Malcolm Cannon, former chief executive of Edinburgh Solicitors Property Centre, has taken up a new role as managing director, Property Services with Simpson & Marwick in Edinburgh.

Mr Cannon’s most recent role was as national director for the Institute of Directors Scotland, where he oversaw a complete restructure of the 115-year-old institution.

His previous property experience includes four years at ESPC, during the turbulent period following the banking crisis. He also spent four years as CEO of Scottish Cricket, which he restructured with a new board and a new approach to grass roots and international cricket.

Rob Aberdein, managing partner of Simpson & Marwick said the appointment was a major step in the firm's planned development.

He commented: "In the Scottish business community Malcolm is widely recognised as an effective change agent. He has worked in five different sectors, including food and drink, the legal sector, fashion, property, and sports, and has held CEO roles in four of these. 

"His credentials are unrivalled and those are the skills he will bring to helping us successfully navigate the changes which are coming to the residential property market."

Chairman Richard Loudon added: "We have a very talented team in place and they will all benefit from Malcolm’s insights and wisdom. We are understandably delighted to have him on board as the firm readies for significant growth and development."