Find out who’s moving, hiring, investing and teaming up this month…
Lauren Kidd – 20/20 Productions
Lauren Kidd has been appointed by Edinburgh-based creative and digital production firm 20/20 Productions as its new production assistant.
Kidd, 22, from Fife, graduated from Queen Margaret University in 2015 with a BA in Media. In her new role she will be involved in logistics planning, equipment and crew sourcing and management, and client liaison.
She said: “The company’s positive attitude to mentoring young people really appealed to me when applying for the role.
“I am really excited to be kick-starting my career with such a successful company that is so highly regarded and has a wealth of industry knowledge I can learn from along the way. Everyone has made me feel so welcome and I can’t wait to see where the journey takes me.”
Alastair Scott, managing director, said: “We are delighted to have secured the talents of Lauren. She has the media qualifications and practical skills we really needed but on top of that, her natural enthusiasm and client facing skills made her an ideal choice.
“I’m positive she will be a great asset to our production team and has the potential to go far in the industry in the future.”
Keith Macintosh – The R&A
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews has announced that Keith Macintosh will serve as Captain in 2016/17.
Macintosh has been nominated as captain by the past captains of the club and will start his year in office with the traditional driving-in ceremony on the first tee of the Old Course on Friday, 23 September 2016.
A distinguished amateur golfer, Macintosh won the Scottish Amateur Championship at Prestwick in 1979 and the Belgian Open Amateur Championship the following year. The former Scotland international was also a member of the Great Britain and Ireland St Andrews Trophy team that defeated the Continent of Europe 19 ½ – 10 ½ at Royal St George’s in 1980.
Macintosh has served on the Amateur Status and Finance Committees of The R&A. He has been a Member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club since 1994 and, in 1999, won the Royal Medal, the Club’s principal scratch medal prize at its Autumn Meeting. He is an Honorary Member of Cardross Golf Club and was Chairman of Prestwick Golf Club in 2014/15. He plays to a handicap of 3.
Born in Cardross, in Argyll, Scotland in 1949, Macintosh studied law at Glasgow University before serving his legal apprenticeship in Glasgow and becoming a solicitor at a practice in Dumbarton. In 1987, he was appointed Company Secretary of Clydesdale Bank PLC. After nine years in the role he returned to practising law as a Partner in practices in Glasgow and then Dumbarton and Helensburgh. He retired in 2009.
He resides in Helensburgh.
Ian Wilkie – Brand-Rex LTD
Brand-Rex’s former commercial director Ian Wilkie has stepped up to take the top job and is now managing director of the firm.
Brand-Rex, a data networking solutions provider, which also manufactures a wide range of high performance specialty cables for military, underground and extreme environment applications, is part of Leviton Manufacturing Company’s Network Solutions group (aftre being acquired in December 2015) and serves customers in Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific markets.
Leviton’s executive vice president and general manager, Ross Goldman, said: “We are pleased that Ian Wilkie is driving the future of Brand-Rex.
“With our combined strategy in place, Ian’s appointment enables us to implement our plans quickly and sets the stage for Leviton’s continued growth as a global player.”
Wilkie has been with Brand-Rex for more than 15 years, holding several senior management positions, including his most recent role as commercial director. He has served as a Board member since 2008. Prior to Brand-Rex, Wilkie held several divisional and corporate leadership roles at BICC, including export sales director.
He said: “I am delighted to lead this highly respected business, and I believe my drive, passion and experience will help us achieve even greater success under our new Leviton ownership.
“Our employees and customers are very excited by the opportunities we have as part of a global organisation. Some channel partners have already commented on our renewed focus. I am confident that the scale and breadth of our resources position us to be a true market leader.”
As a result of Brand-Rex joining Leviton, customers can receive worldwide access to a broader range of products and solutions. Global and multi-national customers of both Brand-Rex and Leviton are able to obtain tangible benefits of selecting from both portfolios to meet their network infrastructure requirements.
Martin Hanchard is stepping down as CEO of Brand-Rex but will serve in an advisory capacity until June 30. Goldman added, “We sincerely thank Martin for his leadership in building Brand-Rex to where it is today, and we wish him the best in his future endeavours.”
