People in the news: BDO, PwC, FTI Consulting, Forrestbrown

In this week’s accountancy career moves, partner promotions and hires at BDO, PwC and Haysmacintyre, senior appointments at FTI Consulting and Forrestbrown, and deputy chair for PSIG

BDO LLP have announced the appointment of two new partners, Ian Bowden and Jon Claypole in the firm’s tax practice. Bowden joins the firm as a tax technology expert and previously spent 20 years at PwC where he led the national tax technology practice. Claypole joins as a partner in the tax dispute resolution team and will focus on resolving disputes with HMRC with a focus on corporates. He joins from Mazars where he was national head of tax investigations. Neil Ebdon has been promoted to audit director in the Leeds audit team. He has more than 12 years’ experience in the audit team and works across a range of clients and sectors. He joined the firm as an audit trainee.

PwC has announced six director promotions in its pensions advisory practice. Simon Bourke, Stuart Bradbury, Caroline Curran, Keira-Marie Ramnath, Rick Watts and Terry Wharton took up their new roles in July. The promotions follow the appointment of Swapnil Katkar as a director. He previously headed corporate pension solutions at Citi. As a senior member of the firm’s pensions management consulting practice, Bourke advises and supports pension funds through complex operational change and transformation. Bradbury advises companies across the North of England on their pensions strategy and leads the national team of member options specialists. Based in Manchester, Curran leads PwC's pensions legal team in the North. Ramnath is head of fiduciary management oversight. Watts leads PwC’s pensions advisory team in the South West and Wales while Wharton supports businesses and pension trustees with all aspects of pension change and improvement.

Haysmacintyre has promoted Trevor D’Sa to tax partner and has hired Reshma Patel as a tax director. D’Sa has over 30 years’ experience providing tax advice across all disciplines. He is primarily focused on private client work and advises clients on issues such as domicile and residence; the tax consequences of immigration and emigration; inheritance tax planning; capital gains tax; business structuring; trusts; and property investment and development. He joined the firm in 2017 and previously spent time as a tax partner at a niche media firm, having started his career working for HMRC. Patel joins from UHY Hacker Young and she specialises in corporate tax, advising companies and their owners on tax compliance and strategic planning.

ForrestBrown, a specialist R&D tax credit consultancy, has appointed Patrick Totty as a director at its London office. He is responsible for driving new business generation, predominantly working with companies in the South East and East across a range of vertical sectors. He joins from Ayming where he was a sales director.

Specialist tax advisory service Obsidian Tax has appointed Lucas Harding-Cox as technical director and David Santaney as head of small self-administered pension scheme (SSAS) operations. Harding-Cox joins from PwC where he had 20 years’ experience in UK tax, and Santaney brings over 25 years’ experience in the SSAS industry as a director of several trustee businesses.

FTI Consulting has hired Diederick van der Plas, Nick Carmichael and Duncan Turner as senior managing directors in the corporate finance & restructuring segment in London. All three join from PwC, where they were partners in the financial restructuring practice. They will focus on restructuring in key markets globally.

The Pension Scams Industry Group (PSIG), the voluntary body set up to support trustees, providers and administrators in combating pension scams, has appointed Tommy Burns as deputy chair. He has been an integral part of PSIG for some time, having helped write all three versions of the code of good practice and launched the PSIG intelligence sharing platform for providers. He is also chair of the Pensions Scams Industry Forum. He is currently risk and incident manager at Standard Life.

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