Leadership & management

Insight / Dow Schofield Watts merges with financial modelling firm

JL Advisory, which provides financial modelling services for public and private sector clients throughout the UK, has joined forces with accountancy firm Dow Schofield Watts as part of its growth plans

Insight / FTSE 350 needs to do more on gender equality

There remain five all-male boards in the FTSE 350, and companies need to do more if they are to hit the government’s target of a third of women in senior leadership positions by 2020, according to the annual update from the Hampton-Alexander review

Insight / Firms favour communication skills over technical knowledge

The development of artificial intelligence (AI) has resulted in accounting firms prioritising human skills over technical knowledge when recruiting candidates, according to research from Reed Finance

Insight / Trustees must display names on charity register from April 2019

From 1 April 2019 the name of all charity trustees will have to be displayed to the public on the charity register, unless a dispensation has been granted

Insight / MHA MacIntyre Hudson signs partnership with tech firm

The top-20 accounting firm has entered into a strategic testing partnership with Inflo, a specialist in artificial intelligence and machine learning, in order to improve the technical offering for clients

Insight / Blick Rothenberg acquires Hazlems Fenton accountants

Blick Rothenberg, part of Cogital Group, is expanding with the acquisition of accounting firm Hazlems Fenton LLP, which primarily deals with entrepreneurial and owner-managed businesses

Audit / Stephen Haddrill to quit Financial Reporting Council

The head of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) Stephen Haddrill is to leave the audit regulator as soon as a replacement is found

Insight / Big Four making progress on employee diversity

The Best Employers for Race - 2018 report, carried out by charity Business in the Community, has shown that the UK’s Big Four are among the UK’s best employers for taking a pro-active approach to address racial inequalities in their organisations

Insight / People in the news: IIRC, Carey Olsen, New Quadrant Partners

Career news this week includes partner appointments at New Quadrant Partners and Irwin Mitchell, while IAASB resumes search for new chair and the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) hires former McKinsey chief to head up organisation

Insight / HMRC names new general counsel and solicitor

HMRC has appointed Alan Evans as its new general counsel and solicitor, following the departure of postholder Gill Aitken who left in June to take up a new role as registrar at the University of Oxford

Insight / NI SME specialist firm moves into Scotland

Entrepreneurial accountant Ross Boyd, who is currently headquartered in Belfast, has announced an expansion of his firm’s technology-based small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) services into Scotland with a new operation based in Glasgow

Insight / EY’s UK revenues up 2.7%

EY achieved UK fee income growth of 2.7% in the financial year ending 30 June 2018, up from £2.35bn to £2.41bn with a five year compound annual growth rate of 7%, the firm has reported

Insight / IFRS 9 and 15 specialists in high demand across accounting and finance recruitment

As banks face new legislations, there has been a significant rise in technical and specialist accounting roles, especially in areas such as IFRS 9 and 15, explain Thomas Garbett, team leader, and James Polley, senior consultant at Morgan McKinley

Insight / PwC leads action on UK business leaders’ ‘bamboo ceiling’

PwC has launched a platform to help individuals of Chinese heritage reach the top of UK business, with founding partner Standard Chartered, saying the aim is to address an underrepresentation of individuals of Chinese heritage in senior leadership roles

Insight / Charities: governance and risk management - part 3

Identifying, understanding and managing potential risks is a key responsibility of charity trustees and should be integral to business planning, says Fiona Condron, partner at BDO