Career Moves this week: May 2016

By Isabelle Bell, CA Today

25 May 2016

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

Hazel Cruickshanks CA joins IG Group

Online trading firm IG Group has appointed Hazel Cruickshanks CA as Head of Tax. Hazel was previously the Head of business and Technical Tax at container shipping company Maersk Line. She has also held senior tax roles at BP plc and Wood Group plc.

In her new role, Hazel will be responsible for IG’s tax affairs across the world and will report into the Head of Finance.

David Moran CA becomes Global CFO of Yerra Solutions

Yerra Solutions AG has named David Moran CA as its new Global CFO, based in Basel, Switzerland. David began his career in finance at KPMG and PwC and went on to hold positions in several start-up ventures and rapid-growth global companies.

David said: "Yerra is an exciting place to be. The growth that has been achieved with no outside investment is astounding, and my work will focus on streamlining the company's financial operations and using resources strategically to drive even more growth."

Diageo announces Javier Ferrán as new Chairman

Javier Ferrán has been named as the new Chairman of Diageo, the world's biggest distiller. Javier will be appointed non-executive director from 22 July and will take over as Chairman in January 2017 from Franz Humer, who is retiring.

Javier began his career at Lloyds TSB, before moving to vermouth maker Martini & Rossi and the Bacardi Group, where he was CEO. He is currently a partner at Lion Capital and a non-executive director at SABMiller. He is also on the board of Associated British Foods.

Andy Baldwin to lead EY's EMEIA practices

Andy Baldwin has become the new Managing Partner for EY's Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) practices, succeeding Mark Otty. Andy is currently Regional Managing Partner for EY's financial services organisation in EMEIA. He has previously held roles at Capgemini and IBM, and began his career with Commercial Union. EY said that its EMEIA firms represent US$11.82 bn (£8.08 bn) in revenue.

Kingston Smith promotes Andrew Constable to partner

Accountancy and business advisory firm Kingston Smith has announced the promotion of Andrew Constable to Tax Partner. Andrew, who is a chartered accountant and a chartered tax advisor, joined the firm in 2004 as a trainee and has progressed from working in general practice to specialising in tax. He has been with Kingston Smith for 12 years.

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Career Moves this week: 18 May 2016

Theresa McLean CA named new FD of Superglass Holdings

Theresa McLean CA has become the new Finance Director and board member of Superglass Holdings plc, the glass wool and mineral fibre insulation solutions manufacturer.

Theresa is currently the Financial Controller of Superglass Insulation Limited and will take over from Chris Lea on 1 June 2016, who is taking up a new role as CFO of Indigovision Group plc.

She completed her CA training with EY and joined Superglass in 2014. Theresa was previously Financial Controller at Serco plc and spent eight years at Sun Microsystems.

Ken Munro, Chief Executive Officer of Superglass, said: "Having run an extensive external and internal recruitment process over the last two months, and having met with a range of high quality candidates, it became clear that Theresa's experience and close involvement in the turnaround of the business over the last year made her the ideal choice for this critical role. I look forward to working with her to consolidate the considerable progress we have made recently and I am sure that she will bring drive and focus to the next phase of the Company's development."

Jonathan Beck CA becomes CFO of Worldwide Cancer Research

Worldwide Cancer Research has appointed Jonathan Beck CA as its new Chief Financial Officer.

In his new role, Jonathan will oversee the charity’s finance, operations and governance to increase grant funding for scientists in the world’s top cancer research institutions.

Jonathan has over 20 years of experience in financial services and early stage investing and has previously held roles at EY, ACE and Ariel Re.

He qualified as a CA with Robb Ferguson in 1994 and has served as a trustee for the Bermuda Foundation for Insurance Studies, Crieff Community Trust, and other charitable organisations.

Jonathan said: “I’m delighted to join Worldwide Cancer Research at this pivotal time. With my multinational background and interest in early-stage companies, a Scottish charity with a truly global scope in pioneering cancer research fits perfectly.

“Like too many others, my family has been affected directly by cancer and I hope to play a small part in helping others avoid the same experience. Through delivery of our five-year strategy, we will put more funding in the hands of cancer researchers around the world.”

Grant Thornton Channel Islands appoints new MD

Adam Budworth has been named as the new Managing Director (MD) of Grant Thornton Limited in the Channel Islands. He replaces Dave Clark, who was MD for 15 years. The firm has also appointed Cyril Swale as Head of Office in Guernsey.

Adam said: “The firm has enjoyed impressive growth in the last seven years and the main task is to continue this trend, delivering a distinctive client service and continuing to grow our people. I take over with the firm in good shape and I look forward to building on the success enjoyed in the past."

PwC announces three appointments

PwC UK has announced the appointment of Charles Ward, Diya Wilson and Rav Hayer.

Charles Ward has been appointed as a new Director in the firm’s pensions consulting team. Charles was previously a Director at KPMG and started his career at Mercer. In his new role, Charles will focus on helping clients manage the liabilities of their pension plans.

Diya Wilson has become Tax Partner of PwC’s asset and wealth management practice. Diya, who was a partner at Deloitte and was responsible for leading the firm’s hedge fund business, will provide tax services to PwC’s asset management clients.

Rav Hayer has been appointed as a partner in PwC’s Financial Services Risk & Regulation team, where he will lead the data analytics practice. Rav joins from Accenture, where he was a Managing Director.

New partner for Burges Salmon restructuring and insolvency team

Andrew Eaton has become a partner in Burges Salmon’s corporate restructuring and insolvency team. He joins from Travers Smith, where he was a partner for the last four years. His recent experience includes advising on leveraged restructuring and distressed debt and business transfers.

