Sinead Moore 20 Feb 2017 11:14am

Movers and shakers

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


EY has revealed that 35 out of 55 people that work in the firm's Inverness office risk losing their jobs amid restructuring plans.

The company has proposed no longer providing audit and account and compliance and reporting services at the Inverness office, offering these services from alternative locations in Scotland and Newcastle instead.

The proposed restructure puts 35 audit and compliance workers at risk of losing their jobs.


RSM has appointed Ann Pomfret as the firm’s new forensic director, based in its Manchester office.  

Pomfret, an ICAEW member, joins RSM from BDO where she was a director in the forensic team acting on commercial disputes, shareholder and transactional cases.

In her new role, she will provide forensic and risk advisory support to a growing number of law firms and corporate clients, and work closely with Rob Parry, who heads up the forensic team in the North, to grow the practice and its offering.

RSM also appointed Rowan Williams as the new managing partner in its Gatwick office.

Williams will succeed Kirsty Sandwell who steps down as managing partner of the Gatwick office in April but will continue as head of corporate finance for the South.

Williams is currently national head of RSM’s professional services group, leading a multi-disciplinary team advising legal businesses, consultants, surveyors and architects on growing their businesses. She is also chair of the UK Legal Finance Forum and a member of the Association of Partnership Practitioners.

In her new role, she will be in charge of growing the firm’s presence in the Gatwick Diamond as well as across the wider south-east region.

Duncan & Toplis

Chartered accountants Duncan & Toplis have appointed John Raynor as a manager in the firm’s Sleaford office.

Raynor, an ICAEW member, joins from Nicholsons Chartered Accountants after 13 years at the firm.

He joined Nicholsons in 2003 as a junior manager and was promoted to associate in 2014.


Scott-Moncrieff has appointed Fraser Nicol as partner to lead the firm’s business technology consulting (BTC) team.

Nicol joins from the EY where he was an executive director in the London office and played a central role in developing technology risk consulting, cyber security and data analytic services.

Based in Glasgow, but also working across Scott-Moncrieff’s offices in Edinburgh and Inverness, Nicol will be tasked with implementing the firm's ambitious strategy to build the strongest business technology consulting practice in Scotland.

This will include introducing new client services in the areas of data analytics, cyber crime and risk, programme assurance and digital transformation.

Nicol started his career at PwC in 1999 before moving on to Debenhams and later Sky.

He joined EY in 2005 and moved his way up the ranks.

He has also held board and committee positions with the ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association) and the Tech UK Cyber Security Management and Defence and Security Board.

Moore Stephens

Moore Stephens has appointed Mark McMullen as a partner in its private client services team.

McMullen, an ICAEW member, joins from Smith & Williamson, where he was a partner in the private client tax practice since 2007.

Prior to that he was director in the private client services at Chiltern plc and before that was a partner at Dixon Wilson.

In his new role, he will be working closely with Moore Stephens’ already established private client base, dealing with the challenges that face UK and international families and their businesses.

McMullen is a member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP). He sits on its City of London branch committee and also served on its UK technical committee for a number of years.

FRP Advisory

FRP Advisory has opened a new office in Preston, Lancashire, and appointed three new partners - David Acland, Steve Williams and Lila Thomas - and seven other business-restructuring advisors.

Acland joins FRP Advisory after 25 years at Begbies Traynor.

He trained with Arthur Andersen and John Fairhurst & Co where he qualified as a chartered accountant (FCA).

Williams, a licensed insolvency practitioner, also joins from Begbies Traynor after 27 years at the firm.

Lila Thomas also joined from Begbies Traynor’s Preston office where she spent 23 years. She is also a licensed insolvency practitioner.

Magma Chartered Accountants

Following its recent merger with Leicester-based Clear & Lane Chartered Accountants, Magma Chartered Accountants have promoted Jon Kicks and David Buck from senior tax managers to tax partners.

This doubles Magma’s tax partners to four, leading a team of 22.

Howden Joinery Group

Debbie White has been appointed as an independent non-executive director at Howdens with immediate effect. She also joins the Audit, Remuneration and Nominations Committees.

White, an ICAEW member, is currently global chief executive officer of Sodexo Healthcare, Defence and Justice Services, having previously held various other positions within Sodexo since 2004, including CFO in the UK & Ireland.

In 2013, she became a trustee of the charity Wellbeing of Women, and is now chair of the charity's Audit Committee.

White started her career with Arthur Andersen in the UK before joining AstraZeneca where she held a range of financial roles. She later became a director at PwC Consulting where she worked across a number of sectors in a global capacity.

She replaces Michael Wemms as non-executive director at Howdens.

Cambian Group plc

Anoop Kang, an ICAEW member, is due to join the board of Camian Group as chief financial officer in July 2017.

He will succeed Martin Hopcroft.

Kang, joins Cambian from Kier Group plc where he has held the position of group financial controller since 2015.

Prior to this he held a number of senior finance positions at Balfour Beatty plc including group head of financial planning and analysis, finance director of the rail division and latterly as head of investor relations. He also has 18 years’ experience at Deloitte, latterly as a director.

Pires Investments plc

Nicholas Lee has been appointed as a non-executive director of Pires Investments with immediate effect.

Lee is currently executive chairman of AIM-listed Paternoster Resources plc and non-executive chairman of AIM-listed MX Oil plc, as well as being involved with a number of other companies, both listed and private.

He qualified as a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand.

Crest Nicholson Holdings plc

Robert Allen has joined Crest Nicholson Holdings as group finance director.

He succeeds Patrick Bergin, whose appointment as chief operating officer was announced in November 2016.

Allen, a chartered accountant, joins from British American Tobacco PLC where he served in a number of finance roles, most recently as Regional Finance Controller for the EEMEA regions.

Primary Health Properties plc

Primary Health Properties has appointed Richard Howell, a chartered accountant, to replace Phil Holland as finance director of the company effective from 31 March 2017.

To facilitate a smooth handover, Howell will be joining Nexus Tradeco Limited, the company's adviser, on 13 March and his services will be provided to PHP under the terms of the advisory agreement between PHP and Nexus.