Career Moves this week: 23 November 2016

By Ellen Arnison, CA Today

23 November 2016

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

CAs become new partners in KPMG’s Scottish team

James Kergon CA, previously a director for the firm’s transaction services arm, has been promoted to partner. Based in Glasgow, James is responsible for due-diligence support for corporate and private equity clients.

Having joined KPMG as a graduate in 1998, James has experience across a variety of sectors and has specialised in transactions for 13 years. In his role as partner, James will continue to advise businesses on merger and acquisition activity, while leading the firm’s deal advisory business across central Scotland.

Alan Turner CA has been promoted to partner in the tax team. Alan has more than 17 years’ experience providing advice to clients on a range of domestic and international tax matters. He previously led KPMG’s tax centre of excellence in New York and has a significant global network. His new role will see him take the lead in advising global clients.

In addition to the partner appointments, the firm has further bolstered the transaction services team with the promotion of Susan Dunlop CA; the audit team with the promotion of Grant Archer CA and the management consulting arm of the firm with the promotion of Lawrence Hunt. Each has been promoted to director level.

Catherine Burnet CA, senior partner for KPMG in Scotland, said: “This latest round of promotions highlights the significant investment being made across the firm in Scotland to support our ambitious growth plans.

“At partner level Alan Turner and James Kergon will play a central role in developing our existing presence in tax advice and deal advisory services respectively.

“Meanwhile, all three of our new directors have considerable experience working across a range of industry sectors and have a deep understanding of the key issues affecting our clients. We are therefore confident that during this period of prolonged uncertainty, we have the right team in place to provide advice and support to our clients.”

The promotions are part of ongoing investment in KPMG’s Scottish teams. Earlier this year the firm’s enterprise team in Scotland appointed two new directors. Craig Cavin CA became head of enterprise consulting and Ross Marshall CA joined as a tax director.

Gordon McNair CA is appointed CFO at Waypoint  

Gordon McNair CA has become chief financial officer of Waypoint, the  business enterprise founded and chaired by Ernesto Bertarelli.

In this new position, which he takes up in early 2017, Gordon will have oversight of the group's management and financial accounting teams, which includes responsibility for the evaluation of investment opportunities, financial planning and forecasting, and control and reporting. In addition, he will be responsible for Waypoint's Risk

Previously he was CFO of LCH.Clearnet Group, a majority-owned subsidiarity of the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG). Prior to this role he spent seven years as the Head of Corporate and Business Finance at LSEG, delivering financial advice to its Group CEO and CFO and supporting strategic development. Before joining LSEG he spent three years with ECI Partners and six with Ernst & Young (EY).

He qualified as a CA in 2001 and was awarded the ICAS Gold Medal.

RSM appoints new tax partners in London

Andrew Robins and Rachel de Souza both join RSM’s London office from Royal Bank of Canada where they were co-directors of the bank’s UK tax practice.

Both Andrew and Rachel have more than 26 years of experience, bringing a high level of expertise in advising on all areas of UK personal taxation, specialising in matters affecting high net worth individuals, non-UK domiciled individuals, non-UK trusts and members of corporate remuneration plans. In addition, both have extensive experience in advising on sensitive family matters, including passing wealth between family generations.

Gary Heynes, RSM’s head of private client, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Andrew and Rachel to the team. They both have broad experience in advising on complex UK personal taxation issues and are an excellent addition to our practice, particularly given the imminent changes for international clients. Their appointments also underline our continued commitment to private clients.”

Stuart Brown is Barclays new head of SME Banking for Scotland & Northern Ireland

Stuart Brown, who had led Barclays SME lending in Aberdeen for the past year, takes over the role from Jamie Grant, who recently took over as head of Barclays in Scotland and Northern Ireland from Ally Scott, who moved to big four accountants EY.

Brown joined Barclays in 2015 from Bank of Scotland, where he had spent 20 years of his career, latterly as Scotland regional director of strategic finance for Lloyds Banking Group.

Barclays, which launched a £500 million SME fund in June “to address gaps in the current supply of finance for businesses in Scotland”, said Brown's role will focus on delivering funding and support for small and medium-sized companies, spanning start-up to scale-up through to established businesses.

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