Career Moves: April 2016

By Eleanor O'Neill, CA Today

27 April 2016

Your weekly round-up of the CAs and other business professionals moving into new roles.

Johnston Carmichael strengthens infrastructure and renewables team

Johnston Carmichael has welcomed a new team to strengthen its expertise in the infrastructure and renewables sectors.

Corporate Finance Partner Mark Stewart, Associate Director and ICAS Sustainability Committee member Jamie Davidson CA, and Corporate Finance Executive Mark Conetta CA have joined the firm from RSM UK and will be based across the Edinburgh and Glasgow offices, offering transactional advice to Scottish businesses.

Chief Executive and ICAS Vice President Sandy Manson CA said: “Johnston Carmichael is a firm with strong values, heritage and tradition, but with a 21st century drive and aspiration for growth.

"We really care about our clients and people. Mark and the team will bring a fresh approach to the infrastructure and renewables sector within our business and provide a level of specialist expertise that is much sought-after in the Scottish market.”

Melanie Gilmour CA joins RSM

Melanie Gilmour CA has been appointed to RSM's Aberdeen-based corporate finance team as a manager.

Previously, Melanie was a Senior Analyst at Simmons and Company, following four years at KPMG. She brings extensive transactional experience across a range of sectors, including oil and gas, food and drink, manufacturing, consumer goods and retail, the firm said.

Ewan Grant, Head of Corporate Finance in Scotland, commented: "We have seen strong growth in our corporate finance business and international work across Scotland, and particularly in Aberdeen and the North East.

"Melanie brings a huge amount of valuable experience and knowledge to the role and this will help us to further strengthen our corporate finance offering to businesses in Aberdeen and across Scotland. I am delighted to welcome her to the team, where I know she will be a real asset to our growing corporate finance practice."

New trustees at International Valuation Standards Council

The International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC) has appointed Howard Wetston, former Chair and CEO of the Ontario Securities Commission, and Tom Seidenstein, Vice President for Financial Markets and Policy Research Economic in the Strategic Research Group at Fannie Mae to its Board of Trustees.

Sir David Tweedie CA, Chairman of the IVSC and ICAS past President, commented: “We are very pleased to be welcoming Howard and Tom to the IVSC. They bring with them enormous specialist knowledge and experience of operating on an international level.

“Their appointments add considerable expertise to the IVSC in its mission to develop high quality international valuation standards which underpin consistency, transparency and confidence in valuations across the world.”

Catherine McManus promoted to Head of Tax at Wylie & Bisset LLP

Catherine McManus has been announced as the new Head of Tax at Wylie & Bisset LLP, Chartered Accountants.

She joined the firm last year from a top 10 UK accountancy practice, and will be leading a experienced team in her new role.

Senior Partner Tom McGuire stated: “Catherine’s appointment is another positive step forward by Wylie & Bisset, as the firm continues to be focused on providing excellent service and true value to our growing client base.”

Grant Thornton appoints Simon Woodcock and Anthony Platt as new Directors

Simon Woodcock and Anthony Platt have been promoted to Directors at Grant Thornton UK LLP.

Simon joined the firm's Corporate Finance Advisory practice in 2008 and is part of Grant Thornton's Business Support Services Industry Group. Anthony has been with the firm's Corporate Finance Advisory team for over three years.

Ali Sharifi, Partner and Head of Corporate Finance Advisory, said: "This move signifies the firm's commitment to investing in our Corporate Finance Advisory practice. Their combined expertise in their specialist sectors will further strengthen our market position in these areas and demonstrates our continued focus on providing a service of quality and excellence to our clients."

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Career Moves this week: 20 April 2016

John Baillie CA named as one of five new Gambling Commissioners

Professor John Baillie CA has been appointed as one of five new commissioners to the Gambling Commission Board by UK Culture Secretary John Whittingdale.

Prof. Baillie, Sarika Patel and Catharine Seddon have joined the commission for a five year period, while Simone Pennie and Stephen Cohen have been appointed for four years.

Prof. Baillie, a trustee of the ICAS Foundation and member of the ICAS Public Sector Committee, is the former chair of the Accounts Commission for Scotland, the local authority watchdog. He was also chair of Audit Scotland and served for nine years as a member of the reporting panel of the Competition and Markets Authority.

Prof. Baillie was appointed Professor of Accounting at the University of Glasgow in 1983 and is a visiting Professor of the University of Edinburgh. He was previously a partner at KPMG in Edinburgh and London.

Philip Graf, chair of the Gambling Commission, said: “I am delighted with the range of skills and backgrounds of our new commissioners. I am sure they will bring valuable experience and significantly contribute to our work.”

Hong Kong retailer appoints Derek Wai Choi Leung CA as acting CEO

After 15 years at ENM Holdings, Derek Wai Choi Leung CA has been appointed acting CEO of the company. Derek is also the chairman of the investment committee, a member of the corporate governance committee, the nomination committee and the remuneration committee of the company.