Andrew Tate – R3
Andrew Tate, partner and head of restructuring at Kreston Reeves, and an insolvency practitioner with over 25 years’ experience, has become the new president of R3, the insolvency trade body.
Tate has been a licenced insolvency practitioner since 2000. He started his career at BDO and Deloitte, later becoming a partner in Baker Tilly, followed by a partnership in a smaller firm, Abbott Fielding, before moving to Kreston Reeves LLP in 2011 to lead its restructuring practice.
He provides advice in a wide range of distress situations, providing strategic direction and restructuring advice to clients in addition to taking formal insolvency appointments, many of which include elements of investigation work.
Tate said: “During my term as president, I will focus on shedding light on the wide skill set of R3 members and how these are used successfully in the UK economy, often without any publicity or recognition.
“In the past decade we’ve seen a shift in the insolvency landscape, with a greater focus on restructuring outside of formal insolvency processes. This valuable work rescues businesses and jobs and should be recognised. I would like to identify changes that would enhance the profession’s use of its skill set to rescue businesses to an even greater extent.”
Tate says he’s keen to make sure the government listens to the insolvency profession’s concern about the recent swell of legislative changes that have been introduced affecting formal insolvency procedures.
He added: “Insolvency has seen a wave of legislative changes in the last number of years, and it’s important that these changes are implemented properly.
“As the insolvency profession’s representative, I want to ensure that these changes enhance, not undermine, the UK’s well-regarded insolvency regime and allow insolvency practitioners to continue to get on with their role of saving businesses and jobs, returning money to creditors, and helping indebted individuals recover.”
“Having worked in a small practice myself I am also keen to make sure policy makers are aware of the value that practitioners from smaller firms provide to smaller businesses in local communities and ensure that the needs of small and micro businesses are taken into account when making changes to procedure or legislation.”
Tate has previously served for three years as chairman of R3’s Smaller Practices Group which supports the needs of smaller practice members. He also sits on R3’s Council.
He is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and has represented them on the Joint Insolvency Committee, the main standard setting body for insolvency practitioners; he chaired the committee for three years when the committee brought in changes to the way in which prepack administrations are handled and developed the ethical code followed by insolvency-practitioners. He is also an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.
Tate takes over as R3 president from Phillip Sykes, a partner in RSM.
Adrian Hyde, R3 deputy vice-president 2015-16 and partner at CVR Global, is R3’s new vice-president and specialises in larger contentious insolvency, international, and fraud related cases. A new deputy vice-president is to be announced in due course.
Investors in Young People – 20/20 Productions
20/20 Productions has received accreditation from Scotland’s Investors in Young People (IIYP).
As an Investors in People (IIP) accredited business since 1999, 20/20 Productions has now also been recognised for its contribution to supporting and developing young people in the workplace.
The Investors in Young People framework, designed by Investors in People Scotland, provides recognition to businesses that meet the requirements and assists in their recruitment, retention and development of young people. To become IIYP accredited, businesses need to undertake an assessment and demonstrate how they meet the framework requirement.
20/20 Productions managing director Alastair Scott said: “We pride ourselves on our commitment to our employees and their training and development. The assessment for IIYP was incorporated into our IIP assessment day and involved our specialist speaking with the team and determining what it is we do to evolve young people within our business and our industry.”
Scott is a regular at events with Edinburgh Napier University and Edinburgh College, encouraging young people, whether or not they’re already considering a career in production, to enter the field.
20/20 Productions has its own mentoring programme with Edinburgh Napier, which includes a selection of employees working with students from the School of Arts & Creative Industries to enhance their learning, including work experience, one to-one learning and placements at events.
As well as dedicating time and resources to developing these young people within the industry, 20/20 Productions has employed a number of students who have undertaken work placements or whom they’ve met at university events.
The company says it will continue working closely with the IIYP body and their designated specialist to enhance its status and work together with local universities, colleges and schools to ensure they continue to be thought leaders within the industry and encourage more and more young people into what is a booming industry.