People in the news: DLA Piper, KPMG, Charter Tax, Grant Thornton

In this week’s accountancy career moves, partner appointments at KPMG, Mazars and Grant Thornton, head of tax disputes at DLA Piper, tax consultant at Charter Tax, and promotions at Hawksford Group

KPMG has appointed Daniel Barry as a partner in its wealth and asset management regulatory practice. He will lead the firm’s risk and compliance advisory capability in this sector as client demand continues to soar. Barry joins with more than 20 years’ experience in the field, having spent eight of those at Deloitte. His early career was spent in the industry with Standard Life Savings, Pioneer Investments, and Baillie Gifford Pioneer Investments, where he worked across a number of operational, investment and regulatory risk disciplines.

KPMG has also hired Caroline Hill as head of people for audit and KBS. Hill, previously chief people & strategy officer at Wesleyan, will be a member of the audit executive team and will report to KPMG’s UK chief people officer, Kevin Hogarth, who joined the firm in November 2020. This move follows the creation of a new Talent Centre of Expertise, combining the firm’s learning, performance development and recruitment functions. Issy Homan, formerly UK head of learning, has been appointed to lead this new centre as UK head of talent. Jason Gowlett is also due to be joining the firm at the beginning of September as KPMG’s new head of people operations. Previously he spent eight years at Direct Line Group, where he was most recently director of HR operations.

Grant Thornton has appointed Jill Hay as a tax partner in its Scottish practice. She brings more than 20 years’ experience and will head up a tax team of 35 which provides tax advice to a wide variety of clients. In recent years, Hay’s focus has been on working with large, international businesses, partnering with them on their growth journeys. She joins the firm from Deloitte where she was a tax director. In addition, Grant Thornton has further invested in the Scottish tax practice with the recent external appointments of Suzanne McIntyre as associate director, Jas Lally and Ruth Stevenson as managers, and Kuran Olak as experienced associate. The team have also recently promoted Julieann Allan and Cristina Pavel to associate director and all new graduate places have been filled for the remainder of 2021.

BDO LLP has strengthened its audit practice with the appointment of two partners. Matthew Haverson joins BDO as a partner in the technology and media team and will be based in London. He joins from PwC. He has several years of experience working with a variety of businesses in the technology sector, ranging from smaller businesses looking to scale-up, to larger, listed firms. David Perry also joins as a partner, with a focus on businesses operating in betting, gaming and hospitality sector. He will be based in London and joins from Deloitte. His experience in the audit and advisory space includes working with clients from start-ups to FTSE 250 firms. In previous roles he has spent time supporting businesses across a range of sectors including consumer markets, real estate, technology and media, and manufacturing.

Mazars has appointed Suresh Patel as partner in its public sector assurance team, based in London. Suresh, previously with the firm until 2016, will help to further develop the team, while also focusing on growing Mazars’ wider national public sector assurance business. Most recently he was executive director at EY’s government and public sector team. He brings many years of experience to the team and will be supporting its commitment to audit quality, and will also help to strengthen links with Mazars’ public services teams internationally. Patel has been an elected member of the council of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) from 2016 to 2021 and will continue to be involved with CIPFA working groups at Mazars. He is also a member of the ICAEW’s public sector auditor group.

Charity auditors and advisers Sayer Vincent has appointed JoAnna Bowles as chief operating officer to oversee the day to day running of the business. She has over 20 years’ experience gained in senior roles in leading financial services firms, and as an independent consultant specialising in business strategy. Her career highlights include four years spent at HSBC where she was head of insurance partnerships for UK and Europe, and previously chief operating officer at Passport2Health.

Law firm DLA Piper has appointed Jason Collins as head, international tax disputes. He joins the firm from Pinsent Mason, where he had been since 2004, witnessing a number of mergers, including KLegal into McGrigors, which was subsequently absorbed by Pinsent Mason. Collins is also chair of the CBI’s green taxes committee and the climate change working group at the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT), both working to develop tax policy to meet climate and environmental goals.

Charter Tax has hired taxation expert Ray McCann as a consultant. He has more than 40 years’ experience in UK and international tax issues and is a Fellow and past president of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT). ‘I see my role at Charter Tax as building on the longstanding relationship I have had with the firm but in a supporting role to Janet [Hodge] and the other fee earners,’ McCann said. ‘I have a lifetime of working in tax and a unique experience from working for HMRC, and the Inland Revenue before that, and, since I left the Revenue, large accounting and legal firms, including JHA [Joseph Hage Aaronson], where I was a partner until I retired last year and continue to provide consultancy support.’ He is also chair of CIOT’s education committee.

Business advisory firm Quantuma has promoted Brian Burke to managing director as it marks 45% team growth in the last year. Burke, a restructuring specialist, joined Quantuma in 2015 from BDO LLP. Throughout his career, he has advised businesses facing financial challenges across sectors as diverse as healthcare, manufacturing, leisure, and construction.

ZLX Business Solutions, specialists in R&D tax claims, has appointed former footballer David MacKinnon as managing director. After his career in football, McKinnon spent time in listed businesses and then most recently he has led a number of Scottish football clubs. Previously he was CEO at Greenock Morton football club during the covid pandemic.

Hawksford Group, the global corporate, private client and fund services provider, has announced 12 mid-year promotions across Jersey. Among the promotions is Daniel Mardell, who has been promoted to director of global operations centre & infrastructure, having worked at Hawksford since 2019. Zara Campbell will also take up the position of associate director, private client services. She is an accomplished administrator for family offices, as well as wealth-holding structures for commercial and private portfolios. Rebecca Cox has been promoted to director in Hawksford’s London office.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has appointed Sanjay Wadhwa as deputy director of the division of enforcement. Wadhwa most recently served as the senior associate director of the division of enforcement in the New York regional office, where he managed more than 150 personnel in enforcing federal securities laws.

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