Family-owned homebuilder Muir Homes has appointed Nicola McCowan as Lands and Planning Manager.
McCowan will be responsible for identifying, appraising and acquiring land and sites on which Muir can work on his plans to build quality homes across Scotland.
Muir Homes is currently working on several sites in Aberdeenshire, Perthshire and the West of Scotland, and on new land opportunities in the central belt of Scotland, with plans well advanced to create a further 155 homes on new sites next year.
Meanwhile, property advisers Rettie & Co have poached Knight Frank’s Neil Cunningham as business manager to help support the company’s growth.
Cunningham will be responsible for implementing the company’s strategic sales and leasing priorities to ensure the focus is on sustainable and profitable growth.
He worked with Knight Frank from 2017 in the London property market and Foxtons for 12 years in sales and lettings.
While in the hospitality industry, hotel operator Apex Hotels has appointed two senior executives to help support its post-pandemic regeneration of the business to improve the hotel’s guest experience and internal culture. hotel.
Michael Stott joins the company as Chief Commercial Officer, from Hoar Cross Hotel & Spa having also held notable positions with Macdonald Hotels and Resorts, Whittlebury Hall & Spa and Center Parcs during his three decades with the industry.
He also appointed a new human resources director Kerry Draper who has over 20 years of experience in human resources and people management, including key roles with household names like Virgin, British Gas and Carlsberg.
In the accounting industry, Hall Morris has promoted Derek Petre from his role as director of audit and accounts and business advisory to partner.
He joined Hall Morrice as a trainee accountant in 1999 after graduating from the University of Aberdeen; obtained the chartered accountant title in 2002.
He rose through the ranks of the company, becoming senior audit manager in 2006, and taking on the role of audit, accounting and business advisory manager in 2013.
Recruitment has begun for his previous position as director of auditing, accounting and business consulting and Petrie will retain those roles until his replacement is appointed.
While headquartered in Aberdeen, procurement specialist Craig International has appointed three members to its board of directors to support its international growth.
Bruce Cormie becomes Director of North American Operations; Steve Gibson Director of Middle East Operations and Andrew Adams is appointed Chief Financial Officer.
All three have worked at Craig International since its international expansion over the past few years and have contributed to success by adding new customers, expanding into new geographic markets and increasing turnover by £70 million in 2015 to around £120m this year.
In the housing and care sector, Bield Housing and Care has appointed Beth McNeil and David Fisher to help position the organization as Scotland’s leading provider of housing, care and support for older people.
Development and regeneration professional Beth McNeil has years of experience and operational leadership in large-scale regeneration and construction projects, with a keen interest in how housing can be adapted to provide homes adapted to a changing world.
The second new member of the board is housing expert David Fisher, who began his housing career in the 1980s with the Scottish Special Housing Association and later graduated in housing and urban studies from the University of Glasgow. Fisher provides expert advice on strategic asset management, growth and customer service.
In the media sector, public relations firm Clark has hired four new staff in its offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
In March, Janice Macgregor joined as Associate Director, following her role as Head of Communications for Salmon Scotland.
She joins Clark’s management team and will provide advice to clients with an international presence, such as Seafood Scotland and Moore Global.
Other March hires include Murray Glen who joined as a Glasgow-based account manager, as well as account managers Louise Thompson and Sophie Lynch.
In the technology sector, Scottish software development company, Vidatec, has appointed Nick Welch as Chief Technology Officer.
Welch joins the Dundee-based technology company as part of a strategic move to provide wider software development services in key sectors including retail, leisure tourism and travel, healthcare and finance.
He joins Vidatec with nearly 20 years of experience, including roles at Progressive Content and GlobalData Plc, and project experience with blue chips including British Airways and Jaguar Land Rover.
Following a restructuring of its leadership team, Insights Group veteran Ross Wilson has also been named Director of Clients and Partnerships with a mission to bring more data analytics and insights to customer projects.
The Scottish legal industry also saw a series of appointments with Gilson Gray, promoting his private client associate to associate.
Joe Davies, who joined the firm in 2018, was promoted to partner and allowed him to continue the hands-on and focused direction of Gilson Gray’s private law services.
The Shakespeare Martineau law firm has appointed a new, dual-qualified legal director.
With nearly 10 years’ experience in Scotland, Nicky Grant has joined the company’s commercial property team and will be based in Edinburgh.
Prior to his new role, Grant spent seven years at Edinburgh-based Dickson Minto, having completed his property-focused internship at Raeburn Christie Clark & Wallace in Aberdeen.
While Edinburgh-based legal services firm Vialex has recruited experienced barrister Scott Moncur to head financial services and sustainability.
Moncur joined Vialex from Medici Legal Advisors, a boutique law firm specializing in digital disruption and FinTech.
Originally from Inverness, he has over three decades of experience in the financial services industry, gained working across the UK with FTSE 100 companies as in-house counsel and with law firms in prominent in Scotland.
Weber Shandwick, has appointed Natalie Buxton to the newly created position of UK Network Managing Director. Buxton will retain her role as Managing Director of Weber Shandwick Scotland, while taking responsibility for linking Weber Shandwick’s UK offices in London, Manchester and Scotland.
It also made a series of new appointments across its UK business, including Suzanne Gilson joining as UK Chief Financial Officer; Neil Flash as Chief Operating Officer of Weber Shandwick UK; and Dean Gallagher was promoted to managing director, Weber Shandwick Manchester.
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