Johnston Carmichael forms new team to support energy transition

Source: press release, 13 September 2021

Mark Stewart, leader of Johnston Carmichael’s Energy, Infrastructure and Sustainability team
Mark Stewart, leader of Johnston Carmichael’s Energy, Infrastructure and Sustainability team (photo: Johnston Carmichael)

Johnston Carmichael, Scotland’s leading independent business advisory and accountancy firm, has created a new expert team to help advise clients on the opportunities arising from the fast-moving transition to a low carbon economy.

The Energy, Infrastructure and Sustainability (EIS) team will be led Mark Stewart, partner and head of Johnston Carmichael’s Edinburgh office, to spearhead the firm’s support for companies seeking to take advantage of the move to net carbon zero.

The EIS leadership team will also include Graham Alexander and Alan Dick, whose deep knowledge of the oil and gas industry will enable the firm to offer advice across all aspects of the energy transition to a low-carbon economy.

Mark Stewart says, “The on-going drive to achieve net carbon zero presents a wealth of opportunities for our clients and we’ve created the new Energy, Infrastructure and Sustainability team to ensure our clients can benefit from our deep sector expertise and knowledge in this area.”

“The team’s priority will be helping clients to navigate the decarbonisation agenda and support transformational change in the industry. That means developing infrastructure fit for a greener future and ensuring a smooth skills transition. Assisting clients to advance their environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategies will also be a focus, as we increasingly see the business community being assessed on its environmental and social impact ahead of more traditional assessment metrics,” continues Stewart.

The creation of the new team is part of a wider reshaping and strengthening of the firm’s sector focus to help clients navigate the emerging economic recovery. These changes include appointing a number of new sector heads as well as combining and rebranding some of the existing sector specialist teams.

Sandy Manson, chair, head of client service and partner at Johnston Carmichael, adds, “We have always demonstrated real strength and depth in our knowledge of the key industries which underpin and drive our economy. However, as the economy and the market changes then so must we and our reshaped sector approach means that we will be able to bring an ever more focused and insightful approach in how we deploy our considerable sector expertise to benefit our clients in building successful and sustainable businesses.”