Career Moves this week: 28 September 2016

By Isabelle Bell, CA Today

28 September 2016

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

CAs join Johnston Carmichael's tax team

Suzanne Brownie CA and Frazer Nicol CA are among six new appointments to Johnston Carmichael's tax team, the firm has announced.

Suzanne joins the firm's Edinburgh office as a tax senior manager. She was previously with Anderson Anderson Brown (A2B) and has many years of transactional and entreprenuerial tax experience.

Frazer has been appointed a tax manager, also based in the Edinburgh office and joins from A2B. Frazer is an oil and gas service sector corporate tax specialist.

The firm also announced the appointments of Kirsty Wheeler as tax senior manager in Aberdeen, joining from Wood Group; Jay McKinnon as VAT senior manager in Aberdeen, joining from A2B; and Paul McGonigal, who joins from the New Zealand Inland Revenue as a VAT Manager, based in Inverness. 

Johnston Carmichael said the appointments were in response to "significant growth in tax requirements across a range of sectors including R&D, food and drink, oil and gas, and entrepreneurial start-ups".

Susie Walker CA, partner and head of tax at Johnston Carmichael, says: “R&D tax activity has taken off in the first half of this year. 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.”

Blair Davidson CA appointed to Chamber board

Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce has appointed Blair Davidson CA to its board of directors. 

Blair, who is a member of Henderson Loggie's audit and accounting team, specialises in providing external audit services to a wide range of medium and large commercial clients across sectors including motor retail, manufacturing and engineering, healthcare, construction and transport.

Commenting on his appointment Blair said: “Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce provides excellent services and opportunities for its membership and it is an honour to be elected to join the board. My experience in working with businesses to help them achieve their ambitions locally, nationally and internationally will be invaluable in the role.’

“Henderson Loggie has a long tradition of encouraging staff to volunteer, and I am looking forward to working with my new colleagues on the board to support and promote business and enterprise across the region.”

IFAC makes three 'significant appointments'

The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) has announced three high profile appointments to lead important global committees.

Monica Foerster has been appointed chair of the small and medium practices (SMP) committee. IFAC said that she will play  a key role in directing and representing IFAC's work to support the SMP and SME sector worldwide.

Arjuna Herath has been appointed chair of the professional accountancy organisation (PAO) development committee. The committee serves as an important advisor to IFAC in its work to develop, promote, and strengthen the accountancy profession and PAOs in the public interest.

Finally, Charles Tilley has been reappointed for a second term as chair of the professional accountants in business (PAIB) committee. As strategic advisors to IFAC, the PAIB committee identifies relevant business and accountancy issues that need to be addressed by the global profession.

IFAC CEO Fayez Choudhury said:“All three chairs are proven leaders with deep expertise who are profoundly committed to the public interest. They bring substantial experience that will be of great benefit to the global profession. We look forward to working with them to advance our support for SMPs, accountants in business, and the development of PAOs—all vital components of a strong global accountancy profession.”

UHY Hacker Young names new London partner

Martin Jones has been appointed partner at UHY Hacker Young, based in the London audit and assurance team.

Martin joins the firm from Ecovis Wingrave Yeats, where he has worked since 2008 and was a partner in the audit team. He was previously a director at PKF and a senior manager at KPMG. 

Laurence Sacker, managing partner of UHY Hacker Young, said: “Martin’s specialist knowledge and international experience will be highly valuable to us and we look forward to him making a positive contribution to our firm’s growth and development.”

RSM appoints new corporate finance director

RSM has appointed Bart Somerville as a corporate finance director, based in the firm's London office.

He joins the firm from BDO, where he was a director in the valuation team. Bart previously held roles at Deloitte for five years and spent seven years at PwC in Toronto.

Rob Donaldson, head of corporate finance at RSM, said: "RSM has a highly successful corporate finance advisory team in the UK and Bart’s extensive experience of providing valuations for a variety of different purposes including contentious disputes, restructurings, and financial reporting under IFRS, FRS 102, and US GAAP, complements and enhances our offering."

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