MacDonald takes reins at AV firm Mediascape
Audiovisual company Mediascape has appointed Niall MacDonald, as managing director, succeeding Angus Knight who will become chairman. Formerly managing director of Aquascot, Mr MacDonald, pictured, will take up his new role on 3 August.
The Glasgow-based employee-owned firm is a designer, supplier and installer of integrated audiovisual systems to universities and historic sites.
Mr Knight said: “It’s testament to the reputation of Mediascape that we are able to attract a leader of Niall’s calibre. We involved many of the staff in the selection process and the decision to hire was unanimous.”
Mr MacDonald’s career saw him increase the turnover and profitability of the Alness salmon producer whilst leading the development of the vision and values which were core to the strategic plan. He was also MD of employee-owned papermaker Tullis Russell, and MD of Oki (UK).
“I was keen to work for a business that shared my values, and employee ownership is very important to me,” he said.
“These are challenging times, but I believe that Mediascape has an exciting future ahead and I can’t wait to be part of it.”
This is the final stage in the exit plans of Angus and Shona Knight, who sold the majority of their shareholding in the business to the employees in January 2018, using an employee ownership trust.
Inspired: Angus and Shona Knight
Until the Covid 19 crisis, the business was growing from strength to strength. The company had to close down operations almost overnight as lockdown meant access to client premises was restricted. Business is now returning to pre-Covid levels.
“Niall is inheriting a fantastic team,” says Shona Knight, who will remain as director of the firm.
“It’s been a tough few months but the way the employees have responded, and how they have launched so whole-heartedly into getting us back to business is just inspiring.”
Angus Knight said: “This is the best possible result. Shona and I can now plan our retirement knowing the company is in safe hands.”