People in the news: Wilson Wright, Grunberg & Co, RSM, BDO, Blick, R3

In this week's accountancy career moves, partner hires at BDO, RSM, Blick Rothenberg and Albert Goodman, senior partner at Wilson Wright, promotions at Grunberg & Co, R3 president named

BDO LLP has recruited three new partners with the appointment of Liam O’Doherty as a tax partner in Manchester , Matthew Sewell joins as a tax partner in Bristol and Peter Smithson as an audit partner based in London. O’Doherty joins the firm after 25 years at PwC, where he was director for PwC North West and led the real estate team, and brings significant experience of advising real estate clients as well as supporting businesses in other sectors with specialist tax advice. Sewell will provide tax services to fast-growing businesses in the South West, focusing on international tax services and supporting in-house finance and tax functions. He joins BDO from RSM’s South West office. Smithson joins the London office of BDO as an audit partner in the technology and media team, bringing 17 years’ experience in the sector.

Sean Randall, a stamp duty specialist, has joined Blick Rothenberg as partner, where he will advise corporate and professional clients, and individuals, on stamp duty in areas including real estate, M&A and other corporate transactions. He has almost 20 years’ specialist experience, the last five of which were spent running a stamp duty team at KPMG. Heather Powell is also set to join the firm as a partner in the property team, from Kingston Smith where she is currently a partner. James Pilbeam has also joined the firm as a tax partner, specialising in advising owner-managed businesses on their business and personal affairs. He was previously a partner at RSM advising a similar client base.

RSM has appointed Mike Blain as its new office managing partner in Swindon. He takes over the reins from tax partner Sharon Omer-Kaye who takes on a new role to lead the firm's private client business across the Thames Valley and the West of England. Blain is an experienced accounting and financial reporting partner who works with a range of clients from owner managed businesses, foreign owned subsidiaries to larger corporates. He has particular experience in the engineering, technology, media and telecoms, and professional practices sectors and regularly provides specialist strategic advice to middle market entrepreneurial businesses.

Accountancy and business advisory firm Wilson Wright has appointed partner, Adam Cramer as its new CEO on the retirement of senior partner, Michael Lerner. Cramer joined Wilson Wright 30 years ago, before becoming a partner at the firm in 1994. He will now lead the implementation of the firm’s ambitious growth plans. He works with a wide range of clients, including entrepreneurs at every stage, whether setting out on their first start up, selling their business or expanding into new territories.

South West-based chartered accountants Albert Goodman has named two partners, Sophie Parkhouse and Chris Lewis, bringing the total number of partners at the firm to 18. Parkhouse is currently technical and training director, based in Taunton, and will become the firm’s first non-portfolio holding partner after three years’ service. She will retain responsibility for training and development as well as compliance and technical and regulatory areas. Parkhouse is currently deputy president of ICAEW South West and has recently been elected to sit on the ICAEW Practice Committee. After a 14-year career as a chartered accountant, Lewis becomes a partner in the business services team where he will work with SMEs across North Somerset based out of the partner group at Weston-super-Mare.

Grunberg & Co have made a number of internal promotions with the appointment of Charlotte Berneye, Fatima Matar and Shail Phlora to new roles as part of the firm’s drive to recognise and reward talent within its ranks. Berneye has been promoted to audit & account manager, having originally joined the firm as one of its original apprentices under its structured apprenticeship programme launched several years ago. Matar will head up the company secretary (CoSec) department having joined the firm 15 months ago.  Phlora is promoted to the position of assistant office manager, responsible for the firm’s offices in Colindale and the City of London.

Duncan Swift, corporate advisory services partner and head of the food advisory group at Moore Stephens, has been appointed president of insolvency and restructuring trade body R3. As president, Swift will work with the R3 senior management team to help shape R3’s direction, as well as supporting its day-to-day operations. His main areas of focus for his year-long presidential term will be promoting the value of the insolvency and restructuring profession, ensuring high standards are maintained throughout the profession and wider framework, and campaigning to tackle late payment.

Apex Litigation Finance has announced that Stephen Allinson, chairman of the board of the Insolvency Service, is joining the company as an adviser and will sit on the company’s investment committee. He is a solicitor and licensed insolvency practitioner, and has specialised in credit, debt and insolvency work since 1987. He has been chair of the Insolvency Service board since January 2017 and is also chairman of the Joint Insolvency Examination Board (JIEB), the deputy independent examiner for the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and a visiting lecturer on business and commercial law at the University of Law. He is also a director of The Money Charity.

Trafalgar House, the pensions administration specialist, has strengthened its client relationship team with the hire of Katie Stone, an experienced administration projects and operations specialist, as a client relationship manager. She was previously a client relationship manager and project team manager at Premier.


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