Career Moves: June 2016

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By Isabelle Bell, CA Today

29 June 2016

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

Ian Steele CA joins board of Iomart

Ian Steele CA has joined the board of cloud computing firm Iomart as a non-executive director.

Ian, who is a member of the ICAS Council, has over 35 years’ experience in corporate finance and the corporate advisory sector. He was previously a senior partner and UK board member of Deloitte and joined the board of STV group as a non-executive director last year. He is also a former non-executive director of Ingeus UK.

Ian Ritchie, Iomart’s chairman, said: "We are delighted to welcome Ian on to the board. His considerable experience and insight will be invaluable to us as we continue to pursue a successful growth strategy."

David Stevenson CA becomes Senior Manager at FRP Advisory

David Stevenson CA has been promoted to Senior Manager at insolvency and restructuring firm FRP Advisory LLP.

David joined Tenon in 2004 and qualified as a CA in 2007, completing his joint insolvency examination board (JIEB) exams and winning the ICAS prize in 2011. He joined Tenon’s restructuring team in 2008, which subsequently became RSM Tenon and a part of FRP Advisory in 2013.

David has previously undertaken secondments at MHM in Australia, working in corporate finance, and within Lloyds Banking Group’s SME business support unit. He is currently on a 12-month secondment with Bank of Scotland’s mid markets business support unit.

Andrew Miskin appointed new CIMA President

Former PwC partner Andrew Miskin has been elected as the new president of CIMA. Andrew has 25 years of experience as a management consultant will be responsible for chairing the CIMA’s governance arrangements and advocacy work.

He has held senior leadership roles within Esso, KPMG, IBM, CSC and PwC and is also a chartered engineer.

Andrew has served on the CIMA council, as chairman of CIMA’s members' services committee and as deputy president of the executive committee.

PwC names Andrew Kail as new head of Financial Services

Andrew Kail will succeed Kevin Burrowes as leader of the PwC UK Financial Services practice.

Andrew has over 25 years of experience with the firm and has held a variety of senior roles, most recently as head of the financial services Assurance practice. He has worked with a large number of leading clients, including being the lead Partner on major FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 audits.

He said: “I am delighted to have been asked to lead PwC’s Financial Services practice.  We have a fantastic business with an exceptional client base and an amazing team of people within it.”

UHY Hacker Young appoints new partner

UHY Hacker Young has promoted Kevin Blakemore to partner, based in the Manchester office.

Kevin has previously worked at the firm at a director level and as an audit manager and specialises in large audit assignments.

Michael Wasinski, Managing Partner at UHY Hacker Young Manchester said “Kevin is a great example of UHY’s commitment to promoting talent from within. He has contributed significantly to the success of our team during his career with us, and has a large client base that looks to him for his advice and support. I am delighted to extend my congratulations to him on this promotion, and to welcome him as a Partner.”

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Career Moves this week: 22 June 2016

Kimberley Oliver CA starts Xenith Financial

Kimberley Oliver CA has set up a new finance support and consultancy business, Xenith Financial Consulting Ltd.

Xenith Financial aims to support SME businesses through providing part time finance support, finance consultancy and covering interim assignments.

Kimberley was previously Group Finance Director at the Energy Human Capital Group, a global energy based recruitment company. Prior to this, she was Group Financial Controller at Nautronix Group, a high growth SME based in Aberdeen.

Kimberley trained with PwC in Aberdeen and worked at the firm for six years, becoming Assurance Manager. 

Campbell Dallas promotes Blair Milne CA to Partner

Blair Milne CA has been appointed Partner in Campbell Dallas' Business Recovery and Insolvency practice.

Blair has more than 20 years' experience in insolvency and specialises in the issues facing the construction, leisure, hotel and retail sector.

He said: “I am delighted to have become a Partner in one of Scotland’s most progressive accountancy firms.

"I joined Campbell Dallas 10 years ago, and the firm has been hugely supportive of my development, providing me with exposure to some very challenging and exciting engagements as well as a very rewarding career path."

New senior level tax team appointments at EY

EY Scotland's tax team has expanded with the addition of two new Executive Directors and one Director.

Claire Evans CA will head-up EY’s UK tax audit team and Simon Whiteside will lead the tax team’s continued focus on the owner managed business sector.

Karen Davidson will be leading the firm’s share scheme and reward practice in Scotland and comes with 19 years’ experience gained at Pinsent Masons.

Laura Mair CA, EY Scotland Tax Partner, said: “These new appointments to our tax team demonstrate EY’s continued investment and growth in Scotland, while also bolstering our credentials as part of our global network."

Record number of partner promotions at PwC

PwC UK has increased its partner numbers for the third consecutive year, with 61 new promotions in its equity practice.

Nearly half of the new partner group are based outside of London and represent a diverse range of backgrounds, skills and experience.

They range between 31 and 52 years of age and 28% are women.

Ian Powell, PwC Senior Partner and outgoing Chairman, said: "These promotions reflect the importance we place on diversity, the role of the regions to the UK’s economic success and our commitment to investing in our people across all our client services.”

