People in the news: Wilson Wright, Grunberg, Grant Thornton, ICAEW

In this week’s accountancy career moves, partner and manager promotions at Wilson Wright, Grunberg & Co, Hillier Hopkins and Kroll, plus senior management changes at ICAEW

City of London-based accountancy, tax and business advisory firm, Wilson Wright, has promoted Deon van Tonder to become a partner with effect from 1 April 2021. He joined Wilson Wright six years ago as an audit manager, progressing to audit associate in 2018. He trained and qualified as a chartered accountant in South Africa, before moving to London in 2008, and is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and the ICAEW. Van Tonder has a wealth of experience in auditing and financial reporting, including consolidations and corporation tax.

Grunberg & Co has promoted one of its most experienced tax managers, Nimesh Patel, to tax partner. During his time at the firm, Patel has played an integral role in helping to develop the firm's tax practice and will now work alongside Grunberg & Co’s existing tax partner Peter McMahon to further expand services to new clients. Patel has been working in tax for more than a decade and previously held positions at two of the UK's Big Four firms. Although his career began in personal tax, he is now more focused on corporate and transactional work, working with global clients.

Kroll, the governance and risk specialist, has promoted four existing senior directors within the UK restructuring team to the role of managing director, further strengthening the UK team. The promotions of Eddie Bines, Martin Gray, Mike Lennon and Jimmy Saunders comes on the back of Kroll’s announcement late last year of its global restructuring team expansion with the acquisition of Borrelli Walsh.

Grant Thornton UK LLP has promoted Paul Holland to partner in its audit practice covering the Thames Valley and Southampton region. He will have specific responsibilities for leading audit and assurance services, working with both large, complex businesses and mid-market clients with fast growth potential. He has significant experience auditing a broad range of companies and also supports clients through providing assurance services around sustainability, environmental, social and governance and wider non-financial reporting. Meantime, Stephen Weyborn has joined the audit practice at Grant Thornton’s Cambridge office as director after working at Big Four firms for the last 20 years. In his new role he joins the leadership team overseeing the firm’s Cambridgeshire audit practice with a remit focused on audit quality and client service.

Mazars has appointed Mark Hubbard as partner in the financial services tax team, based in London. He has previous experience as global head of tax at Barclays, and will lead the banking & capital markets (BCM) sub-sector in the tax team. Hubbard will support the continued success of the financial services audit practice, as well as delivering upon ambitious growth plans for the financial services tax advisory practice.  

National audit, tax, advisory and risk firm, Crowe, has promoted three new partners, effective from 1 April 2021. New audit partners John Charlton and Ryan Ketteringham are both part of the corporate business team in London, based in Crowe’s new Ludgate Hill office. They both step up to partnership from their previous director roles. Ketteringham joined Crowe’s London office as a trainee in 2007 and has a wealth of experience advising clients in Crowe’s professional practices team where he will continue to develop his focus, as well as contribute to the wider corporate business team. Charlton has spent a decade at Crowe, joining the firm in 2011 shortly after qualifying, and advises a wide range of large, private and SME clients. Steven Edwards also joins the partnership, further strengthening the firm’s presence in the corporate recovery market. A licenced insolvency practitioner, Edwards has been a part of the firm’s recovery solutions team in the Kent office since joining Crowe in 2014. He has more than 20 years’ corporate recovery and turnaround experience.

Larking Gowen has appointed a new partner, Jack Minns, to its corporate transactions team based in its Norwich office. Minns qualified as a chartered accountant in 2011 and joined Larking Gowen in 2013, working his way up to become a director in 2020. He will become partner on 1 April. He has wide experience of corporate transactions including business sales, acquisitions and management buy-outs with deal values ranging between £500k and £20m.

Kreston Reeves has strengthened its growing legal services team with the appointment of senior solicitor Catalina Lowe. She joined the firm on 18 March from a leading Sussex law firm. Her appointment follows Simon Levine’s arrival as a legal services director in November 2020. Lowe has more than seven years’ experience in advising individuals on their wills, probate, and trusts and estate planning including powers of attorney. She is a solicitor and member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Magma Chartered Accountants has made seven promotions across its audit, business services and tax divisions. George Wake and George Newton, in Magma’s audit & accounts team, have both been promoted to assistant manager, with Louise Kirkland and Fiona Porter appointed as business services’ assistant managers. In the tax teams, Hayley Anstee is promoted to private client tax manager, while Tom McDonnell and Callum Bramley become senior corporate tax consultants.

Accountants Hillier Hopkins has promoted Ruth Corkin to principal at the firm while Alpa Adatia joins the firm as an assistant VAT manager further strengthening the VAT and indirect tax team. Corkin is currently VAT and indirect tax team leader, and is a highly experienced VAT and indirect tax expert and has sat on the government’s Alternative Arrangements for Northern Ireland Committee. She is the current technical chair of the VAT Practitioners Group. Adatia joined Hillier Hopkins on 22 March following 11 years working for HMRC as a higher executive officer. She brings to the firm a detailed knowledge and understanding of VAT and the workings of HMRC.

Top 50 law firm Penningtons Manches Cooper has appointed Sophia Pole as financial director. Pole takes over from Tim Wright, who will retire this summer after 34 years at the firm. Having worked in senior roles for a number of corporations, she joined Penningtons Manches Cooper in 2018 as a financial controller, and, prior to her promotion, managed the firm’s central finance and reporting division as head of accounting and tax. She trained and qualified with top 10 accountancy firm RSM Tenon (now RSM UK). She will also join the firm’s management board, reporting to CEO David Raine.

In a shake-up of its management structure, ICAEW has made two board-level executive appointments and announced further changes to its senior leadership team, effective from 1 April 2021. Sharron Gunn has been appointed chief operating officer and will be responsible for the overall operational efficiency of the organisation. She will oversee the majority of functions supporting ICAEW’s students and members including learning and development, technical strategy, commercial, digital, brand and marketing. Dabinder Hutchinson has been appointed as ICAEW’s first chief financial officer (CFO) and will be responsible for the finance, IT, property and central operations teams. Hutchinson joined ICAEW last year as director of finance and operations from the renewable energy sector. The new appointments, which report to CEO Michael Izza, come as ICAEW re-aligns its management structure around a new 10-year strategy with its vision of a world of sustainable economies enabled by ICAEW chartered accountants.

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