Danny McCance 13 Apr 2017 01:54pm

Movers and shakers

A round-up of some of this week's appointments, promotions, board moves and resignations


Sir Peter Westmacott has been appointed as an independent non-executive at the Big Four firm

Westmacott will sit on the firm's UK independent non-executive oversight committee. He will also attend the UK board meetings.

He will replace Sir Richard Lambert, who is stepping down at the end of the month. Lambert was a member of the Bank of England monetary policy committee from 2003 to 2006 and director general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) from 2006 to 2011.

Westmacott was previously the British ambassador to Turkey, France and the US. He left Washington in January last year and was then a resident fellow at the Institute of Politics within The Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

PKF Cooper Parry

Katie Warrington, ACA, has been appointed by the Midlands accountancy firm as a partner in its audit team from PwC, with immediate effect.

Warrington has spent the last 20 years at the firm, working with private equity-backed businesses in the UK and abroad, holding the position of director before moving to PKF Cooper Parry.

Duff & Phelps

Derek Taylor and Fergus Allan have both been appointed as managing directors in the advisory firm's London compliance and regulatory consulting team, with immediate effect.

Taylor has over 20 years’ experience in banking and capital markets. He moves from Atux Consulting where he was a managing director. Prior to this Taylor spent almost two years as a partner at Grant Thornton UK. His other experience includes roles at EY, Citi and RBS.

Allan joins from PwC, where he spent over four years as a director of FS risk and operation excellence. He also has over 20 years’ experience in financial services, including roles at KPMG and the Financial Services Authority.


Martin Athey, ACA, has been promoted to the position of financial due diligence director at accountancy firm RSM, with immediate effect.

Athey has spent over three years at the firm as corporate finance associate director. Prior to this he spent over seven years as corporate finance associate director at Baker Tilly.


Dame Elish Angiolini has been appointed as chairman of the ICAS Discipline Board and Jim Wallace, Lord Wallace of Tankerness has been appointed to its regulation board.

Angiolini takes over the role from sheriff principal James Taylor. Her role will require her to upkeep policy and procedure for disciplinary standards to the highest standards. She spent five years as Lord Advocate of Scotland between 2006 and 2011.

Prior to this she spent five years as solicitor general for Scotland. He career has seen her held up as an exemplar body in the Scottish government.

Former Scottish Lib Dem Lord Wallace will join the regulation board as a public interest member with the view to taking over as chairman in December. Lord Wallace has experience in roles in some of the highest political offices in Scotland, including deputy first minister of Scotland, advocate general for Scotland, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats and leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords.

Also appointed at ICAS this week was former chief executive of HMRC Dame Lin Homer, who will become a public interest member.

Homer’s appointment is for four years. In addition to serving on council, she will sit on some of the other council committees and ICAS operational boards.

Gresham Technologies

Chartered accountant Andy Balchin will join the board of digital software services company Gresham Technologies. He will join as an independent non-executive director and chairman of the audit committee, with effect from 15 May. Balchin will take over from current chairman of the audit committee, non-executive director Chris Errington.

Balchin is currently chief financial officer at cyber security provider Clearswift. He has almost 40 years' experience in finance roles, including at Honeywell and Deloitte Haskins & Sells.

He has several years of experience in technology and cyber services companies including Symantec and Smartstream, SeeBeyond and Documentum.

Balchin will also join the remuneration and nomination committees.

HW Fisher & Company

London chartered accountancy firm HW Fisher has created six new partners to expand both their team and expertise to align with growth strategy.

Five of the six new partners are internal promotions: they include Mandy Janes, Gilles Siow and Joel Courts who become audit partners; Helen James who becomes a corporate finance partner; and Tim Walford-Fitzgerald who becomes a private client tax partner. All the roles will be effective from 1 May.

The sixth new partner is Ross Fabian who joins as an audit partner from Blick Rothenberg, where he has spent 18 years. During this time Fabian developed expertise in servicing UK owner-managed businesses and UK subsidiaries of international groups. 

Fabian was made a partner at 29. He will focus on building up HW Fisher’s existing technology sector team.

The Takeover Panel

Crispin Wright, current director general of the Takeover Panel, that oversees mergers and acquisitions in the UK, has accepted an invitation for him to extend his secondment from Rothschild & Co.

The extension will mean he continues as director general of the Panel until 30 June 2018, after originally being appointed to the role in July 2015.

Wright has over 30 years’ experience as an investment banker at Morgan Grenfell/Deutsche Bank and Rothschild.