Movers and Shakers in Corporate Scotland


BLM, the risk and insurance law business, has appointed its team in Scotland by appointing Frank Hughes as partner.

Mr Hughes, who has a broad experience of litigation in the insurance industry, joins the team in Glasgow from DAC Beachcroft.

He is an accredited specialist in personal injury law and acts as an expert witness in solicitor’s negligence cases. He has also tutored law for many years at the University of Glasgow.

BLM partner David Taylor said: “We have ambitious plans for growth in Scotland and we are delighted to welcome Frank Hughes to BLM given his extensive industry expertise. He is a natural extension to our business given his experience in representing many of the top global insurers as well as his reputation within the industry.”

BLM has also appointed two new associates in Scotland, bringing in Murray Steel from Harper MacLeod and Kirin Binning from Brodies, and two solicitors – Zoe McConnell from the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and Judith Hutchison who was practising on her own account.

KPMG has unveiled a series of promotions at partner and director level as it looks to grow its financial services, cyber security, restructuring and tax teams.

Andy Masters, the accountancy firm’s head of savings and wealth, has been promoted to partner. Mr Masters joined KPMG in 2010 and had more than 20 years of consulting experience across banking, insurance and investment management.

George Scott, who leads a team of information protection and business resilience specialists, has been promoted to director. He joined the firm’s Edinburgh office in 2011 after working as head of information security at Tesco Bank.

Tax specialist Ross Stupart has been promoted to tax director in enterprise, where he has responsibility for liaising with growing businesses across the central belt as part of the firm’s Enterprise offering.

And Alistair McAlinden, who joined KPMG in Glasgow as an audit trainee in 2001 and has been with the restructuring team for the last decade, has moved to the Edinburgh office, having been promoted to director.

Juliet Simpson, the founder and chair of Stripe Communications, has been appointed to the board of Marketing Edinburgh.

Ms Simpson established Stripe in 2006 and became chairman this year, with her focus now on the strategic direction and overarching management of the business.

Before starting Stripe, she spent four years in Sydney as head of public relations, corporate communications and mass market campaigns for Vodafone Australia. She is also a former director of Citigate Smarts, and has also held in-house roles with Allied Domecq, Telewest Communications and Simmonds Capital in Toronto.

Gordon Robertson, chairman of Marketing Edinburgh and director of communications at Edinburgh Airport, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Juliet to the Marketing Edinburgh team. Her business acumen, communication skills and advice will be vital in assisting Marketing Edinburgh as we move forward, face fresh challenges and continue to build Edinburgh’s reputation both at home and abroad.”

Ms Simpson said: “Edinburgh is undoubtedly one of the best cities in the world and I’m very proud to call it home.

“I consider it a real privilege to be joining the Marketing Edinburgh Board and I’m looking forward to playing my part in the next stage of the Marketing Edinburgh journey.”

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Originally Published: 15.06.2015