On the move: new faces stepping into senior roles
ASM Global, the owner of P&J Live, has named Rob Wicks as managing director of the Aberdeen events venue. Wicks will be joining P&J Live on 5 June from his current role as commercial director at Aberdeen Football Club, where he has been responsible for all football club revenue streams.
He 25 years of experience in the sports and events industry, working with rights holders, brands, host venues, governing bodies, promoters and agencies. Wicks, who hails from South Africa and has worked in Europe for the past two decades and delivered projects and events in 25 countries.
Lindsay MacLeod has been appointed as associate partner at executive search firm MM Search. The new position will see MacLeod lead the business’s procurement and supply chain sectors while also developing the engineering, manufacturing and logistics offering. MacLeod brings a wealth of experience from her time with recruitment firms Page Group, Drummond Bridge, Badendoch & Clark and Hays.
Laura Cameron will succeed John Cleland as managing partner at Pinsent Masons from 1 May. Cleland steps down following eight years in the role, having served the second of a maximum two terms. Cameron, who has been with Pinsent Masons for 28 years, has had leadership roles on its global board and as its first female board member.
Based in Glasgow, Cameron until recently was global head of the firm’s 880-strong risk advisory services group which operates in construction, advisory and disputes, intellectual property, litigation, regulatory and tax, and technology, media and telecoms.
Fraser Geddes has become Anderson Strathern’s full-time chairman, taking over from Bruce Farquhar. Geddes, who has been with the legal firm for about 12 years, gave up his position as head of dispute resolution operation, where he has a particular interest in regulation within the health sector. Geddes will be in place for Anderson Strathern’s move from Rutland Square to Capital Square in Edinburgh’s Exchange District.
Property Managers Association Scotland
Neale Bisset, co-chairman of Aberdeenshire-based company PMC Property Management & Lettings, has been elected president of the Property Managers Association Scotland (PMAS), which represents registered property factor firms.
PMAS promotes standards, training and best practice and actively engages with the Scottish Government and legislative bodies on topics including property legislation, industry impacting issues and the Property Factors Code of Conduct. Bisset succeeds Nic Mayall of James Gibb and Ross Watt, of Newton Property Management, becomes vice president.
A senior business engagement manager to support the growth of the Highlands and Islands’ bioeconomy has been appointed by the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IbioIC). Annelie du Plessis joins IBioIC from Ethicon, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary specialising in surgical technologies, where she was responsible for managing sales and business development.
She will help businesses to develop and adopt biotechnology processes and products across the food and drink, textiles and marine sectors, working closely with Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
Ian Robinson has become managing director at Scottish Woodlands, replacing Ralland Browne as he retired after seven years in the post. Robinson has worked for 35 years with Scottish Woodlands which is 80 per cent owned by its employees and has 230 staff in 19 offices in Scotland, northern England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Dessy Henry steps up to forestry director in Robinson’s place, having previously served as operational director. Charles Bushby, Neil Crookston and Michael Hall join the board.
Scotland’s Towns Partnership
Kimberley Guthrie has become interim chief officer of Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP) after Phil Prentice stepped down after eight-and-a-half years in the role. Guthrie, who is STP director of operations, has more than 25 years’ experience in business and retail, including as an owner and director.
Prentice will pursue other interests in place-making, while keeping links with STP as a strategic consultant and programme director of Scotland’s Improvement Districts.
Heriot-Watt University has named Grant Wheeler as head of commercialisation. He will be responsible for delivering the university’s enterprise ambitions and will work with academics, students and industry partners to translate research into new services, products and spin-out companies. He will use his experience in enterprise creation and technology commercialisation and his connections in Scotland, the UK and internationally in the key strategic role.
Scottish Dental Care
Scottish Dental Care, the Glasgow-based family-owned firm has appointed Lynn Hood as chief executive. She joins from her role as chief executive of Focus Hotels Management, a white-label brand fronting several hotel franchises. The appointment follows a multi-million pound minority investment from BGF last year and allows the founders Philip and Christopher Friel to expand the leadership team as the firm continues to capitalise on opportunities.
Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh has appointed Zoe Mobey to the newly created post of director of fundraising & marketing. She joins from Edinburgh Leisure, where she was head of funding and evaluation and brings more than 20 years of fundraising and marketing experience gained at MS Society, Childline Scotland, Macmillan Cancer Support and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.
Stephanie Lowe has been appointed deputy chief executive of the Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF). She joined SNIPEF as industrial relations officer in 2006 and has recently been acting chief executive in the absence of Fiona Hodgson.
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