On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

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.

Big Partnership director Zoe Ogilvie with new chair Malcolm McPherson. Picture: Contributed

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”.

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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.