People in the news: PwC, Beever and Struthers, Pinsent Masons

In this week’s accountancy career moves, partner promotions at Grant Thornton, Johnston Carmichael and BHP, and hires at BKL and Pinsent Masons

Grant Thornton has appointed Steve Holt as a partner, he will join the specialist investigations team, and assist companies facing complex, cross-border issues relating to misconduct, asset recovery and bribery and corruption. He joins from K2 Intelligence.

Johnston Carmichael has promoted Emma Waterman and Stewart Pennington to partner. Waterman was promoted from business advisory director and Pennington was previously a director. Ewan Bolt and Suzanne Brownie have both been promoted to director, Bolt was previously head of digital solutions and Brownie has been promoted from senior tax manager.

PwC has named Fiona Kendrick as chair of the firm’s Public Interest Body (PIB). Kendrick joined as an independent non-executive (INE) in July as part of the PIB’s succession plan. She will be taking over from Lord Gus O’Donnell, who is stepping down after four years.

Pinsent Masons has hired Andrew Sackey as a contentious tax partner in the commercial litigation, regulatory and tax litigation practice in its London office. Sackey will work with clients across five global sectors – energy, infrastructure, financial services, real estate and advanced manufacturing & technology. He was formerly a case controller at the Serious Fraud Office.

BHP has brought in Joanne Powell as a partner in its tax department, working across the Leeds and Cleckheaton offices. Previously she was a tax director at Murray Harcourt.

BKL has hired Fran Reid as director of client services. She will have a leading role in supporting SMEs in the Cambridge area. Previously she was a director at Connolly Accountants.

Narinder Sandher has joined Beever and Struthers as an internal audit director in the specialist not-for-profit team. He will assist with the development of the firm’s national internal audit service. He previously worked for Mazars for 12 years as a leader in the risk assurance team.

AIMS Accountants has appointed David Vasey as the firm’s first chief operating officer (COO) to head up the programme of operational streamlining and strategic development. Vasey previously worked for Nomura as an executive director.

Sackers has promoted Arshad Khan from associate director to the role of senior counsel. It has also appointed James Geer, an experienced structured finance lawyer, as a senior associate, to join the finance and investment group. Geer was previously at Clifford Chance for more than nine years where he focused on derivatives, structured finance and de-risking transactions, acting primarily for financial institutions.

Avalara has hired Simon Kelly as sales vice president for the EMEA business. He was previously working as an on demand chief revenue officer (CRO).

Kuber, the fund investment platform has appointed James Ramsay as MD alongside Andrew Kartashov. Ramsay will primarily focus on the development of existing strategic adviser and manager partnerships/relationships. Ramsay previously worked as a director for Tax Efficient Procurement Services.

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