In this week’s accountancy career moves, partner promotions and hires at BDO, James Cowper Kreston, Streets, Cowgills, Prime Accountants, Quantuma
BDO has appointed Jamie Austin as head of global private equity. He has more than 10 years of client experience with a particular focus on deal advisory services and has been a member of the global private equity leadership team since it was set up. In his new role, he will continue to lead a team offering a full range of services to private equity funds and their portfolio companies.
James Cowper Kreston has appointed Andy Cowie as a partner with effect from 1 May 2024. He is currently marketing and business development director, and will be the first non-fee earner to be appointed to the partnership. Cowie will focus on client service as well as the development of new clients and markets across the London, Thames Valley and Solent regions.
Cowgills has promoted Ben Day to partner in its debt advisory team, taking the partner numbers to 24. He joined Cowgills in 2017 as funding director, with previous roles held at MarketInvoice and Aldermore. Since his arrival he has completed over £150m in funds raised. The debt advisory team works with private businesses and financial sponsors to advise companies on the most suitable debt products for their business.
Streets Chartered Accountants has hired tax specialist Andrew Cockman as a tax partner and member of the private client team. His specialism includes tax planning for non-UK doms and their offshore trusts, as well as inheritance tax and capital gains tax consulting for shareholders in family companies and their family trusts. He is particularly interested in estate planning. He is a member of the private client committee of ICAEW Tax Faculty. Previously he was a tax director at Azets.
Deloitte has appointed Anil Gupta as practice senior partner for Yorkshire and the north east to lead a combined team of over 1,050 people. He will be responsible for driving the growth of Deloitte across the region, both in terms of revenue and its people across the firm’s offices in Leeds and Newcastle. He will take over from Stuart Cottee who has been in the role for the last five years. After 30 years at Deloitte, Cottee will continue his work as partner at the firm, supporting current and prospective clients through complex M&A transactions.
DJH Mitten Clarke has hired Suzy Dawson-Newbury as director of governance, risk and compliance to support the continued growth and development of the accountancy group. Joining from Scottish practice, Johnston Carmichael, Dawson-Newbury has been recruited to the newly created role following the firm’s six acquisitions in 2023, which saw the team swell to more than 300 across its eight offices. She will be responsible for ensuring the group remains compliant through its processes, standards, and procedures, and will act as money laundering officer.
TaxAssist Group has promoted Andy Gibbs ATT, CTA, to director of services and Richard Washington, head of group technology joins the new operational board, which has been set up to take over some of the functions of the group board and will be responsible for looking after much of the day to day running of group businesses.
haysmacintyre has made three internal promotions, with Donna Russell, James Gramston and David Lyons promoted to director. Russell has been with the firm since 2018, managing a portfolio of clients, predominately focusing on the property sector. In her new role she will drive growth in the business support and outsourcing department, and upskill staff. Gramston joined as an apprentice, before training as a chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser. He specialises in corporation tax, and heads up the business tax team within the firm’s hospitality sector. Audit specialist Lyons joined as a graduate in 2012 and qualified with the firm, where he focuses on audit and advisory work for hospitality clients.
Prime Accountants Group has promoted five members of staff with Kerrie Given and Paislei Godley promoted to associate director, while Callum O’Rourke has been made senior manager and Emily Sutton manager, in the wealth planning and advisory business, Prime Wealth. Lemar Chandegra, who joined as a graduate, has been promoted to audit and accounts senior after qualifying as an accountant.
PKF GM has appointed Dawn McMullan as insolvency manager to support the firm’s personal and contentious insolvency teams. She brings 17 years’ experience working in commercial, personal and contentious insolvency practices, she has particular skill in assisting with personal insolvency and compulsory liquidations. Previously she was an assistant insolvency manager at Begbies Traynor Group.
Robson Laidler Accountants has appointed Emily Brace, who returns to the firm as a healthcare senior after a stint at another local practice. Sarah Middleton, who previously also worked at the firm from 2018 to 2021 is back as audit senior. Georgina McAleavey has joined as manager in the business innovation department, managing client portfolios for small to medium sized businesses, and Anika Venayak is hired as an accounts assistant in the healthcare department.
Hurst has announced two promotions in its tax team, with Sam Ryan promoted to tax manager. He works with clients on a range of matters, including transactions, due diligence and restructuring. Liza Whiley has become an associate tax manager, and has a dual role, covering personal tax advisory and research and development.
Quantuma has strengthened its Caribbean leadership team with the appointment of Stephen Briscoe He joins as a managing director and a member of the firm’s international leadership team, splitting his time between the Cayman and British Virgin Island offices. A restructuring professional with extensive offshore and cross-border experience, previously he was managing director of Briscoe Wong Advisory in Hong Kong and most recently led the BVI office of FFP. He began his career working at the Official Receiver in the UK.
Saxo Bank has appointed John Carmichael as chief risk and compliance officer and member of the board of management and executive team. Previously he was head of internal audit and brings extensive experience of the bank’s operations, and his leadership will play a pivotal role in further enhancing Saxo Bank’s risk and compliance. He replaces Michael Carlsen, chief compliance officer, who is leaving the business. Nina Senstius, formerly deputy head of internal audit, has been promoted to the position of head of internal audit, reporting to the board of directors.
House of Lords appoints members to new Financial Services Regulation Committee, which will be chaired by Lord Forsyth of Drumlean. The members are Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted, Baroness Donaghy, Baroness Noakes and Lords Eatwell, Grabiner, Hill of Oareford, Hollick, Kestenbaum, Lilley, Sharkey, Smith of Kelvin and Vaux of Harrowden. The creation of the committee follows the passing of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2023 (FSMA 2023) which repealed retained EU law for financial services and established a new framework for the regulation of financial services in the UK.