People in the news: HW Fisher, Quantuma, Old Mill, Kreston Reeves

In this week’s accountancy career moves, partner appointments at Moore Kingston Smith, HW Fisher and Cripps, interim head for Charity Commission and MD for Quantuma

Moore Kingston Smith LLP has announced the appointment of a new tax partner, Melanie Reed. With over 25 years’ experience in advising entrepreneurial businesses and their shareholders, from start-ups through to exit and sale, Reed is adept at advising venture capital backed business and AIM listed businesses as well as fast growth companies, with a particular focus on property businesses. She spent most of her career at top 10 accountancy firms, including most recently as head of corporate tax.

HW Fisher has promoted four new partners to bolster its partnership team. As of 1 March 2021, Muneeza Baig, Adam Bonell, Simon Michaels and Lily Montgomery will all be HW Fisher partners bringing the firm’s total to 29. Having been at the firm for 20 years, Baig specialises in the not-for-profit sector, advising organisations in a variety of areas including arts, disability, religious organisations and independent schools. Bonell is a member of the private client department, advising a number of businesses and high-net-worth individuals and families. In his new role, he will focus on helping to grow the international tax advisory practice of HW Fisher. Michaels joined HW Fisher in October 2018 and is an expert on the SME market. Montgomery has worked in the audit team at HW Fisher since August 2008 having originally joined the firm as a graduate.

Old Mill has promoted tax director David Maslen to head of tax and he will be responsible for heading up the tax team and developing the team and helping those within it progress with their careers and reach their full potential. Maslen joined Old Mill in 2004 as an accountant on the audit and advisory side, but in 2017 decided to embark on a career change and move into the world of tax, where he worked his way up to director.

Kreston Reeves has appointed James Reed-Sperrin as a director and Ahmed Omer as a corporate finance research analyst, strengthening its corporate finance team. Reed-Sperrin joined the firm  from Saffrey Champness where he was a director in its corporate finance team. He has previously held senior roles at BDO and EY.

Chester-based accountancy group, Champion Accountants, has strengthened its audit team with the recruitment of Dan Percey who has joined the firm after three years at RSM and will support Champion’s existing audit team, which delivers audits to businesses and registered charities across the north west.

Business advisory firm Quantuma has strengthened its forensic accounting practice with the appointment of a new managing director, Kate Hart. She has over 20 years of forensic accounting experience and is an established expert witness. She is chair of the ICAEW’s Forensic Advisory Group and an ADR accredited mediator. Prior to joining Quantuma, she spent 11 years with Deloitte’s forensic group, working on a range of commercial contractual and transaction related disputes.

Cripps Pemberton Greenish has elected head of real estate, Mike Scott, as its new senior partner with effect from 1 May 2021. He joined Cripps as a trainee solicitor in 1994, becoming a partner in 2002 and head of real estate in 2015. He specialises in property dispute resolution dealing with a wide range of property disputes, landlord and tenant issues and property insolvency. Scott takes on the role of senior partner from Clare Hyland, whose term of office ends in April. She will continue as a real estate partner at the firm

Ian Karet has been appointed as the interim chair of the Charity Commission and will be in post until 26 August 2021, while the appointment process for a permanent chair is conducted. Karet joined the Charity Commission Board in January 2019. He is a solicitor and a partner at Linklaters LLP, specialising in intellectual property and technology. He sits part time as a deputy High Court Judge and is a member of the Civil Justice Council. He has served as a trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and on the board of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property.

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