Leadership & management

Insight / People in the news: Wilkins Kennedy, Kilsby Williams, PKF

In this week’s accountancy career moves, partner appointment at Wilkins Kennedy, hires at Kilsby Williams, Quantuma and Wilkins Kennedy and an interim CFO at Fulcrum Utility Services

Insight / Top 75 trainee interview: Mercer & Hole

In our trainee series, Zak Jakubowski talks to Molly Tait and Matt Pollard, audit trainees at Mercer & Hole, about long working days and their ambitions to become ACA qualified 

Insight / Women FDs fail to break glass ceiling at FTSE 100

A third of all board positions in FTSE 100 are now held by women, but female representation in senior executive roles is lagging with only 15% of finance directors at top UK companies being women

Insight / Succession planning: how to plan for order, not chaos

Succession planning is vital in any finance team where the future viability of a business can rest on a poor decision. Matt Weston, managing director of Robert Half UK, sets out the key steps

Audit / EXCLUSIVE Interview with Sir Jon Thompson, CEO, Financial Reporting Council

Five months into his job as head of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), Sir Jon Thompson sets out his vision for the future of the audit regulator, the challenges of reforming the market from joint audits to splitting up the Big Four and the timetable for the new Audit, Reporting and Governance Authority (ARGA). Sara White reports

Insight / Accounting firm founder quits Baldwins Group

John Baldwin, founding director of acquisition-hungry Midlands firm Baldwins Group, now part of the Cogital Group, has left the firm with immediate effect, and has been replaced by Alyn North 

Insight / People in the news: Armstrong Watson, Kilsby Williams, EY

In this week’s accountancy career moves, associate partner at EY, hires at Armstrong Watson and Mazars, CFO at FinnCap Group plc and new Chancellor in Cabinet reshuffle

Insight / Dow Schofield Watts invests in Camlee Group

Accountancy firm Dow Schofield Watts has made a seven-figure investment in Camlee Group, a Manchester-based corporate finance boutique which provides business sales advice to SMEs, in bid to grow the business nationally

Insight / Accountants shy away from lunchtime quickie

Nearly one in five (18%) Brits have had sex on their lunch break, although accountants are the least likely to have time for a lunchtime dalliance and prefer to have a work spouse

Insight / Top 75 trainee interview: BDO

Melissa Dube, audit trainee at BDO, talks to Zak Jakubowski about her decision to take the apprenticeship route to ACA qualification rather than a degree in mathematics and finance

Insight / Top 75 Firms survey 2020: record profits as partner numbers cut

Revenue at the UK’s top accounting firms is on a growth trajectory with 7% growth as income exceeds £16.8bn but stronger profitability and rising staff numbers has resulted in a decline in partner numbers as the fee to partner ratio has risen, reports Philip Smith

Insight / People in the news: BDO, Mazars, Kreston, Streets

In this week’s accountancy career moves, partner appointments at BDO, Kreston and Mazars, and climate change lead for Deloitte

Insight / Top 75 trainee interview: HW Fisher

In our trainee series, Zak Jakubowski talks to Travis Martin, tax trainee at HW Fisher, about his three-year training contract and ambition to achieve chartered tax adviser status

Insight / EY targets carbon neutrality by end of 2020

EY is the first Big Four firm committed to going carbon neutral within less than a year by reducing and offsetting its carbon emissions

Insight / Top 25 accounting firms in 2010: where are they now?

A decade since the financial crash, the top 25 accountancy firms look rather different to their pre-2009 counterparts, except for the ever expanding Big Four. Philip Smith assesses the cataclysmic changes of the last 10 years, with revenue comparisons