Derek is also currently an executive director, group chief treasury officer and head of lands/valuation of Chinachem Group.

Before joining ENM, Derek spent 10 years in charge of the treasury and capital markets division of a wholly owned banking subsidiary.

Coll Murchison-MacDonald CA becomes partner at Saffery Champness

Saffery Champness has appointed Coll Murchison-MacDonald CA as one of the firm’s four new partners.

Coll will be based in the firm’s Inverness office and works with businesses, entrepreneurs, and small to medium-sized corporates across the Highlands of Scotland and further afield. A native Gaelic speaker, Coll is also the chair of the audit committee at Bòrd na Gàidhlig, a non-departmental public body that advises the Scottish Government.

Sally Appleton, David Chismon and Emma Hendron have also been appointed as partners, bringing the total number of partners and partner equivalents at Saffery Champness to 73.

Saffery Champness managing partner Rob Elliott said: “I am very pleased that we have been able to make these latest partner appointments from within the firm and from a number of different offices and teams. We are committed to retaining and attracting the very best people at all levels; providing the opportunities and training to ensure our people can fulfil their potential.”

Paula Bell leaves John Menzies for Spirent

Paula Bell is to join telecommunications firm Spirent as its new Chief Financial Officer.

She has been Finance Director of John Menzies since May 2013 and will leave her current role on 29 July. Paula will be succeeded by Giles Wilson, who has been with John Menzies since 2011 and is currently Senior Vice-President of the firm's Middle East, India and Africa business.

Paula was the Finance Director at Ricardo for six years and has held senior finance roles in Rolls Royce, AWG and BAA Gatwick. She is also a non-executive director at Laird Group.

Andrew Ferguson joins Hutcheson Mearns

Andrew Ferguson has joined accounting and finance recruitment firm Hutcheson Mearns as partner. Andrew was previously a director at Eden Scott.

Andrew Ferguson said: "I'm delighted to join Hutcheon Mearns at such a critical juncture in the firm's development. The complete resource solution model is an extremely powerful proposition, backed by a team of highly qualified professionals. I look forward to joining Steven, Craig and the wider team as we continue to expand our offering across the local economy."

Career Moves this week: 13 April 2016

Alexa Henderson CA joins JP Morgan board

JP Morgan Japan Smaller Cos has strengthened its board with the appointment of Alexa Henderson CA as a non-executive director.

Alexa spent five years as a CA at KMPG before moving on to becoming managing director of WM company, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bank.

After leaving WM company in 2002 Alexa went on to become chairman of Scottish Building Society, where she is no a non-executive director. She also sits on the boards of James Walker (Leith) and Dunedin Smaller Companies Investment Trust in non-exec capacity.

University of Sussex gains Alan Sangster CA as professor

Alan Sangster CA has become the new Professor of Accounting at the University of Sussex.

Alan, who was most recently Professor of Accounting Education at Griffith University in Australia, trained with John M. Geoghegan & Co., Edinburgh, and went on to spend four years as a systems accountant/management accountant with Scottish Gas.

Becoming an academic in 1983, Alan has since worked at The Queen's College, Glasgow (now part of Glasgow Caledonian University); Strathclyde University; Aberdeen University; and Queen's University, obtaining his first professorial appointment at Belfast in 1996.

Since then he has been a professor of accounting at The Open University; Robert Gordon University; Middlesex University; the University of São Paulo, Brazil; and (2012-2015) Griffith University, Australia.

George Marshall CA appointed partner at SG&Son

Glasgow based chartered certified accountants Stuart Gallone and Son (SG&Son) has appointed George Marshall CA as partner.

George recently joined the firm after many years working in the private sector advising small to medium sized businesses.

The firm’s Senior Partner, James Smith, said: “George brings with him an excellent all round expertise of all issues that affect the size and type of client that we specialise in dealing with.

"I am delighted that he has agreed to join with me in expanding the firm’s pool of knowledge”

RenaissanceRe promotes Ian Henderson CA as new Assistant Controller

Having spent over five years as reinsurance and senior reinsurance accountant, Ian Henderson CA has been promoted to assistant controller at Reinsurance, of RenaissanceRe, the Bermuda provider of Property, Casualty and Specialty reinsurance.

Starting his career as an audit senior at Henderson Loggie Chartered Accountants, Ian then moved to PwC in 2008. He left for RenaissanceRe in 2010.

BBC Worldwide names new CFO

Tom Fussell has become the new CFO of BBC Worldwide. He was previously CFO of Shine from 2013 to 2015, and spent three years at Harper Collins UK in a number of Commercial Director roles.

Between 1997 and 2007 he held a variety of finance roles at the BBC, in BBC Production and Group Finance. Tom qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG and post-qualification spent three years in its Media & Entertainment department.

