People in the news: Moore Stephens, Grant Thornton, Nexia

This week's news of professional moves in the sector includes three partner appointments in Moore Stephen’s not-for-profit team, Grant Thornton expands its public sector offering with the appointment of a social care advisory team, Nexia appoints a regional executive director

Moore Stephens has added three partners to its not-for-profit team. Karen Thompson will lead on charities, Ian Mathieson on membership organisations, with Heather Wheelhouse heading up education. Wheelhouse joins Moore Stephens from RSM, where she was an audit partner and national head of their Independent Schools division for 13 years. Previously Thompson and Mathieson were partners at BDO, and later PKF Littlejohn. Mathieson was head of not-for-profit at both BDO and PKF Littlejohn and has over 25 years’ experience of auditing and advising charities and membership bodies. Thompson has spent around 16 years working with charities and not-for-profits, both as finance director and COO of two international development charities, and in practice as an audit and advisory partner at PKF Littlejohn and BDO.

Grant Thornton has expanded its public sector offering with the appointment of a social care advisory team. Alex Khaldi, Nick Clarke and Kieran Lee all join from Capita. Khaldi joins the firm as a partner with history of developing large-scale change programmes in health and social care. Clarke joins the firm as a director with over 15 years strategic and operational change experience. Joining Grant Thornton as an associate director, Lee will provide leading expertise on social care transformation.  

Sarah Parker has been appointed as senior manager within the business services group at MHA Carpenter Box. She has gained experience in audit and accounting work since joining the profession over 15 years ago, having worked for both Kreston Reeves and Haines Watts Chartered Accountants in Brighton. In her new role she will focus on working with sole traders and owner-managed businesses, helping them to increase their profitability and improve their tax efficiency.

Kingston Smith has appointed Anjali Kothari as head of education. Kothari takes over the role from Neil Finlayson who remains the firm’s head of not for profit and continues to support his education sector clients.

Rayner Essex has promoted Laith Hilfi to partner. As part of the partnership team, Laith supports Middle Eastern, International and domestic private clients and companies, advising on residence and domicile issues. Prior to joining Rayner Essex, he worked at Hazlems Fenton LLP from 1998 to 2016 where he developed their Middle East practice.

Mo Merali has been appointed chairman of ICAEW’s Corporate Finance Faculty. Merali is an advisory partner and head of private equity at Grant Thornton, focussed on buy-side and sell-side due diligence and advisory support for corporate, private equity and institutional clients. He brings over 25 years of experience from Grant Thornton to the role, where he is also a member of the firm’s partnership oversight board.

Nexia International has appointed Paul Ginman as its regional executive director for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. He previously worked for Mercia Group Ltd, and before that he was the COO for Baker Tilly International where he was involved in the recruitment and development of member firms. Nexia has also appointed Ramiro Gonzalez Puglia as regional executive director for South America. He previously worked at PwC Argentina and PwC Switzerland for 15 years, were he was senior manager providing advisory services to large companies and NGOs.

The managing director of Duncan & Toplis, Adrian Reynolds has been named chairperson of Kreston UK. Duncan & Toplis has been a member of Kreston International since 2011. Reynolds succeeds John Warner who is managing partner of BHP.

Prydis has appointed former PwC senior partner Stuart Wallace as non-executive director, to advise the board on how to develop the group’s strategy, with a particular focus on client service, systems and people development. Wallace was managing partner and COO for the PwC Midlands tax business, and also led the PwC UK tax compliance business through a technology-enabled transformation programme.

Sacker & Partners LLP (Sackers), specialist law firm for pensions and retirement savings, has appointed Emily Whitelock, Shannon Diggory and Tony Hewitt as associates. This follows the appointment of Paige Willis, who joined Sackers in March to boost its alternative funding and contingent asset practice, and takes the total number of lawyers to 58. Whitelock joined from Squire Patton Boggs and is a qualified associate. Diggory joined from Reed Smith and qualified in 2017. Hewitt joined from Baker McKenzie and qualified earlier this year. 

Offshore law firm Carey Olsen Bermuda has appointed Cheri Minors as a senior associate in its trusts and private wealth practice. Minors, who joins the firm after working as in-house legal counsel and group compliance manager for an international insurance company, has more than seven years’ experience across of wide range of sectors, including private client and trusts, regulatory, property and insurance. She specialises in advising on trust and estate planning structures and compliance and regulatory matters. At Carey Olsen Bermuda she will also assist the dispute resolution practice with various trust and estate planning matters.

Vittorio Colao will step down as chief executive of Vodafone in October after a decade at the helm. He will hand over to Nick Read, chief financial officer since 2014, who is the preferred internal candidate having held executive roles including head of Vodafone's UK business and chief executive of its African, Middle Eastern and Asian Pacific unit.

Ian Wyatt has been appointed finance director of Ickenham Travel Group plc and will also take a seat on the board. He will oversee the financial functions of all Ickenham Travel Group businesses that include Business Travel Direct, recent acquisition, Uniglobe Preferred Travel in Brighton, and online tour operator, Letsgo2.com. Wyatt was previously the chief financial officer at The Appointment Group and has held senior finance roles at HRG.

Report by Amy Austin

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