People in the news: Mazars, Johnston Carmichael, Streets

In this week’s accountancy career moves, partner appointments at Mazars, Streets and Grant Thornton, audit and accounting writer joins Croner-i team, and director general for HMRC customer service group

Mazars has appointed 10 partners across the UK, six internally promoted and four joined Mazars as school leavers or graduates. The partners are: Lara Brennan, Rebecca Dacre, Leanne Finch, Alan Frost, Phuong Gomard, Ian Goodwin, Xavier Larrieu, Nick Nesbitt, Zoe Peck and Natalie Wright.

Grant Thornton has promoted Colin Diss to partner in its insolvency and asset recovery team. Diss has been with Grant Thornton for over 15 years, after first joining on the firm’s graduate scheme in 2005. Paul Wilson has also been promoted to partner in its north west practice. He has worked as a VAT director in the firm’s tax team for the last four years. He has been based in the region for 13 years of his two-decade career – which has been focused entirely on VAT – and before that worked in London and New Zealand.

Johnston Carmichael has strengthened its restructuring team with the promotion of Graeme Bain to an appointment-taking director. A licensed insolvency practitioner, Bain joined Johnston Carmichael as a director in 2017, and can now be appointed to oversee formal insolvency appointments. His progression comes after a 20-year career in restructuring, 16 of which were spent at a Big Four firm.

Streets Chartered Accountants has announced the appointment of its latest corporate tax partner, Mustafa Rafik. He joins Streets with over 10 years’ experience in advising on corporate tax, having pursued his career with top 10 UK firms.

The Manchester office of national accountancy group, UHY Hacker Young, has appointed Ryan Wear as audit partner, as it looks to deliver considerable growth into 2021. Wear has experience at the Big Four and Top 10 tier firms, advising a client portfolio that has included listed companies, privately owned businesses, and family owned and private equity backed organisations, operating both nationally and internationally.

MHA Carpenter Box has signalled its continued investment in service expansion in 2021 with the appointment of two new partners in its tax services team. Rachel Pearce has been promoted to partner from her current position of tax director. She specialises in the construction and real estate sectors, advising property developers and investors on how to structure their tax affairs efficiently. Anthony Davies joins the practice as partner at Gatwick following the merger of his tax advice and planning business with MHA Carpenter Box. He has 17 years’ industry experience, together with in-depth knowledge of tax planning technology and cloud services.

Linda Marston-Weston is joining accountants and business advisers, Cooper Parry, as transaction tax partner on 1 March 2021. She joins from EY, where she was transaction tax leader and head of tax in the Midlands, and with 35 years’ experience in advising individuals, PE houses and companies on all types of transactions, her arrival boosts Cooper Parry’s move from generalist to specialist significantly.

Jill Jones, the former north west regional managing partner of RSM, has joined fast-growing advisory firm Dow Schofield Watts as non-executive director. Her appointment will further strengthen its board and support the firm’s national growth plans. She has over 30 years’ experience in a accountancy, having started her career at Deloitte, Haskins & Sells in the north west. 

Wylie & Bisset has significantly expanded its business recovery and insolvency department with the appointment of the senior management team from mlm Solutions. The firm has appointed former mlm Solutions managing director Maureen Leslie as a consultant while Barry Mochan joins on 1 February as director and personal insolvency practitioner and, in March, Elaine Ramage as a senior manager.

Metapraxis, the financial analytics firm, has appointed Carmen Hula as chief financial officer. She is a certified chartered accountant and brings a wealth of experience in technology and finance to Metapraxis. She has previously held the head of finance role at PrePay Solutions, a pioneering VC backed fintech business, before spending 11 years in the finance team at HSBC.

Thompson Wright Accountants, based in Staffordshire and Cheshire, has appointed Ashley Conway as audit and accounts director. He headed up the general practice side of Moore Stephens for 12 years.

Sarah Baxendale FCA has joined Croner-i as a senior technical writer focusing on IFRS and UK accounting guidance, Accounts Preparation, Model Accounts, Company Reporting for IFRS and UK GAAP and guidance on Corporate Governance. Prior to this, Baxendale was a director in the accounting and outsourcing team at Mazars. She has also worked at PwC for 12 years gaining experience in audit, IFRS implementations and corporate reporting, as well as being an examination marker for the ICAEW and ACCA.

HMRC has appointed Myrtle Lloyd as director general for the tax authority's customer service group. Lloyd is currently chief operating officer at Her Majesty’s Passport Office, as well as registrar general for England and Wales, she will join HMRC on 1 March and will be based in Liverpool.

Law firm, Kingsley Napley, makes two partner hires into corporate & commercial and dispute resolution. Christina Kelly joins from Taylor Wessing LLP where she was a senior counsel, and Michael Mulligan from Shakespeare Martineau where he was a partner.

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