Movers and shakers July 2015

By The CA magazine

1 July 2015

Your monthly round-up of who is moving where. 

Kirstin Donaldson made director at S&J

Investment manager Speirs & Jeffrey has announced the appointment of Kirstin Donaldson CA as director and chief operating officer. She becomes only the 19th director/partner at the 109-year-old firm.

Kirstin joined Speirs & Jeffrey in 2006 as financial controller and she has played a key role in several IT and transformational projects that have been crucial to the firm's recent development.

In her new role Kirstin has overall responsibility for IT and is in charge of driving forward the firm's technology platform for client communication and portfolio management.

Commenting on Kirstin's promotion, executive chairman Jimmy McCulloch said: "I am delighted to announce this appointment which reinforces the stability and growth of the firm for the future. Kirstin's experience and contribution will be invaluable as we continue to develop our business and expand the services we provide to our clients."

Carol Adams CA accounting professorship

Leading business sustainability expert Professor Carol Adams CA has been named professor of accounting at Durham University Business School.

She joins from Monash University in Melbourne, where she combined being a research professor with non-executive director and consulting roles. Professor Adams' areas of study in accounting focus on sustainability performance management in the supply chain and integrated reporting.

Professor Adams sits on the ICAS Sustainability Committee, the ACCA Global Forum on Sustainability and the Climate Disclosure Standards Board's Technical Working Group. She is also founding editor of the Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal.

She said: "I am very excited to begin this new chapter in my career with Durham, which is widely recognised for the quality of its research and vibrancy of its accountancy programmes."

FRC role for Coyle

Jim Coyle CA is among three new appointments to the Financial Reporting Council (FRC).

He joins the FRC's Monitoring Committee, alongside Kari Hale, Deloitte audit partner, who will work with the Audit and Assurance Council, and Peter Baxter, previously CEO and chief investment officer of Old Mutual Asset Managers (UK) Ltd, who joins the Conduct Committee.

JIm Coyle is an ICAS Council member and former group financial controller at Lloyds Banking Group. He is also a non-executive director with the Scottish Building Society.

Other movers and shakers

Ann Muldoon, FRC

The FRC has appointed Ann Muldoon as director of actuarial policy. She will lead the development of FRC strategy for actuarial standards and practice in the UK and its international activities. Muldoon was chief risk officer at Retirement Advantage (formerly MGM Advantage).

Huw Thomas CA, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Huw Thomas CA,  has been made assistant director of finance at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in Ruthin, Denbighshire. Thomas served on the ICAS CPD Regulatory Committee, 2011–2014. He was former honorary treasurer of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches and head of financial services at Royal United Hospitals Bath.

Craig Coyle CA, Campbell Dallas

Campbell Dallas has promoted Craig Coyle CA to tax partner. Based in its Glasgow office, Coyle has provided tax advice for more than 15 years, with clients ranging from owner managed businesses to large multinational groups. He is also a member of tax committees at both ICAS and the Law Society of Scotland.

Johnston Carmichael

Johnston Carmichael has made eight appointments to its senior team. Graham Leith CA of the firm's Inverurie office, Hugh Boyle of Glasgow, Neil Steven CA of Edinburgh and Peter Innes CA of Stirling have been promoted to partner. Gillian Hadden CA of Glasgow, James Thompson CA, Michael Murray and Stewart Pennington of Edinburgh, have been made directors.

Piers Clinton-Tarestad, EY

EY has named Piers Clinton-Tarestad its executive director. He joins from Deloitte and will be based at EY's Birmingham office.

Lesley Williams, National Association of Pension Funds

Lesley Williams will be the next chair of the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF), taking over from Ruston Smith in October. Williams is group pensions director at Whitbread and a non-exec director at the NAPF.

Brian Mackie CA, First Milk

Brian Mackie CA has been appointed as a non-executive director on the board of First Milk. He will also chair the board's audit committee. Mackie has previously worked as a chief financial officer with companies including Autobar, Starbev/Molson Coors Europe and Maxxium Worldwide.

Rimla Ahktar CA, awarded MBE

Rimla Ahktar CA, chair of the Muslim Women's Sport Foundation, was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, for services to equality and diversity in sport. She is a member of the Council of the Football Association and a consultant with RinJhim Consulting,

She is also an advisory board member of Shirzanan Global, a global media platform for Muslim women in sport, and treasurer of The Listening Service, a confidential support service for women.

Grant Lockhart-White CA, Anglia Farmers

Agricultural purchasing group Anglia Farmers has appointed Grant Lockhart-White CA as head of group finance. He was formerly group FD at G's, Emmett UK and Total Produce, following 10 years with Ernst & Young. He is a member of the ICAS Business Policy Commitee. 


KPMG has made senior appointments in its financial services, cyber security, restructuring, and tax teams. Andy Masters, head of savings and wealth, has been promoted to partner, while George Scott, who leads the information protection and business resilience team, is made director. Also promoted to the post of director are Ross Stupart and Alistair McAlinden.

PKF Littlejohn LLP

Ian Mathieson and Karen Thompson have joined PKF Littlejohn LLP. Mathieson brings 25 years of experience to the firm with specific interests in the charity sector. Thompson was a partner in the not-for-profit teams of PKF (UK) LLP and BDO LLP and chief operating officer and director of resources at FARM-Africa.

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