People in the news: Deloitte, RSM, Larking Gowen

This week's news of professional moves in the sector includes a private markets tax partner appointment at Deloitte, RSM gains a financial services risk assurance partner in its London office, Larking Gowen appoints a head of personal tax

Deloitte has appointed Willo Renehan as a tax partner to its private markets team. Renehan will be based in London, specialising in private businesses and focusing on building relationships with large privately held groups and FTSE 350 companies. He was previously a partner at PwC, where he spent four years leading their Aberdeen tax team and supporting a wide range of energy clients. Previous to this, he worked with private businesses for 20 years, and spent some of this time in Australia working with a large mining company.

Sally Farrow has joined Larking Gowen’s Norwich office as head of personal tax. Farrow originally trained with Larkin Gowen and now returns as senior tax manager after a number of years with a national accountancy firm.

RSM has appointed Paul Jennings as a financial services risk assurance partner in its London office. Jennings joins from TORI GLOBAL, where he was head of regulatory compliance, and brings a strong record in financial services, having worked for the regulator, two of the Big Four consultancy firms and held senior positions in private banking. In his new role, he will support RSM’s clients in regulatory, risk and compliance requirements, with a focus on governance, systems and controls, the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR), Anti Money Laundering (AML), skilled persons reports and across wider risk assurance matters. The firm has also appointed David Rowling as a partner to strengthen the firm's national technology & management consulting (TMC) service line. Rowling, who will be based at the firm's Birmingham office, is a specialist in advising businesses on Digital/IT strategy having spent most of his career in IT director roles in large and mid-market organisations. He has particular experience within high growth businesses, including IT restructuring following mergers and acquisitions.

Smith & Williamson has announced 14 partner promotions. Of the individuals promoted seven are in the firm’s investment management department while three are in assurance and business services and two more are in private client tax. The partner promotions are in four of Smith & Williamson’s offices – London, Bristol, Guildford and Southampton.   

Maggie McGhee has been appointed executive director of governance at ACCA, taking up her position on ACCA’s executive team on 1 October. She replaces Peter Large, who has been executive director of governance since 2008 and who will leave ACCA at the end of September 2018. McGhee is currently the director of professional insights and joined the global body for professional accountants in 2016. Additionally, she has been covering as interim director of brand and corporate reputation since May 2018. Prior to joining ACCA in 2016, McGhee was director general of audit quality at the National Audit Office (NAO).

Tori Marks, who previously studied at Shipley College, has joined Watson Buckle as a trainee. She will start her Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) studies later this month. 

Goldman Sachs has announced that consumer bank chief Stephen Scherr has become its chief financial officer and investment banker John Waldron has been appointed as president in a leadership reshuffle by incoming chief executive David Solomon. The bank’s current chief financial officer, Martin Chavez, will become a vice-chairman of the firm and co-head of its securities division.

Report by Amy Austin

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