People in the news: KPMG, Wright Vigar, BHP, RSM, Grant Thornton

In this week's accountancy career moves, Serious Fraud Office veteran moves to KPMG, Wright Vigar appoints associate director, director joins RSM, BHP gets a new partner, Grant Thornton promotes partner and Ankura gets a chairman for EMEA and APAC

KPMG has appointed Mark Thompson, formerly chief operating officer at the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), to its forensic practice as a special adviser focusing on major corporate investigations and financial crime prevention programmes. Thompson previously worked for KPMG before joining the SFO in 2004 where he held various positions including Head of Proceeds of Crime, acting interim director and chief operating officer.

Accountancy firm Wright Vigar has appointed tax specialist Antony Voakes as an associate director. The expanding firm, which has more than 100 staff, has offices in Lincoln, Gainsborough, Newark, Retford, London and Sleaford where Voakes will be based. Voakes has experience working with businesses and individuals and has worked for Baker Tilly (now RSM) and PwC.

Audit, tax and accountancy firm RSM has brought James Roberts on board as a director in its accounting and business advisory service in Birmingham. He joins from EY where he was experienced in financial reporting and risk assurance in the financial services sector. RSM is ranked 7th among accountancy firms by Accountancy Daily.

Corporate financier Martin Athey has joined BHP Corporate Finance as a partner to focus on developing the firm’s due diligence offering. He has 20 years’ experience in the Yorkshire accountancy market and joins from RSM where he led the regional financial due diligence team. He is the fifth partner to join the corporate finance team at BHP. BHP was ranked 35 in the Accountancy Daily Top 75 Firms Survey 2019 and was listed in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For.

Grant Thornton has promoted Joanne Brown to partner to lead its public services offering in Scotland. With over 18 years’ experience providing audit and assurance services to a range of public sector organisations, Joanne’s most recent role was head of the public services assurance team in Scotland.

Ankura, the business advisory and expert services firm, has appointed Simon Michaels to the newly created role of chairman of Ankura’s EMEA and APAC regions. Ankura was founded in 2014 and specialises in cybersecurity, turnaround and restructuring, investigations and accounting advisory and analytics and digital transformation.

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