People in the news: HW Fisher, Hillier Hopkins, Grant Thornton

In this week’s accountancy career moves, partner promotions and hires at RSM, Grant Thornton, Alvarez & Marsal, PKF Francis Clark, Carpenter Box, IFAC

HW Fisher has promoted Sam Dewes to partner in the private client team. With over 10 years’ experience advising UK and international high net worth individuals, trusts and estates, Dewes has particular expertise in areas such as complex international structures, UK residence and domicile matters, UK property issues and succession planning. He is a member of CIOT’s private client technical sub-committee. He joined the firm in 2021 after nine years at BDO.

RSM UK has appointed Dan Mindel as partner in the firm’s covenant advisory team within consulting. He has over 25 years’ experience as a financial restructuring adviser and insolvency practitioner, with a more recent focus on advising trustees and corporate clients on defined benefit pension schemes. Mindel will lead the firm’s corporate offering on defined benefit pension schemes. He was previously a managing director at Cardano, a boutique pension covenant advisory firm, following nine years at EY as a restructuring director.

Alvarez & Marsal has appointed Pierre Legrand as a managing director to head up the financial services and digital practices in London and Richard Hell as managing director to lead the supply chain, operation and procurement practice group. Legrand has 25 years of banking, consulting and technology leadership experience, and will support clients primarily across the consumer banking, insurance and wealth management sectors. Previously he was CEO of the global consulting arm at fintech consultancy 11:FS. With nearly 30 years of experience in various leadership positions, Hell is a an expert in sectors such as automotive, aerospace, defense, rail transport, and industrial production. Before joining A&M, he was global automotive lead at Oliver Wyman and CEO of Shainin, a global consulting firm.

Grant Thornton UK LLP has appointed Jon Basten and Billy Chiverton as directors in the private tax team in the Birmingham office. They will provide specialist support for ultra-high net worth individuals, private businesses and owners, and transactional tax. Basten has 12 years’ experience in tax advising on private business acquisitions and disposals, corporate restructuring and succession planning and will lead the private tax team’s transactional tax offering. Chiverton has 13 years’ experience working with privately owned businesses and their stakeholders from start-up to transition of wealth to the next generation. He has spent most of his career at Grant Thornton and returns to the firm after over two years at EY as a tax director.

PKF Francis Clark has expanded its business advisory team with the appointment of director Ashley Luxon. Based in Taunton, the ACCA trained accountant has nine years’ experience advising owner-managed and family businesses. He will work with family owned businesses, and specialises in inheritance tax and succession planning, share for share exchanges and other technical tax matters. The business advisory team provides technical knowledge, strategic support and commercial insight, as well as accounts preparation and processing, to clients across a range of sectors. Previously he was a senior manager at Moore Scarrott Partnership.

Hillier Hopkins has promoted Alex Fuller to partner and he is the lead principal for compliance and regulatory matters. He acts for a wide range of ambitious, entrepreneurial businesses, multi-nationals and not-for-profit organisations advising on audit and compliance matters. Fuller first joined the firm in 1998 to do his training. After three years as a senior audit manager at Grant Thornton, he re-joined the firm in 2017 taking a leadership role in the compliance and audit teams.

Carpenter Box has recruited 15 trainees onto its training programme which follows a structured pathway towards either ACCA or ACA mixing professional study with on-the-job experience. Most of the current intake have joined the assurance & advisory team, with some joining the business services group and StarBox, which provides new media companies and digital platform content creators with finance and tax advice. Included in the latest cohort is Johnny Lancaster, who swapped a sales role to embark on a new accountancy career while Hai Phan joined the firm from university where his degree allowed him nine exemptions from the 14 papers that make up the ACCA qualification.

The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) has named Lee White as CEO to succeed Kevin Dancey. White will take up the post in March 2024 and will be based in London. Previously he was managing director of the IFRS Foundation for six years, and has more than 30 years of global executive, regulatory and leadership experience. A chartered accountant, White has most recently led the creation of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) within the IFRS Foundation and the launch of the ISSB’s first two standards in June.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd has appointed of Suzie Thorogood as chief financial officer. With a wealth of financial and leadership experience, Thorogood was ‘attracted to the role due to the company’s employee value proposition, which balances productivity and customer service with choice-based working and achieving the optimum employee work/life harmony’. Previously she was finance director UK and France for Cantel where she oversaw accounting operations while building high performance teams. She originally trained at KPMG before moving into business.

AND-E, a provider of mobility insurance, has appointed Jon Hermon as group chief finance officer. He will lead the finance teams across Europe, building on the existing finance infrastructure to support the company’s strategic ambitions. He joined the company two years ago in a consulting role. Hermnon has worked in the motor insurance sector for more than two decades in a variety of finance roles, most recently at Aioi Nissay Dowa Europe. Previously he worked as a consultant after  more than 15 years in the finance team at Hastings Insurance Group, where he was group financial controller.

Sara White |Editor, Accountancy Daily

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