People in the news: Grant Thornton, Kreston Reeves, RSM, FRC

In this week's accountancy career moves, partner appointments at RSM and Brown Rudnick, promotions at Grant Thornton, DSG, Greenfield and FRP, plus ramping up the FRC's enforcement work

RSM has appointed Greg Moreton as a partner to lead its national debt advisory practice. He has over 20 years’ experience as a specialist debt advisory professional, focusing on middle market businesses to raise and renegotiate debt finance. Previously he was at EY where he established and grew the leveraged finance team. He originally started his career at Rothschild, first in leveraged lending, before joining the firm's original debt advisory team. Also joining the team is Umito Choji, who was previously working in the corporate finance team.

Grant Thornton has strengthened its corporate finance team with the appointment of Craig Cheetham as a debt advisory director for the North and Midlands. He has more than 15 years’ experience of structured corporate lending, with a focus on the mid-market. He joins from Yorkshire Bank, where he worked for three years as a senior director corporate and structured finance. Before that he spent eight years at RBS, across a range of corporate roles in the North West.

Kreston Reeves has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of Steve Gauke as director of new business, focusing on growing market share for the firm. He has previously held senior roles at Reed Elsevier, the Law Society and Carillion.

DSG Chartered Accountants has promoted Mark Kearsley to tax director following 11 years at the firm as a chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser. In his new role, he will focus on business development and advisory work for SMEs to large corporate firms across the Liverpool area. As well as assisting in leading the tax team of 13 people, he will oversee claims for creative industry tax reliefs and approval of seed/enterprise investment schemes. He is also chairman for the Merseyside branch of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) and Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT).

Greenfield Recovery, provider of licensed insolvency services, has promoted Michelle Dutton to insolvency manager and Sam Shepherd to assistant insolvency manager. Dutton joined the firm as a personal insolvency manager in July 2018. She passed her ICAEW Certificate in Insolvency in 2013 and has over 13 years’ experience in insolvency. Shepherd joined the firm in October 2017 and will be undertaking his JIEB exams in 2020. He has wide-ranging experience in both corporate and personal insolvency.

Specialist business advisory firm FRP has promoted Alex Sargeant to director in the corporate finance team based in the Bristol office. He has 10 years’ experience and joined the firm in 2017 having previously specialised in financial due diligence at Deloitte. He specialises in sell side and buy side corporate finance advisory, primarily for business owners and private equity investors. Rachel Heighington and Ben Jones have been made directors in the restructuring advisory team. Shelie Gallagher (Manchester) and Patrick Donnan (London) have also been promoted to manager positions in the restructuring advisory practice.

International law firm Brown Rudnick LLP has appointed Charlotte Møller and Monika Lorenzo-Perez as partners in London, adding further depth to the firm’s international restructuring practice. Both join from law firm Reed Smith, where they were partner and counsel respectively.

Andrew Johnston has been appointed to the Financial Reporting Council’s (FRC) Conduct Committee, which oversees the audit regulator’s enforcement work. He replaces Martin Slack who stepped down on 30 June 2019.  Johnston was most recently deputy government actuary and a member of the management board administering the World Trade Organisation Pension Plan for nine years. Colin McCarthy-Little has been appointed to the FRC’s Audit Quality Review Committee for a three-year term. 

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