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Surveyor recruited for top role

Morton takes chair at Scots law firm

Fiona MortonScottish law firm, Gillespie Macandrew has stepped outside the profession to appoint a surveyor as its non-executive chairman.

The Edinburgh-based firm has recruited Fiona Morton who has held a number of senior roles in the property industry, including managing director of Millar and Bryce and managing partner and chairman of Ryden.

She has been recognised for her contribution to the industry on multiple occasions and currently serves as the chairman of the Scottish Property Awards judging panel.

Ms Morton takes over at the beginning of April succeeding Murray Shaw, who is retiring. 

Chairman of the appointment panel Robert Scott-Dempster said: “With Murray retiring, the firm decided to take the opportunity to look more widely for its next chair, seeking broad commercial experience from beyond legal services and allowing our partners to concentrate on what they do best.

“We were delighted with the quality of candidates who engaged in our recruitment process and following a rigorous process the panel was unanimous in selecting Fiona.

“She brings significant experience of working in very senior roles in professional services partnerships and other commercial structures as well as a substantial knowledge of the Scottish business markets and a strong client focus. We look forward to her experienced counsel and support.

Welcoming Fiona, chief executive Chris West said: “I am looking forward to working with her and we have already spent some time discussing the direction and approach of the business. I fully anticipate that she will help us drive forward and capitalise on the growth and development we have had over the past couple of years.” 

Ms Morton commented: “I very much look forward to working with Chris and the board to support them and the wider partnership in pursuing their plans to drive the business forward to further success in the next few years.” 

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