People: Beware – Nucleus is on the prowl

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DAVID Ferguson, head of wrap investment company Nucleus Financial, isn’t afraid of giving a drubbing on Twitter to those he dubs as “legacy owned platforms”.

So, he is probably more please to have lured away some folk from the big life operations to work for him.

Joining are Philip Dublon from AXA, where he spent four years implementing their wrap proposition; Alex Pemble joins from Zurich, and Jerry Quince joins Nucleus from Aviva.

And beware, old-fashioned lifecos, there will be more. Barry Neilson, business development director for Nucleus, said: “The creation of these new regional roles is a part of that and we will look to expand the team further in the coming months.”

Fenwick wandering back to Shepherd

Surveyor Dave Fenwick is hoping for a case of third time lucky as he returns to chartered surveyor Shepherd in a newly-created post.

Dundee-born and Aberdeenshire-bred
Fenwick first joined Shepherd’s Edinburgh office more than 20 years ago, before leaving to work for another practice.

He has returned to the Shepherd fold to help the group open its Stirling office, where he will work as technical surveyor with responsibility for auditing
the residential valuation reports produced by its surveyors throughout the country.

Recently, he has been one of four regional managers at Colleys, part of Lloyd Banking Group.

Shepherd managing partner Ian Fergusson said: “We are very pleased to
have lured Dave back to the firm.”

Stake bake champ hungers for more

A WEE thank you from the business desk to Alex – we don’t have a surname – at Havas PR in Manchester.

Clipped to the “with compliments” slip was a single scratchcard for Greggs’ latest promotion which can see customers bag a holiday in the sun or just a free lunch.

Even with odds on the latter quoted at one in five, our resident steak bake champion failed to unearth a winner.

Perhaps Alex can be persuaded to pop up a few more cards …

Parting is such sweet sorrow

A SMALL but ferocious Twitter storm greeted the last day listeners of BBC Scotland’s flagship morning radio show would be hearing the dulcet tones of its business correspondent, Waseem Zakir.

In 2011, the Beeb launched a double plus good programme of job cuts called Delivering Quality First which would see BBC Scotland lose between 100 and 120 posts from 1,250. Around 39 posts went last year, with another 35 due to be cut, with Zakir among the first to leave this year.

Last week, BBC journalists north of the Border voted in favour of taking industrial action.

Sad news for beleaguered business hacks everywhere, but Zakir was keeping his chin up on the day. He said the outpouring of affection on Twitter took him by “complete surprise”.

He added: “Only found out after the programme how many people had tweeted and what they were saying. I am only a biz hack for goodness sake. Was really touched.”