People in the news: BDO, Grunberg & Co, CFW

This week's news of professional moves in the sector includes four partner appointments at BDO across various teams and offices, a trainee joins Grunberg & Co and CFW chartered accountants appoints an equity partner and associate partner

BDO has appointed a partner to lead its real estate and construction team in the Midlands. Paul Fenner has more than 25 years’ audit experience, ranging from working with fast-growth and owner-managed businesses to multinational listed companies. Fenner joins BDO following the firm’s merger with Moore Stephens LLP in February and will work from the firm’s Birmingham office at Two Snowhill. He has also been appointed to lead the firm’s construction team nationally. His experience also includes assisting companies transitioning from UK GAAP to IFRS accounting and helping businesses claim research and development (R&D) tax credit, which still has a relatively low uptake in the construction sector. The firm has also appointed Simon Greaves as a partner in its forensics team from his role as a managing director at Berkeley Research Group. He has more than 20 years of financial services experience focussed on global traded markets. His role at BDO will see him focus on valuation, litigation and advisory work with particular specialisms in large banks, asset managers and other corporates. Leighton Thomas joins BDO’s audit team also as a partner and will focus on high growth, disruptive technology businesses. He specialises in both venture capital and private equity backed businesses, supporting them on their growth journey through scale up, maturity and potential exit. He joins following 20 years at PwC. Matt Lister will join BDO’s Thames Tower Reading office as a corporate finance partner. Having also joined from PwC, Lister’s role will see him specialising in transaction support to clients based in the Thames Valley and surrounding region. His areas of expertise include consumer and industrial manufacturing markets.

Rohan Mehra joins the London-based Grunberg & Co having recently graduated with a master’s degree in management and will now undergo training with the firm. With a background in electronic engineering, the firm hopes that Mehra will bring some unique expertise to the firm, which already works with a number of innovative businesses in the capital.

CFW Chartered Accountants has appointed Kim Parry as an equity partner and Karl Hobbins as an associate partner. An accountancy and management graduate of Middlesex University, Parry qualified as a chartered certified accountant in 2007 when she joined CFW. She became a fellow in 2012, was promoted to associate partner in 2013 and her specialist expertise is in audit, company formations, new business start-ups and trust taxation. Hobbins began his accountancy career at an independent firm in Hinckley after A levels. He qualified as a chartered certified accountant in 2010, became a fellow in 2015, joining CFW in 2011 as an accounts and audit senior. Promoted to accounts manager, progressing to accounts and audit manager, Hobbins has now been appointed associate partner. He has considerable experience of working with small and medium sized businesses (SME’s) and offers expertise in accounting systems, controls and IT solutions.

Report by Amy Austin

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