People in the news: RSM, Chiene + Tait, CBW, EY, Grant Thornton

In this week's accountancy career moves, we take a spin round the partner promotions, external hires and management changes 

Smith & Williamson Holdings has appointed Carla Stent as a non-executive director. She has joined the board with immediate effect and will chair the group audit and risk oversight committee. Stent has extensive experience as an executive and non-executive, both in the financial services sector and in other industries. She is currently chair of commodities brokers, Marex Spectron Limited, and a non-executive director of Post Office Limited, where she also chairs the audit and risk Committee. Her executive career has included senior roles at Virgin Group and Barclays Bank.

RSM has appointed Alastair Nuttall as a partner in Manchester to strengthen its growing audit practice. He has over 25 years’ experience acting for large PLCs, owner-managed businesses and private equity backed high growth companies. He joins from EY where he headed up the North West and Yorkshire audit practices. In a second senior hire, RSM has brought in James Gransby as a partner, responsible for developing the firm’s GP professional practices client base in London and the South, working primarily from the Kent, Southampton and London offices. He is a specialist medical accountant dealing with the accounts, tax and pensions for doctors and a board member of the Association of Independent Specialist Medical Accountants (AISMA). He has over 20 years’ experience and was previously a partner at MHA MacIntyre Hudson.

Chiene + Tait has promoted Jackie Fraser and Shona Fraser, the joint heads of its Inverness operation, to partner. The move is part of further investment in the Highland office which has seen significant growth in clients and staff numbers since opening three years ago. Jackie Fraser became the firm’s first Inverness recruit and led the opening of the new office in 2016, previously she was tax manager at EY. Shona Fraser, also ex EY where she was a senior manager in the accounting & compliance reporting group, joined the firm in 2017. The Inverness office has a team of eight and is currently recruiting two further staff members.

Grant Thornton has expanded its Growth 365 service in Scotland with the appointment of two senior industry experts, Nichola Thomas and Vikki Macleod, who will join the firm’s entrepreneur and business support service available in the Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen offices. Thomas is a food and drink industry expert who joins with 20 years’ experience of advising and mentoring management teams, and is also a director of the UK Food & Drink Exporters Association. Macleod specialises in the technology, marketing and financial services sectors and during a 30-year career has advised the c-suite of major global brands including Virgin Money, Tesco and HSBC.

Rayner Essex has hired Jason Croke as VAT director with a remit including VAT compliance, stamp duty land taxes and import duties. He is a VAT specialist with more than 22 years’ experience and joins from Haines Watts where he was head of VAT, and previously he was VAT manager at Cooper Parry.

CBW has appointed Philip Bird as corporate finance partner in the firm’s corporate finance team bringing the total number of partners at the Top 50 firm to 21. He has more than 25 years’ experience in supporting clients with corporate finance advice and brings a wealth of experience in corporate finance advisory work, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, management buyouts and fundraising. He joins from BDO where he was corporate finance partner, focusing particularly on the transport, logistics and business support services sectors.

Mazars has appointed Nigel Layton as partner in its forensic and investigation services practice in London. He joins Mazars from KPMG, where he led the corporates forensic team, as well as leading the firm’s forensic business in Russia and the CIS. He will focus on establishing and growing a specialist investigations unit within the broader forensic and investigation services (FIS) team. He has over 25 years’ experience in conducting fraud, anti-bribery and corruption, targeted due diligence, and other investigations on a global scale.

EY has made five senior appointments to its UK law team, including three internal promotions. Craig Stevenson has joined the Big Four firm as a corporate partner having previously been a partner at PwC, where he led the global M&A legal network from China and Hong Kong. He has extensive experience advising clients on complex international and domestic corporate structuring and cross-border M&A projects. Claire Scott-Priestley will join the law practice this autumn as a corporate partner from Squire Patton Boggs where she was a corporate partner focused on mid-market corporate advisory and M&A. EY has promoted Terence Devane, Mark Hough and Matt Whalley as associate partners, bringing the total number of partners and associate partners in the UK law team to 16.

TaxAssist Group has strengthened the franchise network support team with the appointment of Gary Clark AAT CTA as technical manager, based at the support centre in Norwich. He is a tax practitioner with over 30 years’ experience, and has run his own practice. Lee Currell and Nick Kyle join the digital technology team as software training and support officer, and junior web developer, Patsy Boyle as a marketing executive, while Jack Sandall and James Sandall join on 18-month Business Administration Apprenticeships with Skills Edge Training.

Thomas St John (TSJ Group) has hired Gary Rowson as UK tax director, where he will work with existing clients and attract new business to the firm. He has over 20 years’ experience as a tax adviser to high net worth individuals, entrepreneurs and their families, and is a recognised expert in tax dispute resolution work. Previously he was tax director at Lancaster Knox LLP, providing specialist tax advisory services.

Andy Armanino is to take over from Richard Moore as chair of Moore Global, the international accountancy and consulting network, from 1 January 2020. He is currently a member of Moore Global’s board and until 1 January 2019 was CEO and managing partner of Armanino LLP, growing the business to become one of the top 25 accounting and business consulting firms in the US. After 15 years as chair, Moore will remain an active member of the network through Moore Family Office Limited, specialising in advising international private client families. Moore Global recently changed its name in a rebranding from Moore Stephens International.

Global network RSM International has appointed Paul Herring as global chief innovation officer. He will join the global executive office, reporting directly to RSM International’s CEO, Jean Stephens. He will lead on developments in digital and innovation, focusing on using technology to drive the business. He joins from Grant Thornton with more than thirty years’ experience in a number of senior global leadership roles relating to innovation, risk, governance and strategy.

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