Leadership & management

Insight / People in the news: Milsted Langdon, CISI, FRC, Thorne Widgery

In this week’s accountancy career news, director promotions at Milsted Langdon, hires at Thorne Widgery, Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and Centage, and CMI recognition for FRC board member

Insight / Finance experts dominate FTSE CEO roles

The UK’s top business leaders at FTSE 100 companies are still most likely to come from a finance background rather than any other sector, but diversity and gender representation has worsened

Insight / How to reduce workplace stress for accounting and finance staff

The world of accounting and finance can hold multiple sources of stress, from year-end and regulatory reporting changes to new business demands. Matt Weston, managing director of Robert Half UK looks at ways to reduce stress across finance teams

Insight / Brexit worries force CFOs to curb UK investment

The UK’s top CFO’s are implementing risk aversion strategies in the face of continued Brexit uncertainty over the year ahead, with  almost all believing that the prospect of widely unanticipated surprise events is a rapidly growing concern for their company, a poll of senior finance executives has found

Insight / KPMG restructures leadership team after audit failures

KPMG UK is to make significant changes to its executive governance structure, including setting up a new audit executive committee and reshaping its executive leadership team following a string of audit failures

Insight / Quantuma merger expands presence outside south east

Business advisory firm Quantuma has completed a merger with Kingsland Business Recovery, which sees the firm open three new offices across the Midlands and Yorkshire as part of expansion plans beyond its base in southern England

Insight / Shareholder revolt over Standard Life Aberdeen CFO pay

FTSE 100 asset management company Standard Life Aberdeen has seen a significant shareholder revolt over its planned pay package for Stephanie Bruce, a former PwC partner due to join as its new chief financial officer (CFO) next month, with 42% voting against the remuneration report in one of the largest such AGM protests to date

Insight / TaxAssist Accountants opens in Lewisham

Nationwide franchise accounting service, TaxAssist Accountants has extended its reach with the opening of a new shop in Lewisham in south London, run by Hicham Al Maghouch

Insight / TWP Accounting merges with Weybridge practice

Accountancy firm TWP has merged with Schonhut, Carr & Co to expand the Surrey-based practice

Insight / One in three accountants feel stressed every day

The accountancy profession is in the grip of a mental health crisis, with a CABA study finding that a third (31%) of chartered accountants feel stressed on a daily basis, a major concern for employers during Mental Health Awareness Week

Insight / People in the news: Wilson Wright, Grunberg & Co, RSM, BDO, Blick, R3

In this week's accountancy career moves, partner hires at BDO, RSM, Blick Rothenberg and Albert Goodman, senior partner at Wilson Wright, promotions at Grunberg & Co, R3 president named

Insight / Haines Watts merges with north east RHK Accountants

Top 20 accountancy firm Haines Watts has merged with Gateshead-based RHK Accountants, a private client specialist with fee income of £1.6m, to strengthen its north east presence following a string of acquisitions, reports Sara White 

Audit / Law firms fail to tackle money laundering robustly

A significant number of law firms are not doing enough to prevent money laundering, with some falling seriously short, leading to disciplinary action by the regulator

Insight / ‘Squeezed’ generation X falling behind on pension savings

Workers in their forties and fifties from generation X have left organising their pension very late, with indications they are now scrabbling to make up for lost time, as this age group accounted for the largest proportion of contributions last year

Insight / Artificial intelligence, robots and accountants

Concerns about the increased automation of accountancy tasks and transactional business should not instil fear into accountants despite the impact of artificial intelligence (AI), says Simon Wright, managing director at CareersinAudit.com