Johnston Carmichael boosts leadership team with 16 promotions


Andrew Walker

Andrew Walker

Chief Executive

14 December 2022


Top 20 UK business advisory and accountancy firm Johnston Carmichael has announced eight new partner promotions as part of the continued development of its leadership team and succession planning. These roles are part of 67 promotions at the firm in December 2022. 

An additional eight employees have moved up to director level as the business seeks to ‘grow its own’ leaders and bolster its key business lines amid continuing robust client demand.

Two of the new partner promotions, Glasgow’s Campbell Cummings and Edinburgh-based Alan Hamilton are in corporate finance, and two are in tax – Suzanne Brownie, also based in the Central Belt, and Dundee’s Andrew McMillan.

Michael McAllister, in Glasgow becomes the firm’s first payroll partner, while his Glasgow colleague Neil Wilson in business advisory is also elevated.

The new group is completed by Edinburgh’s Richard Sutherland, in financial services audit and Aberdeen’s Stuart Walker, who becomes partner in Johnston Carmichael Wealth, the firm’s wealth management and financial planning arm.

The new directors are:

Kirsty Reynolds – Glasgow – business advisory
Philip Jamieson – Edinburgh – private client tax
Stewart King – Edinburgh - audit
Gavin Weanie – Aberdeen – corporate finance
Laura McLardy – Aberdeen – corporate tax
Mark McKenzie – Aberdeen – wealth
Gemma Thomson – Inverurie – business advisory
Judith MacKellar – Inverurie – business advisory

Andrew Walker, Chief Executive of Johnston Carmichael said: “I am pleased to welcome our new Partners and Directors to our leadership team.

“We have been clear about our commitment to fostering a culture where everyone is a leader of their work and their learning by enabling our people to work flexibly in a supportive environment that helps them perform to their very best every day. 

This group of leaders are ambassadors for this commitment and will help to grow our firm for the future, building on our success and ensuring we remain a legacy firm where anyone, regardless of their background or circumstances, can develop their career to become a senior leader of our business.”

The firm, which has 13 offices across the UK, invests significantly in its people, adopting fully hybrid working, establishing a People and Culture Forum, and introducing an in-house professional learning platform, the JC Academy, to support career progression. Other learning opportunities include its in-house leadership development programme, completed by five of this year’s partner promotions, and access to a prestigious Harvard Executive Leadership programme as part of its membership of the international network Moore Global.

Across 2022 Johnston Carmichael has promoted 137 people in total. It also welcomed three new partners – Si Mathavan, internal audit partner, Alex Nicholson, VAT and indirect tax partner, and Aileen Scott, corporate tax partner - bringing to 63 the number in its partner group.