Career Moves this week: 21 February 2018

CA Today Ekaterinburg
By Eleanor O'Neill, CA Today

21 February 2018

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

John Paton CA appointed CFO of Alpha Financial Markets Consulting

John Paton CA has been named Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of Alpha Financial Markets Consulting (Alpha FMC).

He joins from HSBC after over 10 years in various roles, most recently including two years as Director of UK Banking. John qualified as a CA in 1997 with KPMG.

Euan Fraser, Global CEO of Alpha FMC, commented: "I am very pleased that John is joining us as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary. He possesses a wealth of experience and talent and I look forward to working closely with John as we continue to grow our business."

John said: "I have been thoroughly impressed by the team, their track record and Alpha FMC's compelling growth strategy in both existing and new jurisdictions. Through the recruitment process, I got a strong sense of Alpha FMC's vibrant culture and the team's dedication; I am very much looking forward to starting and contributing to its further success."

Judy Wagner CA to join judging panel of the Scottish Accountancy & Finance Awards

Judy Wagner CA has accepted an invitation to judge the 2018 Business Insider Scottish Accountancy & Finance Awards.

The annual awards seek to reward outstanding accountants and accountancy firms for their work in both the private and public sectors.

Judy is a Co-Founder and Non-Executive Director of FWB Park Brown. Her career spans over 30 years and she sits on the Strategy Board of Edinburgh University's Business School and The Business Innovation Forum of The Royal Society of Edinburgh. Judy qualified as a CA in 1983 and is also a member of the ICAS Membership Engagement Board.

She told Scottish Business Insider: "These awards are an opportunity for us to ensure [nominees] get the recognition they deserve and to thank them for their considerable efforts and tenacity, for going the extra mile and not giving up whatever the challenges and adversities which are thrown at them."

EY appoints new Global Vice Chair for Tax

Kate Barton has been named EY Global Tax Leader, becoming a member of the EY Global Executive and stepping in to head the EY Tax Executive Committee.

She currently occupies the role of EY Americas Vice Chair for Tax and will move into her new position on 1 July 2018.

Kate said: “We are in a transformative age in which tax functions have a mandate to reshape their future at the same time that C-suites are beginning to look for bold and creative operating models to drive business efficiencies.

"Organizations need to understand the impact of globalization, legislative reform and technology transformation on their business operations, supply chains and capital structures. The globally connected EY approach will be invaluable as clients look to redefine their tax functions and plan for the future.”

Saffery Champness promotes Managing Partner

Matthew Burton will take over as Managing Partner of Saffery Champness from April 2018, succeeding Rob Elliott in the role.

Matthew has been with the firm since 2004 and currently leads the Private Wealth & Estates team. He also sits on the Saffrey Champness management board.

He commented: "It is a privilege to have been elected by my partners to the role of managing partner. I am excited by the opportunity and very much look forward to helping Saffery Champness continue to enhance its position in our chosen markets and build on our reputation."

Financial Services Compensation Scheme names next Chairman

Marshall Bailey has been appointed Chair of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Board and the Prudential Regulation Committee (PRC). The move has been approved by HM Treasury.

Addressing his new role, Marshall said: "I am delighted to be joining the FSCS as its new Chair. The FSCS is a critical component of the UK’s regulatory infrastructure, and vital to the trust we place in our financial system.

"The FSCS works closely with banks, insurers and building societies throughout Great Britain, as well as with providers of investment and pension advice. As with protection schemes throughout the world, the FSCS’s role as a “lifeboat fund” protects our financial services customers when things go wrong, as they inevitably do."

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