People in the news: Grant Thornton, BHP, UHY Hacker Young, RSM, EY

In this week’s accountancy career moves, partner hires at Grant Thornton, BHP, UHY Hacker Young and RSM, EY adds 57 partners, new council members at the Financial Reporting Council, board appointments at the Institute of Internal Auditors and Parasol bolsters IR35 service

Grant Thornton has promoted Debbie Mayor to director of the Transaction Advisory business in the Edinburgh office. Mayor joined the firm in 2002 as an audit trainee and has been part of the transactions service for more than 12 years. Her experience stretches across food and beverage, technology and energy.  

Yorkshire and North Derbyshire accountancy firm BHP has appointed Tom Roseff as a tax partner. He joins the firm to help increase its presence within the region’s mid-tier market. He joins from Armstrong Watson where he advised property developers and investors on structures to optimise post tax returns. His CV also includes roles at BDO, EY and KPMG.

UHY Hacker Young has appointed Neela Chauhan and Brian Johnson as partners in its London office. Chauhan, with more than 20 years’ experience in tax, joins from Wilson Wright where she was head of tax. Johnson, with experience in business turnaround, restructuring and insolvency, joins from HW Fisher where he was a partner for 11 years.

Rachel Fleming has joined the RSM audit practice in Newcastle as a partner. She moves from KPMG and brings with her more than 16 years’ experience in audit and assurance covering retail, consumer, manufacturing, healthcare and education.

EY has added 57 new equity partners to the UK business. Some 34% of the new partners are women, up from 19% in the 2018 intake, and 22% are black and minority ethnic (BME), up from 17% in 2018. Overall, the composition of partners now stands at 22% women and 11% BME, the firm said. Promotions account for 43 of the new partners while 14 were recruited from competitors and industry.

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has appointed Liz Murrall as chair of the Corporate Reporting Council and Andrew Kail as a member of the Audit and Assurance Council. Murrall is director of stewardship and reporting at the Investment Association dealing with asset managers, and Kail is head of financial services and senior audit partner at PwC.

Paul Cooper, partner and chief operating officer at Grayling Capital, has been appointed as a non-executive director at Bamburgh Capital. Cooper is a former chief operation officer at Lion Capital and former deals partner at PwC, and his experience includes private equity, tax, deal structuring and fund raising and roles at Grant Thornton, Terra Firma Capital Partners and KPMG.

J Michael Joyce Jr, CIA, CRMA has been appointed global chairman of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) as part of the installation of a new 17-strong global board of directors for the organisation. A veteran internal auditor, Joyce’s agenda for the coming year will include the integration of audit with other risk management controls.

Parasol has recruited 19 new staff to strengthen its IR35 services ahead of changes to the regulations. Among the appointments, Joanne Harris takes up the newly created position of technical commercial manager and Clarke Bowles takes on the new role of head of key accounts to help manage its relationships with recruitment agencies.

Alvarez & Marsal has appointed Ray Berglund as head of its European healthcare and life sciences industry practice to provide business process and market advice. He joins from Acelity and has more than 15 years’ experience in turnaround and integration in mergers and acquisitions.

Newby Castleman, based in Leicester, has promoted Gulam Sattar to practice manager. Sattar was formerly the firm's financial controller. He joined the firm in 2013 immediately after graduation.

Tom Reeve | 19-07-2019

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