Career Moves this week: 12 April 2017

By Andrew Harbison, CA Today

12 April 2017

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

Tom Jones CA joins BDO’s San Francisco office

BDO have appointed Tom Jones CA as a Partner for the Transaction Advisory Services practice.

Tom qualified as a CA in 2006 and spent the first nine years of his career in the UK with PwC before holding the position of Director of Transaction Services at the firm's Los Angeles office.

Ryan Guthrie, Partner and west region transaction advisory practice leader, said: “We are extremely pleased to welcome Tom to the west region transaction advisory practice.

“His broad deals experience, both here in the U.S. as well as internationally, adds tremendous capabilities to the practice and further enhances the value proposition BDO offers to its clients.”

Tom’s main area of expertise is focused on advising corporate and private equity clients in the deals' space, leading both buy and sell-side due diligence engagements domestically and internationally.

CA’s to head up Hall Morrice LLP’s new corporate finance division

Aberdeen chartered accountants Hall Morrice LLP has appointed two CAs to head up its new corporate finance division.

Tom Faichnie CA has been appointed to the post of managing director with Hall Morrice Corporate Finance, and Melanie Gilmour CA takes up the post of manager.

The Aberdeen-based chartered accountants firm are launching the new division to "prepare for the north east’s economic recovery".

Melanie joins the firm from RSM, where she held the position of Corporate Finance Manager. Melanie has extensive transactional experience across different industries in addition to her oil and gas background, having previously worked in Transaction services for KPMG.

Tom also joins from RSM where he held the position of Corporate Finance Partner.

Bob Bain, Hall Morrice Partner, said: “Working alongside Tom, Melanie has been able to benefit from his wealth of experience and has emerged as an incredibly knowledgeable individual who will be a valuable asset to the corporate finance team.

“With support from the wider Hall Morrice team, we believe that this provides a strong platform to develop our transactional offering in both Aberdeen and the wider oilfield services market.”

EQ appoints new head of Infrastructure Asset Intelligence

EQ Accountants have announced the promotion of Louise Grant to Partner in the Dundee office.

Louise has been with the firm since graduating from Abertay University in 2003. She is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

She commented: “Having joined the firm as a graduate 14 years ago and risen through the ranks, I have gained a significant amount of experience working with a range of clients across most areas of the firm. I like to think that I have evolved as the firm has, and am proud to have carved out my career with EQ as it has grown through the years."

EQ Dundee Partner David Morrison added: “As a prime example of homegrown talent, Louise has played, and will continue to play a key role in the success and growth of EQ, and we are delighted to have her join our team of Partners.”

IPA announces new President

Ruth Duncan has been named as the new President of the Insolvency Practitioners Association for the coming year.

Ruth began her career in the 1980s, after serving with the Insolvency Service, at Griffin & Partners in London. Prior to launching RNF Business Advisory in 2013, Ruth’s career took her to Levy Gee, Ernst & Whinney, Grant Thornton, Smith & Williamson and Baker Tilly, before starting her own firm Maxwell Davies in 2003.

Commenting on her appointment, Ruth said: “It is a great honour to be elected as president of the association and I am looking forward to working with my colleagues to engage with the IPA’s members and ensure that the association provides the support they need.”

Sir Howard Bernstein joins Deloitte

Former chief executive of Manchester City Council Sir Howard Bernstein will join Deloitte as a strategic advisor, specialising in health and social care, government reform and devolution, and regeneration.

Sir Howard will advise Deloitte’s public and private sector clients across the UK, Europe, and its global member firm network, and support the firm’s internal learning and development programs.

Richard Bell, Managing Partner for Regional Markets at Deloitte, said: “From the regeneration of the city centre, it’s hosting of the 2002 Commonwealth Games and its central role in regional devolution, Sir Howard has been the driving force and vision behind Manchester’s impressive achievements in recent decades.

"Sir Howard has a stellar reputation in local government and has shown exceptional leadership that our whole firm and our clients will look forward to learning from.”

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