People in the news: Kingston Smith, Grunberg & Co, BDO

Career news this week includes a partner in Kingston Smith’s professional firms and property team, Grunberg & Co welcomes eight appointments including two apprentices and an audit and accounts manager, BDO opens applications to recruit 450 trainees

Clare Harrall has joined Kingston Smith’s professional firms and property teams as partner. Harrall joins from RSM, bringing significant experience in the professional practices sector.

Grunberg & Co has welcomed eight new starters to its team as it looks to further expansion in 2019.

Christopher Pittas and Patrick Tempany have both joined the practice’s apprenticeship scheme.

Meanwhile, Kaibon Lee and Kate Berneye both joined the firm with some previous experience, but with plans to advance their careers within the practice. Lee previously trained at two firms in London, where he gained skills in online accounting, bookkeeping and VAT returns. Berneye, on the other hand, previously spent two years working in the prize indemnity insurance sector and is now training with the firm to specialise in company secretarial work. The firm’s other recent appointments include Vanda Robinson, who is joining the bookkeeping team as a senior bookkeeper and Hibo Ahmed, who is now a senior accountant and semi senior auditor within the firm’s audit and accounts department. Mark Rookes joins the practice taking up the position as audit and accounts manager. He is ACA qualified and has experience of dealing with work relating to statutory auditing, accounts preparation for small and medium-sized companies, consolidated group accounts, FCA client money auditing, partnership tax and LLPs. Raz Miah has been appointed under the newly formed position of Business Systems Manager. With a demonstrated history of working in the accounting industry, Miah will assist the firm with its use of IT and software systems to ensure it is delivering streamlined services and provide similar process improvements directly to clients as well.

Deloitte has appointed Andrew Gracie as a special adviser to help support clients on their resolution preparedness, including recovery and resilience planning. Gracie joins from the Bank of England (BoE) where he chaired the Financial Stability Board’s working group on resolution.

BDO is set to recruit a record number of trainees in 2019. Applications are now open for 450 new roles which will be based across the firm’s 16 UK offices and split across its four key programmes: graduate, apprenticeship, summer intern and summer school. It will bring BDO’s trainee total to more than 1,100 by the end of 2019. The firm is increasing the number of apprentices it recruits, with a total of 120 apprenticeship opportunities confirmed for next year - an increase of 33% from 2018’s intake. The majority of trainees will also be given opportunity to undertake a level-7 apprenticeship programme - a qualification equivalent to a master’s degree.

Tax barrister Sarah Woodall has joined Harrison Clark Rickerbys. Woodall was with HMRC for 25 years, heading up its anti avoidance investigation team and its Special Investigation Section (SIS), among other roles. In her new role, she will be working with both corporate clients and individuals to advise on tax disputes, investigations and disclosures. She will also work with accountants to support their clients through difficult and complex tax matters.

The Charity Commission has appointed Tony Cohen, Ian Karet and Nina Hingorani-Crain as new members. They replace Eryl Besse and Tony Leifer, whose terms of office come to an end in December 2018, and fill a current vacancy. The new members will take up their positions on 1 January 2019. Cohen was chair of trustees at Barnardo’s for four and a half years until May this year. He has also served on a number of other not-for-profit boards, including the Arvon Foundation, City of Westminster College and the RSA. After almost a decade in corporate finance and consulting, Hingorani-Crain joined the Financial Services regulator. Here she spent a varied 10 years, including as the Chairman’s Principal Private Secretary during the global financial crisis and subsequently as Chief of Staff leading the creation of the new Financial Conduct Authority. Nina also undertook a 6-month secondment to Age UK to inform the FCA’s strategy of placing consumer needs at the heart of its regulatory mandate. Karet is a solicitor and a partner of Linklaters LLP. He specialises in intellectual property and technology and handles a range of commercial matters and disputes.

Report by Amy Austin

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