As Director of Corporate Development for PHS, Finlayson led the acquisition and divestment programme, delivering an in-house corporate finance service to the board. She held a consultative and collaborative role as a member of the Executive Committee and was the only member to have achieved this from an entry level employee.
After a successful 14-year career with PHS, Finlayson became a partner at Gambit Corporate Finance LLP where she was primarily responsible for cradle-to-grave deal generation and deal management. She now works part-time as operating partner at Cairngorm Capital Partners LLP, a private investment firm providing equity capital and management expertise to leading UK companies.
Speaking about the appointment, Adrian Cresswell, CEO, AM Services Group said: “We have been looking for someone who we believe is the right calibre and cultural fit for our business and who has the right experience to help us achieve our exciting goals.
“Annie is highly experienced with proven credentials, gained over many years in the corporate, finance and service sectors, in driving strategic business development through organic and growth and business acquisition. Her negotiation skills are proven alongside her fresh-thinking, consistent results and handling of confidential, controversial or sensitive projects.
“We are therefore delighted to announce that Annie has agreed to join us in this role.”
Finlayson has also held a number of volunteer roles, including: Careers Wales, where she volunteered at board level for ten years; Literature Wales where she is a trustee and non-remunerated non-executive director; and she also acts as a mentor for start-up and early-growth businesses and individuals and has been called upon by Barnardo’s to mentor some of the most disengaged young people in her community. She has been involved in the Inspiring the Future and Inspiring Women initiative, developed by the Education and Employers charitable organisation, and has herself achieved a string of awards for her business achievements and her contribution to women in business.