British Business Bank Investments announces new CEO

British Business Bank Investments has announced the appointment of Catherine Lewis La Torre to CEO.

Catherine will be moving from Cardano, where she is Head of Private Equity and responsible for managing a portfolio of private capital fund investments. She has over thirty years’ experience in the private equity industry focused on investing in the European mid-market.

Keith Morgan, Chairman of British Business Bank Investments, said: “We are very excited to have Catherine join our team and lead British Business Bank Investments into the next phase of its development.

"Catherine is a highly respected industry leader and her wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise makes her an excellent fit for the Bank."

Career moves this week: 15 June 2016

Ali Kennedy CA appointed as Sophos VP and Group Head of Tax

Sophos Group, a FTSE-listed internet security business, has named Ali Kennedy CA as new Vice President and Group Head of Tax.

Prior to this promotion, Ali was Head of Tax at Sophos and has previously led tax teams at BP and Pearson.

Ali qualified with ICAS in 1990 and is a member of the International Tax and Large Business sub-committee.

She spoke at the recent ICAS Tax Conference and is also on the UK board of the International Women's Forum (IWF).

Graeme Bissett CA joins the board of Smart Metering Systems

Graeme Bissett CA has joined the board of Smart Metering Systems as a non-executive Director. He will also be chairing the audit committee with immediate effect.

Graeme is currently Chairman of both the Macfarlane Group, Curo Compensation and charity Children 1st. He holds senior non-executive positions at Cruden Group, Scottish Futures Trust and Anderson Strathern as well as serving as a Member of Court at the University of Glasgow.

Willie MacDiarmi, Chairman of Smart Metering Systems, said: “We are delighted to appoint Graeme to the board and we look forward to working with him and to utilising his significant experience at this important time in SMS's growth.

“In particular, his financial expertise will be of great value to SMS as it implements its strategy in both the Industrial & Commercial and domestic smart metering markets.”

BDO promotes nine new Partners

The promotion of nine new partners across BDO's services will come into effect next month at the firm’s London, Birmingham, Gatwick, Manchester and Reading offices.

Lee Bijoux, Neil Brackstone, James Pratt and Glyn Woodhouse are to be Partners in the company's tax practice, which has expanded by 20% in the last year.

Stuart Wood has been named an Audit Partner in the business assurance practice, Tim Foster has been promoted in the risk and advisory services team and Liz Kulczycki in not for profit.

Ross McDonald becomes a Partner in debt advisory and Richard Wiseman in global outsourcing.

BDO Managing Partner Simon Michaels said: “Developing and rewarding talent is an important part of our growth strategy. Each and every one of the nine new partners thoroughly deserves their promotion."

Gary Collins appointed Tax Partner at Mazars

Mazars has brought Gary Collins in as a new Tax Partner.

Formerly a Partner at KPMG and Director at PwC, Gary retired last year after more than 20 years in business as a tax specialist.

Alistair Wesson, East Midlands Managing Partner at Mazars, said: “We are delighted to have lured Gary out of retirement to join Mazars. He is one of the most respected tax specialists in the East Midlands and is a great addition to our growing team.

“He brings a wealth of experience to the firm which will be invaluable in strengthening the East Midlands tax team and linking with the wider regional and national teams to enhance the corporate tax offer that Mazars takes to market.”

Asda names new Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer

Sean Clarke will be taking over as Chief Executive at Asda, according to parent company Walmart. Roger Burnley has also been named as the supermarket chain's new Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer.

Sean will be taking over from Andy Clarke and was previously head of Walmart's Chinese business. He started his retail career at Asda in 2001 and has also worked for Walmart in Japan and Canada.

President and Chief Executive of Walmart International David Cheesewright said: "Sean is one of our most experienced global executives, and through his leadership we will build upon the momentum of Project Renewal to reposition Asda in a very competitive market place."

Roger will be joining Asda from Sainsbury's where he held the position of Retail and Operations Director.


Career moves this week: 8 June 2016

James Strang CA appointed Tax Associate Director at Grant Thornton

Grant Thornton has hired James Strang CA as a new Tax Associate Director in its' Scottish practice.

James qualified as a CA in 2002 and previously spent nine years as a Senior Tax Manager with EY. He has over 14 years' experience in financial advisory services and specialises in the oil and gas sector.

Vishal Chopra, Grant Thornton's Head of Tax in Scotland, said: "James has a wealth of experience working with some of the world's best known brands and assisting the oil and gas sector through a particularly challenging time. His knowledge on international tax combined with his commitment and passion will be a great asset to Grant Thornton as we continue to drive forward our Scottish growth strategy."

Scott Dunbar CA made Director and five new Partners promoted at Johnston Carmichael

Scott Dunbar CA has been named Business Advisory Director at Johnston Carmichael in one of several new appointments to the firm's senior team.

Scott qualified with ICAS in 2007 and has held several notable positions within Johnston Carmichael since joining in 2008, most recently as Senior Client Relationship Manager. He currently manages a diverse client portfolio and advises on accounting and taxation from the Elgin office.