Patrick Cook, Head of the Corporate Turnaround and Insolvency team at Burges Salmon, said: “Andrew's appointment is an important step forward in the quality of our corporate restructuring practice. The appointment of Andrew reflects our team’s ongoing growth and positive rise in both the quantity and quality of the work we undertake for clients across the banking and finance sector.”

Career Moves this week: 11 May 2016

David Mitchell CA made Partner at Dumfries firm

Farries Kirk & McVean have appointed David Mitchell CA to the position of Partner.

David completed his CA training with the firm in 2013.

He will be based between the main offices in Dumfries and the Thornhill branch location.

FRC Director appointment of Mike Suffield

Mike Suffield will be taking over as Director of Audit Quality at the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) in July.

He will lead the FRC’s Audit Quality Review (AQR) team in its work to monitor and promote continuous improvements in audit quality in the UK.

Melanie McLaren, Executive Director of Audit said: “Mike’s experience and knowledge of audit quality issues together with his keen eye on the public interest mean he is well placed to lead our AQR activities as our responsibilities in this area develop.”

Mike currently works as a Lead Director at the National Audit Office. He is also joint head of the Compliance and Quality Unit with responsibility for audit quality arrangements.

David Thorburn new Global Independent Non-Executive at EY

EY have announced the appointment of former Clydesdale Bank CEO David Thorburn to the post of Global Independent Non-Executive.

David is currently on the Board of the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and has previously held a number of high profile roles, including Chairman of the CBI in Scotland and President of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland.

EY’s UK Chairman, Steve Varley, said: “[David] brings a wealth of experience and his appointment will challenge us appropriately to ensure our overall governance is of the highest standard.

"David will contribute to the way we run our business and help strengthen stakeholder dialogue and confidence.”

Ross Oliphant announced as Partner at EQ Accountants

EQ Accountants LLP has appointed Ross Oliphant as a new Partner at their Glenrothes office. Ross joins the firm from Thomson Cooper, where he has worked since 2014.

He said: “I am delighted and proud to be joining EQ as a Partner, a firm with a strong reputation for excellence.  Having spent most of my working life here in Fife, my network of business contacts and extensive local knowledge will stand me in good stead when it comes to supporting existing clients and growing the firm’s Fife operations.”

Helen Driver joins Aviva Investors

Aviva Investors have welcomed Helen Driver as new Fund Manager of their Global Equities team.

Helen joins the global asset management business from Legal & General Investment Management and has 16 years' experience in similar roles.

Chris Murphy, Global Head of Equities, said: “[Helen] brings strong expertise in building and managing equity portfolios and a proven track record in successful stock selection.

"I am certain she will make a significant contribution to the team as we continue to develop our global equities proposition.”

Career Moves this week: 4 May 2016

Suzy Kerton CA moves into Cabinet Office role

Suzy Kerton CA has taken up a new role as Financial Accountant at the Cabinet Office . She has been the CFO of cloud accountancy software business Clear Books for the past two years.

Suzy received a highly commended award in the ICAS One Young CA competition last year and was the first person from Baker Tilly UK Audit LLP to undertake a secondment in Latin America.

Suzy said: “I am very grateful for the opportunity as I have never worked in government before...working at such an iconic building as 1 Horse Guards is truly inspiring."

Mark Barry CA joins William Duncan & Co

William Duncan & Co has established a new corporate advisory division in Glasgow, which will be headed by Mark Barry CA.

The new division will be responsible for services such as fundraising for SMEs. Jamie Beal and Graeme Bryson have also joined the firm.

After leaving his role as corporate restructuring manager at KPMG, Mark moved onto become Associate Director at Symphony. He then took on the same role at HW before making the move to William Duncan & Co in November of last year.

Managing director, Robert Fergusson said: “The business has expanded significantly and introduced a number of new services in the past few years and it is an exciting time for us.”

IFRS Foundation appoints Matt Tilling as Director of Education

Former lecturer and head of accounting programmes at the University of Notre Dame in Australia, Matt Tilling, will head the IFRS education team. Mark will be part of the newly-formed integrated team covering interpretations of standards, implementation, adoption support and educational activities.

“I am very excited to be joining the IFRS Foundation and look forward to working with the leadership and the technical staff to help the organisation develop and implement its education initiatives,” said Matt.

Hugh Shields, IASB Executive Technical Director, believes Matt’s time spent as a senior manager at BDO puts him in good stead for this new position. He said “Matt's experience from both academia and professional training makes him very well suited for the role. I am pleased to welcome him to the team.”

Former head of tax at French Duncan joins Barr & Ford

Ann Somerville, formerly head of tax at French Duncan, has joined Glasgow based tax advisory practice Barr & Ford.

Anne has over 30 years’ experience in the industry having occupied senior positions at HLB Kidstons, Cambell Dallas, Baker Tilly and French Duncan.

Partner rejoins Smith & Williamson

After a 10-year absence, John Cooney returns to Smith & Williamson as partner. Having spent the last decade in a similar role at EY, John said he was “thrilled” to be returning to his old firm.

He said: "The breadth of tax knowledge in the team is second to none and the firm’s ability to bring investment propositions is unique in the market."

Kevin Stopps, managing partner of tax and business services and co-chief executive of Smith & Williamson Holdings said: “We are delighted to welcome John back to Smith & Williamson. His expertise and knowledge will make a fantastic addition to our organisation due to his standing in the market and the first rate service he is known to deliver to clients, completely aligning with our approach.”

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