Computer manufacturer Psion has appointed Marina Wyatt finance director following the resignation of Mike Langley, the company’s FD for the past 11 years. Wyatt, who at 33 is the youngest member on the Psion board, joined the company in 1994 as a financial controller and has had a hands-on role in its finance division since then. David Potter, the company’s chairman and founder, said he is confident that Wyatt “is the right person to lead the finance function of what is now a much larger group.” Langley’s departure from the company is said to be amicable, and he will remain with Psion to work on a number of special projects over the next few months.
The former treasurer of Birmingham Midshires, Guy Thomas, has been appointed the building society’s finance director, following the departure of finance and development director Stephen Bright. The position resulted from a restructure which saw Bright’s position split into three parts: finance, development and risk.
John Martyn, the finance director of pet food and agribusiness group Dalgety, has announced his plans to retire next year. Martyn, who is leaving to concentrate on non-executive and voluntary roles has also been named a non-executive “link” director of Littlewoods, the retail group where he was finance director from 1984 to 1987. Dalgety has begun looking for a successor so Martyn can step down from the board in March.
Financial Times Information has named Trevor Jenkins as finance director. Jenkins joins from Mars Inc where he was European business planning director.
British Gas has announced a new senior appointment with Nicholas Scarles becoming director of taxation, treasury and corporate finance for British Gas Energy (BGE), the trading arm of British Gas. Scarles joins BGE from Coopers & Lybrand where he specialised in treasury and mergers & acquisition taxation.
Alison Woodhams has been appointed head of finance, English regions at the BBC. Woodhams joined the Corporation as head of finance, Midlands and East, in 1995, and before that worked for AT&T Business Communications Services Europe. She will take up the full role next April and will be responsible for the management of local radio and regional television throughout England.
Vivien Hale is the new finance director of engineering group Cork Industries. She was previously finance director of the consumer products division at Williams Holdings.
Bob Holmes, finance director of Stena Line UK is to become chief financial officer of P&O Stena Line, the proposed cross-channel venture between Stena Line and P&O European Ferries. Holmes will be succeeded as FD of Stena Line by the company’s current financial controller, Helen Deeble. Holmes’ new role will commence when the P&O Stena Line receives approval from the Office of Fair Trading.
Les Cullen, FD of Australian food manufacturer Goodman Fielder, has resigned from the company after only seven months in the post. According to a company spokesman, Cullen is leaving to “pursue more broadly-based management responsibilities elsewhere”. It is unclear whether Cullen will be staying in Australia or returning to the UK.
Ray Thorne, group corporate development director of BSG International, is to stand in for Peter Turnbull as group finance director while Turnbull takes extended sick leave.
Steve Price joins specialist wholesaler Autobar as finance director. Formerly with catering products manufacturer, Duni, Price replaces Andrew Bristow who has been promoted to divisional finance director of the Autobar group.
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Peter Harris has been promoted to finance director of Capital Radio. He fills a position that has been vacant since the resignation of Patrick Taylor who left the company in June.
John Bason is to become finance director of paper and plastics group Bunzl, replacing David Williams who was recently promoted to managing director of the group. Bason will join Bunzl from United Biscuits where he was international finance and information systems director.
Alan Thompson, the group finance director of Smiths Industries, joins the board of Laporte as a non-executive director.
Michael Finn, a building surveying partner of Drivers Jonas, has been appointed chairman and managing director of the newly-launched DJW Facility Management. Nick Shepherd, a City management partner, becomes a non-executive director of DJW.
Alan McNeilage has been named finance director of GEC Marine, the shipping group made up of VSEL, Yarrow Ship Builders and NNC created when the holding company GEC plc bought VSEL. McNeilage who was previously finance director GEC Marconi Avionics, takes over from Rob Holden, the former finance director of VSEL before it was bought by GEC.
Trevor Fenwick has been promoted to finance director of Manweb, the regional electricity company owned by Scottish Power. Fenwick replaces Bob Green who has returned to Scottish Power headquarters in Glasgow as group controller, finance, reporting to Ian Russell. Fenwick moves from his previous position as head of internal audit for Scottish Power, a role he has held since joining the group two years ago.
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