AAB targets expansion in Scotland with strategic leadership overhaul

AAB targets expansion in Scotland with strategic leadership overhaul

Pictured (L-R): Graeme Finnie, Derek Mitchell, and Stephen Hughes

Tech enabled business critical services group AAB has unveiled significant alterations to its Glasgow-based leadership team as it gears up for further integration and expansion across its operations.

Graeme Finnie, formerly managing partner of French Duncan which was acquired by AAB in April 2023, has taken on a new role as AAB’s head of business services group. The group comprises specialist client services including: payroll & employment taxes, virtual finance function, hotel accounting, people and consulting.

In his new role, Mr Finnie is working with teams across AAB’s twelve office locations in the UK, Ireland and internationally to provide strategic support, pursue further growth and develop the solutions available to clients across target sectors.

Stephen Hughes, previously chair of French Duncan, has taken on the role of managing partner for the AAB Glasgow and Stirling offices. Initially joining as a trainee, Mr Hughes rose through the ranks at French Duncan to become chair of the business, during which time he gained significant experience supporting clients with audit, accountancy and business advice. He joined the AAB team in April 2023 as part of the acquisition of French Duncan.

In his new role as managing partner, Mr Hughes is responsible for driving growth in the Glasgow and Stirling offices, and working closely with the other AAB regions to collaborate and provide optimal and integrated support to AAB clients.

Derek Mitchell, chief operating officer at AAB Group, commented: “We are on an exciting growth journey, and these leadership changes in Central Scotland enable our teams to provide an enhanced service to our clients in specialist areas of the business where we are experiencing exceptional growth.

“I have no doubt that Graeme’s extensive experience in leading diversification into services such as payroll, HR, Health & Safety and Hotel Accounting, combined with his passion for implementing intelligent automation solutions will elevate the efficiency of AAB Group even further.

“Since joining the team earlier this year, Stephen has shown himself to be an admirable leader in our business. I am very much looking forward to working closely with both to deliver on our future growth plans.”

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