People in the news: BDO, Menzies, BTG Advisory

In this week’s accountancy career moves, hires and promotions at BDO LLP, Menzies, Johnston Carmichael, BTG Advisory and HW Fisher

Menzies LLP has hired Sehjal Gupta as a tax director in the private client team. She has 15 years’ experience advising high net worth individuals (HNWI), including non-doms, on a range of tax advisory, compliance and planning matters. Based at Menzies’ London office, she joins the firm from RSM UK. In her new role, Sehjal will be working closely with private client partners, David Truman and Craig Hughes, to grow the firm’s existing client base and team, with a particular focus on niche divorce and advisory functions, and advising international HNWI intending to move to or from the UK.

Johnston Carmichael has appointed Graham Marjoribanks as a partner and head of audit and assurance as part of leadership changes designed to support the firm’s succession plans. He has more than 15 years’ experience in audit and financial services across the UK and Canada, and will be based out of the Glasgow office. Originally from Falkirk, Marjoribanks was most recently head of audit & assurance for BDO Canada’s Greater Toronto area, leading a team of around 400 people.

BDO LLP has expanded its regional expertise with the appointment of two partners. David Boyce, who previously worked for BDO’s London office, moves to the Guildford office as a tax partner, advising private clients on their tax and financial affairs. He re-joins the business after two years at Menzies LLP. Boyce will specialise in developing tax strategies to help entrepreneurs and owner managed businesses to become more tax compliant and guide them to achieve their business and personal goals. Also joining the firm is Richard Cameron-Williams, who will be based at the firm’s Manchester office, his previous role saw him lead the Manchester office of BTVK Advisory. He joins BDO’s Northern forensics team, working with clients across Manchester, Liverpool and Yorkshire. He will primarily focus on valuation and investigation matters, appearing as an expert witness and developing an insurance offering at the top five accounting firm.

BTG Advisory, the boutique advisory arm of Begbies Traynor Group, has appointed four partners to its London Canary Wharf office, as the firm accelerates its growth ambitions and corporate finance offering to meet growing client demand for its services. The partners include two high profile external appointments, with Anthony Brennan joining from CameronBarney LLP and Paul Davies from Menzies, as well as the senior internal promotions of Andrew Dalton and Sorca Hunt.

Accountancy firm HW Fisher has expanded its forensic accounting and royalty audit practice with the addition of a contract compliance division. It will be led by director, Milan Vranic, the contract compliance team will work with companies on financial recovery, often resulting from non-compliance by suppliers with contractual obligations, while also highlighting process weaknesses within pre-existing supply chains.

Lyndsey Shaw has been appointed corporate finance director at Leeds-based chartered accountants Brown Butler. With a strong reputation in the Yorkshire deals market, having been a partner at Sterling Corporate Finance, Shaw has experience as a lead adviser on disposals, acquisition, MBOs and joint ventures, most recently as a director at boutique practice Murray Harcourt.

Following the launch of a new division, West Yorkshire-based The City & Capital Group has hired an acquisitions consultant, Graham Strugnell. He has over 30 years’ experience and following the sale of his own IFA business in 2018, he will offer insight and guidance throughout the buying and selling journey. Elsewhere, the firm is planning to hire a further three financial services consultants by January 2020.

Law firm Ashfords LLP has appointed Ed Hobbs as a partner in the banking and finance team, located in the firm's Bristol office. His practice focuses on corporate banking, acquisition and leveraged finance, real estate finance, energy and infrastructure finance and asset backed finance. Previously he was at Burges Salmon for six years.

Four university graduates and two school leavers have joined UHY Hacker Young’s Nottingham office. Graduates Hannah Terry, Katherine Rich, Matthew Hart and Sohail Amin have taken up trainee roles in the audit and accounts team, and will be studying for the ICAEW ACA qualification while working at the firm. Two school leavers - Joe McGarrigle and Joshua Lead - have also joined the firm in its client support team, hailing from local schools The Priory Ruskin Academy in Grantham and Hall Park Academy in Eastwood respectively. Joe and Joshua will be studying towards the Association of Accounts Technician (AAT) qualification.

Armstrong Watson Accountants has taken on a record number of new starters, with the appointment of 11 chartered accountancy trainees and 20 trainees studying AAT/ATT across five of the firms’ offices in Leeds, Skipton, Northallerton, Glasgow and Carlisle. The 31 trainees will join the accounting, audit and tax teams, and will receive hands on experience alongside classroom study as they work towards their qualifications.

The Personal Finance Society has elected Adam Owen DipPFS, Certs CII (MP & ER) as president. He is currently curriculum and training director at NextGen Planners. He joined the profession in the mid-1990s and has held advisory roles within direct sales and the independent financial advisory sector and provided technical compliance support to firms and networks.

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