People in the news: Baldwins, RSM, BDO

Career news this week includes three directors join Baldwin’s North East tax team, RSM appoints an indirect tax partner in its London office, BDO’s Birmingham office gains an audit partner from PwC

Matt Sharpe, Stephen Poole and Simon Newsham have joined Baldwins as directors in the firm’s North East tax team. Newsham has previously worked for KPMG before going on to run his own tax law firm. Sharpe is a qualified chartered accountant with 20 years of tax advisory experience and Poole has previously worked for national firms in London providing tax advice.

Audrey Fearing has joined RSM as an indirect tax partner in its London office. She joins from EY where she led the government and public sector tax team. Prior to that she held roles at Deloitte and HMRC. Fearing will will head up RSM’s public sector VAT team, advising NHS, local authority and social housing clients on all aspects of VAT. She was a founding member of the VAT Expert Group established by the European Commission to provide support in shaping future EU VAT legislation.

Jon Gilpin has joined BDO as an audit partner in its Birmingham office. He joins the firm after spending 20 years at PwC. Gilpin specialises in in the provision of audit to UK and internationally-focused businesses and is experienced in leading large projects and providing complex technical accounting advice to high-growth private and listed businesses, as well as public sector organisations.

UHY Hacker Young has appointed Andrew Snowdon as head of tax based in the London office. He succeeds Roy Maugham, who has been with the firm for 29 years. Prior to his appointment, Snowdon had been head of corporate tax for the firm since May 2017. He was previously a partner at MacIntyre Hudson, where he worked for 14 years.

Crowe Clark Whitehill has promoted three of its members to partner, with Mitesh Patelia becoming partner in the corporate finance team and both Kerry Brown and Andrew Thomas step up in the firm’s non profits team. Patelia has been with the firm since 2008, where he has supported its entrepreneurial and growth clients from within the transaction support and corporate finance team. Brown joined as a trainee in 1989 and works in the firm’s non profits team. Thomas joined in 2011 and his clients include large national charities, arts and culture organisations, as well as membership bodies and independent schools.

BHP has recruited 20 apprentices, graduates and placements students to work across five of the firm’s departments in Sheffield, Leeds, Cleckheaton, Chesterfield and York. The apprentices will work towards the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) qualifications. The graduates will work towards the ACA qualification and will work across the firm’s audit and accounts department and in its outsourcing business Prosper which provides financial, technical and commercial support to small and medium sized enterprises.

Price Bailey’s managing director, Martin Clapson has been appointed global chairman of IAPA, a global association of independent accounting and business advisory firms. It follows a three year tenure as European chairman, 18 months as global vice-chairman and follows his appointment as acting global chairman in May this year. Price Bailey has also hired Karl Gessner as a director in the Norwich corporate team. He joins from Deloitte, where he was a partner based in Sydney, Australia. He has 18-years’ experience working with owner managed businesses, particularly consumer-facing and manufacturing enterprises, advising them on a wide range of matters including tax compliance, financial reporting, strategic planning and business growth funding.

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