People in the News: PwC, Blick Rothenberg, Begbies Traynor, Moore and Smalley

In this week’s accountancy career moves, PwC UK and Blick Rothenberg promotes a raft of partners, Begbies Traynor appoints insolvency manager for Scotland and MHA Moore and Smalley strengthens tax team with senior hire

Begbies Traynor has appointed personal insolvency specialist David Tannock as an insolvency manager based at its Glasgow office. With more than 18 years’ experience in the insolvency sector, David joins from Azets where he spent almost four years as an insolvency manager. David will work with the team to provide personal insolvency expertise to clients across Scotland from Begbies Traynor’s offices in Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen.

In the firm's 50th year of business, Champion Accountants has announced the promotion of a former audit and accountants’ trainee to group partner. David Herd joined Champions Blackpool office in 2010 as a trainee studying for his AAT qualification before moving straight onto ACCA. In 2014 he moved to Manchester and worked under the company’s group tax partner, he then qualified as a chartered tax advisor.

Leading tax and advisory firm Blick Rothenberg has made four promotions to partner and six to director which came into effect on 1 July 2021, this is the largest number of promotions to these roles that the firm has ever seen. Adam Wildbore is promoted to director in the audit, assurance & advisory team; there are three promotions in the global mobility team, Winnie Cao and Vanesha Kistoo to partner and Vicky Boyle to director.

The US/UK private client team sees two director promotions with Michael Holland and Ross Anand, as does the outsourced accounting team as Mark McGivern makes the step to partner and Yasmin Putz to director.  Finally, Trevor Harris is promoted to partner to lead Blick Rothenberg’s trust practice and Jane Cleveland to director in the private client team.

Business and financial advisory firm Grant Thornton UK has announced the appointment of five new tax partners. These include Katy Bond and David Willott, who were promoted to partner in the global mobility services and south region corporate tax teams.

Nick Garside and Paul Wilson have been promoted to partner in Grant Thornton’s indirect tax team. Nick, who is based in London, and Paul, based in the North West, lead their teams in providing expert support to a range of clients on post-Brexit structuring and compliance.

The final partner promotion goes to David Francis who leads tax dispute resolution. David specialises in resolving lengthy, complex tax enquiries, with a significant focus on reputation management following HMRC-delivered pandemic support and the associated scrutiny on business compliance.

PwC UK has announced changes to its deals leadership team and strengthened the practice with the promotion of 18 new equity partners from 1 July 2021. The promotions to partner are across each of the four business units, they are: business restructuring services, corporate finance, forensic services and transactions services.

Smith Cooper, the accountancy and business advisory firm, has announced six promotions as part of their key summer promotions. In Nottingham, James ward has been promoted to a director of corporate finance and Adam Palmer has been promoted to senior manager for audit. In Derby, Lucy Robinson has been promoted to director of audit, Callum Jones has been promoted to manager of audit, and Keiran Marshall has been promoted to assistant manager of insolvency. Sian O’Leary has also been promoted to HR Manager.

Accountancy and business advisory firm MHA Moore and Smalley has made a senior hire at its Preston office, Rachel Somerville has been appointed as corporate tax senior manager. She has joined the practice from Lancaster-based Azets where she worked as a senior tax manager. Somerville has worked at each of the Big Four accountancy firms in her tenure as well as Grant Thornton. Rachel will advise clients across the North West on a range of tax compliance and planning issues.

Ruby Flanagan |Reporter, Accountancy Daily

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