People in the news: RSM, HW Fisher, Hurst, DTE

In this week’s accountancy career moves, partner promotions and hires at RSM, HW Fisher and Alvarez & Marsal Taxand, director appointments at DTE and Iris Software

HW Fisher has expanded its specialist not for profit team with the appointment of Carol Rudge as head of not for profit. Using her significant experience in the sector combined with her leadership skills, Rudge will be responsible for growing the firm into a leader in the not for profit sector working with charities, schools, universities, membership bodies and trade unions. As part of her new role, she will also be joining the management team at HW Fisher as an equity partner to contribute to, and drive, the firm’s strategy and growth. She trained at KPMG and was most recently head of not for profit at Grant Thornton. Rudge is a member of the Charity Commission’s SORP committee.

RSM has announced 11 promotions to partner across the UK to support growth and help shape the future firm. The promotions are effective from 1 April 2021. The national tax practice sees three corporate tax specialists, Leonid Khristoforov in London, Miranda Sharp in Guildford and Rupert Guppy in Southampton all promoted to partner. There have been two promotions in the firm’s audit faculty, Jacqui Baker in Liverpool, and Saxon Moseley in London; and two promotions in the transaction team with Helen Brocklebank (Birmingham) and Alex Milne (Southampton) becoming corporate finance partners. Elsewhere in the firm, Andy Nalliah in the creditor services team (Hull); risk assurance specialist Liz Wright (Milton Keynes); Netsuite consultant Peter Frayn; and people director Victoria Kirkhope (Glasgow) were all promoted to partner.

London accountancy firm Davis Grant has promoted Jenny Cessini to associate director. She has been at the firm for more than 20 years, having started her career at Davis Grant as a trainee at the age of 18. As well as heading up the firm’s compliance team and co-heading the audit division, Cessini has been instrumental in revolutionising internal practices at Davis Grant, making the practice more efficient and effective. In her new role she will assist the firm’s existing board, to strengthen communication and processes throughout the practice and will have greater responsibility for leading the mentoring and training of the accounts department.

Alvarez & Marsal Taxand LLP has strengthened its financial investors tax practice with the appointment of Stuart Twinberrow, who joins as a managing director. Twinberrow, who will work alongside A&M’s senior practice leaders including Marvin Rust and Jason Clatworthy, brings more than 20 years’ experience in corporate and international tax, having advised a significant number of private equity and financial services clients. Prior to joining A&M Taxand, Twinberrow was a partner at Deloitte, where he led its M&A tax team in London, and subsequently ran a specialist M&A insurer.

DTE Business Advisers has promoted Richard Askey to senior audit manager in its Bury head office. He trained at DTE and is an FCA, who qualified as a chartered accountant with ICAEW. He specialises in dealing with professional practices and looks after all the firm’s solicitor clients, and also deals with the audit and accounting queries raised by members of DTE Connect, a support network for accountants and tax practitioners across the country.

Accountancy firm Hurst has set up a specialist team to advise companies on the super-deduction scheme announced in last month’s Budget. The team, led by tax partner Adrian Young, is working with a range of north west businesses to help them navigate the new rules. The team includes associate tax partner James Thompson and tax manager Sarah Haley.

Newcastle-based Malhotra Group plc, which owns a number of hotels, bars and restaurants in Tyneside, along with a care business trading under its Prestwick Care brand, has hired David Elliott as chief finance officer. He is a financial accountant and tax specialist of some 35 years and is currently senior partner at KPMG in Newcastle. He will leave the Big Four firm at the end of April.

IRIS Software Group has appointed David Turner as chief marketing officer. He has a deep understanding of all aspects of marketing from strategy and branding to international demand generation, digital marketing, product marketing and new product development with a background in software and SaaS (Software as a Service). Prior to joining IRIS, Turner grew international marketing teams and led major transformation at cloud software company Oracle NetSuite, ERP vendor Unit4 and accounting software company CODA.

WorkLife, the employee benefits platform for small businesses, has strengthened its corporate adviser channel with the appointment of Paul Chedzey as relationship director. He has over 10 years’ business development experience within the financial advice market and will be responsible for growing and developing WorkLife’s offering for advisers. Before joining WorkLife, Chedzey was an account director at insurance software firm Open GI.

The Credit Services Association (CSA), the trade association for the debt collection industry, has appointed Jane Peacock to act as a non-executive director. She will specialise in further education and apprenticeships, bringing a fresh perspective to help shape qualifications and ensure they are fit for the future. She has over 30 years’ experience in the education sector. Her most recent role was within the Department for Education’s Education and Skills Funding Agency, specialising in development, regulation and oversight of the further education sector. 

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