People in the news: RSM, UHY Hacker Young, Mazars

In this week’s moves and appointments roundup, RSM has made 11 internal promotions to partner across the UK and has appointed an associate director, UHY Hacker Young gains four employees in its audit department and Mazars appoints two partners in Birmingham and Manchester

RSM has announced 11 internal promotions to partner across the UK with seven of these beginning their careers at RSM. There have been four promotions in the firm’s audit faculty. Adam Krupski in Stoke; Hywel Pegler in Bristol; and Karen Musgrave and Nicky Warburton in Preston. Within the tax practice, Jo Webber and Simon Adams have been promoted to partner in the employer solutions team based in Bristol and London respectively; and Claire Spencer has been promoted to corporate tax partner in Manchester. In addition, Stella Cooper has become a partner in the accounting and business advisory team in Leeds. Across the firm’s advisory practice, Natalie Ord has become a corporate finance partner in London; Jamie Miller has been appointed as a restructuring advisory partner in Leeds; and Declan Mackin has become a partner in the economic consulting team based in Belfast. In addition, Phil Brown has been appointed as an associate director in Stoke.

UHY Hacker Young has made new hires in its audit department with the appointment of audit and accounts manager Louise Tawn, and audit seniors Abi Moore and Lucy Gazzard. Tawn joins the firms after spending 12 years at Smith Cooper. Gazzard qualified in 2017 and previously worked at Mabe Allen and Moore joins UHY from Hardcastle Burton LLP after qualifying in 2016.

Andrew Spence and Andrew Westhead have both joined Mazars as partners and will assume the roles of head of tax for Birmingham and the North West, respectively. Spence has previously worked at EY and national Grid. Westhead will be based in Manchester and joins Mazars from Grant Thornton where he was a tax partner.

PKF Francis Clark has announced the promotion of two partners and five directors. The promotions take place in the Truro, Plymouth, Torquay, Exeter and Taunton offices and bring the total partnership to 55 with the firm now employing over 700 staff across the South and South West. Daniel Sladen, a corporate and business tax specialist in the Truro office becomes partner and James Barrett's work as a business services director has also been recognised by appointment to the partnership in the Plymouth office. Also in Plymouth, Louise Bridgett's work as a senior manager in the not-for-profit team has resulted in her promotion to director and in Torquay, Tim Lannin's work across the leisure and tourism, transport and internet sectors sees him promoted to director. In the Exeter office, Rob Gear becomes a corporate finance director and in Exeter and Taunton respectively Sonia Fisher and Sam Cook are promoted to business services directors.

Farnham and Surrey based chartered accountants Wise & Co has appointed Jo Colwell as a partner. She will join managing partner Sharmini Woodings and Treena Turner on the board of seven partners.

Ryan Hudson has been promoted to director at Howards after being with the firm for several years. He has previously worked at two independent practices in Cheshire and Staffordshire and passed professional exams with both the ACCA and ICAEW. He qualified in 2004 and worked at a practice in the Potteries before he started at Howards in 2014.

Thomas Westcott has promoted Jon Mitchell as partner at the firm. Mitchell joined Thomas Westcott as a director in 2015 to launch and head the firm's business recovery and insolvency service.

Richard Staunton has been appointed as a VAT partner at Gerald Edelman. He brings over 25 years’ experience of VAT planning to the firm, with expertise in land and property, retail and renewables as well as VAT tribunals. Having started his career as a VAT inspector for HMRC, he subsequently practiced as a VAT consultant, gained experience in the retail sector and worked as a VAT specialist within a consultancy firm.

CBW has appointed Luke Metson and Steve Bilby as partners. Metson, director of General Practice, has over 13 years’ experience working within the General Practice team at CBW and brings a wealth of knowledge of handling international groups, as well as owner-managed businesses. His expertise lies in guiding clients through operational and strategic change and supporting general compliance requirements. Bilby, business development director, joined CBW in 2012, following a successful 25-year career in banking, where he won a number of accolades for his work.

Masum Ahmed rejoins McBrides from Greenback Alan and is a chartered tax adviser and trust and estate practitioner who qualified whilst a member of the personal tax team at McBrides in 2001.

Report by Amy Austin

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