People in the news: Price Bailey, Grant Thornton, Mazars

Career news this week includes a VAT partner at Price Bailey, Grant Thornton gains a head of business development for its South Asia Group, Mazars appoints an office managing partner in Birmingham

Daphne Hemingway has been appointed as a VAT partner at Price Bailey. Hemingway has worked at three of the Big Four firms in a career which also includes a stint working in industry (at Barclays Bank). She has considerable experience in property and financial services (including M&A), VAT litigation, and more recently, advising businesses trading in the Middle East on the introduction of VAT, all of which will further enhance our already strong offering in these areas.

RSM has appointed Suzanne Willmott as the head of shared services for outsourced finance and accounting. Willmott is a prominent shared services professional with over 20 years’ experience implementing and managing shared services centres for leading financial and professional services organisations including Pearson, and Allen and Overy; and consulting on large scale technological change programmes within roles at PwC and Helm Corporation. RSM has also signed golfer Colin Montgomerie as its latest brand ambassador. The sponsorship deal is part of RSM's partnership strategy within golf, to continue to build brand awareness across RSM's international network spanning 116 countries. Montgomerie becomes the latest member of Team RSM, joining fellow golf professionals such as European Tour players Andy Sullivan and Paul Waring, PGA Tour players Zach Johnson and Chris Kirk and fellow former Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III. 

Grant Thornton has appointed Chandru Iyer as head of business development for its South Asia Group. Iyer brings in close to 20 years international business development experience and has worked with clients across India, Australia, Scandinavia and the UK. He previously led the international business development function at Kingston Smith for 11 years where he was instrumental in facilitating a significant number of cross border transactions and inward investment projects between India and the UK across a wide range of sectors.

Mazars has appointed Ian Holder as office managing partner in Birmingham. Holder has been with Mazars for 20 years, having grown up, studied, and spent his entire professional career in the city. An auditor by training, Holder has specialist experience working with privately owned businesses and not for profit organisations. He is regularly involved in corporate finance work and transaction support services. As office managing partner, Holder will be responsible for creating and executing business strategy for a 170+-strong team.

UHY Hacker Young, has appointed Andrew Timms as partner in its Nottingham office. Timms has over 20 years of audit experience and joins from business advisory firm PKF Cooper Parry, where he spent over 11 years, as a partner. He previously spent seven years at Deloitte. In his most recent role, Timms focused on advising owner-managed and international businesses and built a portfolio of 55 clients, bringing in a total of £2.3m in annual fees across all service lines. Andrew’s clients spanned many sectors, including healthcare, renewables and engineering.

Dow Schofield Watts has expanded its services with the launch of a new tax consultancy arm. DSW Tax Consulting will be led by Simon Denye who has over 21 years’ experience as a tax specialist with firms including PwC and KPMG and most recently as tax director at CLB Coopers. It will advise on a range of business tax issues, with a particular focus on mergers, acquisitions, restructuring and other corporate transactions. Denye will be based at the Dow Schofield Watts’ North West office.

Campbell Cummings, who specialises in M&A advisory work, has been appointed as a director in Johnston Carmichael’s corporate finance team based in its Glasgow office. He brings over 15 years’ experience advising and executing on acquisitions, disposals, buyouts and fundraising. Prior to joining Johnston Carmichael, Cummings worked in M&A roles in both practice and industry, having spent five years working at The Weir Group PLC, a FTSE250 engineering company, latterly as head of corporate development where he oversaw a significant period of M&A activity across a range of deal sizes. He also has 11 years’ experience at a Big Four firm in both the UK and Canada, and brings significant international deal experience, having successfully completed over 30 transactions in nine countries.

Carey Olsen has appointed senior associate Lauren Glynn as its lead family law specialist in Jersey. Glynn takes over from Samantha McFadzean who recently became the family division registrar of the Royal Court in Jersey. Glynn joined Carey Olsen in 2013 before departing in 2017 to practise at a small specialist litigation firm. She returned in September in preparation to take over as the firm's family law specialist. She has significant experience advising on a range of relationship generated issues, including pre and post nuptial agreements; divorce and civil partnership dissolution and cohabitees' disputes; complex contested financial disputes arising out of relationship breakdowns; and contested proceedings relating to children, including applications for contact, residence, leave to remove, prohibited steps orders and abduction.

Report by Amy Austin

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