Career moves: BDO, KPMG, Shaw Gibbs, PKF Littlejohn

Shaw Gibbs shakes up top management, PKF Cooper Parry strengthens Midlands team, BDO boosts financial services team as KPMG looks to build pensions expertise with senior external appointment 

BDO has announced two new partners in its financial services team. Fiona Raistrick is an external appointment and joins the firm from the specialist supervision division at Financial Conduct Authority. She has more than 15 years regulatory, consulting and assurance experience.  BDO partner Richard Weighell is an internal appointment from the firm’s risk and advisory practice. He has 30 years expertise as an internal and external auditor and a consultant for both corporate and not-for-profit organisations.

Two  managers have been appointed at PKF Cooper Parry as the business eyes up expansion in the Birmingham area. Sarah Durrant has been appointed as an audit manager and Jack Thompson as a tax manager with both based at PKF Cooper Parry’s new ‘Google-esque’ office at East Midlands airport. Durrant joins the firm from Saffrey Champness in London after working on a mixed corporate and not-for-profit portfolio, while Thompson was most recently a tax manager with five years’ experience working in corporate tax at PWC.

PKF Littlejohn has appointed audit and capital markets specialist Joseph Archer as partner, bringing the number of audit partners to 23, and the total number of partners at the firm to 34. Archer was previously at Crowe Clark Whitehill where he was responsible for managing the audits for all their fully listed clients and many AIM listed clients. He has also worked for Mazars, and in-house at Smith’s Group Plc and Halliburton.

Oxford-based accountancy firm Shaw Gibbs has made changes to its top management. Peter O’Connell, who leads the firm's corporate finance team, has been appointed managing director. He succeeds Graham Henley, who has led the firm since 2009 and now takes on the role of chairman.

KPMG has appointed James Staveley-Wadham as senior manager in its UK pensions insurance team. Staveley-Wadham has over 20 years’ experience, having led more than 40 pension buy-out and buy-in transactions ranging in size from £1m to £2bn. He joins from JLT, where he was a senior consultant responsible for buy-out and buy-in transactions, and was previously a senior member of Towers Watson’s risk settlement team.

CFA Institute, the global association of investment professionals, has named Paul Smith as its new president and CEO.  Smith, who is fellow of ICAEW, as formerly managing director, APAC and global head, institutional partnerships at the institute. He has more than 30 years of leadership experience in the asset management industry, including over 18 years in Asia.


Pat Sweet |Reporter, Accountancy Daily [2010-2021]

Pat Sweet was the former online reporter at Accountancy Daily and contributor to the monthly Accountancy magazine, pub...

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