Clydesdale Bank, Scotland’s third-biggest bank, has appointed Roger
Williams as its head of corporate affairs.
Williams, who is acting manager of government and public affairs for
Chevron Oil, takes up his new post at the end of this month. He replaces
George Edwards who retired from Clydesdale in April.
Based at Clydesdale’s headquarters in Glasgow, Williams will lead a
corporate affairs and communications department of six staff with
responsibility for media relations activity, internal communications,
and building contacts with political and business leaders. He will
report directly to the bank’s chief executive Fred Goodwin.
Williams has spent seven years with Chevron Oil as senior government and
public affairs coordinator with responsibility for relations with the
media, government and oil industry partners.
In April he took over managerial responsibilities from Cedric Lavington
who was temporarily assisgned to work on Chevron’s Hibernia oilfield
project off Newfoundland.
Williams denied that his appointment by Clydesdale was an unusual choice
given his experience in the oil industry.
‘Communications is an industry in its own right and quite frankly you
should be able to adapt from one company or industry to another,’ he