Danny McCance 4 Aug 2017 05:04pm

Movers and Shakers

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


Robert Aziz and Stephanie Wilson have been appointed to senior roles within the mid-tier accountancy firm.

Aziz has been appointed as the global head of tax and will lead 10,000 tax specialists across 16 countries. He has spent more than 15 years at the firm, and prior to his latest appointment was partner and head of corporate international tax. Previously Aziz spent more than 16 years at Arthur Anderson.

Wilson has been appointed as the national head of employment tax, leading a team or more than 50 specialists. She has over 20 years of experience and started at BDO in 2015 as a partner. Prior to this Wilson held partner roles at RSM UK and RSM Tenon. She spent almost nine years as a director at Deloitte and almost 4 years at other Big Four firm KPMG.

Companies House

Louise Smyth has been appointed as chief executive of the Registrar of Companies for England and Wales, effective from September 2017. She takes over from Ann Lewis, who has been interim chief executive since Tim Moss left the organisation in April.

Smyth, who is currently chief operating officer of the Intellectual Property Office, has a wealth of experience after holding other senior roles in the organisation as director of IT and director of Corporate Services.

Quarto Group

Leslie-Ann Reed has been appointed as a non-executive director at the global illustrated book producer, effective immediately.

Reed, a chartered accountant is currently a non-executive director and sits on the board of the Audit Committee for Learning Technologies group and is a member of the Supervisory Board & Chair of the Audit Committee of Zeal Networks SE. Her previous experience includes as chief financial officer at Go Industry, where she began in 2010, chief financial officer of Metal Bulletin and senior finance leadership roles at Universal Pictures, Polygram Music, EMI Music and Warner Communications.

MHA MacyIntyre Hudson

Toby Stephenson has been appointed as partner at the mid-tier accountancy firm in its Birmingham office, effective immediately.

Stephenson has more than 25 years of experience. He has joined MHA from BDO where he spent almost four and a half years as a partner. Prior to this he was a partner at PKF, where he spent almost 24 years.

RGL Forensics

Vlad Prykmeta has been appointed as director at the financial investigations company, effective immediately.

Prykmeta, a chartered accountant, began working at the organisation in 2008. Prior to this he spent three years at Nyman Libson Paul, where he completed his ACA training after a change of careers.


Gareth Mee has been promoted to partner and Shannon Ramnarine has been promoted to associate partner at the Big Four Firm’s Bristol office, effective immediately. Andy Roughan has also been bought in as a new director.

Mee joined EY in 2003. He was director and then executive director before his appointment. He will now lead EY’s financial services advisory across the South West and Wales. He will also lead the firms global investment advisory practice.

Ramnarine has more than 20 years experience, having been at EY since 2004. She has held senior roles at the firm including as director of the financial accounting advisory services and as senior manager of the financial accounting advisory and banking and insurance audit. Prior to joining EY Ramnarine spent seven years at Republic Bank.

Roughan, who will become director in the financial services practice, has almost 25 years’ experience in the industry. Prior to his appointment he spent more than 16 years at other Big Four firm Deloitte, where he was senior manager of corporate tax.