People in the news: Mazars, KPMG, Smith & Williamson, Hurst

In this week’s accountancy career moves, partner appointments at Mazars, KPMG and Smith & Williamson, manager promotions at Hurst and Quantuma, and education lead at PwC

Mazars has appointed James Isherwood as partner in the insurance actuarial team, based in London. He has joined the team from Boston Consulting Group and will focus on further growing Mazars’ presence in the insurance sector, while expanding the team to provide holistic consulting and audit solutions to insurance companies. In addition to providing expertise in the life insurance sector, he will provide detailed knowledge and expertise on IFRS 17 implementation, Solvency II, technological change and actuarial finance insights.

Smith & Williamson LLP, which is part of the Tilney Smith & Williamson group, has appointed Andrew Manning as a partner to lead its new risk advisory business. Manning has over 20 years’ professional services experience leading on risk assurance and controls transformation. He will be based in Smith & Williamson’s Bristol office and advise clients across the country. Most recently he was head of RSM’s risk assurance practice in the south west and Wales, and previously spent three years at Crowe’s risk assurance practice. He started his career at Big Four firm Deloitte. Majid Hussain has also been hired as a partner in its private client tax team. He brings experience and expertise on all areas of private client tax, with a specific focus on international families with complex overseas structures, such as trusts, including those from the Middle East. He joins from BDO where he worked for four years as a director in its tax team and previously spent more than six years at Deloitte. 

Deloitte has named Gurpreet (Guru) Johal as UK and global sector leader for global reinsurance & London market. Johal joined Deloitte in 1995 and has worked extensively in advising some of the firm’s most significant global insurance clients. He was most recently Deloitte’s global AI financial services leader and is also a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries.

Caitroina McCusker has been appointed as the national leader for education to the government leadership team at PwC, and brings experience of leading some of the largest digital transformation programmes in higher education institutions (HEIs) in the UK and globally. With over 20 years’ experience as a business transformation consultant, McCusker is at the forefront of PwC’s transformation projects within government and health industries working with major organisations across education, local government, central government, and the police.

Caroline Boulliat has joined KPMG as a partner to lead relationships for pharma clients headquartered in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Boulliat has more than 20 years’ experience in the pharma industry, most recently running her own consulting practice after leaving Amgen in 2019. She started her career as a hospital pharmacist before taking a Masters in marketing. She embarked on a global career with a commercial focus on innovative drugs and biosimilar brands including Pfizer, GSK, MSD and Amgen.

RSM has announced the appointment of Jason Yau, a partner of RSM Hong Kong, as regional leader for Asia-Pacific. Yau has been with RSM since 2004 and has nearly 20 years’ professional experience.  A US Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of New York and a Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP), Yau was a member of RSM US global expat team between 2012-2016.

Tax specialist Sarah Haley has re-joined accounting and business advisory firm Hurst as a manager. Haley has extensive experience of advising individuals and companies on a range of tax and compliance matters. She began her career at Hurst in 2006 as a graduate trainee where she qualified as a chartered accountant and later as a chartered tax adviser. In 2015 she left the firm to work at Big Four KPMG.

Wylie & Bisset has appointed Craig Allison and Eliane Ramage as senior managers in the business recovery and insolvency team. Allison joins from French Duncan while Ramage takes up her new position following the firm’s recent recruitment of the management team from mlm Solutions.

Quantuma has appointed a new director, Valentina Vitali, to its corporate finance team. In her new role, Vitali will be based out of the group’s London office, where she will be responsible for strengthening client relationships with private equity firms across the UK. Prior to joining the firm, she was an associate director at Grant Thornton, focusing on private equity transactions. In this role, she was responsible for driving the company’s strategy and managing relationships with UK focused private equity (PE) funds. Vitali has also held various roles at two of the Big Four firms.

Constantine Law, the employment and regulatory specialist law firm, has recruited two senior partners, Emma Vernon of EV FS and Jemma Sherwood-Roberts. The appointments take Constantine Law to a headcount of 13, with an all-female team of four senior lawyers within the firm’s regulatory and investigations practice. Vernon joins as a consultant, (partner level). Vernon has been head of legal at Kleinwort Benson and has a range of commercial, corporate, finance and financial services legal experience. Sherwood-Roberts joins as a partner from Corker Binning, a boutique criminal and regulatory firm. She is an experienced litigator with over 10 years’ experience advising and representing individual and corporate clients in a range of financial, tax and business crime and regulatory matters.

PCF Group plc has appointed Caroline Richardson as group chief financial officer and a member of the board, subject to regulatory approval being received, replacing Nick Price, who has been interim CFO since September. She will also become a director of the group’s subsidiaries: PCF Bank Limited, PCF Credit Limited and Azule Limited. Richardson has significant experience as a finance director, most recently as CFO and board member at White Oak UK, where she was responsible for the finance and treasury teams and helped develop their response to the pandemic.

PTL, the independent trustee and governance services provider, has appointed investment specialist Payam Kazemian as a client director. He joins PTL from Citi, where he was a director focusing on pensions structuring and solutions. He has also held senior roles at Barclays, Deutsche Bank, and Goldman Sachs.

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