People in the news: Shaw Gibbs, Kreston, Grant Thornton, Crowe, ICAS
13 Sep 2019
In this week’s accountancy career moves, hires and promotions at Shaw Gibbs, Kreston, Dellitte and Grant Thornton, and partner appointments at MHA MacIntyre Hudson and Crowe, and top young accountant named at ICAS awards
13 Sep 2019
MHA MacIntyre Hudson has appointed Richard Maitland as a partner in its human capital advisory team. With 18 years’ experience, he will lead all client work related to employment tax, in addition to spearheading the firm’s national minimum wage consulting proposition. Previously he was at KPMG where he was a director in people services for over eight years. His other experience includes roles at PwC, also in the human resources service line.
Top 20 firm Crowe has promoted Tara Westcott to partner in its non profits team. Previously a director at the firm, she was promoted to partner with effect from 1 September 2019 and will continue to provide external and internal audit, financial reporting and accounting and regulatory compliance services to a wide range of clients. Westcott joined the firm in 2016 from KPMG, where she worked for a range of leading charities, education organisations, local government associations and private enterprises. She is based in the firm’s Cheltenham office.
George Hay Chartered Accountants has promoted Claire Morgan MAAT to partner. She was previously practice manager having started her career as an accounts trainee at the firm and is based at the Biggleswade branch. She is a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (MAAT).
RSM has appointed Rowan Porter as a director in its financial due diligence practice across the North. He brings over 13 years’ corporate finance experience, following his previous role at Grant Thornton. He brings expertise in buy and sell side financial due diligence projects including corporate transactions, private equity and debt finance. He has advised on transactions across a number of sectors including technology, manufacturing, and service providers. At Grant Thornton, his most recent role was entrepreneurial advisory senior manager.
Kreston Reeves has strengthened its private client tax team with the appointment of Dan Mundroina as a private client tax director from RSM UK. He has a strong track record in advising wealthy individuals and their families on all aspects of trusts, inheritance tax and personal tax matters. The firm has also appointed 34 new trainees and students across its offices in London, Kent and Sussex. The new intake of trainee accountants and financial advisers includes a mix of GCSE and A-level students, graduates, those on industrial placements, and part-qualified students completing their training.
ForrestBrown has hired James Dudbridge as associate director. In his new role he will provide strategic R&D tax credit advice to SMEs and large companies, and will look after the businesses’ enquiry support service, including his specialist area, HMRC enquiries and disclosures. He was previously senior associate at Burgess Salmon LLP, and prior to that worked as a solicitor at Collyer Bristow LLP, where he helped establish the firm’s office in Geneva.
Grant Thornton has expanded its team serving high-growth businesses in the North East of Scotland with two hires. Oil and gas sector expert Susan Roberts has been appointed as a senior manager in corporate tax, joining from the Kanoo Group, based in UAE and Oman. Her extensive career within international tax has seen her collaborate with a range of businesses across Europe and the Middle East, working across construction, oil and gas, and hospitality. Also joining the Aberdeen-based team is Yomi Solanke, who has been appointed as an assistant manager in the audit team. Hired from Big Four firm EY where he was an audit senior, Solanke has seven years’ experience in commercial auditing, and a comprehensive understanding of technical accounting frameworks, including UK GAAP and IFRS.
Accounting firm Shaw Gibbs has expanded the team with five hires, including the appointment of James Painter FCCA CTA as head of tax. Painter has over 13 years’ experience in tax which includes working with owner-managers on M&A, and cross border and international tax issues. Painter will lead the combined personal and corporate tax teams in Oxford and London, splitting his time between the two offices. Previously he was at Throgmorton as a tax director, and before at FLB Accountants and Fish Partnership. Other hires include Mamata Maden, who has joined the audit team, having previously worked in the audit division of a Big Four firm, and three trainees, Abby Potter and Jacob Thomas-Watts in the compliance team, and A-level leaver Luke Brazier in outsourcing.
Accountancy practice Creaseys in Tunbridge Wells has taken on four trainees, including graduates Scott Cornes and Angus Wilson, and Charlie Horsman and Nicky Wilford are in their first full-time employment since leaving school.
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) has named Hamisha Mehta CA as the top young chartered accountant (CA) for 2019, as part of the global One Young CA competition. Mehta is a senior commercial financial manager at snack company Pladis and judges said she stood out as an inspiring role model due to her career success, enthusiasm and forward-thinking approach. She has taken an active role in helping to drive cultural change within her organisation through the Being Me initiative, aimed at promoting good mental health.
Deloitte has appointed Dr Ric Simes as a director in its financial advisory business, where he joins the economic consulting team. He will focus on economic regulation in a number of industries including technology, media, telecommunications and energy and resources. Most recently he was working Deloitte Asia Pacific, based in Australia. He has previously held senior positions in the Commonwealth Treasury, international academia and the Australian prime minister’s office. Deloitte has also recently appointed John Raven as a director from Oxera Consulting.
Sir Amyas Morse, the former auditor general and chief executive of the National Audit Office (NAO), has been named to lead an independent review of HMRC’s loan charge, commissioned by the Treasury.
The National Leadership Centre (NLC), the leadership training and development organisation for senior public service professionals, has appointed 11 board members, headed up by chair Dame Sara Thornton, the independent anti-slavery commissioner and former first chair of the National Police Chiefs’ council. KPMG deputy chair Melanie Richards and Jon Thompson, former CEO of HMRC and incoming head of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), have both been named as board directors.