Leadership & management

Insight / Investment Association tightens guidance on exec pay

The Investment Association (IA) says FTSE 350 companies need to do more to respond to concerns over executive pay rates, or face further shareholder rebellions on remuneration, and has published new guidelines for best practice

Insight / Kreston Reeves sees 11% rise in fee income

South East-based accountancy firm Kreston Reeves has reported an 11% increase in fee income, with revenue of £37.38m for the financial year ending 31 May 2018, up from £33.78m the previous year

Insight / Nissan chairman removed over ‘acts of misconduct’

The Tokyo Stock Exchang  has announced the removal of Japanese car giant Nissan chairman, Carlos Ghosn, over concerns about alleged ‘acts of misconduct’ relating to his pay and benefits

Insight / Dave Dunckley confirmed as CEO of Grant Thornton

Grant Thornton has announced that Dave Dunckley, previously head of mid-market clients, has been confirmed as the firms CEO elect, subject to regulatory approval

Insight / Patisserie Valerie CEO resigns

Patisserie Valerie has appointed Stephen Francis as its chief executive officer with immediate effect following Paul May’s resignation, which comes only weeks after shareholders approved a rescue deal for the café chain

Insight / Dow Schofield Watts merges with financial modelling firm

JL Advisory, which provides financial modelling services for public and private sector clients throughout the UK, has joined forces with accountancy firm Dow Schofield Watts as part of its growth plans

Insight / FTSE 350 needs to do more on gender equality

There remain five all-male boards in the FTSE 350, and companies need to do more if they are to hit the government’s target of a third of women in senior leadership positions by 2020, according to the annual update from the Hampton-Alexander review

Insight / Firms favour communication skills over technical knowledge

The development of artificial intelligence (AI) has resulted in accounting firms prioritising human skills over technical knowledge when recruiting candidates, according to research from Reed Finance

Insight / Trustees must display names on charity register from April 2019

From 1 April 2019 the name of all charity trustees will have to be displayed to the public on the charity register, unless a dispensation has been granted

Insight / MHA MacIntyre Hudson signs partnership with tech firm

The top-20 accounting firm has entered into a strategic testing partnership with Inflo, a specialist in artificial intelligence and machine learning, in order to improve the technical offering for clients

Insight / Blick Rothenberg acquires Hazlems Fenton accountants

Blick Rothenberg, part of Cogital Group, is expanding with the acquisition of accounting firm Hazlems Fenton LLP, which primarily deals with entrepreneurial and owner-managed businesses

Audit / Stephen Haddrill to quit Financial Reporting Council

The head of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) Stephen Haddrill is to leave the audit regulator as soon as a replacement is found

Insight / Big Four making progress on employee diversity

The Best Employers for Race - 2018 report, carried out by charity Business in the Community, has shown that the UK’s Big Four are among the UK’s best employers for taking a pro-active approach to address racial inequalities in their organisations

Insight / People in the news: IIRC, Carey Olsen, New Quadrant Partners

Career news this week includes partner appointments at New Quadrant Partners and Irwin Mitchell, while IAASB resumes search for new chair and the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) hires former McKinsey chief to head up organisation

Insight / HMRC names new general counsel and solicitor

HMRC has appointed Alan Evans as its new general counsel and solicitor, following the departure of postholder Gill Aitken who left in June to take up a new role as registrar at the University of Oxford