‘Grow Our Own’ Leadership Strategy Paying Off for Johnston Carmichael


Andrew Walker

Andrew Walker

Chief Executive

14 December 2021


    Johnston Carmichael, Scotland’s leading independent business advisory and accountancy firm, is celebrating the promotions of 64 people including the appointment of two partners and a director.

    Its strategy of ‘Grow Our Own’ talent is paying off as current and future leaders are amongst those being promoted. Johnston Carmichael is committed to enabling all of its people to be leaders of their work and development. Through its commitment to developing a leadership culture and supporting the growth of talent from within the firm, it announced the promotions which span a range of business services and locations. Amongst the partner promotions are James Hamilton and Grant Roger of Johnston Carmichael’s Audit team which is experiencing a significant level of new client wins in key sectors, while Emily Young has been promoted to Marketing Director.

    James Hamilton, who is based in Johnston Carmichael’s Glasgow office, joined the firm in 2018. He focuses on the delivery of audits for commercial businesses both in the UK and internationally, working across a variety of sectors, including engineering, manufacturing, retail and distribution.

    Grant Roger joined Johnston Carmichael in 2017 following five years in Vancouver where he worked with large corporations and carried out multi-location audits. Based in the firm’s Edinburgh office, his clients span several industries, but he has specialist knowledge of the energy, infrastructure and sustainability sector, as well as the food and drink trade.

    Emily Young joined Johnston Carmichael’s marketing team in 2014, initially as Digital Marketing Manager. Returning from maternity leave this month, Emily will lead the team and have responsibility for shaping and delivering Johnston Carmichael’s strategic marketing operations.

    Johnston Carmichael has also announced a new office head in its Stirling office, with Business Advisory Director Craig Clinton stepping up to replace Peter Innes. Peter has relocated back to his roots in the Highlands with a focus on supporting our rural clients in Moray and the Highlands.   

    Andrew Walker, chief executive of Johnston Carmichael, said: “As a firm we put our people first. We have embraced hybrid working and placed trust in our people to be leaders of their work and their own development.

    “We believe that it is this flexible and supportive approach that is helping to develop a pipeline of talent that will lead our business in the years to come.

    “These promotions demonstrate the range of skills within Johnston Carmichael and we are pleased to be able to celebrate this news after what has been such a challenging period.”


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