Danny McCance 28 Apr 2017 03:15pm

Movers and shakers

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


Ian Durant has been appointed to the role of chairman of the furniture group, effective from 2 May 2017.

Durant, a qualified chartered accountant, has over 35 years’ experience in retail and logistics and has a strong financial background. He has held senior executive financial roles in a number of FTSE 250 companies, including as finance director at Liberty International and group finance director at Thistle Hotels.

Durant is currently chairman at Greggs and Capital & Counties Properties. He has held non-executive directorships at Home Retail Group, where he was chairman of the audit and risk committee. He was also a non-executive director at Greene King, where he was senior independent director and also chairman of the audit and risk committee.

Duff & Phelps

The global valuation and corporate finance advisor has appointed Allan Graham to join the firm’s global restructuring advisory practice as a managing director in London.

Graham is a chartered accountant, insolvency practitioner and member of the association of business recovery professionals R3. He has almost 30 years’ experience in financial services, including 19 years of experience as a restructuring partner at KPMG.

Allan will focus on Duff & Phelps’ mid-market restructuring and insolvency cases nationwide, based in London. He will work closely with Matt Ingram, who leads Duff & Phelps’ restructuring practice in Birmingham.


The firm has appointed Tony Chapman, Ann Brown and Andy Haigh as partners.

Chapman has more than 30 years’ experience in financial services including roles within EY, where he trained as a chartered accountant, RSM and Pinsent Masons, among others. He will lead BHP’s risk services practice.

Brown, a chartered accountant, has worked within the audit and accounts team of BHP’s Bradford office for 21 years. Alongside partner Lesley Kendrew, Ann is responsible for the training and development of staff across all professional qualifications.

Haigh, a chartered accountant, represents a second internal promotion, having joined the Leeds office of BHP five years ago from a national firm and having made a significant contribution to the continued growth of the practice in that time. He spent over four years at Baker Tilly. He was recognised as the emerging dealmaker of the year at last year’s Insider Dealmakers Awards.

UK Finance

Stephen Jones has been appointed as the chief executive of the new banking group, which will merge the British Bankers’ Association, Council of Mortgage Lenders, Payments UK, Asset Based Finance Association, UK Cards Association and Financial Fraud Action UK.

Jones was previously a managing director and head of investor relations at Barclays, as well as the finance boss at Santander between 2012 and 2015 and a member of the Santander UK Board until October 2015.

He is currently a senior adviser at Cerberus Global Advisors and the chairman of Capital Home Loans. He has also worked at Citigroup and Schroders.


Martin Cooper has been appointed by the audit, tax and consulting firm as a director in its Manchester office.

Cooper, a qualified solicitor has fifteen years experience in the industry with roles at Eversheds, Deloitte and EY among others. Martin also has in-house experience, working as a lawyer in a financial services firm.

In his new role, he will provide support to a growing number of corporate clients - advising on all-employee share schemes, bespoke management incentives and related tax and legal issues, whilst working closely with the team to grow the firm’s share scheme service offering.

Harvey Nash

Mark Garratt, FCA, has been appointed as group finance director at the recruitment specialists to replace Richard Ashcroft, effective immediately.

Garratt has extensive experience as a finance director in the staffing and recruitment sector. Most recently, he was global chief finance officer at Ingenius Group. Earlier in his career he was chief financial officer of Cordant Group and group finance director of Reed Health Group. He ha also served as group finance director of the National Fostering Agency.


Kevin Quinn, chief financial officer of the European textile service business will retire from his role. He informed the board of his intention to retire from the Company on 26 April 2018.

Quinn spent 12 years as CFO at Berendsen. Prior to this he held the role of group financial controller at Amersham. He previously was a partner at EY, after spending over 13 years with the firm.

He will continue as a member of the board and as chief financial officer until his successor has been appointed. A search to find a new CFO for Berendsen is being initiated and a further announcement will be made in due course.


Alan McCrae has been announced as the Big Four firm’s new energy leader in the UK.

McCrae has over 28 years’ experience, having previously been energy tax leader across PwC’s UK, European, Middle East and Africa territories. During this time, he worked with a wide range of energy, utility and mining companies, advising them on international tax structuring, cross-border deals and joint ventures.

McCrae spent over 10 years at another big four firm, EY, where he was partner. He was also a member of the UK’s oil industry tax committee.

Directa Plus

Richard Hickinbotham will join the graphene-based products producer as a non-executive director, effective 12 May. Elizabeth Robinson will resign from the same role on the same date.

Hickinbotham is a qualified chartered accountant with many years' experience in financial services. He served as head of equity research at Cantor Fitzgerald Europe and Charles Stanley. He previously held a number of senior positions at Investec and S.G Warburg & Co.

Morgan Advanced Materials

Jane Aikman has been appointed as a non-executive director for the global engineering company, effective 31 July. She will chair the audit committee, taking over from Rob Rowley, who is stepping down from the board on the same date.

Aikman, a qualified chartered accountant is the chief financial officer of the KCOM group. Prior to this she was chief financial officer and chief operating officer of Phoenix IT. She has previously held the role of CFO at Infinis, Wilson Bowden and Pressac. Between 2009-2016, Aikman chaired the audit committee at Halma. She trained at Ernst & Young.

The appointment follows a comprehensive search process led by the nomination committee. Following the above changes, the board will comprise five non‐executive directors and two executive directors.

Shires Income

Robin Archibald has been appointed as an independent non-executive director at the asset management company, effective from 1 May.

Archibald, a chartered accountant, has a wealth of experience within investment and the UK closed-ended funds sector. He is currently a non-executive director of Albion Technology & General VCT, Ediston Property Investment Company, Capital Gearing Trust and Henderson European Focus Trust. He was previously a director at Winterflood Investments Trust and Albion Income & Growth VCT.