Joel Muckett 7 Dec 2017 02:15pm

Movers and shakers

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


Kelly Grier, Trent Henry, Alison Kay, Jay Nibbe, Jessie Qin and Pat Winter have been appointed to the global executive leadership team, effective 1 July 2018.

Grier has been appointed to the combined post of US chairman and managing partner and Americas area management. She has been with the Big Four firm for 27 years, and was most recently vice chair and regional managing partner for the US central region.

Henry has been appointed global vice chairman for talent, succeeding Nancy Altobello. He has spent 28 years with the firm, and was formerly the regional managing partner for Canada.

Kay has been appointed chair of the global accounts committee. She has been with EY for 10 years. Kay will continue her current role as global vice chair of industry during the three-year rotating role.

Nibbe has been appointed global vice chair of markets, succeeding Uschi Schreiber. He has previously led markets for the Europe, Middle East, India and Africa geographic area. Prior to his appointment, he was global vice chair of tax.

Qin has been appointed to the global executive leadership team in a three-year rotating role reserved for an early-stage member firm partner. She is currently partner in the EY advisory line, and has 14 years’ consulting experiences across EY and other organisations, including PwC and IBM.

Winter has been appointed Asia-Pacific managing partner. He has been a part of the Big Four firm for 23 years, with 19 years as partner. Winter previously held the role of Asia-Pacific deputy managing partner.


The Big Four firm has announced the promotion of 42 partners and 132 directors, effective immediately.

Most of the promotions occurred in the consulting business line (24%), followed by audit (23%), tax (18%), deal advisory (18%) and sales and business services functions (17%).

Bill Michael, chairman and senior partner of KPMG, said its clients were living through a “period of significant change”, with geopolitics, evolving regulation and disruptive technology significantly reshaping their markets.

Women made up 33% of new directors and 29% of new partners.

Morgan McKinley

Ian Barker has been appointed UK director of the recruitment agency, Kathryn Swan has been appointed UK lead for accountancy practices, effective immediately.

Barker, a chartered accountant and ICAEW member, has over 17 years’ experience. Before joining Morgan McKinley, he was director of the professional services and insurance team at Hays Senior Finance. During his time at Hays he held multiple positions including tax specialist and part qualified recruitment specialist.

Swan has 19 years’ experience and also joins from Hays Senior Finance, where she was director of the firm’s public practice and insurance teams. She held multiple positions while at Hays, including specialist public practice recruiter and UK strategic lead.


Fletcher Adamowicz has been appointed tax director at the mid-tier firm, effective immediately.

Adamowicz, a chartered accountant and tax advisor, has 14 years’ experience. Prior to his appointment, Adamowicz was a tax senior manager and then tax director at Grant Thornton. He started his career with Big Four firm EY, where he eventually became tax manager in 2007.

Knight Corporate Finance

Neeraj Dhuna has been appointed corporate finance manager and David Middleton has been appointed chief finance executive, effective immediately.

Dhuna, a chartered accountant and ICAEW member, has nearly 9 years’ experience. He joins Knight CF from Wilson Partners Corporate Finance, where he worked on a number of deals including company acquisitions and disposals, MBOs and fundraisers.

Middleton, a chartered accountant and ICAEW member, has 5 years’ experience. He started his career as an audit associate at mid-tier firm Grant Thornton. Middleton qualified as a chartered accountant in August of this year.

Golden Charter

Suzanne Grahame has been appointed chief executive officer at the independent funeral planner, effective immediately.

Grahame, a chartered accountant, has over 30 years’ experience. Prior to her appointment, she was an executive director at UK top 20 law firm Addleshaw Goddard. She has also held positions at multiple firms spanning across different industries, including HBJ Gateley, Jackson Boyd, UA Group, Standard Life, Calor Gas and BP Detergents.


Richard Armitage has been appointed group finance director of the high performance polymer solutions supplier, effective 9 April 2018. He will succeed current group finance director, Louisa Burdett.

Armitage has 28 years’ experience, and will join from Samworth Brothers, where he is currently group finance director. He has held finance director roles at various firms, including McBride, Premier Foods, Kantar Operations and ICI.


Guy Jubb has been appointed independent non-executive to the international accountancy and advisory firm’s UK public interest committee, effective immediately.

Jubb, a chartered accountant, is a former global head of governance and stewardship at Standard Life Investments, where he spent over 30 years. He is also an honorary professor at the University of Edinburgh Business School.

His previous roles include membership of the Investment Committee of the Association of British Insurers (ABI), co-chair of the GC100 and Investor Group, and member of the standing advisory group of the PCAOB.

He is currently a member of the council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS), where he chairs their constitutional panel and strategy and research advisory group.