People in the news: Deloitte, KPMG, Milsted Langdon, Smith Cooper

In this week’s accountancy career moves, partner appointment at Deloitte Legal, promotions and hires at PwC’s Strategy&, KPMG and retirement for Milsted Langdon founder

Deloitte Legal has appointed Claire Bell as partner and head of the firm’s pensions law offering. Based in Manchester, she will be responsible for building Deloitte’s pensions law practice in the UK, combining Deloitte Legal’s advisory and business services expertise with the firm’s existing capabilities within the pensions space. Bell has been advising clients in pensions law for over 18 years. She joins Deloitte Legal from DLA Piper UK where she was a partner. A fellow of the Pensions Management Institute, she recently won Mentor of the Year at the Women in Pensions Awards 2020.

PwC’s Strategy& practice has appointed Clive Reeves as a director focusing on the firm’s sports clients. He joins from PwC’s Switzerland firm where he worked in the sports business advisory practice as a senior manager. At PwC, Reeves will lead and build on the firm’s deals, strategy and value creation offerings to its sports industry clients, and will advise sports organisations on strategy and deliver commercial due diligence services to investors. He has 13 years’ experience in the sports industry and has previously held senior roles within English football.

KPMG has promoted Annelies Muys-Mannino and Jon Garritty to directors in the audit and consulting team in the Liverpool office, while it has promoted Laura Smart to associate partners in the Manchester office. At the same time, Jill Hilton has moved to a new role as business development manager, leading the firm’s Emerging Giants programme across the north west.

Jonathan Langdon, who helped to co-found one of the south west’s largest independent accountancy firms Milsted Langdon, has announced his retirement. ‘While I am sad to be retiring, I am glad to see that Milsted Langdon continues to grow and thrive, even with the recent challenges that we have faced,’ said Langdon. ‘I would like to thank my fellow partners, our staff, local contacts and clients for the support they have shown me over the years.’ Established in 1988 with one office, the firm has grown under Langdon’s guidance and now has five offices in Bath, Bristol, Taunton, Yeovil and London, with more than 200 members of staff. The firm will continue to be led by Tim Close, chairman and senior partner.

Milsted Langdon’s Bristol office has appointed accountant Mark Birchenough as a senior general practice manager. Working in the audit and accountancy profession for more than 30 years, Birchenough works with a wide range of clients from a variety of sectors. He specialises in audits and financial reporting for charities and not-for-profit entities, academy trusts and limited companies, but also assists with management accounting, cash flow forecasting, systems analysis and general business, tax and VAT advice.

Smith Cooper Independent Financial Services has expanded its team of specialist financial advisers, with the appointment of chartered financial planner Mufaddal Travadi. He joins the firm from Hargreaves Lansdown, where he has spent eight years as a financial adviser, providing clients with strategic financial advice that adds long term value. Mufaddal has also spent time at Skipton Financial Services and Santander.

Creative workspace and business accelerator Huckletree has appointed Yvonne Eruteya as financial director to focus on future growth plans, that will include new workspace products and further expansion across the UK and Ireland. She brings a wealth of industry experience to Huckletree, formerly leading finance teams at Royal Mail Property and industry peers The Office Group and Scale Space, with an expertise in data analysis. She also brings experience from a previous role as CFO of private equity firm, Blenheim Chalcot.

North east property, leisure and care company Malhotra Group plc has hired Kathryn Nicholson as head of finance. Nicholson, who qualified as a chartered accountant with PwC in 1998, has held several senior finance roles in industry in the region over the last 20 years.  Recent appointments have included AIM listed Zytronic PLC, where she was interim finance director and, most recently, at private equity backed CAV Systems Group Limited. She will take up her position at the beginning of July and will work alongside newly appointed group chief financial officer, David Elliott.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has confirmed that Alex Oh has resigned her position as director of the division of enforcement for personal reasons weeks after starting her new role. Attorney Melissa Hodgman will return to the role of acting director of the division of enforcement, a role she took up in January 2021. Before that, she was associate director in the SEC's home office since October 2016.

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