People in the news: Moore Kingston Smith, FRP, Old Mill, EY

In this week’s accountancy career moves, partner promotions at Moore Kingston Smith, EY, Grant Thornton and FRP, and directors promoted at Old Mill, Kreston Reeves and MHA Moore and Smalley

Top 20 firm Moore Kingston Smith has appointed Andrew Barford as a partner in the firm’s audit practice. He will support the continued development and growth of Moore Kingston Smith’s corporate audit services. Previously a director in PwC’s London audit practice, Barford has been advising entrepreneurial, mid-market clients throughout his career. While leading audit engagements across a range of sectors, his wider experience also includes leading on internal audit and risk assurance assignments as well as several years in PwC’s London corporate finance practice, which saw him advise on £1bn of transactions in the mid-market while gaining valuable experience working with management teams, boards and owners on strategy and deals.

Specialist business advisory firm FRP has strengthened its restructuring advisory team in London with the appointment of public sector specialist Simon Stibbons as a partner. He will lead the firm’s growing government and regulatory offering. Stibbons joins from EY where he led the government team in restructuring, working to create contingency plans for the failure of privately run public services. A licensed insolvency practitioner with more than 23 years’ experience leading on large complex insolvencies for lenders and companies, he recently helped bring rail franchise operators London North Eastern Railway and Northern Rail back under government control.

Azets, the top 10 accountancy firm and business advisor to SMEs, has made two senior appointments in its Midlands tax team, hiring Ray Abercromby as tax partner and Andrew Cockman as tax director. It represents a milestone in the development of Azets’ Midlands tax team, which has doubled in size over the past 12 months. Abercromby joins Azets from Smith & Williamson, where he has spent the last 14 years working on corporate reconstructions, creating and heading up a national specialist structuring team. Prior to that, he spent 12 years with PwC. Cockman has worked for three of the Big Four firms in a tax career spanning almost 40 years. He joins Azets from AMC Tax Consulting Ltd, where he was a tax director. Cockman has extensive experience in UK inheritance tax, UK resident and offshore trust taxation, and non-UK domiciles.

Accountancy and business advisory firm MHA Moore and Smalley has strengthened its Liverpool office with the appointment of Lee Pimlett as senior tax manager, joining the business from UHY Hacker Young in Manchester where he worked as a research and development (R&D) tax manager. His experience also includes specialising in R&D and corporate tax at Duncan Sheard Glass in Liverpool and working as PWC’s corporate portfolio lead in Manchester. In addition to several other accountancy roles, he also worked at HMRC for seven years.

Armstrong Watson has hired James Marlow as regional financial planning manager based in Yorkshire. Having worked in financial services for 19 years, Marlow has experience providing advice to businesses and individuals. He joins Armstrong Watson from HSBC where he led an advice team, coached and trained advisers and was key to the development of its specialist pension transfer team.

South west financial experts Old Mill has appointed Len Dean as senior VAT adviser. Dean joins the firm from PwC Scotland, where he led the indirect tax practice for six years, and he has relocated from Stirlingshire to Somerton to join the West Country firm. Dean will help grow Old Mill’s tax practice by expanding the VAT team’s capabilities and client offering with the aim of it becoming a leading independent tax practice in the region. He started his tax career in 2003 and trained as a VAT inspector with HMRC. He has broad experience across all areas of VAT with particular expertise in deals and M&A, property, and interactions with HMRC, and brings a user-friendly approach to VAT advice.

Grant Thornton has made a number of senior appointments and promotions within its deals and business consulting offering, including four new partners, demonstrating significant investment in the future. Adam Sutton has joined the firm as partner within the valuations and modelling team. He brings more than 20 years’ experience from senior valuation roles in London and Singapore, supporting corporates, private equity houses and funds. Jon Stubbings has been promoted to partner in the firm’s transaction advisory services, financial due diligence team. He joined Grant Thornton in 2006 and specialises in financial due diligence, working predominantly with private equity clients and corporate clients in the technology, media and telecommunications space on both the buy and sell side. Michael Gilmore has also been promoted to partner within the transaction tax team. He has been with the firm for almost 15 years and has extensive experience working on mergers and acquisitions tax, principally due diligence and structuring transactions. Paul Jefferies has been promoted to partner in the business consulting team. He joined Grant Thornton in 2016 after almost 20 years working in the telecommunications industry in a range of operational leadership roles predominantly focused on revenue and margin assurance. He leads Grant Thornton’s margin and value innovation team. The firm has also expanded its northern tax team hiring transfer pricing expert Abigail Davies who joins as an associate director. She has more than two decades of experience gained predominantly through in-house roles within engineering, financial services, and consultancy. Also joining the team as an associate director is private client specialist Chris Mitchell, who has 15 years’ experience advising entrepreneurial clients and owner-managed businesses. The third new hire is not-for-profit sector-specialist Angela Forde. Over a career spanning more than 15 years, Angela has developed specialist experience in social housing and higher education. Her expertise includes cross tax compliance; tax implications of property developments and joint ventures; and capital allowances. Northern tax expert Douglas Tailby has also been promoted to director.

