People in the news: Azets, Critchleys, Hentons, Smith & Williamson

In this week’s accountancy career moves, partner appointments at Azets, Critchleys and Crowe, promotions at Hentons, new hires at Smith & Williamson and MHA Moore and Smalley, and tax head for Pinsent Masons in Madrid

Crowe has appointed Emma Locken as corporate tax partner, building on the firm’s strong tax offering, joining the firm from PwC where she was a tax director. She has over 15 years’ experience advising UK and multinational businesses on their direct tax obligations. Locken specialises in working with listed businesses in the FTSE 250 and AIM markets across a range of industry sectors, with particular experience in the natural resources space. Her responsibilities range from advising businesses on tax structuring and transactional work, to ensuring tax compliance and reporting obligations are met. In her new role, Locken will work with clients to assist them with their tax advisory and compliance needs.

Azets has promoted Steve Harcourt to regional managing partner and he will take responsibility for Azets’ offices in Nottingham, Coventry and Tamworth. He is an FCCA qualified accountant and services a mixed portfolio of clients, bringing a wide range of value led accounting and advisory services to owner managed and family run businesses. His promotion is the latest senior appointment for Azets as the Top 10 firm further strengthens and expands its regional coverage and capability to accelerate growth plans into 2022 under newly appointed group CEO Chris Horne. Meantime, Jonathan Amor joins the firm as a partner in the restructuring and insolvency team in the north of England team, based in Manchester. He is a chartered certified accountant, licensed insolvency practitioner and member of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3). He has spent over a decade assisting businesses from multinational corporations to sole traders in matters of financial recovery, insolvency and liquidation.

Smith & Williamson has appointed Jenny Reed as director in its forensics services team. She joins from Baker Tilly International and has over 20 years’ experience in the accountancy profession, first as an auditor and then in technical, training and compliance. She has worked with clients across a wide range of sectors including manufacturing, agriculture, real estate, scientific technology and pensions. Reed has a particular specialism in the not-for-profit-sector, having spent some time out of the profession as finance director of two charities.

Critchleys LLP has promoted Jennifer Sewell to partner after three years at the firm. She joined Critchleys in 2018 and has over 10 years’ experience in accountancy, most recently as accounts director. Sewell is a qualified ACA chartered accountant and is experienced in advising both local and international businesses.

Specialist business advisory firm FRP has strengthened its corporate finance practice in London with the appointment of Greg Cox as a director. With more than 10 years’ experience, including a year in industry with Inchcape plc, Cox joins from Deloitte, where he worked in the mergers and acquisitions team. He specialises in advising family-owned, privately-owned and private equity-backed businesses on a range of transactions, including acquisitions, disposals and management buyouts. He typically advises on deals valued between £10m and £100m.

Yorkshire based chartered accountants Hentons has appointed Luke Pickering and Connor Smith as tax advisory managers. Pickering is a qualified accountant and tax adviser with more than 16 years’ industry experience. He initially worked as a general accountant before moving into tax planning and specialises in providing advice around trusts and inheritance tax. Smith joins from accountancy firm Shorts, having qualified as a chartered tax adviser five years ago. He assists business owners with all aspects of their affairs from acquiring or incorporating businesses, tax efficient advice throughout ownership and then an eventual exit plan from the business.

The Ludlow office of accountancy firm, Thorne Widgery, has appointed James Clifford as office manager, as it celebrates its third year in practice in the town. The ACCA qualified accountant joins the practice from Parkes & Co, a firm in the Black Country and has many local connections to Ludlow and the surrounding area.

Accountancy and business advisory firm MHA Moore and Smalley has strengthened its tax team in Manchester with the appointment of Kirsty Foster as senior tax manager. Foster has experience across a range of tax consultancy roles. After beginning her career at Deloitte PCS Limited, she worked her way up to senior manager with several independent north west practices, including Jackson Stephen LLP and DTE. She specialises in helping individuals manage complex business and personal tax affairs.

Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has hired Gonzalo Gil Suarez in Madrid to lead the firm’s tax law practice in Spain. With extensive experience in strategic tax structuring, Suarez joins from Herbert Smith Freehills' tax team in Madrid. He has advised major sovereign wealth and private equity funds, financial institutions, investment banks and large companies in M&A transactions, investments and financings particularly across the real estate, energy and healthcare sectors.

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