Danny McCance 13 Oct 2017 10:55am

Movers and shakers

A round-up of this week's appointments, promotions, board-moves and resignations

Department for International Trade

Baroness Rona Fairhead has been appointed as the new minister for trade and Export promotion, effective immediately.

Fairhead is a former ambassador for UK trade and investment, was previously chair of the BBC Trust and previously chief executive of the Financial Times Group. She was also head of HSBC’s audit committee and was forced to defend the bank after revelations involving money laundering related with it were revealed. She has been given a life peerage alongside her ministerial appointment. 


Chris Austin, CBE has been reappointed as the chair of the International Accounting Education Standards Board (IAESB) effective from 1 January 2018.

Austin, a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance, is a senior civil servant with more than 30 years’ experience. In September, he was appointed as the head of the UK task force Hurricane Irma and spent more than two and a half years as country director of Afghanistan for the Department for International Development (DFID). Prior to this he was interim director of the tri-departmental Stabilisation unit (DFID, FCO, MoD), was director of G8 Transparency and has held positions within the DFID positions in Bangladesh and Africa.

International Standards Board for Accountants

Starvos Thomadakis has been re-appointed as the chair of international ethics, starting a renewable one-year term on 1 January 2018.

Thomadakis is an economist with a 40-year tenure as professor of financial economics at the University of Athens, City University of New York and MIT and has held a number of regulatory and oversight roles. He has been with IESBA for 3 years, and was previously first chair of the Public Interest Oversight Board for 6 years.

Allen & Overy

Scott Robson has been appointed as the first global head of eDiscovery at the international law firm, effective immediately.

Robson has more than 20 years’ experience having spent 14 years at Big Four firm KPMG before moving to EY as director. Prior to his move to Allen & Overy he was executive director of forensic technology and discovery services at EY, where he had spent more than three years.

Hortons Estate

David Freeman has been appointed as financial director of the Birmingham-based property company, effective immediately.

Freeman, an accountant, has more than 15 years’ experience. He has been with Hortons for more than 9 years and prior to his appointment was financial controller at the company. He spent more than three years with Big Four firm EY before moving to BDO, where he spent two years. 


Ian Milne, interim chief financial officer of the airline company will take over as chief operating officer on a permanent basis, effective November 2017.

Prior to his interim role at Flybe, which he undertook in August 2017, Milne had gained more than 20 years experience at British Airways/International. During this time, he worked as group financial controller at IAG and director of integration at BA. He left BA in 2016 to set up his own consulting business.


Sophie St. John has been appointed private client partner, effective immediately.

St. John, a private client solicitor, has 20 years experience. She was previously lead counsel at Barclays Wealth and Investment Management and prior to that was with Speechly Bircham, Allen & Overy and Bircham Dyson Bell.

Laura Luty has been appointed as a director in the Mancester office of the accountancy and consultancy firm, effective immediately.

Luty has more than 17 years’ experience and prior to her appointment at RSM she spent more than 13 years at Big four firm Deloitte.

Majestic Wine

David Stead is joining the board of the alcohol beverage group as non-executive director, effective 1 November 2017, and will become a member of the company’s audit, nomination and remuneration committees.

Stead, a chartered accountant, is currently a NED of Card Factory and Joules Group and is chair of the Audit Committee at the University of Birmingham. He has more than 25 years’ experience having been a CFO at Dunhelm for more than 12 years and finance director at Boots for six years.