People in the news: EY, Azets, Saffery Champness, Mazars

In this week’s accountancy career moves, partner promotions at EY, Mazars, Azets and Saffery Champness, director promotions at Moore Kingston Smith, and Xeinadin strengthens board

EY has made a series of senior appointments in Bristol as part of the firm’s continued investment in its south west and Wales regional business. Robin Enstone has been promoted to an equity partner as an audit partner in the financial services sector. Since joining EY as a graduate in 2005, he has gained a wealth of experience across financial services and currently oversees a number of large and complex audits, across both insurance and banking. He will continue to focus on the delivery of audit engagements across the market. The firm has also named associate partner promotions for Elsa Littlewood, Ed Bujok-Stone and David Potter. Chris Atkinson has been promoted to associate partner in assurance, based out of EY's Cambridge office, reinforcing the firm’s continued investment in its regional business and commitment to nurturing home grown talent. Atkinson joined EY as a graduate in the assurance team in 2010. Over the last decade, he has worked with a broad range of listed and privately owned companies across the east of England, London and Luton, notably in the technology and bio tech industries. He is responsible for managing complex audits.

Azets has promoted Adam East, Lucy Higgs, Meghan Andrews and Eddi Taylor as partners in London and the south east bringing the total number of promotions during July in this region to 35. East, based in Azets’ Amersham office, joined Azets as a trainee in 2011 and predominantly looks after clients in the SME sector but his portfolio also includes large, international businesses.  Based in the Winchester and Romsey office, Higgs has over 20 years’ experience working with private clients and her large and diverse client portfolio includes high net worth individuals, partnerships, entrepreneurs and owner managed businesses. Andrews, based in London was previously a director in the restructuring & insolvency team in London and is a licensed insolvency practitioner. Taylor, now a partner in the Canterbury office, has progressed from trainee through the firm and has a diverse and growing portfolio, ranging from sole traders and owner managed firms, to SMEs and large corporates. In addition, Emma Lawrence and Jez Howson are both appointed as directors in the Southampton office, while Katy Shearman becomes a director in the Heathrow office. In Kent, Adam Lacchin becomes a director in the Maidstone office.    

Mazars has appointed Karen Classen as a public interest entity (PIE) audit partner, based in London. Her appointment will help further strengthen Mazars’ audit expertise with large and listed businesses, a key area of focus for Mazars in the UK and internationally. In her role, Classen will focus on growth initiatives notably in the consumer and services sector, while also delivering a number of audit transformation initiatives. She has joined the team from Deloitte.

Saffery Champness has appointed Chris Luckett as a tax partner, based in its Harrogate office. He has over 20 years’ experience of providing tax advice to private clients and joins Saffery Champness from KPMG in Leeds, where he was a director. Prior to this, he spent five years at Deloitte. ATT and CTA qualified, Luckett works with high net worth and ultra-high net worth clients and their families, advising on issues such as succession planning and the tax efficient structuring of investments and transactions. He also supports business owners, entrepreneurs and land owners, advising them on personal and business tax issues on business structuring and profit extraction. The firm has also appointed private client and trust specialist Fiona Graham as a consultant in its tax team. Prior to joining Saffery Champness, Graham worked in legal practice for 18 years at the private client law firm Boodle Hatfield, where she was a senior partner in the private client and tax team. She has extensive experience advising on tax and succession matters for landed estates, UK trusts and family businesses, whether through outright ownership or trusts, partnerships or other vehicles, as well as strategic planning.

Moore Kingston Smith has promoted David Mitchell to director based in the financial advisory team. He specialises in wealth management and is a skilled chartered financial planner with a background in managing investments and providing tax planning advice. He has worked in advisory services since 2000, delivering holistic financial advice to entrepreneurs, company executives and investors.

Xeinadin Group, the Ireland and UK-based business advisory and accountancy group, has strengthened its board with several appointments. Alastair Marsh has been appointed as independent non-executive chairman. A former CEO and CFO, most recently as group chief executive officer of engineering and business services organisation Lloyd’s Register Group, Marsh has experience across a wide range of sectors in listed multinationals and privately held organisations. Robin Williams, who is currently chairman of Keystone Law plc and FIH Group plc, has been appointed as non-executive director and chair of the audit committee. Martin Burgess has been appointed as a non-executive director and he will also chair the board's remuneration committee and be a member of the audit committee.

Recognise Bank, lender to small and medium-sized businesses, has appointed Robert Hulse as business development manager dedicated to professional practice firms. Hulse joins Recognise from Shire Professional Funding as head of professional practices and will focus on businesses such as accountants, law firms, architects, dentists and vets.

Brickflow, the comparison site for development finance, has appointed Tim Noble as lending director and Chris Meyer as key account director. The appointments enable Brickflow to increase the number of lenders plugged into its platform and extend its support to professionals working within the property development sector. During his career, Noble has held senior positions with Paragon Bank, Bank Leumi, Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander and Close Property Finance. Meyer has 28 years’ experience in providing funding support services to practices, firms and brokers in the professions and insurance sector. 

Global advisory firm StoneTurn has announced that former assistant deputy inspector general of the New York State Office of Inspector General and former assistant district attorney of the New York County’s District Attorney’s Office, Paul Ryan has joined as a partner based in New York. With more than 20 years of experience in compliance, forensic audits and complex investigations, Ryan will advise on risk mitigation strategies, compliance programmes and monitorships across the public and private sectors, with a focus on construction and real estate.

Sacker & Partners LLP, the specialist law firm for pensions and retirement savings, has promoted Nigel Cayless to senior counsel; Sonya Fraser, James Geer, Sarah Henderson and Oliver Topping have been promoted to associate director; and Aaron Dunning-Foreman, Liam Goulding and Lucy Swart-Mallett have been promoted to senior associate. The promotions take effect on 1 August 2021.

The Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA) has appointed Fann Kor, ISCA’s director (member support & services), as its CEO-designate with effect from 1 August 2021. She will take over the helm from Lee Fook Chiew as chief executive officer when he retires from his role from 1 January 2022. Prior to joining ISCA, Kor was in audit practice with Ernst & Young.

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