Smith & Williamson recruits CIOT tax expert

Retirements at mid-tier firm Smith & Williamson could set up a round of musical chairs within the profession when Tina Riches moves from the CIOT to become national tax partner in January. The firm now also has two new co-chief executives.

Riches' recruitment was prompted by the imminent retirement of Richard Mannion (as the firm’s national tax director. Mannion is a well known tax lecturer and a former president of the CIOT. He held the post during his time with Bristol-based Solomon Hare, which joined Smith & Williamson in 2005.

The senior tax position isn’t the only change at S&W. David Cobb and Kevin Stopps took up positions as co-chief executives of Smith & Williamson Holdings Limited on 27 September 2013. Cobb has been head of investment management and baking at the firm since 2007 and Stopps has lead its tax and business services division since 2010.

Both will continue to run their respective divisions while serving as co-chief Executives.

Andrew Sykes also took over the role of chairman on the 27th following the planned retirement of Gareth Pearce, who held the role since 2000.

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