Career Moves this week: 16 November 2016

CA Today
By Ellen Arnison, CA Today

16 November 2016

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

John Perry CA joins Witan Investment Trust board

Witan Investment Trust has appointed John (Jack) Scott Perry CA as a non-executive director with effect from 1 January.

Mr Perry was managing partner, Glasgow and Regional Industry Leader (Technology, Communications and Entertainment and Consumer Products) for Scotland and Northern Ireland for Ernst and Young LLP.

He was also chief executive of Scottish Enterprise and has served on the boards of FTSE 250 and other public and private companies and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. He is a past chairman of CBI Scotland.

Mr Perry is currently chairman of ICG-Longbow Senior Secured UK Property Debt Investments Limited.

Fraser Sime CA to lead Bank of Scotland's SME team

Fraser Sime CA has been appointed as Bank of Scotland's new regional managing director of SME Banking in Scotland.

Mr Sime, who has been with Bank of Scotland 19 years, will take over from Graham Blair.

He will lead a 90-strong relationship team that supports clients with turnovers between £1 million and £25 million.

Mr Sime has held a number of senior roles with Bank of Scotland, including head of corporate finance, Europe; head of joint ventures, investments; head of business development, Scotland; and, most recently, head of conduct and control function lead for mid-markets and SME banking.

Sharon Geoghegan, regional managing director, Scotland and East Region for SME Banking within Lloyds Banking Group, said: “Fraser will be known to many of our larger business clients in Scotland, from his time as an area director earlier in his career and his knowledge of the Scotland market, plus the broad experience gained from 20 years in the group, will be of great benefit to our Scotland SME clients.

“He inherits a strong team from Graham, who are all fully committed to supporting businesses as they seek to navigate through the current economic uncertainty and to help them to capitalise on the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Paul Morton is new OTS tax director

Paul Morton has been appointed as the new tax director at the Office of Tax Simplification where he takes over from John Whiting.

Angela Knight, OTS chair, said: “I am delighted to welcome Paul to the OTS, the OTS will benefit greatly from his appointment. Paul will take over as tax director knowing that the OTS has been put on the best possible footing for the future because of John’s excellent work. I would like to thank John Whiting for his exceptional contribution.”

The OTS was set up in 2010 to provide help the chancellor to simplifying the UK tax system and was made a permanent, independent office of HM Treasury in July 2015 and is included in the Finance Act 2016.

So far, the government has accepted almost 200 OTS recommendations which have simplified the tax system, saving the employers around £20m per year in administrative costs.

Mr Morton has previously held positions at Royal Dutch Shell, KPMG and the Inland Revenue and has been a council member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT).

He has announced his retirement as the head of group tax at RELX Group and will leave when a successor is appointed. The news comes as earlier this year the Treasury Select committee stated that MPs should be given the right to veto the appointment or dismissal of the senior leadership of the Office of Tax Simplification.

Maya Buchanan joins RSM in Manchester

Audit, tax and consulting firm RSM has appointed risk assurance specialist Maya Buchanan as a director based in its Manchester office.

Ms Buchanan makes the move from AIM-listed manufacturing company Scapa Group plc where she was the head of group risk and assurance. Prior to this, she worked in practice at two Big Four firms specialising in internal audit and risk assurance.

Jill Jones, RSM regional managing partner for the North West said: “Risk assurance is becoming increasingly important as the nature of business becomes ever more complex. Maya’s extensive knowledge will help our clients navigate and protect themselves in an ever-changing landscape, and it’s great to have her on board.”

Ms Buchanan added: “RSM is a forward-thinking firm that has a growing corporate client base and extensive international network which complements my experience perfectly. I’m looking forward to drawing on my in-house, practice and sector experience to support a variety of corporate clients to add real value in a challenging market.”

Tony Gilbertson joins Signature Private Finance as CEO

Signature Private Finance, the privately-owned principal lender with a growing reputation in the short-term property finance market, has confirmed Tony Gilbertson as its new CEO.

Mr Gilbertson undertook the role on an interim basis for the previous six months, during which time he has overseen the firm’s best period.

Signature is majority owned by funds managed by Cabot Square Capital LLP. Tarun Sharma, partner at Cabot Square Capital, said: “Tony is a very capable and experienced financier. He not only demonstrates a strong understanding of every aspect of short-term property finance but has practical experience of property development.

“Signature’s loan book has trebled in the first half of 2016, we expect great things from Signature in the years ahead and are confident Tony and his team will deliver the growth needed.”


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