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Thorneley latest to leave Standard Life Aberdeen

Fancy that… James Thorneley adopted a number of identities during lockdown

James Thorneley has left his post as head of comms at Standard Life Aberdeen (SLA) for a new and, as yet unspecified, challenge.

He headed operation at Aberdeen Asset Management before overseeing the combined operation following its merger with Standard Life in 2017. After 20 years in the role he has decided it is time for a change.

He lightened up his days working from home during lockdown by wearing a variety of fancy dress outfits.

“Hopefully, if the outfits I’ve worn over the last few months are anything to go by, I’ve got some career options,” he said.

“It’s been a privilege to have been involved in such a success story and I know there is more to come. Given the headwinds the investment industry is facing, SLA is ahead of the curve, in terms of the breadth and depth of its investment capabilities, its distribution channels/platforms both by geography and client type and balance sheet strength.

“Under Douglas Flint, Stephen Bird and the leadership team, the business will continue to evolve and will get even better.”

He is the latest in a string of comms staff to leave SLA since the merger. Barry Cameron, Sara Reed, Yvonne Soulsby and Steve Hartley are among others who have left.

Clare Carswell is leaving EY Scotland after five years heading up the comms office and will be staying with the firm to lead UK external comms for strategy and transactions. Iona MacPherson rejoins EY to take over in Scotland.

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