People in the news: Kingston Smith, Johnston Carmichael, Kreston Reeves

In this week’s accountancy career moves, partner promotions and hires at Kingston Smith and FRP Advisory, hires at Kreston Reeves, Gabelle and Ascendis, and board appointments at UKGI and ESMA

Kingston Smith has announced four partner promotions with Nick Thompson, Ruth Brennan, Ryan Davies and Ryan Day named as partner. Thompson provides corporate finance, private equity and strategic advice to clients across a range of sectors. Brennan specialises in corporate tax compliance and advisory services for businesses in the UK and internationally. Davies is a licensed insolvency practitioner, taking both corporate and personal insolvency appointments, and works predominantly with SMEs and owner-managed businesses. Day is a member of the general practice team, where he specialises in professional firms and financial services.

Specialist business advisory firm, FRP Advisory LLP, has strengthened its St Albans team with the appointment of partner, Simon Carvill-Biggs. He has 20 years’ experience in restructuring and insolvency, and joins the firm from top 20 accountancy firm Menzies LLP, where he was an appointment taking director. During his previous role, he was responsible for both personal and corporate insolvencies.

Yorkshire-based Garbutt + Elliott has appointed Chris Butt as audit partner, leading a team of highly respected audit specialists. He joins the firm after nearly 15 years with KPMG where he delivered audit and related services to some of Yorkshire's major public and privately-owned businesses, from family and owner-managed to private equity backed and listed companies.

Johnston Carmichael, Scotland’s largest independent accountancy firm, has appointed Erin Davis as director in the corporate tax team, based out of Aberdeen. As a corporate tax specialist, she advises corporate clients on tax compliance and advice, with a particular focus on property, M&A and international tax. Prior to joining Johnston Carmichael, Davis was a partner at BDO in Southampton and has held senior positions at a number of firms, including PKF Francis Clark and KPMG.

Kreston Reeves has appointed Tanya Yeremenko as a manager in the corporate finance team. She brings to the team considerable expertise in both UK domestic and cross border corporate finance transactions. Previously, Yeremenko was at Mercer & Hole, and before spent nine years with KPMG’s deal advisory team in the Ukraine and Russia and prior to that in leading Ukrainian and Russian banks.

Gabelle, Markel Tax’s specialist tax consultancy firm, has strengthened its employee share scheme offering by making two new hires. James Lindon has joined as director from the London office of US law firm, Orrick. Lindon is a solicitor with 15 years’ experience in the design, implementation and administration of a broad range of employee share plans, primarily for private companies with a global reach. Liam Hawkins joins as consultant from boutique tax advisory firm Confluence Tax, where he was responsible for providing share incentives and employment tax advice, working exclusively within the biotechnology and technology industries.

Manchester-based chartered accountants Ascendis has set up a funding solution department and has hired Glyn Jones as funding director. Previously he was regional director at alternative finance providers, Ultimate Finance Group, focusing primarily on invoice finance facilities. He started his career at HSBC in the investment transactions team.

UK Government Investments Ltd (UKGI) has appointed Clare Hollingsworth and Andrew Duff to its board. Hollingsworth’s appointment is with immediate effect and Duff joins from 9 July 2019. Simon Palley, who joined the UKGI Board in May 2016, will be stepping down in May at the end of his term. Hollingworth has been chair of Eurostar since 2013 and is also a non-executive director of Mölnlycke AB and senior independent director at the Lawn Tennis Association. Duff is chairman of Severn Trent plc and also Elementis. These appointments will broaden the mix of skills on the UKGI board, adding further industry and infrastructure experience to its expertise.

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has appointed Ana María Martínez-Pina Garcia, vice-chair of the Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores (CNMV, Spain) to chair the newly set up Coordination Network on Sustainability (CNS), for two years with immediate effect.

KPMG has expanded its Global Personal Development Programme for Athletes with two key hires, professor David Lavallee, an expert in the field of career transition in sport, and Eddie Johnson, former professional footballer at Manchester United Football Club and Portland Timbers in Major League Soccer (MLS) in the US and coach with Dundee Utd in the Scottish Premier League. 

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