Tom Fussell said: “This really is an ideal role for me - drawing on my commercial sector experience, while returning to an organisation I know and love.  BBC Worldwide has a clear strategy and an important purpose; and I look forward to helping it advance both of these."

Career Moves this week: 6 April 2016

KPMG announces leadership changes in Scotland

The senior leadership team at KPMG has seen several recent changes.

Catherine Burnet CA has been appointed to Senior Partner at the firm's Edinburgh office. Catherine has been with KPMG for 21 years and is Head of the Financial Services team.

Martin Findlay CA is a Tax Partner with KPMG and has been chosen to replace Duncan MacAskill FCA as Senior Partner when he retires in June. Martin has spent 24 years with the firm, working in its Aberdeen and London offices and becoming Head of Tax in 2000.

Alan Turner CA of the Scottish tax team has been promoted from Director to Partner. Alan joined KPMG in 2005 and has experience working with high-profile Scottish businesses as well as in the US.

Andy Myers, recently of Morgan Stanley, will be taking over KPMG's Tax Centre of Excellence in Glasgow from Colin Williamson as he is put in charge of the firm's Small Business Accounting client team.

Addressing the new appointments, Senior Partner Craig Anderson said: “We have developed strength in depth across our practice, and these changes will ensure we continue to meet client demand across Scotland.

"By continually investing in our business we are illustrating our confidence in Scotland’s economy and our drive to deliver client-focused results."

Promotion at RSM for Claire Monaghan CA

Claire Monaghan CA has been promoted from Associate Director to Partner at RSM. Her expertise lies in working on key audit matters for LLPs, PFIs and corporate clients.

Claire joined the company as a trainee in 2004 and has since accumulated experience in the food and drink, infrastructure, manufacturing and distribution, professional practice and retail sectors.

Regional Managing Partner for Scotland, Robert Ross said: "We are committed to investing in and developing our talent and it’s fantastic to see Claire being promoted to partner.

"Claire has played an active role in shaping our Edinburgh office and broader Scottish practice and in her new role as partner she will play an even more significant part in enhancing our team and helping our clients grow their businesses profitably, in Scotland, the UK and beyond."

Deloitte welcomes two returning directors

Jim Higgins and Caroline Muir are rejoining Deloitte as Directors as part of the firm's expanding services for Scotland's growth businesses and entrepreneurs.

Jim joins from Coleby Associates, a bespoke advisory firm that caters to the family offices of  high-net-worth individuals. He was previously employed by Deloitte between 2002 and 2007 and has over 20 years of specialised experience in tax.

Caroline has spent over 16 years in corporate tax and was most recently Deputy Head of Tax at Johnston Carmichael. Her focus is on tax strategy and risk management and she was with Deloitte for 11 years between 2002 and 2013.

Garry Tetley, who leads Deloitte’s Private Markets tax team in Scotland, commented: “The appointments of Jim and Caroline enhance our ability to offer a full suite of services to [some of the most aspirational and pioneering businesses in Scotland], and the people behind their success, at every stage of their development."

New Partner announced at EQ Accountants

Mark Smeaton has been appointed as the newest Partner at EQ Accountants LLP. He joined the practice directly from high school in 2001 and qualified seven years ago, having dedicated his career to the development of EQ.

Mark specialises in agricultural services and has a keen involvement in his family's farm. He is fully accredited with Lantra to deliver whole farm review services through the Scottish Government's Farm Business Adviser Accreditation Scheme for Scotland (FBAASS).

Fellow Partner Graeme Davidson said: “Mark is extremely well respected by his clients, colleagues and professional contacts and this promotion is richly deserved. My Partners and I look forward to working with him for many years to come, with our common goal of continuing to provide the best level of support and advice to our clients.”

Marks & Spencer has a new CEO

Steve Rowe has this week taken charge of the national retailer after a 26 year career in the company. He replaces Marc Bolland who announced in December that he would be stepping down after six years at the helm.

Steve has previously held several senior positions at M&S, including director of retail and commerce, and is said to be concentrating his efforts on the store's clothing range.

Robert Swannell, Marks and Spencer Group plc Chairman, stated: “I am delighted that, after the most rigorous succession planning, Marc will be succeeded by Steve Rowe.

"The Nomination Committee was unanimous in supporting Steve’s appointment in the light of his considerable knowledge of the business and its people, his appetite to continue the process of change, particularly in General Merchandise, his perceptive and effective problem solving, his values and his observed leadership.”

About Eden Scott

Eden Scott is a leading accountancy and finance recruitment firm, specialising in auditing, business services, consulting, energy, public practice and tax. From their offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, they utilise their market knowledge and unrivalled network to connect reputable businesses with world-class professionals across executive, permanent, interim and contract positions.


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