Firecrest swoops for Channel 4’s McKechnie

FIRECREST Films, the independent production company based in Glasgow, has recruited Lorraine McKechnie as executive products.

Ms McKechnie joins the company from Channel 4, where she was nations and regions executive. She was previously at Finestripe Productions where she developed and produced a raft of award-winning programmes including ITV’s The Day and Chanel 4’s Bank of Dave.

Firecrest’s latest senior hire comes after it was ranked as the fastest-growing independent production company outside London in Broadcast Magazine’s annual survey of more than 140 TV companies. The firm’s turnover has tripled in the last year.

Its expansion follows investment from the prestigious Channel 4 Growth Fund which took a minority stake in the business in January 2017. The company’s output includes Channel 4’s flagship consumer series Supershoppers, documentary series including Lifers Behind Bars (Channel 4) and Tessa Jowell: Her Last Campaign (BBC One).

Lawrie & Symington appoint Archie Hamilton as new head of sheep sales

ONE of Scotland’s leading agricultural auctioneers, Lawrie & Symington, has strengthened its livestock team with the appointment of Archie Hamilton as head of sheep sales.

Mr Hamilton will be based at the firm’s Lanark mart and joins from a similar role at C&D Auction Marts, Europe’s largest sheep auction market, where he started as a trainee sheep auctioneer in 2003.

He will oversee all aspects of sheep sales at Lawrie & Symington and his remit will include increasing the number of sheep auctioned by the firm. In a typical year, the auctioneer, which celebrated its 150th anniversary last year, sells 200,000 sheep at Lanark and an additional 55,000 sheep through its mart in Forfar.

Hamish McCall, managing director of Lawrie & Symington, said that Mr Hamilton’s appointment was part of a long-term strategy to grow the livestock side of the business.

Mr Hamilton is also a farmer and owns the Smyllum flock of pedigree Texel sheep.


Archie Hamilton has been appointed head of sheep sales at Lawrie & Symington.

Business development appointment for law firm

SCOTTISH law firm Gilson Gray has appointed a new business development director, Jennifer Macrae.

Ms Macrae brings with her over 20 years’ experience within business development, working for global advertising agency TMP Worldwide then Satchi & Satchi before moving to Semple Fraser as marketing and business development manager at law firm Semple Fraser.

Gilson Gray was set up in 2014 as the “largest full service law firm launch in Scottish legal history”, opening in Glasgow and Edinburgh. It has tripled in scale since its launch and recently acquired Lindsays’ operation in North Berwick, East Lothian. The firm services clients across Scotland.

Glen Gilson, managing partner, said: “Jennifer has a fantastic energy and approach. We only wish to employ the very best industry talent and feel she is a great fit.”