Career Moves this week: 24 August 2016

CA Today Dusseldorf
By Eleanor O'Neill, CA Today

24 August 2016

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

Grant Hotson CA joins Smith & Williamson as Group Finance Director

Smith & Williamson has announced the appointment of Grant Hotson CA as Group Finance Director.

Grant will take over the position later this year, following the retirement of Jeremy Boadle after more than 30 years with the firm. As well as joining the main board, he will sit on the firm’s subsidiary boards relating to the tax and business services and the investment management and banking divisions. 

Grant has over 18 years of experience in the financial sector to bring to the position, with previous roles including CFO of Ignis Asset Management and Head of Finance at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership.

He said: “I am delighted to be taking on this exciting and diverse role at Smith & Williamson. The particular spread of financial advisory services which the firm offers across investment management, accountancy and tax make Smith & Williamson a unique business. I will be working across the firm and this will ensure an exciting and fascinating role.”

Kevin Stopps, co-Chief Executive of Smith & Williamson, commented: “We are delighted that Grant has become group finance director at Smith & Williamson and we very much look forward to working with him. He brings a wealth of commercial experience in financial management with a background that includes both accountancy and asset management firms.”

Michael Plant CA appointed Tax Director at RSM

RSM has strengthened its Nottingham team with the addition of Michael Plant CA as Tax Director.

Michael joins the firm from EY where he was a Senior Manager in business tax services. He has worked for a wide range of clients, including international groups, privately owned businesses and large UK-based organisations.

Richard King, RSM’s Managing Partner in Nottingham, said: “RSM’s tax team in Nottingham is already highly regarded in the local market and we’re delighted to welcome Michael on board.

"He has a broad experience of advising on corporate restructuring, M&A and refinancing, in addition to dealing with complex UK and international corporation tax issues, and I am sure he will provide an exceptional level of service to our clients across the East Midlands.”

Suzanne Brownie CA joins Johnston Carmichael as Senior Tax Manager

Johnston Carmichael has added six new specialists to its tax team, including the appointment of Suzanne Brownie CA to the position of Senior Tax Manager.

Suzanne was previously a Taxation Manager at Anderson Anderson & Brown (A2B) for nine years and specialises in transactional and entrepreneurial tax.

Jay McKinnon, new VAT Senior Manager in Aberdeen, Andrew McMillan, Tax Assistant Manager, and Frazer Nicol, Tax Manager in London, also join from A2B. Kirsty Wheeler, previously of Wood Group, has been appointed Tax Senior Manager in Aberdeen and Paul McGonigal arrives as VAT Manager in Inverness. 

Susie Walker, Partner and Head of Tax at Johnston Carmichael, commented: “Pulling in additional senior resources in the Highlands, North East and Edinburgh puts us in an excellent position.

“We have attracted highly experienced senior managers from competitors and industry, who have seen real opportunities to broaden their horizons we can offer through working with clients nationwide.”

Hall Morrice recruits new manager 

Aaron Williams has joined Aberdeen-based firm Hall Morrice in the role of Audit and Accounts Manager.

Moving over from KPMG UK, Aaron will be working with clients in a variety of sectors including oil and gas, ICT, retail, and property.

He said: “Hall Morrice has an excellent reputation in the north east of Scotland, so I welcomed the opportunity to join the team. Working across such a varied portfolio is a challenge, but one that I am looking forward to embracing."

Shonagh Fraser, Partner at Hall Morrice, added: “Aaron is an important addition to the managerial team, and we are confident that his leadership will help guide our new recruits and current staff over the years to come.”

Bank of Scotland appoints Nick Laird as new regional Managing Director

Nick Laird will take over from Alasdair Gardner as Managing Director for mid-markets in Edinburgh at the Bank of Scotland next month.

Nick joined Lloyds Banking Group in 2013 as Head of Pricing and Portfolio Management in commercial banking. His most recent role was as Managing Director and Head of Ireland and Distribution, having been appointed in January of this year.

Alisdair will be moving to the role of Head of Global Corporates in North America.

Tim Hinton, Lloyds Banking Group's Managing Director of Mid Markets and SME Banking, said: “During his time with the group Nick has demonstrated that he has the right skill-set to support our Mid Markets clients and to lead the team in Scotland.

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


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