Career Moves this week: 13 July 2016

By Isabelle Bell, CA Today

13 July 2016

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

Jamie MacKenzie CA becomes Grant Thornton Director

Jamie MacKenzie CA has been promoted to the role of Director at Grant Thornton UK LLP.

Jamie, who joined Grant Thornton in 2008, will be part of the firm’s pensions advisory team.

Jamie specialises in providing covenant advice to both the trustees and corporate sponsors of defined benefit schemes and has experience in advising plcs, privately owned businesses and some of the UK’s largest pension schemes.

He said: "I am very proud of what we have achieved within our Pensions team. The team has gained an excellent reputation based on outstanding expertise coupled with strong personal relationships with clients. Covenant is at the heart of Integrated Risk Management (IRM) and has never been more important to trustees and corporates than it is right now.”

KPMG appoints new Head of Brexit

KPMG UK has appointed Karen Briggs to the newly created role of Head of Brexit. Karen is one of the firm’s most senior partners and was formerly Head of Solutions.

KPMG said the role would supplement its existing executive leadership team.

KPMG’s UK Chairman Simon Collins said the firm had pulled together experts to provide help and guidance to clients and that Karen would “lead the charge”.

Karen added: “Our dialogue with clients shows that they need expert support on mitigating the risks and taking advantage of the opportunities that arise from a Brexit. To ensure we can deliver both the Brexit-related services our clients are demanding, on top of business as usual, I plan to build a dedicated team.”

EY names new Head of Financial Services

EY has appointed Sue Dawe as Head of Financial Services for the firm’s operations in Scotland, Bristol, Leeds and Manchester. She has also been appointed Managing Partner of EY’s Edinburgh office.

Sue has more than 25 years' experience within financial services and has been an EY partner since 2009.

Sue said: “This is a time of uncertainty for the UK but at EY we continue to invest in growing our business in Scotland, Bristol, Leeds and Manchester. We have confidence in the future of the UK’s financial services sector and our ability to help clients, while also building on our position as a leading firm in Scotland.”

The firm also announced three new partners in Scotland. Caroline Mercer has been appointed Assurance Partner, Lesley Stubberfield is now an Advisory Partner and Philip Milne is a Partner in the Transaction Advisory Services team.

Sue Lewis re-appointed to FCA panel

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has re-appointed Sue Lewis as chair of the Financial Services Consumer Panel for a further two and a half years.

The panel advises the FCA on the interests and concerns of consumers. Sue has held a variety of senior policy roles in the Civil Service and was Head of Savings and Investments at the Treasury.

Commenting on her appointment, Sue said that the need for a strong, independent consumer voice has “never been greater”.

She added: “Andrew Bailey faces a tough task maintaining the FCA’s consumer focus in light of the turmoil caused by the outcome of the EU referendum…We will do all we can to support Andrew and his colleagues to make financial services markets work well for individual and small business consumers.”

Neeta Atkar joins British Business Bank

The British Business Bank has appointed Neeta Atkar as a non-executive director to the board. She has also become the new chair of the bank's Board Risk Committee

Neeta is Chief Risk Officer at TSB Bank. She has over 25 years’ experience and has held positions in the Bank of England and financial services firms.

She said: “I’m very excited to be joining the British Business Bank. Small businesses play a vital role in both their local community and the wider economy and I look forward to playing my part in enabling them to continue to thrive.”

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