Career Moves this week: 12 October 2016

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By Eleanor O'Neill, CA Today

12 October 2016

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

Chris Williams CA promoted to Finance Director at BAM PPP

The Executive Board of Royal BAM Group has appointed Chris Williams CA as Finance Director of BAM PPP.

BAM PPP was formed in January 2006, as a result of the Royal BAM Group's increasing involvement in PPP across Europe, to optimise the utilisation of knowledge and experience available within the Group.

BAM is active in the sectors of construction and mechanical and electrical services, civil engineering, property and public private partnerships.

Chris joined BAM as a Finance Manager in 2005 following seven years with PwC. He was appointed as Investments Director of BAM PPP in 2009 and has been a Director of the BAM PPP PGGM Joint Venture since its inception in 2011.

John Heasley CA appointed CFO of Weir Group

Weir Group has announced that John Heasley CA will succeed Jon Stanton as Chief Financial Officer with immediate effect.

John joined Weir in 2008 as Group Financial Controller and has since held a number of financial and operational roles across the business. His previous experience includes finance positions with ScottishPower, PwC and Andersen.

Weir Group Chairman Charles Berry said: “I am delighted to welcome John to the Board. He brings a broad range of experience to the role, including significant financial and operational success in several roles within the Group. I am certain he will play a big part in Weir’s future success.”

John added: “Weir has a proud history and an exciting future and I look forward to helping the Group extend its global leadership positions.”

KPMG announces new Directors and Partners

KPMG has made major changes to its senior ranks with the appointment of 40 Partners and 108 Directors.

Of the new additions to the executive committee, 28% of Partners and 27% of Directors are female.

Simon Collins, UK Chairman of KPMG, pointed to the provision of Brexit-related services as a key driver behind some of the promotions.

He said: “These promotions reflect where we expect to see growth in our own business: 20% are in financial services, which faces significant challenges in the wake of Brexit.

“The years ahead will, inevitably, present huge change for business. As we exit the EU advisors have a pivotal role to play to support industry and government. We are advising clients on their contingency plans, and their financing arrangements.”

Fiona Westwood moves to Smith & Williamson

Fiona Westwood has joined Smith & Williamson as Partner after more than 17 years with PwC.

Her new role will be in the firm’s assurance & business services team, utilising her extensive experience in the professional practice sector.

Fiona had previously been with PwC since 1998. As a Director in the Big Four firm, she was a member of the firm’s UK Charities Group’s leadership team and led the team in the South West providing not for profit assurance and advisory services to a variety of clients.

She commented: “I chose to come and work at Smith & Williamson as the firm has a very strong reputation for excellent client service and for looking after its clients very well."

Former UK minister to advise Covington law firm

Lord Francis Maude, formerly David Cameron's minister for trade and investment, has been appointed by Covington as Senior Advisor for public policy.

Lord Maude announced he would step down as an MP before the 2015 general election and was elevated to the Lords, following the election of the Conservatives.

Other previous roles include Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Shadow Foreign Secretary and Chairman of the Conservative Party.

Covington Chairman Timothy Hester said: "The results of the Brexit referendum will continue shaping the commercial and regulatory realities of the global economy for some time to come. 

"As the world’s businesses, diplomats and regulators grapple with the new landscape across Europe and around the world, Lord Maude will be able to advise on the best way forward."


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