BDO LLP has strengthened its expertise with the appointment of two partners. Michael Stallard joins the firm’s advisory team as the national lead on Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) and its impact on corporate reporting and will be based across the north of England. He joins from Deloitte. Fiorenza Onekawa joins BDO’s global offerings and accounting advisory team and will be based in London. She will specialise in supporting private businesses looking to raise capital in US markets and supporting public companies with regulatory reporting requirements.

EY is strengthening its UK partnership with 103 new equity partners – an increase of almost 60% compared to last year. The new appointments reflect the firm’s increased investment in its sectors, service lines and regional business, including in areas such as financial services, energy and sustainability, and technology. The new cohort includes 65 partner promotions, which is the firm’s largest intake of home-grown talent in the last 10 years, along with 38 external hires, taking EY’s overall number of partners in the UK to 781. Of the new appointments, 32% are women and 18% are from ethnic minority backgrounds, including one black partner.

EY has also appointed Stuart Sinclair as a partner in its expanding international tax and transaction services practice, where he will focus on building out the financial services credit fund and restructuring team. Prior to joining EY, Sinclair was a tax partner at US law firm Akin Gump. He has advised some of the largest global credit funds on fund formations and supported the structuring of numerous complex cross-border transactions.

HW Fisher has made a further addition to its tax team with the appointment of Gerry Myton as partner. His appointment is the fifth addition to the tax team this year where he will be heading up the indirect tax team covering VAT and duty. Having begun his career at HMRC, he then moved into senior positions at various firms including Grant Thornton, PKF and MHA Macintyre Hudson where he was a VAT partner. Most recently he was head of indirect tax at The UK Tax Advisory Limited. He has extensive experience of assisting companies in navigating the complexities of VAT with a particular emphasis on companies setting up and trading in the UK and from the UK into Europe, with particular focus on the impacts of Brexit.

Johnston Carmichael has made seven director promotions across five of its service lines, to further strengthen its senior team. The new directors include Glasgow-based Craig Burnie and Karen McBride who work in the innovation taxes and audit teams respectively; Raemond Jappy and Stefano Vincini who are both based in Aberdeen and work in the audit and corporate finance teams; Kirsty Yuill who works in the Dundee office’s business advisory team; Forfar-based Sam Nicholson who also works in business advisory; and Sam Church who works in the London office with the financial services consulting team.

Kreston Reeves has promoted 35 members of staff including a new partner across its offices in Kent, Sussex and London as the firm continues to grow and focus on its people. The promotions are across all areas and levels of the business and include the promotion of private client tax specialist Dan Mundroina to partner. He joined Kreston Reeves in 2019 as private client tax director and specialises in personal tax, inheritance tax and trusts and estates. He also leads the firm’s dedicated family investment company team.

Cumbria-based MoynanSmith has hired Holly Andrews as cloud accounting manager. She will work with clients to help manage the transition to Making Tax Digital. Chartered accountant Andrews, who also holds a first class honours degree in maths, will be responsible for helping business and personal clients understand and comply with the new requirements.

Carey Olsen promotes 12 lawyers to support continued growth across the firm's offices in Bermuda, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Jersey and Singapore. Promotions to counsel are Kyle Masters and Jay Webster (both dispute resolution and litigation) in Bermuda, Daniel Moore (corporate and finance) and Dhanshuklal Vekaria (dispute resolution and litigation) in Hong Kong, Rose Clements in Jersey (corporate) and Julie Currie (pensions) in Jersey and Guernsey. It has also promoted five lawyers to associate at the law firm.

Optimum Finance has hired Paul Green as regional director for the north, having previously held business development positions at RBS Invoice Finance. He will drive new business for the invoice financing provider.

Secure Trust Bank Commercial Finance has appointed Colin Muir as portfolio and structuring director for its Midlands operations. He joins the business from NatWest, where during his 32 years, he was responsible for establishing and growing the firm’s commercial ABL team, which saw more than £125m of funds advanced to UK SMEs in an 18-month period. In his new role he will be responsible for supporting and managing the firm’s Midlands portfolio. This will include relationship management, as well as providing flexible solutions that enable growth for the region’s SMEs.

SH Financial Group, the new digital treasury and payment services provider, has appointed industry expert Mohit Davar as executive chairman. Davar is a payments expert and has worked in the industry in senior positions for over 25 years and joins the team to further accelerate SH Financial’s global expansion.

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