People in the news: Smith Cooper, Kreston Reeves, AAT

This week's news of professional moves in the sector includes a partner promotion in Smith Cooper’s business recovery and insolvency team, Kreston Reeves appoints a director of VAT and duty, AAT gains a director of finance and operations

Martin Roome has been promoted to partner in Smith Cooper’s business recovery and insolvency team. Having joined Smith Cooper in 2010, Roome has been with the firm for over eight years, and has extensive experience in the industry, dealing with a number of large and complex issues across both the corporate and personal insolvency arena. Having started a career in insolvency in 1996, Roome passed his joint insolvency examination board exams in 2017, becoming a qualified insolvency practitioner. He has now obtained his practising licence and has recently taken his first appointment.

Kreston Reeves has appointed Colin Laidlaw as director of VAT and duty. He is based in the South East and will work across the firm’s Sussex, Kent and London offices. Laidlaw joins from RSM and also previously worked in a number of the top professional firms and HM Customs & Excise (as it was previously known). His role at Kreston Reeves will be a specialist advisory role providing VAT and other indirect tax advice to clients, ranging from compliance and appeal matters, to advisory projects with complex technical, structuring and planning aspects. Laidlaw and his team will also advise on other indirect taxes including Customs Duty.

AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) has appointed Jannine Edgar as its director of finance and operations. Edgar joined the organisation at the beginning of October. She joins the AAT from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), where she spent the past two years as chief operating officer holding responsibility for a broad range of organisational functions, including finance, procurement, ICT and change management. Prior to this, Edgar worked for 18 years in a variety of international roles at the Linde Group, including as head of business support where she led a restructure, helping contribute to profit improvements of 10%. In her new role, she will take overall responsibility for finance, ICT, customer service, facilities and procurement management functions.

Douglas Home & Company, a director-led chartered accountancy firm, has welcomed a group of trainees after a search for new talent took them to schools in the area. The firm, with offices in Kelso, Melrose, Haddington, Alnwick, Selkirk and Hawick, has recruited three members of staff to join their Kelso office, two of which are recent school leavers. Rebecca Johnston, 20, has joined the company after working in an administrator role for four years. For Robbie Anderson, 17, and Jody Cree, 16, this is their first ‘proper' job since leaving school in the summer.

Law firm Carey Olsen has appointed Bernadette Carey to head up its trusts and private wealth practice across the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and Cayman Islands. Carey, who joins from another offshore law firm in the Cayman Islands, has a broad private client practice advising on wealth structuring and estate planning matters, including the administration, restructuring and termination of trusts, as well as probate and testamentary issues. She also has significant experience in trust litigation, regularly appearing before the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands on multi-party contentious trust disputes, estate litigation, and other cross-border private client disputes.

Report by Amy Austin

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