People in the news: RSM, Cooper Parry, Wylie & Bisset, ICAEW, CIMA

In this week’s accountancy career moves, hires and promotions at RSM, Cooper Parry and Wylie Bisset, London partner for Carey Olsen, non-execs for ICAEW board and CIMA president

RSM has hired Adam Jones as associate director in the private client team and Jade Bedford as R&D tax manager in the corporate tax team, based out of Yorkshire and the North East. Jones has almost 30 years’ experience advising on all aspects of private client tax and has worked at EY, Deloitte and PwC. Bedford brings a wealth of industry and in practice experience to the new role, having worked at Unilever as an R&D chemist, before moving to KPMG where she worked in tax, specialising in innovation tax reliefs including R&D and patent box. In her new role, she will work with the 60-strong tax team to grow the regional innovation reliefs practice to help more regional clients benefit from tax reliefs.

Glasgow-based chartered accountants Wylie & Bisset has appointed Gerald McLaughlin, former corporate finance director at Campbell Dallas, as its first corporate finance partner. The strategic appointment brings McLaughlin’s career full circle, having qualified with Wylie & Bisset 15 years ago prior to leaving the firm. He specialises in working with businesses in all stages of their life cycle, from early stage start-up to multi-million pound disposals.

Cooper Parry has hired a debt advisory specialist Paul Ambrose to complement its corporate finance business as the firm expands into London and the southern market. Ambrose has over 30 years’ experience as both an adviser and a lender with PwC and Barclays. He will be supporting Cooper Parry clients by raising finance from the wide range of institutions now serving the UK market to fund transactions and refinancing requirements across the entrepreneur, private equity owned and listed business areas.

Offshore law firm Carey Olsen has appointed litigation and insolvency lawyer Richard Brown as a partner in its London office. He joins from the London office of Harneys where he was counsel, previously having worked for Carey Olsen in Jersey between 2015 and 2017. His practice focuses on international insolvency, fraud and asset recovery as well as contentious trust matters.

FRP Advisory LLP has strengthened its corporate finance team in the Midlands with the appointment of Fahim Kassam as manager and Daniel Chouciño as assistant manager. Kassam joins from Alantra, where he was an associate, and will be based in the firm’s Birmingham office. Chouciño joins from Translink Corporate Finance, where he was an assistant director, based out of the Leicester office.

Canadian finance leader Amal Ratnayake FCMA, CGMA has been named 86th president of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). He will combine the role with his position as Chairman of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, the global accounting organisation formed by CIMA and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). As president, Ratnayake will represent 228,000 members and students worldwide as CIMA celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Ratnayake is currently chief financial officer at the Official Community Corporation, an online event-driven brand management company for established recording artists.

Two independent non-executive directors have joined the ICAEW board. Mary Hockaday is a journalist and a senior leader in broadcasting, with a developing portfolio relating to education. She is controller at BBC World Service English and has held a number of senior editorial and leadership positions within the BBC and is a trustee of the Girls’ Day School Trust. Malcolm Wood is currently group company secretary at Lloyds Banking Group, and is due to retire at the end of June. He was previously general counsel and company secretary of Standard Life after a career as a corporate lawyer in private practice in London and Edinburgh. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, and a member of the Corporate Governance Council and GC100. Their two-year board terms will last until 1 June 2021.

Sara White

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