People in the news: Mazars, Crowe Clark Whitehill, Catax

Career news this week includes an insurance audit partner at Mazars, two partners in assurance and advisory and global mobility services join Crowe Clark Whitehill, specialist tax firm Catax appoints an operations director

Sam Porritt joins Mazars as an insurance audit partner in its London office. Porritt previously spent over 11 years at Mazars and now re-joins the firm from Grant Thornton. He brings over 17 years’ experience of delivering assurance and advisory services to the insurance and wider financial services sector. Previous clients include large private, multi-location, international and AIM-listed insurance companies and broking groups reporting under UK GAAP and IFRS.

Rhodri Whitlock and Dinesh Jangra have joined Crowe Clark Whitehill as partners. Whitlock joins the firm’s corporate group as an assurance and advisory partner. With more than 21 years’ experience at partner-level in audit and corporate advisory services, he brings with him significant experience working with a variety of AIM and premium listed public companies, private equity firms, venture capital-backed businesses and entrepreneurs. Jangra joins as head of global mobility services in the firm’s employers advisory services. Jangra brings considerable expertise in the technical aspects of end-to-end mobility and has more than 18 years’ experience providing technical advice and delivering mobility programmes to small, medium-sized and global organisations.

Specialist tax relief firm, Catax, has appointed Alex Lundy as operations director. Lundy joins from CVS where he has been since 2009, becoming client services director in 2016. Catax has also promoted Paul Johnson to group managing director, Mike Dixon has been appointed chief technical officer and Dan Alcock becomes the firm’s chief financial officer.

Watson Buckle has appointed Mark Wilcock as joint-managing director who will work alongside existing managing director Susan Sedgwick as joint-MD. Sedgwick will later retire from her position at the end of 2019, at which point Mark will become sole MD.

Law firm Carey Olsen has made four senior promotions across its Jersey and London offices. These compromise of four new senior associates: Nienke Malan and Ashley Morrison in Jersey and Vaishali Gupta and Nina Silva from the London office. Malan is a member of the corporate team in Jersey and specialises in cross-border investment and collective investment vehicles. Morrison specialises in securitisation and structured finance transactions for clients which include global investment banks and issuers. Gupta provides advice on Guernsey corporate law from the firm's London office, specialising in banking and finance transactions. Silva is a member of the trusts and private wealth group in London. Guernsey-qualified, she advises high net worth clients and trustees with regard to the establishment and restructuring of offshore trusts and foundations.

Jake Green, Grant Thornton UK LLP technical partner, has been appointed chair of ICAEW’s Financial Reporting Committee. Green is responsible for leading Grant Thornton UK’s technical team, advising the firm and its clients on a wide range of financial reporting topics, dealing with both UK GAAP and IFRS. He also represents Grant Thornton International on the IFRS Advisory Council, and on the joint IASB and FASB Revenue Transition Resource Group.

Andrew Fisher has been appointed to the board of Smith & Williamson Holdings Ltd as a non-executive director. Fisher succeeds Bob Bogart, who retired in 2017. Fisher has extensive executive and non-executive experience in the financial services and wealth management sectors, having served as CEO of Towry Group and Coutts & Co and, more recently, as a non-executive director of private bank, C. Hoare & Co. 

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