People in the news: Foxley Kingham, Inchcape, Goringe, Smith Cooper

In this week’s accountancy career moves, director and partner promotions at Foxley Kingham, Smith Cooper, DTE Business Advisers and Carey Olsen

Luton-based Foxley Kingham has hired tax consultant Phil Stevens as tax director. He will provide technical tax support to clients will lead the planning and delivery of tax compliance and advisory services. He has 20 years’ experience in the industry and was previously tax director with boutique London firm Belluzzo International Partners. His career has included roles at Sterling Chartered Accountants, Crowe and Jeffcote Donnison LLP.

Smith Cooper in Birmingham has promoted Paul Kurowski to director. He joined the firm three years ago as a senior manager in the audit team and recently completed his application to become a responsible individual (RI), meaning he is now legally authorised to sign audit reports on behalf of Smith Cooper Audit. He looks after a diverse portfolio of clients and will continue to provide advice on compliance and general business operations. He is also a member of the firm’s national audit committee.

Inchcape has appointed Gijsbert de Zoeten as chief financial officer-designate and he will join the board as an executive director prior to assuming the role on 1 September 2019. Current CFO Richard Howes is leaving the Group at the end of August to take up the position of CFO at Bunzl. Previously De Zoeten was CFO at LeasePlan Corporation NV, which he left in late 2018 when plans to IPO the business were cancelled. Prior to that he spent nearly three decades at Unilever where he had a range of senior financial and operational roles leading to his six-year position as CFO of Unilever Europe.

Offshore law firm Carey Olsen has promoted Peter Sherwood of its Cayman Islands office into the partnership as dispute resolution and litigation partner bringing the firm’s partners to eight. He is a member of the dispute resolution and litigation team, and has particular expertise in cross-border insolvency and restructuring. Prior to joining Carey Olsen in 2015, he worked for law firms Herbert Smith Freehills in London and Ashurst in Sydney.

DTE Business Advisers has promoted Lauren Tabbron and Hannah Hall to audit manager positions in the audit and advisory team, following three years of training at the firm and extensive work for SME clients across the North West. They both joined the firm as graduate trainees, both qualifying as chartered accountants in 2018.

ICAEW’s Chester and North Wales Society of Chartered Accountants has appointed Sue Harris, a partner at North West accountancy group, Champion Accountants, as chair. The Society is part of the Liverpool branch, which supports more than 4,000 members in Liverpool, Wirral, Chester, Cheshire, Lancashire, North Wales and the Isle of Man. Harris took over from Jonathan Jones who has completed a one-year tenure in the role.

Goringe Accountants based in Reading and London has expanded its outsourcing team with three new hires, Lisa McPherson, management accountant associate, Judith Herdman, pension and payroll administrator, and Sarah Griffith, bookkeeper, bringing the team to eight, providing financial services to UK and overseas owned UK subsidiaries. The move is part of the firm’s plans to grow its outsourcing department in line with rising demand from organisations looking to contract out their finance division.

Lewes-based Knill James has appointed Dr Shona Wardrop and Catherine Lambeth as managers in the charities and education sector, and corporate finance team respectively. A specialist in the field of charities and education, Wardrop joins the firm as senior manager, audit from R A Clement Associates and has 17 years' experience in the sector, including as a member of a number of charity boards. Lambeth joins as a corporate finance executive and was previously at Castle Corporate Finance where she specialised in providing advisory corporate finance to owner managed businesses.

Mike McKeon CA, president of ICAS (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland), has been confirmed as the new chair of CCAB (Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies). He will take leadership of the group representing the main UK accountancy bodies, which has a combined membership of over 380,000 professional accountants worldwide. He replaces John Cullen, chair of ACCA’s standards board, and partner and insolvency practitioner at Menzies.

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