Practice news: EY partner joins S&W

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A round-up of the latest news, appointments, executive moves and acquisitions from the world of practice in September 2017.

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EY partner joins S&W 

6 Sep - Smith & Williamson has appointed Zoe Thompson from EY as a partner.   

Thompson brings nine years’ experience from EY where she was a partner. She spent ten years before EY working for Deloitte. Thompson is set to bring her expertise advising property and construction businesses to the role.

Commenting on working with real estate businesses and what attracted her to Smith & Williamson, Thomas said: “Real estate transactions can often become very complex, requiring numerous different experts and extensive professional management, so it is very encouraging that Smith & Williamson has such a depth and breadth of services to offer clients.”

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HWB strengthens senior team

6 Sep – Eastleigh-based HWB accountants has announced two additions to its senior team.

Martin Day has taken the helm as tax manager. He previously worked as a tax manager with RSM UK for nearly four years, and before that, Day served as the tax manager under RSM Tenon.

Meanwhile, Amy Whitehouse brings 15 years’ experience to her new role as payroll manager. She previously worked for Frontier Software as a payroll consultant and South Downs College.

Geoff Rhodes, Managing Director at Southampton-based HWB, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Martin and Amy to the team.

“We are constantly looking to invest in talented individuals and Martin and Amy further strengthen our specialism in tax and payroll.”

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BDO announces new financial services partner

BDO has appointed Richard Barnwell as the firm’s new financial services partner from KPMG.

Barnwell previously held positions with EY and KPMG, where he specialised in advising clients across the financial services sector on regulatory and compliance matters. Barnwell’s appointment is the second new appointment in BDO’s financial services team in recent months.

Paul Eagland, managing partner at BDO, commented: “Richard’s appointment reinforces our commitment to ensuring our clients receive the best advice to manage these demands. His wealth of experience will make a valuable addition to our already strong financial services team and our growing focus on the wealth and asset management sectors.”

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EY’s revenue grows 7.8%

5 Sep – EY’s revenue has grown 7.8% during 2017 and has announced combined global revenue of US$31.4b for the financial year ended 30 June 2017.

EY attributes its growth to the launch of its vision 2020 plan in 2013, which has assisted the firm as it has adapted to the trends shaping the world, such as demographic shifts, advancing technology, and increased regulation.

Mark Weinberger, EY Global Chairman and CEO, said: “We have once again achieved strong revenue growth in what continues to be a complex business environment. In this disrupted and fast-paced world, clients are increasingly turning to EY for advice and insights on how to better manage risk, where to seek growth and how to weave digital into their strategies and operations.”

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