Danny McCance 23 Aug 2019 02:07pm

Movers and shakers

A round-up of the latest appointments, promotions, board moves and resignations


James Lenton has been appointed as CFO and executive director of the real estate and investment trust company effective 16 September and 1 October respectively.

Lenton, ACA, recently worked with finance and investment corporation AIG after joining in 2013 as deputy CFO for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. A year later in 2014 he became a member of the board and CFO of the AIG’s European Group. Prior to AIG, Lenton was at Big Four firm EY where he was made partner in the Europe, Middle East, India and Africa financial services practice in 2006. He became responsible for developing a new global strategy for the insurance assurance practice in 2011 as global-coordinating partner for the practice. Lenton also worked for fellow Big Four firm PwC, where he qualified as a chartered accountant in 2001.

Lenton will replace Timon Drakesmith, also ACA, who is currently CFO and managing director of Premium Outlets, which accounts for 27% of Hammerson’s portfolio. Upon leaving the company, Simon Travis will take over control of Premium Outlets as investment director and managing director.

Grant Thornton

The UK’s sixth-largest firm has announced 42 new partners and principals as well as promoting 39 to managing director, effective immediately.

The largest proportion of these promotions was in advisory (43%) while tax accounted for 28% of promotions and internal client services for 4%.


Grant Nash will take up his role as CFO of the data analytics company following his appointment in April.

Nash, FCA, joins from UK Biobank where he was CFO and FD, having spent more than five years with the company. Previously, he spent more than nine years at Evotec, where he was senior vice president of finance. He spent more than four years at Big Four firm PwC, having certified as a chartered accountant in 2000.

Third Point Offshore

Huw Evans has been appointed as a non-executive director of the investment company, effective immediately.

Evans, ACA, is currently a NED at Standard Life Investment Property Income Trust Limited and VinaCapital Vietnam Opportunity Fund Limited, both LSE. Following qualifying as a chartered accountant with Peat Warwick Mitchell (now KPMG) in 1983, he held roles at Schroders and Phoenix Securities Limited.


Charles Irvine has been appointed as CFO at the data solutions company, effective 1 October.

Irvine, ACA, is currently CFO of technology company Ergonomics Solutions Group, which he has been with since 2017 after joining from Bausch + Lomb, at which he was head of finance for UK and Ireland. Previously he held various roles in the finance functions of both Alliance Healthcare UK and Harsco Corporation. Irvine qualified as a chartered accountant with Kingston Smith in 2006.

Doric Nimrod Air Three Limited

Suzanne Procter and Andreas Tautscher have been appointed as independent NEDs at the aircraft acquisition company, effective immediately.

Procter has more than 37 years’ experience in asset management, having held senior roles at Cantillon Capital Management, Lazard Asset Management and Invesco.

Tautscher, ACA, has more than 30 years’ experience within financial services. He is currently director and CEO of Altair Group and a NED and member of the audit committee at BH Global. Previously he has held various roles at Deutsche Bank including CEO of the Channel Islands and head of financial intermediaries for Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Tautscher spent more than five years at Big Four firm PwC. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1994.