Nabarro appoints first COO after management review

Nabarro has created two new roles to support its senior management team, following a six-month review.

Director of human resources and development Shiree Murdoch [pictured] becomes the firm’s first chief operating officer (COO) while Graeme Wood, former Linklaters finance and shared services head, has been appointed director of change.

The changes come after a review that kicked off when former senior partner Graham Stedman announced his retirement in late November last year.

The key goal of the two appointments is to free up time for new senior partner Ciaran Carvalho – who took up the role on 1 May – to focus on his fee-earning role as head of real estate, and to allow managing partner Andrew Inkester – who began his second three-year term in 2014 – to prioritise strategy implementation.

Murdoch, who stepped into the COO position on 1 May, joined Nabarro in 2012 from EY. She will head up the firm’s business services departments, previously run by Inkester, apart from the finance division. She also now sits on the partnership board.

In addition, Murdoch will take over responsibility for Nabarro’s “programme of change” – part of its three-year strategy. The programme is focused on greater deployment of technology throughout the firm and modernising its processes.

Wood, who began the role of director of change in February, was previously Linklaters’ head of finance and shared services for nearly three years, where he set up the firm’s shared services centre in Warsaw. He joined the magic circle firm in 2009.

Nabarro developed its three-year strategy in 2014 by holding consultations with partners. Other aims are to increase work won from international clients to a third of revenue by 2018 and renew its focus on four key sectors: healthcare and life sciences, infrastructure, real estate, and technology.