People in the news: BDO, EY, Mitchell Charlesworth, FRP, RSM Global

In this week’s accountancy career moves, partner promotions at EY, BDO and Mitchell Charlesworth, senior hires at FRP and Smith Cooper Independent Financial Solutions, and chief marketing role at RSM Global

North West accountancy firm Mitchell Charlesworth has made a series of promotions, including an audit and accounts partner and a director of tax. Jamielee Johnston has become an audit and accounts partner in Manchester and has over 13 years’ practice experience and has worked her way up at Mitchell Charlesworth, joining as an assistant manager in 2016. She looks after a wide range of clients, with a particular specialism in the charity and voluntary sector. Phil Hartley has been promoted to director of tax. He is a chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser with more than 10 years’ experience of dealing with owner-managed businesses and providing tax advice on a wide range of issues. At the same time, Michael Griffiths (Chester), Sarah Reeves (Chester) and Nick Spruce (Liverpool) have all been promoted to the role of audit and accounts manager.

BDO LLP has appointed three new tax partners. James Hourigan joins BDO UK as a tax partner in the firm’s global employer services team and is based in London. He joins from BDO South Africa. He will focus on advising clients on all aspects of expatriate and employment tax. He will also be responsible for establishing and leading BDO’s Africa advisory services team, supporting companies to navigate their entry or expansion in the African market. John Chaplin also joins as a tax partner in BDO’s employment tax team and is based in London. He has experience working with medium-sized and larger businesses across a range of sectors including retail, construction and professional services. Recently, he has had a focus on the gig economy and the employment status of the workforce. He joins from EY. Damon Ambrosini joins as a tax partner based in London. Having spent a considerable amount his practice experience focusing on the UK market, he joins the firm to lead the development of BDO’s London based US tax team, advising businesses within the UK and Europe with a particular focus on all forms of asset managers and their funds. He joins from Deloitte.

EY has announced the appointment of Tricia Nelson as UK & Ireland managing partner - people advisory services (PAS). In her new role, Nelso will lead the firm’s people consulting strategy, working closely with all EY’s service lines to support and work with clients to address some of the most complex people challenges businesses have faced in a generation. She has had a diverse career spanning 25 years, having been with EY for over a decade. With a passion for people and diversity, Nelson served as talent leader for EY’s advisory consulting business and has helped many organisations create a more diverse and inclusive culture. Prior to that she worked in both the public and private sector, across people, talent and change management roles leading and delivering multi-year complex programmes.

RSM International, the global audit, tax and consulting network, has appointed James Grant as global leader for business development and marketing. As the former chief marketing officer for RSM UK for 6 years, he has a deep understanding of the audit, tax and consulting space. In his new role, Grant will be a member of the global executive office (GEO) leadership team, leading the brand and digital, marketing communications, and business development teams and will work on several network-wide strategic projects to propel further growth. 

Specialist business advisory firm FRP has made 34 promotions across its UK wide network of 22 offices. Harry Walker has become a partner in the firm’s Leicester office, working within its corporate finance team. Since joining the firm in 2018, Walker has played an instrumental role in expanding FRP’s activity in the region, particularly in relation to M&A. In FRP’s London office, David Hinrichsen becomes an appointment-taking director within the firm’s restructuring advisory team, while Anthony Simmons has been promoted to director. Chris Pearce in the restructuring advisory team has been promoted to senior manager alongside Harry Trick in the forensic services team. Matt Kesek, also in the restructuring advisory team has been promoted to manager. As part of a 29% increase in FRP’s headcount in the last year, a total of 34 individuals have been promoted across the firm.

Advisory firm Dow Schofield Watts has expanded its transaction services team in Leeds with the appointment of Chris Brownlee as executive. He joins from PwC, where he qualified as a chartered accountant and spent four years in the audit department working with clients including law firms, major construction companies and large US and European corporates. In his new role, he will be carrying out due diligence for companies and investors engaged in mergers, acquisitions and other corporate deals.

Shaw Gibbs has promoted Nikolaos Ioannidis to audit associate director. He has been with the practice for nine years and specialises in financial reporting standards and has a client-base of international groups.

Independent financial adviser (IFA) and member of the Smith Cooper group, Smith Cooper Independent Financial Solutions has strengthened its team with the appointment of graduates Aman Matharu and George Brandist as financial planning analysts. Both graduates join the firm from Coventry University, where they completed degrees in accounting & finance, and finance respectively. Both will now be fast-tracked to become chartered financial planners.

Forensic Risk Alliance (FRA), a forensic accounting and data governance consultancy specialising in international and complex investigations, compliance and disputes, has appointed Stuart Ells as the firm’s first chief executive officer. Formerly a managing director for Alvarez & Marsal Europe and Middle East, Ells will be responsible for all of FRA’s day-to-day global operations, with the aim of driving effectiveness and efficiency, and establishing a strong scalable structure for future growth.

Alternative lender Blazehill Capital has hired Jake Hyman as business development director, signalling its commitment to sourcing complex credit opportunities in the UK mid-market. He will lead the origination efforts for Blazehill Capital in London and the south. He started his career at EY before working for Wells Fargo where he spent four years developing a range of mid-market lending opportunities. Blazehill Capital typically provides secured lending ranging from £5m to £30m per transaction.

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