People in the news: Mazars, KPMG, BDO, Price Bailey, WPP

In this week’s accountancy career moves, partner promotions at KPMG, Mazars, Armstrong Watson and BDO, and senior hires at Wilkes Partnership, Ted Baker and WPP

Mazars has appointed 10 partners in the UK, with a mix of internal promotions and post acquisition. Five partners have been promoted within the firm and are drawn from audit, consulting, restructuring services and financial planning in locations across the UK. Internal promotions include Matt Carter, restructuring services; Leila Kamdem-Fotso in consulting, financial services; Neil Strong, tax; Karen Murray, audit, public sector and Andy Springford, financial planning. Three partners have joined as part of the acquisition of healthcare accounting firm Hall Liddy including Des Liddy, Andrew Pow and Melanie Thomas, while Max Bark, ex EY, and Clive Fathers, previously at Grant Thornton, have joined the firm as partners.

Price Bailey has appointed Chris Williamson as a tax partner based at its Mayfair office. He is an experienced and practising lawyer, and was previously at TLT LLP, where he was a partner specialising in drafting documents in relation to cross-border tax, trusts and estate planning issues. In his new role, he will service the existing client base and develop the firm’s tax expertise in trusts, inbound investment, residence and domicile issues and international tax and estate planning.

Armstrong Watson LLP has promoted audit director Simon Turner to partner. Based at the Northallerton office, Turner has played an integral part in the development of the firm’s audit practice across North Yorkshire and the North East. He has over 14 years’ experience and has worked with a wide range of clients, from FTSE 250 to AIM, privately owned enterprises to not for profit organisations. He joined the firm in 2018 from KPMG where he was a senior manager.

ForrestBrown, a specialist R&D tax credit consultancy, has hired former HMRC inspector Mark Andrew as a senior tax specialist. He worked at HMRC for nearly 35 years and specialised in HMRC enquiries, most recently in the R&D unit. He will be based out of the Bristol and London offices, and will join the firm’s dedicated enquiry support team.

Global advisory firm Accuracy has expanded its investigations team with the addition of former US investigations attorney, Morgan Heavener, as a partner, based out of the Paris office. Previously he was at international law firm Paul Hastings’ Washington DC office, where he spent 14 years working as an investigations attorney and was most recently a counsel.

Specialist tax and estate planning lawyer Philip Harrison has joined Birmingham-based law firm The Wilkes Partnership in a consultancy deal designed to build its offering to private clients and private businesses. He will play a key role in the growth of the private client and tax team, and has more than 30 years’ experience advising business owners, high net worth individuals and internationally mobile clients on tax planning. Previously he was head of tax at global law firm Eversheds Sutherland.

Offshore law firm Carey Olsen has appointed litigation and insolvency specialist Justin Davis as counsel in its British Virgin Islands (BVI) office. His practice focuses on complex, high-value multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation, shareholders' disputes and insolvency litigation. Davis has more than 16 years' experience as an advocate, drawn from his time as a barrister at the commercial bar in London and in the BVI.

Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) has appointed Lorenzo Grillo as managing director in its disputes and investigations practice. Grillo will lead the expansion of the firm’s cyber risk services in Europe and has more than 30 years’ experience advising senior teams and private equity firms on both sell-side and buy-side due diligence. Previously he was co-leader of the EMEA cyber security practice at AlixPartners in London.

KPMG has appointed three regional heads at senior partner level across the UK network including Caitriona Hunt in Milton Keynes and Watford, Euan West in Leeds and Jennifer Lee in Liverpool. Hunt will lead more than 200 client-facing and 690 business services staff. She has been with KPMG for more than 25 years and is the first woman to lead the two offices, replacing Mike Woodward, who is retiring after 33 years with the firm. As part of the move, she will also join the executive team for the London region. West, who has been with KPMG since 2002, is moving from Liverpool to take over as office senior partner in Leeds. Lee will replace him in Liverpool as the regional head and has been based in the city since joining the firm as a graduate in 2001. West and Lee will work alongside Christine Hewson, North Region chair, as part of the Northern leadership team responsible for more than 2,600 employees in the region.

BDO LLP has strengthened its actuarial practice with the hire of partner Robert Murray who will join the firm’s office in Aldersgate Street as head of the actuarial team sitting within the financial services practice. Previously he was a partner at Lane Clark & Peacock LLP. In his role at BDO he will focus on providing advisory and audit support services to insurance and reinsurance companies in the non-life insurance sector. This work will involve capital modelling, reserving and advising on risk and regulatory matters.

WPP has hired Sainsbury’s Argos CEO John Rogers FCA as chief financial officer and he will join the advertising and marketing giant in early 2020. In his current role at Sainsbury’s Argos, he has overseen the digital transformation of one of the UK’s leading technology-driven businesses. Prior to taking on this role, Rogers was CFO of J Sainsbury plc from 2010 to 2016, responsible for business strategy, new business development, and the online and banking operations, in addition to core finance functions.

Fashion retailer Ted Baker has hired Rachel Osborne as chief financial officer with a start date to be confirmed. She has more than 20 years' brand and retail sector experience and will join the company and board within the next few months. Osborne is a chartered accountant and joins Ted Baker from Debenhams Retail Limited, where she has been CFO since September 2018.

By Sara White

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