People in the news: Wilson Wright, RSM, KPMG, Wright Hassall

In this week's career moves, Wilson Wright and KPMG announce partner promotions, Wright Hassall scoops tax consultant from HMRC, RSM names national head of accounting and FR, and Grant Thornton names five partners in audit and tax practices

City of London-based professional and business advisory firm, Wilson Wright, has appointed two new partners, Emma Brown and Tom Tesfay. Brown is a chartered tax advisor and has been promoted from her role as tax director at the firm, where she has assisted high profile clients with a range of tax planning and advisory matters. Tesfay is a chartered accountant and has been promoted from his role as associate. He joined the firm as a trainee and works with a wide variety of clients ranging from media to property and leasing companies.

RSM has appointed Lee Marshall, a Leeds-based partner, as national head of accounting and financial reporting faculty. Since joining the firm, Marshall has been instrumental in transforming the mid-tier firm’s accounting and financial reporting offering which he will build on with his national leadership role.

Leamington Spa law firm Wright Hassall has boosted its commercial litigation team after recruiting Israr Manawer to a tax consultancy role. He joins the firm from HMRC where he spent four years, most recently as theme lead for post disguised remuneration employer-financed retirement benefit schemes (EFRBS) and deputy litigation lead for the disguised remuneration Midlands channel. His appointment marks a step forward for the firm as it deals with an increasing number of tax queries and the introduction of the HMRC Loan Charge.

Armstrong Watson LLP has hired Becky Bowness as corporate tax director with a brief to develop the firm’s services to significant regional corporate businesses across the North East and Cumbria. She joins from PwC, where she has spent the last six years in the London International and M&A tax teams.

Grant Thornton UK LLP in investing in its London audit and tax practice with the appointment of five new partners. These include Matt Maltz, real estate tax partner, who joins from EY and whose specialist areas include fund structuring and reducing tax leakage on an ongoing basis for property holding structures;  and Marc Roberts, who joins as real estate advisory partner, also from EY, where he was real estate advisory lead and is a recognised subject matter expert in global strategic property reviews, global property services outsourcing, joint venture real estate structures and real estate funding structures. Roberts will be joined at Grant Thornton by members of his former team, including senior managers Sam Thurgood, Alex Rowley and Zaid Furreedan, and manager, Damien Harkin. Also joining the firm as VAT partner based in London is ex HMRC VAT specialist is Nick Warner. He has nearly 30 years’ experience in VAT in HMRC, industry and the profession. His specific industry focus is financial services, especially the insurance sector.  Sergio Cardoso, audit partner and real estate tax partner Jessica Patel, who originally joined the firm as a trainee in 2003.

KPMG has announced three partner promotions and has hired two new partners in its tax, pensions and legal services practice. Newly promoted partners include Mythrayi Manickarajah, financial services, deals advisory tax – infrastructure; Daniel Smith, financial services, indirect tax; and Jo Brien, national markets. New partner hires are David Hewitt, corporates, M&A tax, who has joined the firm from Grant Thornton where he was a partner and head of M&A Tax for seven years. His role at KPMG will be to further develop the large corporate M&A tax business. Peter Workman also joins as partner, national markets, legal services, from PwC where he led the firm’s Midlands corporate legal practice and flexible lawyer offering. At KPMG he will lead a team of nine business structuring and transactions lawyers in the Midlands legal services hub.

East Anglia based accounting and financial advisory firm Scrutton Bland has strengthened its audit team with the appointment of Paul Goddard as risk and assurance partner to head up the firm’s risk and assurance practice. He has been with the firm since 2001 and has a large portfolio of internal audit contracts across the region.

Ella Oldroyd AAT has joined accounting firm Watson Buckle, based at the Bingley office, as an audit assistant and will start her ACA studies later this year. 

Barwood Capital, the Northampton-based regional real estate specialist, has hired Graham Wood as chief financial officer and board director. He is a qualified chartered accountant and real estate professional, having more than 18 years’ experience. He was previously chief investment officer at Criterion Capital Limited and prior to that, a director at EY in London. He will lead Barwood Capital’s business support function, including finance, business planning and analysis, compliance, legal, information technology and human resources.

By Sara White

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