A round-up of the latest news, appointments, executive moves and acquisitions from the world of practice during February 2017.
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RSM appoints new Gatwick managing partner
16 Feb - Rowan Williams has taken over the reigns from Kirsty Sandwell as RSM’s new managing partner in its Gatwick office.
Williams is currently the national head of RSM’s professional services group, chair of the UK Legal Finance Forum and a member of the Association of Partnership Practitioners. Before joining RSM, Williams spent nine years with BDO as the audit, assurance and advisory services partner. When Sandwell steps down from the position in April she will continue as head of corporate finance for the south.
Elfed Jarvis, RSM’s regional managing partner for the south said: “Rowan is the perfect choice to help us grow our brand presence locally and her broad experience will be invaluable to RSM’s clients in the Gatwick Diamond and beyond.’”
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RSM bolsters forensic practice
15 Feb - RSM has recruited Ann Pomfret from BDO to strengthen its national forensic practice.
Pomfret joins RSM as the new forensic director, based out of its Manchester office. Her forensic accounting experience reaches further back than the 11 years she served as the forensic director at BDO. Moving from Lancashire, she expanded her career at the New Zealand Serious Fraud Office for six years. Pomfret is a fellow of the ICAEW.
In her new role, Pomfret will work closely with Rob Parry, who heads up the team in the North, and to grow the practice and its offering. RSM’s forensic division has recently been bolstered by the addition of Akhlaq Ahmed, who joined the London team as a partner to lead RSM’s accounting investigations business.
Parry said: “[Pomfret’s] appointment, along with Akhlaq, further strengthens our UK offering and reinforces our ongoing investment and growth plans for the wider forensic practice.’”
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Education company increase global reach
13 Feb – The education company Kaplan has increase its global reach with the acquisition of Dubai-based Genesis institute.
Genesis will trade under the name Kaplan Genesis and will remain in Dubai. The institute will now offer preparation for other financial and business qualifications, and use the Kaplan materials in its programmes.
Andrew Perkins, Global Director of Kaplan Leadership and Professional Development, said: “At Kaplan, we approach learning and development differently: we combine the development of technical competence and behavioural confidence that enables better decision making by individuals, team and organisations. We will now tailor these programmes to support the development of regionally based talent for our GCC, UK and US clients.”
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BDO appoints five new partners
10 Feb - BDO has gone on “a recruitment spree” and appointed five new partners since the start of the year, bringing its partner intake up to 23.
BDO’s latest appointments spread across tax, audit and advisory teams and in specialist areas including Public Interest Entities (PIEs), restructuring, forensics, cyber security and private equity.
- Simon Jones joins BDO’s forensics team
- Erin Davis returns to BDO’s Southampton office
- Nick Toone joins BDO’s restructuring team from KPMG
- Jason Gottschalk joins BDO’s London audit group following eight years at KPMG
- Catherine Jones joins BDO’s tax stream following eight years at PwC.
Paul Eagland, managing partner at BDO, said the new recruitments reflect the firm’s growth intentions: “The rapid pace of change in technology, regulation and the economic landscape demands the need for quality advice for businesses. We will continue to invest in attracting and retaining the very best talent at BDO.”
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PwC bolsters cyber security team
6 Feb - PwC has hired Kate Macmillan as a director in its cyber security and data privacy legal team in London.
Macmillan has 20 years’ experience data in data protection, specialising in the legal implications and risks associated with data breaches. PwC notes that this appointment comes as companies are set to comply with the new EU General Data Protection Regulation from May 2018.
Kate Macmillan, director at PwC, said: “I am excited to be joining PwC at a time when organisations are increasingly looking for support in meeting the demands of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).”
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EY announces new senior partner in Bristol
2 Feb – Andrew Perkins has been promoted to senior partner in EY’s Bristol office.
Perkins brings his 17 years’ experience as a partner and an in-depth understanding of the full breadth of EY’s service offerings to the role, where he will lead the firm’s regional practice across the South West and Wales.
He joined EY in 2000 and has a particular focus on advising the owners of companies and assets to realise value and raise funds through securing debt or equity for the company or asset.
Andrew Perkins commented: “I’m thrilled to take on this role of leading EY’s Bristol practice where I have spent 17 years getting to know our regional business. It’s grown from strength to strength under Richard’s excellent guidance as demand for our services continues to grow.