Glasgow-based Dieselec Thistle has appointed Gordon Taylor the company’s first finance director to help the specialist generator supplier continue to grow.
Gordon has been handpicked for the role by the company’s board of directors and its investment partner, Nevis Capital LLP, taking over from interim finance director and Nevis associate director, Ian Buchan. Following on from the investment deal, acquisition of Thistle and move to a new 6.3 acre headquarters in Milngavie, Gordon’s remit will bridge both financial management and operations with a clear focus on establishing strong financial structures and processes to prepare the company for further growth.
A qualified chartered accountant, Gordon spent 15 years with leading consultancy and advisory firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers. After training with the firm in Glasgow, he spent three years in the company’s Sydney office before returning to Glasgow where he rose through the ranks to become senior group manager of the Glasgow office audit group, with responsibility for a team of 35, and working on project roles in Glasgow, London and Europe.
He was headhunted in 2001 by one of his construction firm clients, taking on both a financial and strategic role in his first board level post to help the company manage growth following an acquisition. He then moved to publisher Harper Collins as UK group financial controller where he had responsibilities across the London and Glasgow office, running the Glasgow office finance department. His new role at Dieselec Thistle has seen him headhunted for a second time.
“The company is at a pivotal time in its development as it capitalises on the opportunity provided by significant investment and targets further growth. As a Glaswegian I’m excited by the genesis of this major player in the city’s commercial landscape and as a finance professional I’m looking forward to implementing financial disciplines, driving financial strategy and helping to manage continuing growth.” (Gordon Taylor)