Movers and Shakers in Corporate Scotland




Mathers joins corporate team at Henderson Loggie 

Accountancy  firm Henderson Loggie has recruited Rod Mathers as a partner in its corporate finance team.

Mr Mathers joins with more than 20 years’ corporate finance experience gleaned from professional services market and sectors such as engineering services, manufacturing, energy and life sciences.

A former senior figure at a “big four” accountant, he has been tasked with supporting the growth and succession plans of Henderson Loggie’s clients, and on creating other deals around Scotland.

Managing partner David Smith said: “We are delighted to have someone of Rod’s calibre join our team. He brings a wealth of experience having worked in a number of different accountancy firms and, importantly, in a range of businesses not just in the UK but overseas.

“He will be a valuable addition to our team, not just because of his depth of knowledge of key business drivers but because he will be a great fit with his new colleagues.”

Two go to Standard Life Investments 

Standard Life Investments has made two appointments to its infrastructure debt team.

Alex Campbell, who has joined as investment director, is responsible for sourcing, negotiating, preparing and reviewing infrastructure debt funding proposals.

Based at St Mary Axe in London, he is an experienced originator and underwriter of long-dated capital market debt.

Marianne Froude has joined the Edinburgh-based asset manager an investment analyst. Also based at St Mary Axe, she will assist in preparing debt submissions, with particular responsibility for analysing detailed cash flow models and financial analysis of counterparties.

Both Campbell and Froude will report to Jeremy Allcock, head of infrastructure debt.

Craig MacDonald, head of credit at Standard Life Investments, said: “Both Alex and Marianne bring a wealth of experience and expertise in this diverse asset class and will be integral members of the credit team as a whole.”

Board heavyweight for network firm

Commsworld, the network and internet provider, has brought Steve Thomson on board as a non-executive director.

Mr Thomson brings 35 years of business and banking experience to the Edinburgh-based firm, having worked in marketing and investment banking.

His career has includes spells working in Europe, Asia, North America and Russia for Burson Marsteller, Wicks and USB Philips & Drew. More recently he was managing director of Credit Suisse2 First Boston and Moscow-based United Financial Group.

Commsworld is headed by chief executive Ricky Nicol.

Mr Thomson, who sits on the board of Highlands & Islands Enterprise, said: “I was attracted to the non-exec role by the people and the business, but I think the most important factor is the amount of opportunity in the market, due to how rapidly it is changing.

“Ricky and his team have built an incredibly impressive, robust business and I believe they are now in a great position to take that to the next level, which is what I would like to help with.

“I hope I can help Commsworld grow into new markets like the public sector, while also making their fantastic proposition more understandable to the non-tech savvy.”

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Originally Published: 23.02.2015