People in the news: Bishop Fleming, PwC, RSM

In the latest accountancy careers news, Bishop Fleming appoints four managers across its tax and audit teams, new head of public sector health at PwC, RSM gains two partners in its Birmingham office

Bishop Fleming has appointed Joe Grimes, John Mitchell, Michael Pallot and Christian Crawford as managers across its tax and audit teams. Grimes joins the Bath office as a tax manager in the private client team, having previously been with a Big Four firm. He is experienced in advising owner managed businesses and high net worth individuals on their tax positions. Mitchell also joins the Bath team as a tax manager. He is experienced in advising individuals and business owners on all aspects of their income and capital taxes and succession plans. Pallot joins the Bristol office as a senior manager in the audit team, having previously been with a Big Four firm and Crawford joins him as audit manager.

David Morris has been appointed as head of the PwC public sector health team in the UK. He currently leads the firm’s public sector restructuring practice, specialising in helping organisations in financial distress. Morris takes over the role from Quentin Cole, who recently became PwC’s UK leader of government and health industries. Morris has frontline experience of the challenges faced in the NHS through his experience as a medical emergency and A&E nurse both in the UK and overseas before becoming a director at PwC in 2010 and a partner in 2012.

RSM has appointed two partners to its Birmingham office. Ian Wall, who joins RSM from PwC, is an audit partner working in the corporate mid-market with private businesses including those with private equity backing. He has extensive experience in accounting, external audit, internal controls, International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), and deals including IPOs. Anna Spencer-Gray, who has worked for RSM for 16 years, has been promoted to partner and returns to the Midlands after a nine-year stint working in the firm's Manchester office. She will focus primarily on building the firm's business among not-for-profit clients including housing associations and educational entities, as well as leading the West Midlands charity team.

Saffrey Champness has appointed Julie Berry as IT partner. She joins from international law firm RPC where she was Director of IT & Infrastructure and responsible for the firm’s technology needs in the UK and overseas.

Paul Attridge has been promoted to partner at Beavis Morgan after joining the firm in 2017. His role involves overseeing all tax advisory work across both personal tax and corporate tax, including assisting companies and individuals plan their tax affairs in the most efficient and commercial manner.

Legal trainer, Janet Taylor, has joined PKF Francis Clark’s Poole office as a director. Taylor has trained and provided consultancy support to both fee earners and accounts staff in law firms while also training reporting accountants who check and report on their law firm clients’ compliance with the rules. She has also worked in the technical department of a top 20 accounting firm and has an excellent technical knowledge of UK accounting rules.

BDO has welcomed 247 trainees to the firm, with a further 59 trainees joining in December. This year the firm experienced a record-high of 10,830 applicants, a 20% increase compared to the same period last year. The new trainees will sit within tax, audit, advisory and the business services and outsourcing streams throughout the firm’s UK offices. Alongside their relevant professional qualification, trainees will get the opportunity to work towards a Level 7 accountancy or taxation professional apprenticeship, equivalent to a master’s degree.  

Quantuma has appointed Adrian Howells as corporate finance director. Howells specialises in both lead advisory and debt advisory and joins from HMT LLP, where he led the firm’s debt advisory practice whilst also running both buy-side and sell-side lead advisory mandates. He has extensive corporate finance experience, regularly advising private companies and private equity firms on raising debt and working capital facilities in the £2.5m to £25m deal space.

FRP Advisory has bolstered its corporate finance team with a trio of appointments in its London office. Dani Patel joins the team from Saffery Champness, with experience advising across a broad range of transactions. In his new position, Patel will be supporting shareholders, directors and investors going through strategic change including acquiring or selling businesses, undergoing management buyouts or fund-raising activity. Robbie Wirdnam, who has moved from SRC Corporate Finance, and Joel Coulson, who has moved from Beever and Struthers, have been appointed as assistant managers.

Simon Osborne, the chief executive of ICSA: The Governance Institute, is to retire in mid-2019. Osborne said: ‘I have been Chief Executive of ICSA: The Governance Institute since October 2011, following a legal career in the railway industry and then working as a consultant helping to grow ICSA’s board evaluation practice. This role has been an unexpected and thoroughly enjoyable career change for me, but I feel that the time has come for someone new to take the organisation forward.’

Jersey Finance has announced that its CEO, Geoff Cook, is to leave after 12 years in the role. Appointed in 2007, Cook has been at the helm of the organisation, helping guide the island through the financial crisis of 2007/8 and playing a key role over the last decade in driving Jersey forward as an international finance centre of excellence. . The Board is already engaged with the Appointments Commission in terms of advertising and securing an appropriate successor.

Report by Amy Austin

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