THERE seem to have been several “final” events for the outgoing governor of the Bank of England, Sir Mervyn King. But his presentation this front to the rolling inquiry that is the Treasury select committee is his “last-last”.
Meanwhile, some readers of The Scotsman People column are awaiting the arrival of King’s successor, Mark Carney, with breathless anticipation. We can reveal here that, by all accounts, the Canadian Carney likes to let his hair down.
While Sir Merv has been oiling his cricket bat in between speeches at Mansion House, committee grillings and dry regional briefings, Carney may have outdone him by attending a series of glittering farewell parties in his homeland. These included bashes hosted by the Bank of Canada in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto, which offered guests canapes, fine wine, floral arrangements and a harpist. The bill, the media noted, came to a grand total of $30,000 (£18,600).
A bank spokesman told a critical Globe & Mail newspaper: “These receptions provided an appropriate venue for the governor to officially bid farewell, to thank industry participants for their continued co-operation, and to allow the Toronto and Montreal financial communities the opportunity to thank him for his service.”
Canadian invasion afoot
STICKING with Carney, and the new Bank of England governor won’t be the only Canadian heading over the Pond for a top job in Britain this summer – engineering and environmental consultancy WSP has hired Ginette Borduas as a senior technical director at its Edinburgh office.
The environmental expert, who has more than 24 years of experience and has been involved in major infrastructure projects across several continents, was previously working for WSP in Canada.
Prior to joining the firm, she was director of major projects at Dessau, where she also held a variety of senior positions.
Calman counts the cost
Former Scottish corporate lawyer Susan Calman had some sorry financial stories to tell about her early years as a professional comedian when she addressed the Scottish Accountancy Awards in Glasgow last week.
Calman, who recently starred in her first comedy series for BBC Radio 4, stunned the audience when she confessed she only earned £500 in her first year as a comedian. But there is worse…
“The first year I went to the Edinburgh Fringe, I paid £7,500 for a venue. We worked out we needed 40 people a night to break even. Two people came to see the show for the whole month.”
Incidentally, one of the most delighted people at the event was Mike Brown, managing partner of Anderson Anderson & Brown, which won the firm of the year award, toppling Johnston Carmichael, which has taken the prize five times in a row.
In a brief Sally Field moment, Brown said: “We started this journey 23 years ago and we had never anticipated we would be standing here and receiving this award.”