People in the news: KPMG, Price Bailey, RSM

Career news this week includes a managing director in KPMG’s energy lead advisory team, Price Bailey promotes a senior partner and gains a director in its corporate team, RSM appoints an audit partner in its Milton Keynes office

Gavin Quantock has joined KPMG’s energy lead advisory team as a managing director. Quantock was previously at Deloitte and has a strong track record of leading successful and high profile M&A, equity raising and financing deals across the infrastructure, power and utilities sectors.

PB Financial Planning, a sister company to Price Bailey, has recruited Chris Howard to become its representative in Norwich. Having worked in financial services for 20 years, Howard has vast experience dealing with financial planning and wealth management. In July 2017, Michael Morter joined Price Bailey in order to develop their personal tax offering.  After a successful start to this project, and in just 14 months, he was promoted to senior manager. Morter advises clients on personal tax, trusts and estates as well as other services such as planning against Capital Gains Tax. The firm has also appointed Michael Cooper-Davis as a director in the corporate team in its London office. Cooper-Davis will work primarily with charities and not for profit organisations having specialised in the sector for over 10 years. Prior to joining Price Bailey, he worked as a senior manager in the Charity team at Haysmacintyre. Whilst there, he managed the audits of a wide variety of not for profit clients – including theatres and arts organisations, large international charities, national education and membership bodies, sports charities and independent schools.

RSM has appointed Richard Bartlett-Rawlings as an audit partner in Milton Keynes. Bartlett-Rawlings, who joins RSM from a Big Four firm, has over 14 years of experience advising a wide range of UK and global businesses, predominantly in the technology, biotech and automotive sectors. In his new role, Bartlett-Rawlings will concentrate on developing relationships with clients and prospects in Milton Keynes and maximising opportunities in the local market.

BDO has gained two partners in its audit team. Mark Cardiff is an audit partner and will focus on the audit of complex, global organisations and act as an expert witness in accounting disputes. Cardiff joins BDO having spent over 20 years with Grant Thornton where he held a number of senior roles. Fiona Davis is a partner in the risk and assurance (RAS) team, having spent the last 19 years at PwC. She will further enhance the firm’s third party assurance offering as well as advising in areas such as GDPR and other regulatory requirements, with particular focus on the legal and technology sectors.

Rob Bewes has joined Baldwins as director of the firm’s banking and finance team in the West Country, which serves around 3,000 businesses from offices in South Molton, Holsworthy, Launceston and Tavistock. Bewes joins Baldwins with more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry, predominately covering Devon and Cornwall, including the past 20 years at a major high street bank which included advising agricultural and commercial businesses.

Peter Courtney has joined Johnson Carmichael as a director to head up its international corporate tax offering. Courtney joins the firm from HMRC, where he most recently led the international investigation team for large businesses in Scotland and Northern Ireland. His roles at HMRC included CRM for FTSE 100 businesses and he was a member of HMRC’s head office transfer pricing team as a competent authority, leading negotiations on advanced pricing agreements and resolving mutual agreement procedure applications.

Foulger Underwood has appointed Stephen Tucker as a senior consultant, effective from 1 February 2019. Tucker brings considerable experience in running and managing specialist financial services businesses, and will be involved in financial services and wealth management M&A as well as consulting throughout the UK.

Tariq Charles Anthony Husain has joined Macalvins as CEO following two decades working in the City in international outsourced business services, capital markets and private client services. Prior to joining Macalvins, Hussain was Partner and head of global business services at MHA Macintyre Hudson, having previously been regional director, EMEA of TMF Group.

International law firm Withers has hired Kenichi Takashima as a senior tax counsel in its Tokyo office. Takashima is a tax specialist with a wide range of experience, including international tax advisory, tax strategies, tax planning, corporate restructuring, cross-border M&A and financial arrangements. His broad tax knowledge has been accumulated through his comprehensive experience working in Japan, as well as other regions such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Australia and European countries such as the Netherlands. He has worked extensively on BEPS-related advisory, including tax governance advisory issues, and has been involved in tax ruling negotiations with tax authorities in Europe, South America and Japan. Prior to joining Withers, Takashima was a partner at the Japan tax department of one of the Big Four firms, where he served as a lead partner advising some of the world's most renowned trading companies, as well as Japanese multinational conglomerates.

ICSA: The Governance Institute has appointed Sara Drake as a successor to chief executive Simon Osborne, who is due to step down at the end of June. Sara will join ICSA in early March as CEO designate before formally taking over as chief executive on 1 July 2019. Drake was previously the chief executive of the Association for Project Management and has also held managing director roles at the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Homebuilders Federation. In her new role at ICSA, she will be responsible for members and students in the UK, Crown Dependencies, Republic of Ireland, sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, the Caribbean and further afield.

Intuit, the makers of QuickBooks, have appointed Chris Evans as VP and UK Country Manager. Evans, part of the Intuit UK team for eight years, steps up from UK Sales Director and succeeds Dominic Allon who moves to SVP International at Intuit.

Report by Amy Austin

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