spent more than 13 years and was the leading associate in its Scottish real estate finance team. Duthie, also a musician who has performed at the BBC proms at the Royal Albert Hall and is an artistic director at Glasgow Music Theatre, will work mainly from Gilson Gray’s Glasgow office.
Law firm Anderson Strathern has announced its appointment of Graham White as head of estate agency and sales, as part of the strategy for growth in the organisation’s residential property team. White, formerly head of estate agency at Edinburgh letting agent Braemore, is a specialist in valuation and residential sales marketing strategy with extensive experience in the Edinburgh and Lothians market, with a particular focus on East Lothian.
Originally from Haddington, he began his estate agency career in the English marketplace, before returning to East Lothian in 2005 to local firm Garden Stirling and Burnet. He will be based in Anderson Strathern’s Haddington office, providing a proactive and innovative client service. Sara Jalicy, head of residential property at the firm, said: “Graham’s arrival is a huge coup for the firm. Clients are already contacting us following news of his appointment to set up their pre-sale valuations and to gain his insightful views on selling.”
National IFA, pensions and employee benefits consultancy LEBC Group has announced the appointment of Drew Irving as head of its Edinburgh branch, replacing Colin Cameron who has retired. Irving has been with the firm since July 2014 as a senior financial planner, and prior to that held roles with Scottish Life/Royal London and independent financial advisers Creative Benefits.
He specialises in pensions and investments for high-net-worth clients and full employee benefits for large corporate clients. He said: “We are looking at achieving a record year as a branch and I want that to continue and grow the business year on year.”
Renewable energy business Absolute has appointed Graham Provest as managing director. The independent, family-owned business said he has been promoted to the post after joining the firm last year, from the Mark Group, as sales and marketing director. Tom Newall, the previous managing director and son of founding director Mark Newall, continues in his role as a director.
Provest said: “In the last few months we have installed several multi-million-pound projects across Scotland and we have exciting projects in the pipeline. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to lead such talented and ambitious team and look forward to working with them all to grow Absolute’s reputation and portfolio of renewable technologies in the months and years ahead.”