People in the news: Kreston Reeves, HW Fisher, Wilkins Kennedy

In this week’s accountancy career moves, partner promotions at Kreston Reeves as long-serving chairman retires, Johnston Carmichael and HW Fisher, CFO for Crunch, and PKF Francis Clark hires SDLT tax specialist

Kreston Reeves has promoted Rob Sellers and Tom Wacher to partner. Sellers is an experienced audit and financial reporting specialist with a portfolio of corporate clients and also handles academy, education, charity and not for profit sectors.  He joined the firm in 1997 and became senior manager in 2012. Wacher is also one of the firm’s home-grown talents, joining and training with the firm in 1999 before qualifying in 2002. He specialises in forensic accounting, focusing on business valuations, fraud investigations and commercial disputes.

Clive Stevens, chairman of Kreston Reeves has officially retired from the firm after 42 years. He joined the firm’s Sandwich office in 1977 and worked up to become chairman of the firm in 2013. He is also director and chairman of the firms’ international Kreston network as well as being a Kent Ambassador, Deputy Lieutenant of Kent. He is a council member of the ICAEW and chairman of the Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate.

Business advisory firm Quantuma has appointed Duncan Beat as a partner to its Chelmsford and London offices. He is a licensed practitioner with over 30 years’ experience in corporate insolvency matters. He joins the firm from Baker Tilly Creditor Services LLP, where he was managing partner. During his time in the industry, he also established an insolvency department for a major firm. Prior to this, Duncan has held roles at RSM, Cape and Dagleish, Elliott Woolfe & Rose and Stoy Hayward (BDO).

Business secretary Greg Clark has appointed Martin Spencer and Mike Fishwick as non-executive directors on the Companies House board. Spencer is currently senior vice president at NTT DATA, a global IT services business. Previously he had UK and European leadership roles with Capgemini and KMPG Consulting. He is also a non-executive director at the Education and Skills Funding Agency, the NHS Counter Fraud Authority and the Serious Fraud Office. Fishwick is currently Chief Technology Officer at the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), which he joined in September 2015, having spent the majority of his career in the private sector.

Simmons Gainsford Group has brought in Fiona Cross to join the firm as tax partner. She is a Corporate Tax expert, and is a Chartered Tax Adviser and FCA with over 20 years' experience, including advising on corporate reorganisation, acquisitions and disposals, companies seeking investor funding, employee share schemes and R&D tax credits.

Scottish based accounting firm Johnston Carmichael has appointed five new partners as part of the firm’s growth strategy. John Mason, based in the firm’s Glasgow office, Richard Bathgate and Stephen McIlwaine, located in Aberdeen, and Nicola Horsburgh and Lynne Walker, based in Elgin, have all been promoted to partner status.

HW Fisher has expanded its audit division with the appointment of Darshna Choudhury and Paul Clark as partners. Choudhury and Clark both joined HW Fisher as graduate trainees and will be instrumental in developing the firm’s audit and assurance services. Choudhury will focus on growing the firm’s offering to new and existing clients, with an emphasis on care homes, pharmaceuticals and internal audits. Clark runs a large portfolio of owner managed businesses, some with turnovers exceeding £100m. His specialisms include property and manufacturing. PKF Francis Clark, has announced a new senior hire to further strengthen its tax offering.

PKF Francis Clark has hired Nigel Popplewell, a former partner at legal firm Burges Salmon, to join the tax advisory team specialising in stamp duty land tax. He will be taking on the role of senior tax consultant. He also sits as a fee paid judge of the First Tier Tax Tribunal. He is a solicitor specialising in all aspects of tax law, both contentious and non-contentious for the past 30 years. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and a CEDR accredited mediator.

Accountancy software and service firm Crunch has appointed its first chief financial officer, René Moolenaar. After drafting up the first financial plan for Crunch back in 2009, he has returned to the firm as CFO to help scale and grow the business. With 15 years’ accountancy experience, Moolenaar is director of accountancy and management advisory firm Prism Group, which he helped to grow and sell the majority of its accountancy business. He was previously a board member for early internet businesses, including LineOne, which was acquired by Tiscali.

Wilkins Kennedy, part of CogitalGroup, has appointed Hayley Kingsnorth as client services director based out of Ashford. She joins the firm from MHA MacIntyre Hudson, bringing more than 18 years of experience working with owner managed businesses, particularly within the property and technology sectors.

Dow Schofield Watts has strengthened its management team with two senior hires as Richard Evans joins as operations director, having previously been chief operating office of London investment bank Strand Hanson, while Nicole Burstow joins from Deloitte as finance director. Evans has over 30 years’ experience in banking and finance. Previously, he led the corporate finance team at Brewin Dolphin in Manchester, before joining the Financial Conduct Authority in London and Strand Hanson. He will also be finance director of the firm’s private equity arm PHD Equity Partners. Burstow spent 15 years with Deloitte in Manchester and as a director was responsible for audits on listed businesses.

FRP Advisory LLP has promoted Callum Carmichael to partner in the firm’s Edinburgh office and has announced a number of director and senior manager promotions. Nine people in the restructuring team have been promoted from senior manager to director, including Gemma Jones in Birmingham, Phil Harris in Brighton, Susan Evans in Bristol, Victoria Crutchley in Leeds, Justin Matthews and Richard Sanfourche in London, and Simon Farr and Richard Goodall in Manchester. Laura West has also been promoted to national marketing director and will oversee the firm’s go-to-market strategy. The business advisory services group has also promoted a number of staff to senior manager roles, including Alex Starling in corporate finance and restructuring advisory, Eric Binks in IT services, Laura Dymott in forensic services, and Anthony Simmons, Graham Smith, Laura Gilbertson and Matthew Whitchurch in corporate restructuring.

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