People in the news: RSM, BDO, Hurst, Mitchells

In this week’s accountancy career moves, partner promotions at BDO, Grant Thornton and Mitchells, new managing director for IRIS software group, and CFO hires

RSM has strengthened its corporate finance team throughout the UK with 11 new appointments joining its London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Reading offices. In London, Jasper Van Heesch joins as director while Graham Weston, Monique Ahmed and Alex Veale all join as managers. RSM in Edinburgh has recruited Ben Wright as an associate, while Igor Noonan has joined as an executive. In Manchester, Sam Dalziel becomes the new associate director and David Coxhead and Andrew Aldridge both join as associates. RSM in Reading has also hired Max Whitehead as its new director and Nick Boreham as an associate.

Global law firm Goodwin has announced that Dulcie Daly will join the firm’s tax practice as a partner in the London office to strengthen its London transactional platform and to expand its international tax bench. With approximately 15 years of experience advising sponsor clients and their portfolio companies, Daly focuses on UK and international tax planning and provides tax-related advice in the context of cross-border private equity and M&A transactions and restructurings. She also has experience in the tax aspects of debt finance and capital markets transactions.  

Mitchells Chartered Accountants has appointed the firm’s first two female partners, Liz Fisher and Laura Pain. With 36 years’ combined service, tax and employer solutions specialist Fisher and cloud accounting and start-up expert Pain, a fellow of the ACCA, join Tim Leeman, Andrew McDaid and Tony Hornsby in leading the strategic direction of the firm. Fisher has been with Mitchells since leaving school in 1997 and completed an ATT apprenticeship at the firm, before qualifying as a Chartered Tax Adviser. The partners will head up the firm’s tax and small business divisions respectively.

Northwest accounting firm Hurst has promoted corporate finance specialist Ben Bradley, who has advised on nearly £1bn of deals in the last five years, to associate partner. Bradley joined Hurst as a graduate trainee in September 2011 following a 12-month university placement. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 2014 while working in the firm’s business services team, then joined the corporate finance team in 2015 after a secondment with Moore Colson, an accountancy practice in Atlanta, US.

Grant Thornton UK LLP has invested in its Cardiff team with the relocation of a key tax advisor and the promotion to director in the audit practice. Jamie Preston joins the Cardiff team as associate tax director after working in Grant Thornton’s Sheffield office for 12 years. He has a wealth of experience in supporting private-equity firms with international portfolios and is also handling companies with the tax implications of Brexit. Dylan Rees has been promoted to audit director. He has almost a decade of experience working within the audit sector and joined Grant Thornton five years ago from Audit Wales. Since then he has worked with a diverse client base across Wales and the south west of England, ranging from small owner manager companies to large private equity backed groups.

BDO LLP has recently strengthened its technology risk assurance team (TRA) with the appointment and promotions of four new partners since the start of the year. Dee Vaghela joins the national technology risk assurance practice this month, and is based in the Midlands. His role will see him support new and existing clients leveraging technology solutions, data analytics and controls specialists across our external audit portfolio. He has particular expertise within the natural resources and energy and manufacturing sectors and joins BDO from EY. Adrian Hughes also joins the national TRA practice, and is based in London. As well as supporting the wider team in applying advanced technology and data analytics to the audit process, he will have a specific focus on maintaining consistent IT audit quality across our audit portfolio. He joins from PwC. In January BDO announced two new promotions to partner in the TRA team, Rob Di Santo in London and Spencer Ashworth who is based in the north west.  

Business advisory firm Quantuma has appointed a new director, Mike Horton, to its financial advisory practice. He has over 18 years’ experience working in the financial services sector, spending over half of his career advising businesses exhibiting signs of financial distress or entering a formal insolvency process. His expertise spans refinancing, new lending for businesses, portfolio management, and advising corporates and their financial stakeholders in turnaround situations. Before joining Quantuma, Horton managed the recoveries portfolio of peer-to-peer lender Assetz Capital for over four years.

Alpha Real Capital, a specialist manager of secure income real assets, has appointed former PwC partner and head of pensions investment consulting, Sinead Leahy, as a senior adviser. She brings a wealth of experience as a pension specialist, leading investment strategy and implementation advice to corporate sponsors and trustees of large defined benefit (DB) pension schemes during her time at PwC.

IRIS Software Group, one of the UK’s largest privately held software companies, has appointed Jim Scott as its new managing director for accountancy. He brings 25 years’ experience in helping growing businesses create transformative strategies and build teams and systems. Scott will be driving forward IRIS’ evolution, leading the accountancy offering, and focusing on meeting the needs of the main market sectors IRIS serves – accountancy, education and human capital management. Prior to joining IRIS, he worked at Sage for 20 years in both operational and strategic roles.

Emberson Group, a network of creative, marketing and lead generation agencies, has hired Laura Parsonage as finance director. She joins the Emberson Group board to boost its acquisition strategy and help future-proof the group’s financial growth plans as it moves into a new phase of expansion.  Overseeing the group’s acquisition function, Laura will also be responsible for the execution of financial strategy, control and analysis across the Group.

Amber Energy, the Cardiff-based energy management consultancy, has appointed Jeremy French as chief financial officer (CFO). French is the company’s first CFO and will play a pivotal role in helping the company realise its ambitious long-term plans. He joins Amber Energy from Equilaw, where he was group finance director. Prior to that, he worked for companies such as Airbus and Hamilton Sundstrand. He has also held finance director roles at Prezola and Ministry of Cake.

Clearwater Analytics has appointed financial services industry veteran, Jacques Aigrain, to its board of directors. Aigrain brings nearly 30 years of expertise in leading growth and success across complex financial services institutions around the world including nine years at Swiss Re as CEO and 20 years in global leadership roles at JP Morgan Chase & Co.

The Board of Directors of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has re-elected Jens Weidmann, president of the Deutsche Bundesbank, as chair of the BIS board for a third three-year term. The term will commence on 1 November 2021, after Weidmann's current term of office expires. He first assumed his responsibilities as chair of the BIS board on 1 November 2015.

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