David Ward, Toby Rintoul, Jenifer Cormack, Louise Peters and Richard Britten have also been announced as the newest Partners at the firm.

Chief Executive of Johnston Carmichael and ICAS Vice President, Sandy Manson CA, said: “These promotions strengthen our senior team across all our offices, ensuring the service and expertise we offer our clients is of the highest standard.

“I am confident that our new Partners and Director will continue to play a major part in the success of our business, from providing exceptional client service, to inspiring their wider teams to excel and prosper across the firm.”

Fiona Hodgson CA named Chief Executive of the Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation

The Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF) has promoted Fiona Hodgson CA to the post of Chief Executive.

Fiona qualified with Deloitte in 1994 and has been with SNIPEF for over 20 years, most recently in the position of Head of Finance and Membership Services. She succeeds Robert Burgon who officially retired at the Federation AGM on 27 May.

She said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as Chief Executive and am determined to strengthen and build upon SNIPEF’s reputation, working with members to address the challenges currently facing this industry.”

New Partners for tax and regulation services at Deloitte

Matt Ellis has succeeded Andy Hodge as Managing Partner for Tax in UK and Switzerland at Deloitte. The firm has also appointed Andrew Bulley as a Partner in EMEA Centre for Regulatory Strategy.

Matt recently led Deloitte UK’s Global Employer Services business and served as Talent Leader for Tax. He has held a variety of positions with the business, including in the regional offices of Southampton and Reading as well as in London.

David Sproul, Senior Partner and Chief Executive of Deloitte, said: “Matt has been a great leader of our global employer services practice and I am sure that he will bring the same leadership and focus to his new role as head of our tax practice."

Andrew joins from the Bank of England and he recently played a key leadership role in the Prudential Regulation Authority’s update of the life insurance industry. He is also a voting member of the board of supervisors of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority.

Julian Leake, Head of Deloitte’s Financial Services Risk Advisory Practice, commented: “Andrew will broaden the scope of our Centre’s work in insurance, further enhance our technical expertise and bring an extensive network of contacts, both in the UK and internationally.”

Career moves this week: 1 June 2016

David Nussbaum CA becomes CEO of The Elders

Independent human rights group The Elders has appointed David Nussbaum CA as its new CEO. David is currently Chief Executive of environmental preservation organisation WWF-UK.

David said: “I’ve worked at WWF for over nine years together with many inspiring people towards a mission that’s close to my heart.  But, when I was approached about this new role, the opportunity to make a difference to addressing many of the other issues facing humanity was especially appealing.”

David has occupied many roles before joining WWF, including Finance Director at Oxfam and Chair of Transparency International.

On David’s appointment, Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said: “After a rigorous and extensive global search, I am very pleased to be able to announce David’s appointment. He has distinguished experience in the management of not-for-profit organisations and is a real leader in the field of international development. My fellow Elders and I look forward to working with him.”

Paul Bready CA joins Craig Corporate

Paul Bready CA joins the team at Craig Corporate in Glasgow as an executive.

Paul began his career in finance in 2011 as an Audit Associate at Grant Thornton. After three years he was promoted to Executive, then Assistant Manager before making the move to Craig Corporate in April.

Neil Grimmond, Associate Director at Craig Corporate, said: “Paul will be working with our clients across the UK to help them create, enhance, protect and realise shareholder value in their businesses.”

Allison Harris CA becomes new Conservative MSP

Alison Harris CA, who qualified in 1992, and works as a sole practitioner, was elected to Holyrood for the Scottish Conservatives.

She lives in Falkirk and has worked for a few smaller firms including Condie and Co. She stood in the Falkirk constituency and was elected on the Central Scotland list.

Ashley Alder appointed Chair of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO)

Ashley Alder, Chief Executive Officer of the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) of Hong Kong and Vice Chair of the IOSCO Board, has been appointed Chair of the organisation.

Ashley began his career as a lawyer in London in 1984 before moving to Hong Kong in 1989 to practice corporate and business law. Ashley was previously Chair of the IOSCO Asia-Pacific Regional Committee (APRC) from 2013 until May 2016. He is also currently Chair of the Task Force on Market Control.

Mazars announces Neil Mather as new Partner

Neil Mather has been announced as the new Restructuring Services Partner at accountancy firm Mazars. Neil brings his experience in the insurance market to the firm, having spent over 12 years as the Senior Manager of the Corporate Recovery department at Deloitte and 11 years leading services to the financial services, insurance and cross border markets at Begbies Traynor.

Neil said: “I’m delighted to be joining Mazars: the firm has a strong reputation in the insolvency market. The team has some very experienced and talented individuals and I’m looking forward to working with them to further develop the business.”

Deloitte UK promotes 80 new Partners

Deloitte UK has promoted 80 new partners, 26 of whom are women. In a press release the Big Four firm says this demonstrates "Deloitte’s continued focus on gender diversity as a business priority".

David Sproul, senior partner and chief executive of Deloitte UK, said:“The Return to Work programme, which we announced last year, is helping us to attract more senior female leaders back to the workforce and will further boost our pipeline of future partner candidates."

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