People in the news: EY, PwC, Cowgills, Azets, Burgis & Bullock

In this week’s accountancy career moves, partner promotions at EY Tax & Law, PwC and Mazars, plus senior hires and trainee expansion at Cowgills, Burgis & Bullock, Alvarez & Marsal and Azets

EY Tax & Law has strengthened its senior team with 14 new homegrown equity partners, taking its overall number of partners in the UK to 195. The new appointments reflect the firm’s increased investment in its Tax & Law practice across regions and sectors, to better support clients at a time of unprecedented change and challenge in the UK and worldwide. The new cohort of partner promotions have specialisms across a range of sectors including TMT, private equity, government & infrastructure, energy, and consumer products & retail. Nearly a quarter of the new appointments are based outside of London, reflecting EY's ongoing investment in its regional business.

EY has also appointed Mats Persson as a partner in EY Parthenon, within its strategy and transactions business. He has been an independent adviser to the firm over the last 12 months. Persson will focus on energy transition and policy-led transformation, helping clients navigate the intersection between government, markets and the wider business world, with a particular focus on designing growth strategies. He brings 15 years of experience from policy, business strategy, trade and economics to EY, having previously held senior positions across government, think tanks and consulting. He was chief of staff to Chancellor Sajid Javid in 2019-2020 and a special adviser in 10 Downing Street from 2015-2016.

PwC has appointed Mike Holford as director to lead its north west covenant advisory scheme. He joins PwC from EY’s pensions covenant advisory team where he spent more than three years, including a six-month secondment to The Pensions Regulator (TPR). Prior to this, he spent 12 years at KPMG. PwC UK has also promoted Katie Lightstone to partner in its pensions employer covenant and restructuring service. She has led PwC’s covenant advice to pension scheme trustees and sponsoring employers for the last 12 years, including some of the largest and most complex in the UK. She leads PwC’s covenant proposition to non-associated, multi-employer schemes. Lauren Baba and Anthony Rushworth have also been promoted to director in PwC’s pensions employer covenant and restructuring service, while Gavin Sharma and Roshni Patel become directors in the firm’s pensions advisory practice.

Mazars has appointed Sandy Cowan as partner in its forensic and investigation services team based in London. He joins from Grant Thornton and will focus on growing Mazars’ 40-strong forensic team in the area of disputes, with a particular emphasis on international opportunities arising from current uncertainty in the market as a result of both Covid-19 and Brexit.  Cowan has a wealth of forensic and investigations experience, and holds extensive professional memberships and accreditations including Fellowship of the ICAEW and the position of Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist.

Alvarez & Marsal has announced the appointment of Chris Goodgame as a managing director in its global transaction advisory group. Goodgame has more than 15 years’ experience advising private equity investors on M&A, with a focus on the financial services sector. He joins from Deloitte where he was a partner.

Accountancy firm Old Mill has appointed senior pensions manager Steve Woodham as head of office for Wells. Woodham, who has worked at Old Mill for 15 years will be an ambassador for Old Mill in the local community through supporting networking events and charitable initiatives and encouraging staff to get involved. His role will also have a strong focus on morale, engagement and personal wellbeing for all staff. In his new role he will lead the six-strong specialist pension team.

Azets has appointed David Simmons as a director in the north west corporate finance team, based in Manchester. He is a chartered accountant who has specialised in corporate finance work for over 20 years, advising the owners and directors of a wide range of private and listed companies on sale, merger, acquisition and fundraising activity. He joins Azets from Ballard Evans Corporate Finance where he was a partner.

Cowgills has made a string of appointments, boosting the team with 14 new hires across its offices in Bolton and Manchester. Key appointments include the promotion of Lisa Kershaw as head of people to lead the company’s recruitment drive as the firm continues to recruit for senior positions throughout the business. Kershaw has worked for the firm for over 30 years and moves into this role to support the company’s growing number of colleagues. Damian Leonard has been hired as digital marketing manager, while Charlotte Harrington has re-joined the firm in a new role as head of finance.

Burgis & Bullock has made nine new appointments across its Leamington and Nuneaton offices. Seven of the new appointments have joined the firm in trainee positions, as the company continues its commitment to developing young professionals. Niamh Ford, Billie-Jo Kliner, Alexandra Holt and Sam Brindley have all joined the firm as audit trainees at the Leamington office. Sam Hale has joined as accounts trainee in client services and Rishi Sharma as a graduate in the corporate tax division, both at the Leamington office. Morgan Hill has also joined the Nuneaton office as accounts trainee in client services.

Law firm Thomson Snell & Passmore has named Alan Kitcher as partner in its trust management team. A qualified accountant, Kitcher joins from Charles Russell Speechlys, where he was head of trusts and probate. He brings with him significant experience and expertise in advising wealthy families on all aspects of the management and administration of wealth and asset protection structures, gained from 16 years in the private client industry with both accountancy and law firms. He has particular expertise in looking after ultra-high net worth family trusts and family investment companies.

Ruth Corkin, VAT and indirect tax principal at accountants Hillier Hopkins has been appointed to a steering committee of the International VAT Association (IVA) in her capacity as the representative for the UK VAT Practitioners Group to represent the views and concerns of small and medium-sized businesses in the UK.

CFPro has named Gary Hanson as a non-executive director as the firm continues to grow. He joins from BDO where he was an audit partner working with clients both in the UK and internationally. CFPro advises businesses on growth plans from those seeking mergers and acquisitions and IPOs to start-ups and scale-ups.

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