People in the news: Thomas Westcott, Grant Thornton, DTE, Mazars, Float

In this week’s accountancy career moves, managing partner appointment at Thomas Westcott, partner hires at Mazars and Grant Thornton, director hires at Johnston Carmichael and MHA Henderson Loggie, CFO for Elder and Float ramps up leadership team

Shona Godefroy has been appointed managing partner of Thomas Westcott, the southwest-based firm of chartered accountants and business advisers. She takes over the leadership of the practice from chairman Richard Thomas, who founded the firm in 1985 and is stepping down after 34 years. Godefroy joined Thomas Westcott in 2007 from Big Four firm EY and has more than 25 years’ experience. Formerly deputy managing partner, she is head of the firm’s audit and assurance team. She is also a trustee of the Theatre Royal Plymouth and chair of governors at a local primary school.

Grant Thornton UK LLP has appointed forensics partner Michael Radcliffe to lead its disputes advisory practice, focusing on growing the existing business and expanding into new service areas. Over the last 20 years he has advised clients on many complex cross-border disputes specialising in commercial litigation, civil fraud, arbitration and transaction disputes.

Manchester-based accountants and business advisory firm, DTE Corporate Finance, has hired Victoria Edwards ACA as an assistant director and Fatema Daud ACA as corporate finance executive. Edwards is a corporate financier with experience in the UK and Australia, and will be responsible for enhancing the firm’s brand profile as well as expanding its offerings to core clients in Manchester and the North West. Daud has extensive international experience, and was previously assistant manager at KPMG in Manchester, having trained at Deloitte.

Johnston Carmichael has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of Jenn Stewart as restructuring director and head of the firm’s recently opened Dundee office. Stewart, a licensed insolvency practitioner, joins the firm with 16 years’ experience and will lead a team with expertise spanning sectors including technology and life sciences, food and drink and agriculture. Previously she was restructuring director at boutique advisory firm Dunedin Advisory, and prior to that a partner and head of personal insolvency and debt advisory at Begbies Traynor Group.

MHA Henderson Loggie has appointed Kimberley Thomson as tax partner in its Dundee office. She joins from EY where she was a tax director with EY and has over 20 years’ experience working for the Big Four firm. She has extensive corporate tax advisory experience advising multinational businesses on UK tax rules and assisting businesses expanding into overseas jurisdictions. Diane Wright has taken up the role of senior tax manager in the Edinburgh office. Diane has over 10 years’ experience in the Big Four and has also spent nearly a decade working in the in-house tax team at Cairn Energy.

Mazars has appointed Asam Malik as partner to lead the technology solutions team in the UK. He joins the firm with a national remit, and will focus on driving further growth in a team aiming to double in size over the next 12 months. He will also take responsibility for embedding a ‘people first’ culture with an emphasis on learning and development. Malik joins Mazars from PwC, where he led the technology risk team across Newcastle and Manchester.

Digital accounting specialist Float, which provides a cash flow forecasting service for Xero, QuickBooks Online and FreeAgent, has ramped up its leadership team with the appointment of three senior executives, including chief operating officer Jennifer Given, previously COO at CashMaster; chief marketing officer Nick Cole, who was previously managing partner at Teviot; and chief technology officer Tim Leslie, previously R&D manager at SumDog.  

Live-in care start-up Elder has hired Kevin Fleming as chief financial officer. He joins from Iprism Insurance Underwriting, a regulated e-wholesaling business, where he served as interim CFO. He has extensive experience in business transformation at high-growth entrepreneurial businesses, across a number of online technology focused sectors.

Mike McKeon CA, president of ICAS (the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland), has been confirmed as the new chair of CCAB (the Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies). In his role, McKeon will take leadership of the group representing the main UK accountancy bodies, which has a combined membership of over 380,000 professional accountants worldwide. He replaces John Cullen, chair of ACCA’s standards board, and partner and insolvency practitioner at Menzies.

The European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) has reappointed Jean-Paul Gauzès as board president for a second three-year term beginning 1 July 2019, following his endorsement at the EFRAG general assembly. Gauzès is a French lawyer and as an MEP from 2004 until 2014, he was a member of ECON Committee (Economic and Monetary Affairs) and later the ECON coordinator for the European People’s Party. He will remain chair of the European Lab Steering Group.  Andreas Barckow has been reappointed as board vice-president.

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