People in the news: UHY Hacker Young, Crowe, Wright Vigar, Kingston Smith

In this week’s career moves, partner promotions confirmed at Knill James, Ashurst and Kingston Smith, while UHY Hacker Young names incoming chairman and new president at ICAS

UHY Hacker Young, the national accountancy group, has appointed partner Colin Wright as chairman, replacing outgoing chair Jon Warsop who will remain as a partner with the firm based out of the Nottingham office. Wright has worked two stints at UHY Hacker Young for a combined period of 19 years, most recently as audit partner for companies and not-for-profit organisations across a number of sectors. He has more than 25 years’ experience in audit and assurance, financial reporting and corporate finance. He initially trained at EY in Trinidad and Tobago, and joined the London office of UHY Hacker Young in 1996.

Crowe UK has named Mark Allen as corporate finance partner to build up the firm’s corporate finance team, based out of the Thames Valley, where he will be leading advisory work for corporate entities and institutional investors, as well as in the firm’s transaction service (due diligence) team. He joins Crowe from Big Four firm Deloitte, where he was spent 17 years, most recently as director, corporate finance advisory.

Lee Cartwright has joined accountants and business advisers, Beever and Struthers as an audit partner in the firm’s social housing sector team. He joins from Mazars, a top 10 international audit firm where he was most recently UK head of housing and Birmingham office managing partner. Cartwright has over 20 years’ experience of internal and external audit, and specialises in the social housing sector, particularly in the areas of governance, regulatory compliance, risk management and risk appetite, and business assurance frameworks. 

Kingston Smith has named four new partners with the promotions of Nick ThompsonRuth BrennanRyan Davies and Ryan Day. Thompson provides corporate finance, private equity and strategic advice to clients across a range of sectors. Brennan specialises in corporate tax compliance and advisory service for owner-managed, listed and private equity-backed businesses in the UK and internationally. Davies is a licensed insolvency practitioner, covering corporate and personal insolvency appointments, and providing restructuring advice. Day is a member of the general practice team, where he specialises particularly in clients from professional firms and financial services, providing a range of audit, accounting, tax and advisory services.

Wright Vigar has made two director appointments, David Thompson and Stevie Heafford. Thompson joined the firm in May 2016 as chief operating officer and is responsible for the day to day operations of the business, including financial control, marketing, HR and IT. He also oversees WV Solutions, a new IT consultancy business and supports clients with structuring finance and banking arrangements. Heafford joined Wright Vigar from Mazars in May 2017 as director of tax looking after private clients. She brings considerable expertise in this area and specialises in helping clients to add value to their business through effective tax planning.

Lewes-based accountancy and business advisory firm Knill James has promoted Mark Filsell to partner, bringing the total number of partners to six. Filsell joined the firm in July 2006 and has over 25 years’ experience in practice, including working as a senior manager at Baker Tilly for eight years. He advises a range of clients from owner managed businesses to large groups and has extensive experience in the charity, independent school and academy sectors, which will boost the firm’s not-for-profit team.

International law firm Ashurst has strengthened its tax capability in London with the promotion of Tim Gummer to partner, with effect from 1 May 2019. He advises on all forms of corporate taxation with a particular emphasis on real estate, real estate finance, and oil and gas taxation.  He has experience of advising on the tax aspects of a wide variety of transactions including asset purchases, corporate acquisitions, acquisitions of units in offshore unit trusts, transfers of oil and gas licence interests and decommissioning issues.

Business advisory firm Quantuma has appointed two directors, Mike Fanshawe and Franklyn Ofonagoro, at its Manchester office. Fanshawe is a specialist in forensic investigations, acting as an expert witness in both forensic accounting and forensic technology assignments. He joins from Begbies Traynor, where he spent eight years in its forensic accounting and technology department, and was previously at RSM Tenon, Frenkels Forensic Chartered Accountants and the Insolvency Service. Ofonagoro will be responsible for delivering lead advisory and business restructuring mandates for SMEs across the North West. He joins Quantuma from PwC, where he led the firm’s corporate simplification and exit offering in the North West. Prior to this he held senior roles at BDO and KPMG.

Mike McKeon CA has been appointed as president of ICAS, the professional body for chartered accountants. He is a non-executive director and chair of the audit committee at National Express. He takes over from Sandy Manson CA, CEO of Johnston Carmichael, and will serve a year in office. McKeon was senior independent director and chair of the audit committee of The Merchants Trust plc between 2008 and 2017, and was previously CFO of FTSE 100 Severn Trent plc and retired in 2015, after almost 10 years in the role. He has also held senior roles at Rolls-Royce, CarnaudMetalbox, Elf Atochem and Price Waterhouse (now PwC).

Sara White

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