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Johnston Carmichael appoints new head of audit

Independent Scottish accountancy and business advisory firm, Johnston Carmichael, has appointed a new head of audit and assurance as part of leadership changes designed to support its succession plans.

Graham Marjoribanks, who has more than 15 years of experience in audit and financial services across the UK and in Canada, joins as partner and will be based out of the firm’s Glasgow office.

Originally from Falkirk, Marjoribanks was most recently head of audit and assurance for BDO Canada’s Greater Toronto area, leading a team of about 400 people.

He and his family have now returned to Scotland, and the accountancy firm said he brings with him a “wealth” of leadership experience in growing an audit practice and deploying cutting-edge technology. Majoribanks also has significant IFRS financial reporting experience.

Whilst located in Canada he held several volunteer board positions including chair of the Westside Recreation Centre, a not-for-profit society running a large sports facility in Calgary, and treasurer for the Alberta Scottish Business Association.

He was also appointed a Global Scot by the First Minister in 2016 in recognition of his ability to promote Scotland and Scottish businesses

He replaces David McBain, who will continue to play a leading role in the firm’s audit division as chair of its audit leadership team.

Marjoribanks said: “It is an exciting time to be returning to the UK market and relocating in Glasgow, close to where I was born and brought up.

“Changing regulatory requirements and the introduction of new technologies are transforming audit and creating new opportunities for ambitious and highly respected firms such as Johnston Carmichael.”

Andrew Walker, CEO, Johnston Carmichael, added: “Graham is a highly experienced audit professional with a strong sense of purpose and leadership. His drive and ambition make him an excellent candidate to lead our audit team as we continue to develop our offering and build on our success.”

Johnston Carmichael now operates 12 offices across Scotland, including Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

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