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FWB Park Brown Appointments

FWB Park Brown are pleased to announce we have recently advised on the following appointments.  It is particularly interesting that a number of these searches have both started and completed during the lockdown period and are great examples of a new and efficient way of working. Also interesting to note a higher volume of Interim appointments. Stay well.


Former Standard Life Aberdeen Vice Chair Martin Gilbert has been appointed as Chair of The Oil and Gas Technology Centre at a “pivotal time” for the energy industry. OGTC has a crucial role in developing technologies to enable the oil and gas sector to be a valued part of the transition to help deliver a net zero North Sea.

Biotangents is designing the next generation of molecular diagnostics for the veterinary industry. Rachel Mallet, formerly of Global DX, joins as Director of Commercialisation.

PE-backed Physiomedics is a digital healthcare innovation leader and the UK’s first clinically validated digital triage solution for muscle and joint problems. Rick Haslam, from Healthy Returns Consultancy, joins the Board.

Dr Zibby Kwecka joins Heineken UK as Head of Information Security from KPMG, where he was a Cyber Security Consultant.

PE-backed and rapidly growing Bella & Duke, the ‘pet wellness’ company and raw dog food producer, has appointed Rob Horner as CFO. He is formerly of Fosters Funeral Directors, Steadfast Group and EY.

Brugal is the international Rum from Dominican Republic and is part of Edrington’s portfolio of brands, which of course also includes The Macallan, Highland Park and The Famous Grouse. Eileen Livingston has been appointed Managing Director – International and joins from Beam Suntory.

Baxters Food Group has appointed Maik Blumentritt as Head of Finance for its European business. Following a regular trip to Scotland visiting family, he found himself unable to return to his home in Switzerland due to lockdown restrictions and decided to explore his longstanding wish to relocate to Scotland. The recruitment process was conducted ‘virtually’ and he has now begun his new role whilst still in lockdown in NE Scotland. He brings a wealth of experience to the role, most recently as Head of Accounting Central Europe West with global building materials company Holcim in Switzerland.

CALA one of the UK’s leading providers of desirable new homes, has appointed Marie Hernandez as Head of HR.  She joins from Whiteflare UK where she was Principal HR and OD Consultant.

Glasgow-based Howden, a global leader in manufacturing air & gas handling solutions and operating in over 100 countries, has appointed Melle Kruisdijk as Managing Director – Netherlands. He joins from Wartsila Energy where he was VP Europe.

Aviagen, the Edinburgh-based worldwide market leader in poultry breeding, has appointed Blake Williamson as its new UK General Manager. Philip Kealey also joins as Interim Financial Controller for the UK business, having previously spent 20 years with Bakkavor in a range of financial and commercial positions.

Weir Group PLC engineers global solutions that improve safety, efficiency and sustainability across a number of sectors. Craig Gibson has joined as Interim Reward Specialist, having previously been with Martin Currie and Heineken.

Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), the award-winning centre of excellence for world-class events and conferences, has appointed Stuart Bone as its new Financial Director. He is formerly of CMS Window Systems and Turner Group.

The University of Strathclyde has appointed Virginia Beckett as a Lay Member of its Court. She is CEO of Regent Capital plc and a former Director of CBRE.

Chris Mackenzie has joined leading law firm Ledingham Chalmers as Chief Operating Officer. He is a Chartered Accountant with many years’ experience in senior financial and consultancy roles, predominantly within the energy sector. As well as overseeing the firm’s finance, HR, IT and marketing functions, Chris will drive strategic direction as it evolves, grows and responds to a fast-changing legal and commercial marketplace.

Rachel Wood has joined The Law Society of Scotland as Executive Director of Regulation. She joins from major law firm Pinsent Masons where she was their Client and Legal Project Management Lead.

Alice Deakin is the new Executive Director of Learning for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS).  She has been running her own consultancy business and is also formerly of Deloitte and Indigo Vision plc.

Innovative industrial textile specialists Scott & Fyfe, based in Tayport, has appointed John Wallace as its new Finance Director. He is formerly of Brand-Rex (Leviton Manufacturing).

J & D Wilkie is a privately owned Advanced Textile Technology company, with manufacturing facilities in China, a global client base and a head office based here in Scotland. Blake Whitrow, formerly of Heathcoat Fabrics, joins as its new Senior Sales Manager.

Leading specialist corporate law firm Dickson Minto has appointed Samantha Homer as Interim Management Accountant.  She is formerly of AIG, Deloitte and Chiene + Tait.

With just over 5400 properties, Bield is one of the largest providers of housing and care support services for older people in Scotland. Iain Baxter joins as Interim Programme Leader from Caledonia Housing Association.

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