Career Moves this week: 25 January 2017

By Andrew Harbison, CA Today

25 January 2017

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

Grant Thornton appoints CA to senior position in Aberdeen

Professional services firm Grant Thornton has hired Barry Fraser CA to lead the further development of its Aberdeen office as Managing Director.

Barry has more than two decades of experience, most recently as Executive Director at EY, leading the firm’s Transaction team in Aberdeen, covering corporate finance, transaction support and restructuring.

Barry qualified as a CA in 1995 and specialises in oil and gas, and corporate finance.

Commenting on his appointment, Barry said: “Current market conditions in Aberdeen continue to be challenging but there are signs of improvement that create real opportunities for growth and I very much look forward to establishing a successful offering here in the north east.”

Rob Caven, Partner and Head of Advisory at Grant Thornton in Scotland, said: “Barry brings a wealth of transaction experience, including considerable knowledge of the oil and gas services market. We are committed to expanding our Aberdeen team and we are delighted that someone of Barry’s stature has agreed to be a part of this journey."

BlackRock appoints former chancellor George Osborne as advisor

The former Chancellor George Osborne is set to join US based fund manager BlackRock as a part-time senior advisor.

Mr Osborne will remain as MP for Tatton, but will be barred from lobbying.

Laurence D. Fink, chairman and CEO of BlackRock, said: “George has a unique and invaluable perspective on the issues that are shaping our world today.

“At the centre of our mission is helping people around the world save and invest for retirement, and George’s insights will help our clients achieve their goals.”

Reportedly starting at the firm on 1 February, he will be advising BlackRock executives on macroeconomic policy.

Mr Osborne said: Osborne said: “I am excited to be working with the BlackRock Investment Institute as an advisor. BlackRock wants better outcomes for pensioners and savers - and I want to help them deliver that. It's a chance for me to work part-time with one of the world's most respected firms and a major employer in Britain.”

EY appoints new Managing Partner

Suzanne Robinson will replace the retiring Stuart Watson as Managing Partner for EY’s Yorkshire and Humberside region.

Suzanne has been a partner at the Big Four firm since 1993 and currently leads the Financial Accounting Advisory Services (FAAS) team across the North of England and Scotland.

“This is a role that I'm really excited about,” said Suzanne, as it gives her an “opportunity to build on the growth we have experienced over the past few years".

Suzanne has worked for the firm’s offices in Bristol, London and Moscow.

RSM hires new forensic partner

Audit, tax and consulting firm RSM has appointed Akhlaq Ahmed as partner in its forensic practice.

Akhlaq joins RSM after two years leading KPMG’s forensic business, having previously spent nine years as a forensic accountant for EY in Birmingham.

Andrew Conti, the head of RSM’s forensic practice in the UK, said: "Akhlaq’s appointment strengthens and deepens our forensic offering and demonstrates RSM’s continued commitment to meeting our clients’ fraud risk management and investigation needs.

"Akhlaq is well respected within his field and will play a key role in assisting law firm and corporate clients requiring specialist forensic investigation support."

BHP Chartered Accountants takes on 24 new starts

Yorkshire based chartered accountancy firm BHP has announced it will take on 24 new graduates, trainees and school leavers.

The firm will provide training opportunities across specialisms including tax, audit and corporate finance.

Out of the 25 new starts, 12 are apprentices, 8 are graduates and four are placement students.

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