People in the news: KPMG, Begbies Traynor, Kreston Reeves, Mazars

In this week’s accountancy career moves, partner hires at Mazars, Burgis and Bullock, and Begbies Traynor Group, deal advisory lead for KPMG and business development head for Kreston Reeves   

KPMG’s deal advisory practice in the UK has appointed Rajesh Sennik as leader of its growing value creation practice. Sennik joins KPMG from FTI Consulting where he was responsible for leading and developing the firm’s TMT practice across EMEA, working with leading corporates and private equity funds on transactions, operations and strategy. In his new role at KPMG, he will lead a commercial and operational strategy team to maximise deal value for the firm’s broad client base using a hypothesis-led approach, enabled by deep sector knowledge and advanced data analytics.

Mazars has recruited three new partners, Lucy Redding (corporate tax), Nargis Yunis (asset management audit), and Bill Schiller (insurance audit), all based in the firm’s London office and serving large, listed and financial services clients. Redding joins Mazars’ tax team from PwC with significant experience in working with large corporates. She will assist in the continued growth of Mazars’ tax advisory business in the international, large corporate, and listed markets. Yunis joins the financial services team from Ernst & Young. As the firm’s financial services practice continues to grow, Yunis will help lead the development of Mazars’ strategy for asset management assurance. Bill Schiller, previously of KPMG, joins the audit and assurance team with a focus on the insurance sector.

Duff & Phelps, the global provider of governance, risk and transparency solutions, has hired Kris Carpen as senior director within its global restructuring advisory practice, based in London. Carpen has over 20 years’ experience in providing restructuring advice and support to underperforming businesses and their stakeholders. He joins Duff & Phelps after three years as a director of restructuring at Alvarez & Marsal (A&M). Prior to joining A&M, Carpen spent two and a half years with Monitor, the English Healthcare Regulator, and before that over 14 years with KPMG’s restructuring team.

Begbies Traynor has appointed Andrew Little as partner, working across the North East. With 30 years’ experience as an ICAEW chartered accountant, Andrew moved into insolvency in 2005. He has spent the last nine years with Azets (formerly Baldwins Accountants), latterly as managing partner of its North East region. He specialises in corporate rescue and recovery, assisting company directors who are experiencing cash flow and financial problems in their businesses. Experienced banking specialist Martyn Shakespear is also joining the firm as a director in the corporate solutions team. He joins from Azets, where he spent seven years as national head of banking and finance, based at its Nottingham office, advising clients across the UK about funding options.

Burgis & Bullock, which has offices in Leamington, Nuneaton, Rugby and Stratford-upon-Avon, has promoted Kate King to the position of partner at the firm. She is a qualified chartered accountant and joined the firm in 2006 as an audit senior, progressing to senior manager and now partner. She will be based at the Leamington office and will work with managing partner Wende Hubbard on leading the development of the company’s corporate services division. This includes taking a lead role on the training and development of trainee auditors and technical training for the corporate services team.

Kreston Reeves has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of Helen Bogie. She joined the firm on 18 January as its director marketing and business development and will lead a team of 10 staff. She was previously BD and marketing executive manager at global law firm Clifford Chance, leading its marketing and business development activity for South East Asia. She replaces Andrew Pincott who retires after six years in the role. Going forward he will provide consultancy services on client care programmes for professional services firms.

ReSolve has appointed David Riddle as chief operating officer (COO), a new position created in response to current growth and planned future expansion. He joins the senior leadership team with responsibility for working closely with our partners, providing guidance and assistance in the running of our operational teams, implementing strategic planning and reporting. He has over 15 years’ experience in managing all facets of growth businesses, most recently as senior executive manager of a growth capital backed consumer law business.

PTL, the independent trustee and governance services provider continues team growth with the first new hire of 2021, client director Joanne Fairbairn. She joins PTL from Marks & Spencer, where she was head of pensions. Prior to that she spent 12 years at Tesco as group international and UK corporate pension manager.

Addington Chambers, the new ‘virtual’ international barristers’ chambers specialising in tax and revenue law is expanding its numbers and is taking on two high profile full members of chambers, including its first QC. Michael Ashe QC is joining from 9 Stone Buildings, Lincolns Inn. As well as being Queen’s Counsel in England and Wales, he is also a practising silk in Ireland and his practice largely involves business and finance. Lynne Counsell has also joined the chambers with specialism in probate, construction of wills and trusts, and Inheritance Act claims.

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