United Capital announces new board to lead McGill
United Capital has today revealed the team tasked with turning around the fortunes of Dundee-based McGill & Co, who were purchased from administration last week.
United Capital Director, Graeme Carling announced: “Since engaging with KPMG at the beginning of February, we have been working behind the scenes to pull together a team capable of leading McGill forward. Today I am excited to announce the members of that team.”
Graeme Carling, who is also founder and owner of Scotland’s largest private residential landlord, Carling Property Group, will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer. Graeme has over 10 years’ experience in consolidating an extremely fragmented industry, with extensive experience in raising finance, acquisitions, transactions, rapid growth and sales.
Carling advised: “I will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer and work with the board to set out the strategy and lead the organisation forward, however it is my intention to fulfil this role temporarily while we look for a permanent option.”
Graeme will be supported by Syd Fudge OBE who has joined the Board as Non-Executive Group Chairman. With over 40 years’ experience in the oil and gas sector, including time spent with British Steel, Fudge was awarded an OBE for services to the oil and gas industry in Scotland. He has considerable experience in establishing new organisations.
Chief Financial Officer Kevan Sturrock has held leading financial and accounting roles in the oil and gas service sector, including Johnston Carmichael and PricewaterhouseCoopers. His work has mainly involved advising companies on project related revenues. Based in the UK, he has overseen activities in the USA, North Africa and Asia.
With over 25 years of experience in the construction industry, Chris Ferriday has been appointed as Operations Director having held a similar position for McGill and Co prior to administration. He will be responsible for the day-to-day management of contracts and works.
Fraser Kirk joins the board as Communications Director having worked in a marketing consultancy and strategy role with communications agency, Volpa. Fraser currently holds similar marketing and communications positions with a number of Graeme Carling’s other businesses.
Harry MacLean completes the board and will operate as Director supporting the business as it streamlines procurement processes and all other operational activities. MacLean, currently Managing Director of Hendrik Veder Group, is an experienced director within multi-national corporations and successful supply chain & business improvement director.
Graeme Carling said: “This is an extremely exciting time for McGill as we look to take advantage of the opportunities the market is offering us with an extremely talented and experienced management board. We are delighted to welcome all our new board members who I know will bring their own insights and expertise from their collective decades of experience. I have no doubt they will be instrumental in helping us deliver on our ambitious plans.”