Simon Lilley has been appointed into the new role of director of sales and marketing at ACCA, which has announced a new growth strategy to 2020. He has 15years’ experience as a senior director in the aviation industry. Following five years at British Airways in a variety of commercial roles, Lilley moved to launch the Flybe airline brand as director of marketing and ancillary revenue.
AGN International, the global association of accounting firms, has named Malcolm Ward as CEO, following the retirement of Nicholas Blake after 18 years at the helm. Ward was London managing partner and a UK main board member at Grant Thornton UK before leading Grant Thornton International’s Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining Grant Thornton in 1992, Ward was in the London UK offices of a PwC predecessor firm.
BDO has appointed 14 new partners following the merger last year with PKF as part of the firm’s growth plans during the economic recovery. Tim Neathercoat and Dominic Stammers, who both trained with the firm, are made audit partners in London. Vanessa Bradley is a partner in business assurance and Alex Ellerton, who trained with Deloitte, is an advisory partner. Tomas Freyman, who moved to BDO after working with PwC and EY, is a partner in valuations, and Chris Chapple, who has worked at KPMG, PwC and EY, is made a tax partner as is Neil Stockham, who joined BDO in 2003 from EY.
Julie Patterson, regulatory affairs director for investment funds & retail, at the Investment Management Association (IMA) is joiniing KPMG at the end of August to take up a role as a director in KPMG’s European financial services regulatory centre of excellence covering the investment management sector.
Richard Morley, who began his career with the Inland Revenue before moving to Baverstocks chartered accountants, becomes a partner in tax investigations at the London offices of the firm. Dawn Register is made a partner in tax disputes and disclosures, after working for Chase de Vere, HMRC and Tenon, and Steve Smurthwaite, who has NHS and public sector experience, becomes a partner in advisory. There are three new tax partners in regional offices: Paul Daly, (Reading); Paul Knight (Gatwick) who specialises in not for profit tax; and Emma Suchland (Manchester). James Shipp becomes a partner heading up the business services and accounting team across BDO’s East Anglia offices.
Johnston Carmichael has made five appointments to its senior management team. Rosalind Catto of the firm’s Inverness office, Sheena Ross of Fraserburgh and Lynne McCormick of Elgin have all been promoted to director, while Glasgow-based Donald McNaught, who joined Johnston Carmichael in 2011 as director of insolvency, has been promoted to partner. Douglas Baxter joins the firm as director of general practice and member of its specialist agriculture team, based in the Perth office.
Paul Daly and David Kendrick have joined Manchester accountancy firm UHY Hacker Young as partners to develop the audit and corporate finance specialisms within the firm. Both previously worked for local family-run practice ASE.
Geraint Jones has joined Berg Kaprow Lewis and will head the firm’s private client business, focusing on the creation of bespoke solutions to improve tax-efficiency for individuals with multiple assets and sources of income. He has 25 years of experience in tax including most recently a spell as a partner at Reeves (previously FW Stephens).
Redvers Best is the most recent finance director to join consulting group FD eXcel, an outsourcing firm which launched at the end of 2013 to provide services to the SME market. After qualifying with Grant Thornton in 1999, Best was first appointed as finance director in 2005 and has worked for a variety of PLC and private equity backed businesses across multiple business sectors including multi-site and international operations.
Lincolnshire-based firm Nicholsons has taken on two staff members. Senior accountant Laura Rushton joins from another firm of Lincoln accountants, while Julie Newbury has been hired as assistant payroll officer.