People in the news: Saffery Champness, EY, Moore Kingston Smith

In this week’s accountancy career moves, partner promotions at Saffery Champness and EY, financial advisory expansion at Moore Kingston Smith, and alternative finance teams expand

Saffery Champness has appointed Chris Luckett as a tax partner, based in its Harrogate office. He has over 20 years’ experience of providing tax advice to private clients and joins Saffery Champness from KPMG in Leeds, where he was a director. Prior to this, Chris spent five years at Deloitte. ATT and CTA qualified, Luckett works with high net worth and ultra-high net worth clients and their families, advising on issues such as succession planning and the tax efficient structuring of investments and transactions. He also supports business owners, entrepreneurs and land owners, advising them on personal and business tax issues on business structuring and profit extraction. The firm has also appointed private client and trust specialist Fiona Graham as a consultant in its tax team. Previously she worked in legal practice for 18 years at private client law firm Boodle Hatfield, where she was a senior partner in the private client and tax team. She brings with her extensive experience advising on tax and succession matters for landed estates, UK trusts and family businesses, whether through outright ownership or trusts, partnerships or other vehicles, as well as strategic planning.

EY has promoted Chris Atkinson to associate partner in assurance in the Cambridge office, reinforcing the firm’s continued investment in its regional business and commitment to nurturing home grown talent. Across the UK, EY has strengthened its partnership with 103 new equity partners. This includes 65 new partner promotions, which is the firm’s largest intake of home-grown talent in the last 10 years, along with 38 external hires. EY now has 781 partners across the UK. Atkinson joined EY as a graduate in the assurance team in 2010. Over the last decade, Chris has worked with a broad range of listed and privately owned companies across the east of England, London and Luton, notably in the technology and bio tech industries. He is responsible for managing complex audits across the east of England.

Moore Kingston Smith has promoted David Mitchell to director. Based in the financial advisory team, his experience in wealth management will continue to drive forward the firm’s financial advisory offering and growth plans. A chartered financial planner with a background in managing investments and providing tax planning advice, Mitchell has worked in advisory services since 2000, delivering holistic financial advice to entrepreneurs, company executives and investors.

Recognise Bank has hired Robert Hulse as business development manager dedicated to professional practice firms, with a focus on finance raising for SMEs. Hulse joins from Shire Professional Funding where he was head of professional practices and will focus on accountants, law firms, architects, dentists and vets.

Brickflow, a comparison site for development finance, has appointed Tim Noble as lending director and Chris Meyer as key account director. Noble has 40 years’ banking experience, the last 30 of which have been spent providing residential development finance to UK housebuilders. During his career, he held senior positions with Paragon Bank, Bank Leumi, Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander and Close Property Finance. Meyer has 28 years’ experience in providing funding support services to practices, firms and brokers in the professions and insurance sector.

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