Movers and Shakers April 2015

By ICAS Editorial Team

6 April 2015

Your monthly round-up of who is moving where.

Steve Williams to lead Deloitte in Scotland and Northern Ireland

Deloitte has appointed Steve Williams as senior partner for Scotland and Northern Ireland, as it plans for continued growth and investment across the region. Steve, who has more than 23 years of experience with Deloitte, will take up his new position from this month. He assumes the role following the retirement of Ian Steele CA, who has been senior partner for Deloitte in Scotland and Northern Ireland since 2010 as part of a 16-year career with the firm.

Over the past two decades Steve has worked extensively with Deloitte's largest retail financial services businesses across the UK and internationally, providing audit and advisory services. This included London, the former Yugoslavia, Johannesburg and Harare, before moving to Yorkshire in 2002. He currently leads Deloitte's financial services practice outside London.

Steve said: "Scotland and Northern Ireland are incredibly dynamic markets, and I'm honoured and very proud to lead Deloitte's practices in both countries. We have made momentous strides under Ian's leadership during complex times, and with the devolution debate continuing to evolve the next few years promise even more change."

ICAS Council Member Marta Phillips to Chair London College Audit Commitee

Marta Phillips OBE CA has been appointed Audit Committee Chair-Designate at Ravensbourne University Sector College in Central London. Marta has been a member of the college's board since March 2014.

She is also a member of the ICAS Council, and a Board Member and Audit Committee Chair of the Single Source Regulations Office, the Ministry of Defence's single source procurement regulator.

Marta was formerly Chief Executive of The Pensions Advisory Service. Prior to that, she was director of compliance at the National Lottery Commission, and Head of Finance for the European Social Fund Unit in the Department for Education and Employment. She was created an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2006 New Year honours list for services to social housing.

Comiskey rides into Financial Director role

Cycle clothing provider Endura Ltd has appointed John Comiskey CA as its Financial Director. John began his training with EY before embarking on a career with Diageo. He has also held senior roles at Mars, Capital One and Scottish and Newcastle before joining Edinburgh Leisure as Finance Director in 2008. John was promoted to chief executive officer of Edinburgh Leisure in 2010 and held that position until joining Endura, which is based in Livingston, Scotland.

Living in the village of Stow in the Scottish Borders, John is a keen road cyclist and mainly rides around the back roads of the region. He completed the Endura Tour of the Borders last year.

John said: "I am absolutely delighted to be combining my professional finance skills with my passion for cycling, and excited at joining such a successful and fast-growing Scottish company with such enormous potential."

Laila Giwa heads to Skullcandy

Laila Giwa CA has been appointed as head of finance EMEA and India at Skullcandy International, based in Zurich, Switzerland. Her role includes leading the accounting and finance team and responsibility for the preparation and sign-off of monthly, quarterly and yearly financial reporting. Laila was previously an Assistant Manager with Deloitte in Zurich.

Skullcandy markets a wide range of headphones, earphones, hands-free devices, audio backpacks, MP3 players, and other audio products. The company was founded in 2003 and its head office is in Park City, Utah in the US.

Other moves and shakers

Former ICAS President Norman Murray CA has been elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is chairman of Edrington Group.

Kate Baker CA has been promoted to director, audit practice with Londonbased accountancy firm Ecovis Wingrave Yeats.

Henderson Loggie has recruited Rod Mathers CA as a partner in its corporate finance team. Rod was previously a senior member of a Big Four firm and partner of a large independent firm. He brings 20 years' corporate finance experience gained in both the professional services market and industry in a range of sectors, including engineering services, manufacturing, energy and life sciences in Scotland and Australia.

Independent accounting firm Campbell Dallas has appointed two new partners, Graham Cunning CA and Murdoch MacLennan. Graham, who has acted as a consultant for the firm for the past two years, has been appointed Corporate Finance Partner, while Murdoch has been appointed as partner. Graham previously worked in two Big Four firms as well as holding senior positions in banking, while Murdoch joins from Clydesdale Bank.

Chris Horne, Managing Partner, said: "Graham and Murdoch have successfully worked together before, and are highly rated and respected in the business community, so we're excited about bringing them together again in Campbell Dallas."

Baron Anyangwe CA is a Senior Consultant with Mutual Ventures, a community-focused public sector consultancy dedicated to supporting the development, growth and sustainability of socially focused organisations. He was formerly a management consultant with Accenture. He is also a member of the ICAS Council.

William O'Mara has been appointed as global head of audit, KPMG International. He succeeds Larry Bradley who led the practice from 2013. William, a Senior Audit Partner with KPMG LLP, the US member firm of KPMG International, has extensive international experience having served as KPMG global lead partner for several of the US firm's largest multinational clients, as well as previously holding Senior Executive positions in the financial services and industrial sectors.

Scott-Moncrieff has announced the appointment of Gary Devlin as partner. He joins the firm from Grant Thornton, where he headed up government and not-for-profit sector practices in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Gary will work with the 31-strong public sector team at Scott-Moncrieff, supporting the firm's expansion plans in Scotland and the North of England.

French Duncan has named Maria McConnell, former VAT manager at BDO, as a senior VAT manager based in its Glasgow office. Maria has worked with a wide spectrum of UK and international clients, including in the charity and not-for-profit sector, on all aspects of VAT, as well as property planning, business restructuring, and UK VAT compliance issues.

Baker Tilly has made two senior appointments within the firm's London office. Charlie Jolly joins as head of private equity coverage while Fiona Bell is named as a tax partner in its London Employer Solutions Group.

Chalie has more than 14 years' experience in the private equity market and has worked with a broad range of private equity, venture capital and special situations funds in Europe. Fiona has more than 25 years' experience as a chartered tax adviser, trust and estate practitioner and formerly practised as a solicitor for nearly 30 years. She also chairs the Quoted Companies Alliance Share Scheme Experts Group.


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