People in the news: Azets, HWB, PwC, Westcotts

In this week’s accountancy career moves, partner promotions and hires at Azets, HWB, MHA Moore & Smalley, Bevan Buckland, Moore Kingston Smith, PwC, Westcotts

Moore Kingston Smith has appointed three partners, Mike Orton in the corporate finance team, and Jonathan Ford and Jonathan Russell in the corporate client services team. Orton is a corporate finance expert specialising in the delivery of due diligence services for private company acquisitions and disposals, management buyouts and initial public offerings. He was previously director corporate finance at Mercer & Hole. Ford specialises in auditing private and PE-backed businesses, and was previously a director at PwC, where he spent 27 years. Russell is an audit specialist with 22 years of Big Four experience at KPMG, most recently as an audit director. His international, multi-sector knowledge spans consumer goods, hospitality and travel, automotive, logistics, and sports.

Westcotts has promoted Tara Bell to partner at the southwest firm. Experienced chartered tax adviser Bell joined the firm in May 2022 after a 20-year career working across a range of areas, including inheritance tax and capital gains tax. She has strong links with the area’s agricultural community through her family and work, and will work closely with clients in this sector. Previously Bell was a tax adviser at Albert Goodman.

PwC has added to its deals practice with the appointment of Daniel Cameron as a partner to lead the firm’s digital procurement capability. He joins from running his own company carrying out advisory work for start-ups and advising companies on their procurement needs. He was previously chief procurement officer at wealth management firm Quilter, and had similar roles at Pearson and Goldman Sachs. The chartered accountant has over 20 years’ experience in procurement and supply chain management working across industry sectors including financial services, telecommunications and media. At PwC, Cameron will lead on third party related transformation programmes for enterprise and mid market clients with a particular focus on financial services.

MHA Moore and Smalley has strengthened its specialist corporate finance expertise with the appointment of Rob Dawes as partner. He has joined the Manchester office and will help it build a dedicated transaction services team to complement its existing specialisms in M&A, fundraising and valuations. The new transaction services team will work with private equity firms and mid-market corporates to provide financial due diligence and strategic deal advisory services. Dawes joins the firm after five years with Grant Thornton where he was a director. Prior to this, he worked in corporate finance roles for several Big Four firms, both in the UK and Australia.

Wylie & Bisset has announced a raft of promotions across the firm’s audit, business advisory services, insolvency, payroll, and tax departments. Having helped grow the fee income and client base of its external audit team, Sandy Hogg and Rory McCall have been promoted to associate director. Hogg works with clients across the SME, charity, and education sectors while McCall manages a portfolio of clients across the charities sector. In the insolvency team, personal insolvency specialist Paul McDougall has been promoted to associate partner, Craig Allison to associate director, Cameron Andrew, senior administrator, and Stacey Kelly, administrator. Laura Cochrane and Ellen Dakers become senior client advisors; Margaret Egan is promoted to senior manager and Stewart Allan to supervisor in the payroll department and Gavin Brown to senior manager in the tax team.

HWB Chartered Accountants has promoted Gemma Hedges to director at the Hampshire-based firm. She joins the board to strengthen the tax advisory services offered in line with the firm’s strategic plans. Hedges joined the firm as a senior tax manager in January 2020 from PwC. She is a private client tax advisory specialist with nearly two decades’ experience and advises across a range of sectors, including property advice (CGT reporting and incorporation of property portfolios), marriage and divorce, succession planning and providing for children/grandchildren, trusts and death.

Azets has appointed Sabrina Khushi as valuations director in the Yorkshire-based technical accounting and valuations team. Khushi has more than 10 years of experience in professional practice and industry, spanning a variety of sectors and businesses, from family-owned SMEs to international groups. She specialises in accounting valuations from purchase price allocations on acquisitions to financial reporting, commercial and recurring fund valuations. Previously she was an M&A manager at RSK Group.

PM+M has made 12 internal promotions with four new directors, Tara Maynard (financial planning), Sharon Trebilcock (risk and compliance), Rosie Cooper (cloud accounting) and Terri Green (marketing and business development). In the tax team, Andrew Kirkaldy and Mark Richmond have both been promoted to manager level, while Laura Whewell becomes an assistant manager. Reece Eccles and Megan Tattersall who work in the payroll team have also been promoted to assistant manager. Katie Marshall has been promoted to senior adviser specialising in cloud accounting; Katie Tomlinson who sits in the accounting and advisory team is now an adviser; and Rebecca Campbell moves up to marketing and business development senior executive.

Bevan Buckland LLP has promoted Andrew Knott and Jack Parker to associate director roles and they will head up the Cowbridge office of the Swansea based firm, which has five offices in Wales in Swansea, Cowbridge, Haverfordwest, Pembroke and Carmarthen. Knott is a tax specialist and originally trained at Deloitte before joining the firm in 2020. Parker joined from Azets in 2021 and specialises in delivering tax compliance and advisory services to private clients, owner managed businesses, and large corporates.

Provenir has appointed Richard Kern as senior vice president of global professional services, responsible for overseeing client delivery services, including implementation and design, strategic consulting, and training services at the risk software provider. Kern is an experienced global services leader and previously he was vice president, head of implementation and professional services at Alkami Technology, a provider of digital banking services.

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