Career Moves this week: 4 January 2017

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By Eleanor O'Neill, CA Today

4 January 2017

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

Alastair Herbert CA promoted at Chiene + Tait

Chiene + Tait has announced the appointment of Alastair Herbert CA as Business Support Director.

Alistair qualified as a CA in 2004 and was previously a Senior Manager at RSM Tenon. He joined Chiene + Tait last year from Drummond Laurie Chartered Accountants, where he held the position of Associate Director.

Managing Partner, Carol Flockhart CA, said: “Alastair brings great enthusiasm and a wealth of experience to Chiene + Tait. We are delighted to welcome him to the team and look forward to supporting him in his role during this exciting phase of growth.”

The firm also announced the promotion of Hazel Gough, former Director of Personal and Business Tax Services, to the role of Partner.

Hazel is the Chartered Institute of Taxation’s representative on the ICAS Tax Committee, which makes representations to government on consultations and legislation, helping to develop UK taxation policy.

Graham Watson CA accepts Associate role at AGM Transitions

AGM Transitions has named Graham Watson CA as the firm's Associate in Scotland.

Graham is also the Executive Chairman for Scottish Health Innovations Ltd and is a member of court and chair of the Finance Committee of Court at Heriot-Watt University. He is a member of the council of the Law Society of Scotland and founded strategic leadership consulting firm Positive Leadership Limited.

Graham is a recognised expert in corporate finance, strategy and leadership, having previously worked with KPMG, Deloitte, the Macfarlane Gray Group and Bioflow.

EY Partner appointed Legal & General Group CFO

Jeff Davies, a Senior Partner at EY, will take over as CFO of Legal & General Group once the insurer reports its 2016 interim results next spring. He succeeds Mark Gregory, who announced his intention to retire in early 2016.

Jeff is a chartered accountant and joined EY in 2004. He currently leads the firm’s European risk and actuarial insurance services practice..

Sir John Kingman, Chairman of Legal & General, said: “[Jeff] has deep insurance experience and expertise, and will be an excellent addition to the group board as we take Legal & General forward on the next stage of our strategy of growth."

Mark Gregory will remain with the company until 31 August to assist with an orderly handover.

BDO promotes nearly 1000 employees ahead of the New Year

BDO has offered promotions to 980 members of staff across its disciplines and support functions.

Managing Partner Paul Eagland commented: “Businesses don’t just want a ‘numbers person’ handling their accounts. They rely on business advisers to challenge their thinking and provide innovative, joined-up solutions that help them succeed.

"All the promotions we’ve awarded this year are reflective of the extra mile people go to ensure our clients get the very best advice and service.”

BDO has previously stated that it was looking to fill 25 positions at partner level in 2016/17, 18 of which have already been allocated.

Worldpay Deputy CFO moves into new role

Ruth Prior, currently Deputy Chief Financial Officer at Worldpay, has been appointed to the newly-created Chief Operating Officer role within the company.

Ruth is a Non-Executive Director at Pinewood Studios in addition to her current role and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Prior to Worldpay, she was Group CFO and COO
of EMI Group and has also worked with Unilever, Terra Firma Capital Partners and

A successor to Dave Hobday, Managing Director of Worldpay UK, is also expected to be named in coming weeks

Philip Jansen, Chief Executive Officer of Worldpay Group, commented: “The new appointments will diversify and strengthen our capabilities, and I would like to congratulate Ruth on her enlarged role. They demonstrate our managed approach towards achieving both evolution and continuity in our leadership team."

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