Movers and Shakers January 2020

Housing & Property

Peabody has promoted a former Berkeley executive to be its interim finance boss. Eamonn Hughes is the current finance director, development and regeneration.

Graeme Brown is stepping down as director of Shelter Scotland after nearly 12 years in the role. The post will be advertised shortly.

Optivo have announced the appointment of a new Director of Operations. Troy Francis is moving from the London Borough of Brent where he was Head of Housing and Neighbourhood Services.

Construction & Infrastructure

Hart Builders, part of the Cruden Group have hired Andy McLinden as its commercial director. He moves from ISG Northern where he worked for nearly a decade. This move is seen as the latest in a series of strategic appointments.

Chartered Surveyor DM Hall have expanded significantly appointing 3 new partners, 8 new directors and six new associates. The 3 new partners are Jonathan Hunter, Jonathan McManus and David Telford.

Morgan Sindall has appointed Lloyds Banking Group director of people and productivity Jen Tippin as a non-executive director. Tippin heads up HR, managing supply chains, property, development and divestment at the bank and also serves as a non-executive director for Kent Community NHS Foundation Trust.

Amey Utilities interim MD David McLoughlin has left the company and been replaced by Andy Halsall, former manging director of Mitie’s pest control business. Parent company Ferrovial is still attempting to sell off the firm with most recent results for the year ending 31 December 2019 showing Amey made a £428m pre-tax loss.

Amey has hired Craig McGilvray to head its FM and defence services business. He has moved from being head of collapsed glazing contractor Façade & Glazing Solutions. He replaces Amanda Fisher.

Wildgoose Construction has promoted Andrew Tilford to become managing director of construction. He joined Wildgood in late 2018 from Skanska where he was commercial director.


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Higher Education


The winners of the AUDE Awards for 2024 were announced at the association’s annual conference at Northumbria University on 17 April 2024. As ever the standard of the nominations was so strong, and to find one winner amongst such high quality submissions was extremely tough for our judges. Nevertheless a winner there must be, and in eight categories! Every single participant should be very proud, for the work done as well as the initiative and energy and drive shown, and we hope they will feel boosted for the whole of the coming year by the acknowledgement from their peers of the great work involved. Gold, silver and bronzes prizes were awarded as shown below

Higher Education


The University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) has appointed Mike Baxter as executive director of finance.
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Higher Education


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