People in the news: Wedlake Bell, Cooper Parry, Menzies, Sayer Vincent

In this week’s accountancy career moves, partner appointments at Mazars, Menzies and Quantuma, digital team for Hurst and charity tax specialist rejoins Sayer Vincent, restructuring hire at Accuracy, among others

Menzies LLP has promoted Anna-Marie McCrarren, head of outsourcing services, to partner level. She is responsible for overseeing the firm’s growing outsourcing services team across its Woking, Solent and London offices, and ensuring clients receive a quality and cost-effective service. Her appointment by the firm in 2017 followed almost 20 years in industry, including a 12-year career at American Express and several years as an interim financial director consultant.

Mazars has made five additions to its senior team in Scotland with four promotions and one external hire. The two partner promotions include Jennifer Allison who has been promoted to partner – tax, based in Edinburgh. She joined Mazars in 2014 and has progressed from assistant manager to partner in just five years. Neil Strong has also been made partner – tax, based out of the Glasgow office and has also been with the firm since 2014. Three director appointments include Sean Cockburn, who has been promoted to a tax director role and Paul Turner, director – deal advisory, both in the Edinburgh office, and one external hire, Craig Reid who joins as director, accounting and business advisory from French Duncan. They will focus on entrepreneurial business sector clients.

Wedlake Bell tax partner Michael Ridsdale has been appointed president of the VAT Practitioners Group. He takes up the role immediately and succeeds Michael Conlon QC. The group is an association of VAT specialists in the UK drawn from the accounting profession, the Bar, law firms, independent VAT practices as well as in-house VAT advisers from all sectors of business.

Cooper Parry Corporate Finance has hired Sachin Parmar as corporate finance manager. He joins the team after working in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) at Mazars CF, and previously he spent six years at RSM in Nottingham. The firm recently won SME Advisory Team of the Year at the Insider Midlands Dealmakers Awards.

Hurst has created a specialist digital team to help companies improve their performance and efficiency by making the most of technology. Hurst Digital is led by Jo Gibson, an associate partner in the firm’s business services team, and includes senior digital consultants Neil Jackson and James Hallewell, supported by IT manager Andrew Vennard. The team is already working with a variety of owner-managed companies across the north west to review their operations and implement tailored digital strategies, including making better use of data, new business reporting methods and the integration and automation of processes.

Charity auditors and advisers Sayer Vincent has expanded its tax team with the appointment of Gillian McKay as a senior tax manager. She started her career at Sayer Vincent in 2008 before leaving to work in the charity sector, most recently as head of charity and voluntary sector for ICAEW. Prior to this, she was director of finance at Imperial College Healthcare Charity.

Business advisory firm Quantuma is expanding its presence in the south with the appointment of partner Elias Paourou to its Brighton office. He has over 30 years’ experience and joins Quantuma from a partner position at CVR Global. He specialises in business rescue and has extensive experience in the healthcare sector as well as advising individuals on personal insolvency matters. 

Accuracy, a global independent advisory firm, has expanded its Hong Kong office with the appointment of So Kim Lau, who joins the team as director. Kim joins from EY where she was a director in the corporate restructuring and insolvency team. The appointment is part of a strategy to grow the firm’s presence in Asian markets. The Hong Kong office, the company’s eighteenth, was established in early 2019. It also has offices in Beijing and Singapore. She has 14 years’ professional experience and has worked in both the UK and Hong Kong.

The Institute of Export and International Trade has hired Marco Forgione as director general. He is currently director general of the British Antique Dealers' Association (BADA) and will take up his post in January 2020. Previously he was a government adviser and held senior positions in the education and communications sector, leading trade missions to China, the UAE, Qatar and India.

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