Career Moves this week: 11 January 2017

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By Eleanor O'Neill, CA Today

11 January 2017

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

ICAS appoints new Head of Taxation (Scottish Taxes, Employment and ICAS Tax Community)

Justine Riccomini has joined ICAS as Head of Taxation (Scottish Taxes, Employment and ICAS Tax Community).

Justine has previously worked with Mazars UK, HM Treasury, the Office of Tax Simplification, the Institute of Financial Accountants and EY, building a wealth of expertise in the private and public sector.

She joins Director of Taxation Charlotte Barbour, as well as Susan Cattell and Philip McNeill of the ICAS tax team in this appointment and will deal with Scottish taxes and employment matters.

Charlotte commented: "We are delighted to welcome Justine to the ICAS tax team.

"Her skills as an employment and tax specialist and her experience with a number of Scottish firms and the Office of Tax Simplification will contribute to our objectives of delivering tax knowledge to members, building and enhancing a tax community for CAs and ITPs, and to be a leading advocate in representing member views."

Justine will also be Secretary to the ICAS Scottish Taxes Committee.

Mike Hathorn CA elected as Chair of IFAC Public Policy and Regulation Advisory Group

Former ICAS President Mike Hathorn CA has been elected to the Chair of the International Federation of Accountants’ (IFAC) Public Policy and Regulation Advisory Group.

Mike joined the IFAC Board in November 2013 and is the Chief Operating Officer for Moore Stephens International. He previously served on the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board for 10 years, taking the role of Vice Chairman in 2004 and of Chairman three years later.

Mike served as ICAS President in 2005 to 2006 and is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

IFAC’s Public Policy and Regulation Advisory Group meets four times a year to provide advice to IFAC on key public policy initiatives including our G20 call-to-action, and consultation responses.

Saffery Champness names James Sykes as Chairman

Saffery Champness has elected James Sykes to a four-year term as the firm’s new Chairman.

James joined Saffery Champness as a graduate in 1987 and has previously sat on the firm’s management board, headed its private wealth practice group, and been Deputy Chairman. He was appointed Partner in 1997.

Based in the firm’s London office, James will continue to advise clients across the UK alongside his duties as Chairman. He takes over the position from David Macey, who has served in the role since 2013.

Alexander Sloan appoints new tax partner

Carole Connor has been appointed Tax Partner at Alexander Sloan to lead the firm’s tax department across its Glasgow and Edinburgh practices.

Carole specialises in HMRC tax investigations and corporate tax, and is also experienced in managing tax risk for the not-for-profit sector. She has over 20 years’ professional practice experience in taxation, including over a decade with Robertson Craig and eight years at RSM UK.

She said: “I am excited to be joining the partnership of such a long-established and highly respected firm as Alexander Sloan just as it marks 150 years of serving Scotland’s business community.

“Alexander Sloan has a wide range of commercial clients across most business sectors and I expect to be kept busy providing each and every one of them with the best possible taxation advice.”

Phil Morrice, Managing Partner of Alexander Sloan, added: “Carole’s reputation as an exceptional, highly-experienced taxation professional precedes her and we are very pleased that she has agreed to join our partnership.”

Carrington Dean Group awarded FCA authorisation

Carrington Dean Group has become the first full service debt advice and solutions business in Scotland to receive Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) authorisation.

The award was made after an 18-month review that verified stringent requirements on compliance, systems, processes, and risk management and that staff are well-trained to provide ethical expert advice to people with problem debt.

Peter Dean CA, Founder and Chief Executive of Carrington Dean, said: “Vulnerable people seeking debt advice need to be able to trust they are dealing with an ethical and expert firm that will always put their interests first.

"Achieving FCA authorisation provides independent verification of Carrington Dean’s commitment to the highest operating standards and our relentless focus on doing what is best for clients. It also reflects on the quality of our people and investment in training and systems.”

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