Accountancy firm Kingston Smith has announced the appointment of John Cowie and Luke Holt (pictured right) as corporate finance and not-for-profit sector partners respectively. The appointments are effective from 1 December 2015. John has extensive experience working with Aim-listed companies and has carried out a number of transactions in the support services sector including recruitment, logistics and warehousing. Luke strategically advises clients such as charities, further education colleges, higher education universities and private providers, independent schools and housing associations.
Jane Jee has been appointed as a key member of international law firm Bryan Cave’s global fintech and prepaid and emerging payments teams. Jane has more than 20 years’ experience in both commercial and legal roles. After qualifying as a barrister, Jee gained uniquely broad experience in card, internet and mobile payments. She has served as managing director at the credit card issuing and acquiring organisation Access before becoming divisional manager at the smart card electronic cash system operated by Mondex International.
System integration and technology consulting company Excelian has appointed Nick Thomas as the head of Murex. He has also held roles at UniCredit, Commerzbank and JP Morgan Chase.
There has been a restructuring of the digital out of home media company Ocean. Finance director Stephen Joseph is promoted to group chief operating officer. Stephen takes responsibility for all commercial contract negotiation, procurement and oversees finance which is now headed up by Billy Byam-Cook. Nick Shaw, previously Ocean associate director and head of international sales, is promoted to sales director, reporting to group sales director Iain Chapman. Signature sales director James Harrison takes on added responsibilities as deputy managing director of Signature Outdoor, also reporting to Iain Chapman. Gerry Bew, founding partner of Signature Outdoor in Birmingham, becomes chairman of the Signature brand and businesses with a focus on operational integration in Manchester. His co-founder Steve George becomes managing director of the Signature Birmingham business and oversees the management of Signature’s contract with Birmingham City Council.
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