Movers and shakers August 2015

By The CA magazine

30 July 2015

Your monthly round-up of who is moving where. 

Nish bids farewell to Standard Life

David Nish CA is stepping down as chief executive of Standard Life after six years at the helm and nine years as a director of the company. 

Keith Skeoch, currently chief executive of Standard Life's investment arm, will take over in early August. 

Commenting on his decision to leave, David Nish said: "One of the most important responsibilities of a chief executive is recognising the right time to pass the baton and to help ensure it is passed to the right person. Now is the right time." 

Sir Gerry Grimstone, chairman, added: "David has shown great leadership and our outstanding progress in that time has been achieved through his incredible drive and determination."

EY picks new partners

EY has announced a raft of promotions with 753 partners worldwide, its largest increase since 2008.

A record number of women were added to the ranks of partners, accounting for more than 30 per cent of the promotions and an increase of 33 per cent compared to 2014. By service line, assurance saw the largest number of promotions, with 315 appointments worldwide.

Partner numbers in Scotland also increased by over 40 per cent, as seven new partners and three associate partners bring the total across the firm's four offices north of the border to 32. Those promoted to partner in Scotland include Jamie Dixon, Heather Smallwood, Jennifer Houston, Laura Mair CA and Tricia Nelson. Joining them are new associate partners Mike Jenkins CA, Giles Watson, Gordon Wood and two partner transfers, John MacDonald from EY Australia and Jacob Cooper from EY United States.

Stephen Haddrill: Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Stephen Haddrill, current chief executive of the Financial Reporting Council, has been named as the new independent chairman of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' global regulatory board. His appointment takes effect on 1 September 2015 when the current chairman, Eve Salomon, steps down after six years in the role.

Tom Colraine CA: Hastings Insurance Group

Hastings Insurance Group has appointed Tom Colraine CA as a non-executive director. He was previously the co-chief operating officer of Willis Group Holdings plc and latterly chief financial officer of AIG Europe Ltd.

Ray King and John Coomber: Financial Reporting Council

Ray King and John Coomber have been appointed to the Financial Reporting Council. Ray King also becomes a member of the board's Codes and Standards Committee and chairman of the Audit and Assurance Council, while John Coomber is now a member of the board's Codes and Standards Committee.

Ray King is the former chief executive of BUPA and throughout his career has held a number of senior finance positions. Coomber retired recently as chief executive officer of Pension Insurance Corporation Ltd.

Gerry Fowler: Standard Life Investments

Gerry Fowler has been appointed investment director within the multi-asset investment team at Standard Life Investments. He joins the company from BNP Paribas where he was global head of equity and derivatives strategy.

Karina Brookes: EY

EY has named Karina Brookes as director of its pensions covenant advisory team in London. She joins EY after more than 15 years at PwC, most recently as a director in its pensions credit advisory practice.

BDO: nine new UK partners

BDO has announced nine new partners across the UK. Shane Crooks, Derek Neil and Stephen Peters will work within the firm's advisory practice in London. Mark Edwards and Ryan Ferguson are named as audit partners in London, alongside Steve Le Bas in Southampton, and Mark McCluskey CA in Scotland. Sarah Elms has been made business services and accounting partner in East Anglia and Dan Brookes is promoted to tax partner in Yorkshire.

Carolyn Fairbairn: CBI

The CBI has appointed Carolyn Fairbairn as its new director general. The former strategy director at the BBC and ITV holds a number of non-executive directorships at companies and organisations, including the Competition and Markets Authority, Lloyds Banking Group and the UK Statistics Authority.

About Eden Scott

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