People in the news: MHA Henderson Loggie, Duff & Phelps, Cowgills

In this week’s accountancy career moves, senior hires and partner promotions at MHA Henderson Loggie, Duff & Phelps and Crowe, FD appointed at Beard and tax team expands at Cowgills  

MHA Henderson Loggie has strengthened its audit team in Edinburgh with the appointment of Diana Penny as partner. She will drive further growth in the firm’s audit business, and brings over 25 years’ experience to the role, the majority of it with Grant Thornton where latterly she was a director in the Edinburgh office. Her expertise spans entities of various sizes operating in the travel and tourism, leisure, manufacturing, property and retail sectors. 

Crowe has appointed Dave Riley as partner in the corporate finance team where he will be leading on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), debt advisory and due diligence based out of Manchester office.  He has more than 30 years’ experience in professional services and has held a number of senior roles as an advisory specialist at Grant Thornton and EY, after having trained at Arthur Andersen. Most recently, he was executive director at Parker International working with a variety of businesses on M&A and refinancing projects.

Duff & Phelps has appointed Andrew Probert CA as a managing director in the transaction advisory services (TAS) practice, based in London. He will lead on the firm’s global accounting structuring offering, providing support on all types of transactions. He is a subject matter expert on IFRS 3 Business Combinations; IFRS 10 Consolidated Financial Statements; IAS 32 and 39; and IFRS 9 Financial instruments. His work also involves liaising with senior client management, other advisers, corporate lawyers and legal counsel. Previously he spent five years at EY as an associate partner where he focused on deal structures, and before that spent 14 years at PwC, on a group leading and structuring senior manager.

Cowgills has expanded its tax team with the recruitment of three senior advisers. Emma Bowles, who was previously advising entrepreneurial clients at Grant Thornton, has joined the team as tax manager and Lyndsey Hay joins from Booth Ainsworth in Stockport as a personal tax manager. VAT manager Abigail O’Neill has joined from EY where she advised multinationals, the NHS and charities on VAT issues. 

Construction firm Beard has appointed Fraser Johns as finance director based out of the Swindon head office. He will oversee the finance function across Beard’s four UK offices, reporting to chairman, Mark Beard. Previously he was at consumer technology giant Dyson, where he held a range of senior finance roles, most recently as head of finance at the firm’s Centre of Excellence in Malmesbury, overseeing financial operations across Dyson’s European business.

North east training provider, Access Training, has hired Andrew Houghton as a learner advisor to deliver assistant accountant apprenticeships. He is an accountancy expert and former apprentice employer. As an Association of Accounting Technician (AAT) learning advisor, Houghton will be interviewing potential apprentices, teaching the AAT qualification and carrying out reviews of apprentices in the workplace. He has 35 years’ experience in the accountancy industry, with 18 years at Mitchells Grievson Chartered Accountants as a manager, partner and then as a director when the business was incorporated.

Cloud-based payroll provider, Paycircle, has hired Barry Matthews as bureau strategy partner. He joins the business after 15 years at IRIS Payroll Professional where he was business development manager. Previously he was managing director of Cedilla Systems, a Manchester-based business accounting provider.

Offshore law firm Carey Olsen has appointed James Noble to lead the development of its litigation, insolvency and restructuring service across Asia, based out of Singapore. Noble is a specialist in complex and high value shareholder litigation, asset recovery, cross-border enforcement and insolvency, and has nearly 20 years' experience working in a wide variety of commercial and trust and estate disputes. He also advises on British Virgin Islands (BVI) and Cayman Islands law. He was most recently managing partner of Harneys in Singapore. Meantime, Andrew Munro has joined the Guernsey practice as counsel based in the trusts and private wealth practice. He has 20 years’ legal experience and has covered all core areas of offshore non-contentious practice. He was admitted as a Guernsey advocate in 2009 and as a solicitor of England and Wales in 2003. He is also qualified in New York State and Zimbabwe (currently non-practising).

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