Ex-ICAEW president Druckman becomes Access chairman
26 Jan - Paul Druckman, the accountant and technology entrepreneur who served as ICAEW president in 2004-05, has been appointed non-executive chairman of Access Technology Group.
Druckman has been a non-executive director at Access since 2004 and has been closely involved in its expansion into a multi-division group and its pioneering efforts to develop a carbon accounting program.
“Paul has exceptional credentials and his specific knowledge and expertise, both in our industry and the mid-market, makes him a valuable asset in helping drive the business forward, both through organic growth and acquisition,” said Access founder, CEO and previous chairman Alistair O’Reilly. “The business has already experienced huge benefits in the six years Paul has been on our board of directors. We trebled our turnover and quadrupled our profitability during Paul’s tenure, due to his input and direction in business decisions.”
Druckman discussed his new role in a YouTube video blog.
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Horwath Clark Whitehill appoints new Kent audit partner
26 Jan - Howarth Clark Whitehill has appointed John Dent as audit partner at its Kent office team. Dent joins the company after 25 years as a partner at a top ten UK accounting firm.
As a new audit partner to the firm, Dent will be concentrating on providing a full range of services to entrepreneurs, of which he has considerable experience. He will also be focusing on further developing the services currently provided to UK subsidiaries of overseas companies
O'Sullivan takes charge at Bishop Fleming
22 Jan - Insolvency partner Jerry O’Sullivan has taken over as chief executive at leading south west accountants Bishop Fleming. He replaces Brian Payne, who is retiring.
A 25-year veteran with the firm, O’Sullivan helped build Bishop Fleming into the region’s largest insolvency practice. In recent years, the 200-strong firm has increased its fee income to more than £11m. The new chief executive vowed to work with managing partner Matthew Lee to grow the annual turnover to £15m.
“We remain dedicated to our strategy of providing focused services for South West business owners and individuals, and our special focus on such key sectors as tourism, care-homes, and charities – and a growing number of other regional industry sectors,” said O’Sullivan.
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Tweedie in line for ICAS presidency
15 Jan - Controversial International Accounting Standards Board chairman Sir David Tweedie CA is to become a vice president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS). He has been invited to take up the unpaid, part-time post in April in recognition of his "outstanding contribution to the accountancy profession". Originally a lecturer at Edinburgh University, Sir David became ICAS technical director before moving on to KMG Thomson McLintock/KPMG where he held a similar role. A high-profile campaigner for transparency, he was appointed as the first chairman of the UK Accounting Standards Board in 1990 and subsequently took the same role with its international equivalent. He was knighted in 1994.
Sir David is due to retire from the IASB in June 2011 and as one of ICAS's vice presidents, he will be in line to become institute's president in 2011. “I have been a member of ICAS since 1972 and I greatly appreciate the honour being bestowed upon me. Although not the world’s biggest accounting body, the worldwide impact of ICAS is highly influential.”
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CIMA appoints new executive director
14 Jan - The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) has appointed Emma Cunis to its senior management team, where she will head up its new Global Corporate Relations Directorate, responsible for account managing CIMA's top 500 global partners.
Cunis was previously sales director for The Economist Group's business intelligence unit in London and New York.
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Deloitte boosts consulting arm by acquiring ReportSource
7 Jan - Deloitte has announced the acquisition of ReportSource, a leading UK based business performance and information management consultancy. The deal will see 66 ReportSource staff joining Deloitte's 2,500 strong UK consulting practice. ReportSource's managing director Ian Harrison will join Deloitte as a partner.
David Owen, managing director for consulting at Deloitte UK commented: “We are delighted to welcome the ReportSource team into the business systems arm of our consulting practice. The quality, experience and specialist skills they bring complement our existing technology advisory and technology execution expertise, and add a considerable new string to Deloitte’s bow. We are now proud to have the UK’s largest and best equipped business performance and information management team.”
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Cooper Parry appoints new business recovery and insolvency services manager
7 Jan - Regional business advisers Cooper Parry have appointed Daniel Haigh as manager within their business recovery and insolvency services team.
Haigh previously worked for Hazlewoods LLP in Gloucestershire, where he passed his chartered accountancy and insolvency exams (JIEB) and then went on to BRI UK Limited in Coventry.
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Tenon announces merger with RSM Bentley Jennison
4 Jan - Tenon Group has announced a £76.3m acquisition of RSM Bentley Jennison, making it the country’s seventh larges accountancy firm.
The practice will trade as RSM Tenon and employ nearly 3,000 staff with a combined fee income in excess of £250m. Tenon Group’s chief executive Andy Raynor will head the enlarged firm, while RSM Bentley Jennison’s national managing partner Tony Stockdale will join the board as executive director alongside Richard Smith (head of risk management for RSM) and Mark Lucas (head of corporate finance at Tenon). Stockdale will also represent the UK firm on the RSM International Board.
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Line up changes at Smith & Williamson
4 Jan - Smith & Williamson’s Bristol office has announced that partner Stephen Butt retired on 31 December. Matthew Maneely will take over his role as audit partner on the firm’s pensions and charity clients, while partner Jon Talbot will assume responsibility for other aspects of his role.
Meanwhile, Smith & Williamson’s Ian Burns FCA, CF, has been appointed as independent valuer for Dunfermline Building Society’s compensation arrangements following Dunfermline’s resolution in March 2009. Burns is head of valuations at Smith & Williamson.
The Dunfermline Building Society’s 34 branches were taken over by the Nationwide in March 2009 and continued to trade under the Dunfermline name. The transfer to Nationwide followed a competitive process conducted by the Bank of England over the weekend of 28-29 March 2009.