Career Moves this week: 3 August 2016
Your weekly round-up of the CAs and other business professionals moving into new roles.
Keith Cochrane CA steps down as Weir Group CEO
After 10 years on the board and seven as CEO, Keith Cochrane CA has announced he will be leaving Weir Group later this year.
He said: “It has been an honour to lead Weir and I am very proud of what we have achieved in the last 10 years.
"This is a great business with great people and I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the success we have achieved."
Former Partner at EY Jon Stanton will take over the role in October.
He commented: "Weir is a special company and I am delighted to have been chosen to lead it through the next phase of its development."
Angela Haig CA made Partner at EQ Accountants
EQ Accountants has appointed Angela Haig CA as a new Partner at the Forfar office.
Angela joins EQ from Henderson Loggie and specialises in personal and business taxation. She sits on the ICAS Private Client Sub Committee and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT).
She said: "I am extremely proud to be joining EQ as a Partner. The combination of working with a firm of such high calibre, and being based within the Angus area where I grew up, particularly appeals to me.
"EQ’s vast and varied client base is hugely impressive and I look forward to getting immersed in the business, across all of its offices, and making a tangible difference to both existing and new clients."
HMRC IT chief returns to private sector
The Chief Digital and Information Officer at HMRC has announced he will leave the department in September.
Mark Dearnley, who has been in the role since 2014, will reportedly return to the private sector at the end of his three-year fixed term contract.
He said: “I joined HMRC with the remit to transform its IT, create new digital services for customers and oversee the smooth transition from the £800 million a year Aspire IT contract.
“We have built one of the strongest digital technology teams in the world and I am confident that they will continue to deliver HMRC’s IT transformation at pace."
Mike Potter, HMRC’s Director of Digital Transformation, will lead the department until a new hire can be made.
Standard Chartered appoints new Chairman
José Viñals is to succeed Sir John Peace as Chairman at Standard Chartered.
He will join the board as Chairman designate in October before Sir John steps down as Chairman and Director in December.
José said: “I am honoured to be joining Standard Chartered. It’s a fabulous organisation with a rich history and enormous potential.
"I am looking forward to working closely with the Board, Management Team and staff to ensure that the Group achieves its potential across the most exciting markets in the world, delivering on its commitments to shareholders, clients, regulators and the communities in which it operates.”
New Partner at UHY Hacker Young
Chris Smith has joined UHY Hacker Young as a new Partner, the company has announced.
Previously an Audit Partner at Barnes Roffe LLP, Chris formally spent 13 years as a Senior Manager at KPMG worked in the media, technology and professional service sectors with the London audit group of BDO LLP.
Laurence Sacker, Managing Partner of UHY Hacker Young, said: "There are real synergies with Chris’ sector specialisms and our existing industry strengths from our London office.
“He is a real asset to the team and we are looking forward to him continuing the excellent work he’s demonstrated in his career so far."
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