Former Hibernian finance director joins Scotch Whisky Experience

Edinburgh visitor attraction the Scotch Whisky Experience has appointed Jamie Marwick as finance director.

Mr Marwick trained as an accountant in Bristol and returned to the Scottish capital in 2006 to join Field & Lawn Ltd, where he spent over three years, gaining significant experience as finance director.

He joined the board at Hibernian Football Club in the same capacity in 2010.

During this time, he also served as a non-executive director on the board of the Hibernian Community Foundation and Bioscientifica Ltd.

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He will lead on financial strategy and management as well as having responsibility for IT and property matters in his role with the Scotch Whisky Experience.

Mr Marwick said: "I am thrilled to now be working with the Scotch Whisky Experience.

"It’s easy to be inspired here, working with such an enthusiastic and knowledgeable team to promote Scotch whisky and Scotland to visitors to the capital.

"I have joined at a particularly exciting time as the company is undertaking a significant project to create new dining and tasting areas at the Johnstone Terrace facing of the building, which will open in 2019.

"This continues a long standing policy of investing for the future, growing the business and developing the team. I’m very much looking forward to helping shape the business strategy to introduce even more visitors to the delights of a dram."

The Scotch Whisky Experience has undergone £8m worth of upgrades in the last decade.


LendingCrowd appoints chief marketing officer

Fintech lending platform LendingCrowd has appointed Darren Cairns, above, as the Edinburgh company’s new chief marketing officer.

He joins from financial provider Neyber in London and has spent over 20 years in digital and mobile technology marketing.

Prior to his role at Neyber, he was in a similar role at fintech lender 4finance, where he helped grow the company’s lending to €1.1 billion across 17 countries.

He has also held senior roles at Sony, Yahoo! and BT.

LendingCrowd was launched in 2014 and to date has completed more than 530 loans totalling over £46 million.

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In October the company announced the appointment of Sir Sandy Crombie as its new chairman.

Stuart Lunn, founder and chief executive officer at LendingCrowd, said: “We are delighted to welcome Darren to our growing team.

"His experience and expertise will be a valuable asset as we continue to serve the country’s small and medium sized businesses by building the most exciting fintech lending company here in Scotland.

"The fintech landscape in Edinburgh has developed exponentially in recent years, so it is no surprise the city is increasingly able to attract the best talent."

Mr Cairns said: "I will use my experience of scaling start-ups and developing growth plans in fintech businesses to lead the change to a more tech and data driven marketing approach and grow both the investor and borrower bases."


Youth charity appoints new chief

Glasgow youth charity Scottish Sports Futures has appointed a new chief executive and three new non-executive directors to its board.

Kirsty McNab, formerly head of operations with the charity, above, steps up as chief executive.

She has been with SSF for six years and has been instrumental in growing the charity’s sports based services for disadvantaged young people across Scotland.

A graduate of Strathclyde University in Sport in the Community, Ms McNab has been involved in youth development throughout her career and held posts with Badminton Scotland and Youth Scotland.

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She said: "I am delighted to be leading our charity at such an exciting time.

"I believe that sport can change lives and am proud of how we demonstrate this at Scottish Sports Futures.

"We have a fabulous board which will be further enhanced by our new appointments and I very much look forward to working together, creating a new strategy and building upon our success.

"We are very much a youth led organisation and I will be working to create new trustee roles for young people who have been beneficiaries of our programmes."

Joining the board in non-executive director roles are Christopher Beaton, international customer marketing manager at Scottish Qualifications Authority, George Watson, IT Director at Stevenswood and trustee with sportscotland, and Robin Gillies, previously with the Edrington Group, a member of the Children’s Panel and a mentor with MCR Pathways.