Stuart Cottee has been appointed new practice senior partner in the Big Four firm’s Yorkshire and North East practice, effective immediately.
Cottee, a chartered accountant and ICAEW member, has over 20 years’ experience. Prior to his appointment, he was private markets leader for the Yorkshire and North East region.
He started his career at Deloitte’s Leeds office in 1993, and eventually led the tax practice for the firm in Yorkshire and the North East until 2015. During his time leading the tax practice, he oversaw its transformation to becoming one of the region’s leading tax advisory firms.
Andrew Gordon has been appointed global leader of the Big Four firm’s Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services (FIDS), effective immediately.
Gordon, a chartered accountant and ICAEW fellow, has over 30 years’ experience. Prior to his appointment, he was part of PwC’s forensic services business, where he held the positions of partner, head of forensic services, and global and UK forensic services leader.
Charlie Johnson-Ferguson has been appointed transport and logistics leader of the Big Four firm, succeeding Coolin Desai, effective immediately.
Johnson-Ferguson, a chartered accountant and ICAEW member, has over 16 years’ experience. Prior to his appointment, he was partner, helping public and private sector clients on various projects including infrastructure financing, competitive bid preparation and evaluation, and financial modelling.
Alan Barr has been appointed head of deals at the Big Four firm’s Oil and Gas Centre of Excellence, effective immediately.
Barr has more than 20 years’ experience. Prior to his appointment, he spent a decade leading the transaction services team in PwC’s Aberdeen office, where he worked throughout the oil and gas sector.
Heather Self has been appointed partner of the accounting, tax and advisory practice’s corporate tax team, effective immediately.
Self, a chartered accountant and ICAEW member, has over 30 years’ experience. Prior to her appointment, she was partner at Pinsent Masons. Throughout her career, she has held multiple roles, including anti-avoidance advisor at HMRC and partner at EY.
She was listed in the International Tax Review’s Global Tax 50 2017, where she was recognised for her work in setting up the ‘Women in Tax’ network, and is also a member of the CBI Tax Committee.
Adam Harris has been appointed restructuring services partner, effective immediately.
Harris has 12 years’ experience. Prior to his appointment, he was insolvency, litigation and forensics partner at London-based firm Griffins. Harris has previously held roles at Kingston Smith and Hope Asset Management in Switzerland.
Andrew Mackenzie has been appointed partner at the Hull practice of the professional services consultancy, effective immediately.
Mackenzie has over 20 years’ experience. He joined Begbies Traynor 12 years ago, and led the firm’s East Yorkshire presence following the opening of its Hull office in 2008. Prior to joining the firm, he was a manager at BDO and Baker Tilly, and also an administrator at Big Four firm PwC.
Colin Farmer has been appointed chairman of the worldwide board at the international association of accounting and law firms, effective immediately.
Farmer, a chartered accountant and ICAEW member, has over 30 years’ experience. He is currently the managing partner of Alliotts’ London office, working with owners of entrepreneurial businesses.
He has been on the worldwide board of Alliott Group since 2012, and will succeed the outgoing Ken Miles, who stepped down following the merger of his firm NSBN with a top 10 accounting firm in the US.
Alison Baker has been appointed independent non-executive director and Ross Jerrard has been appointed to the board, both positions are effective from 5 February 2018.
Baker, a chartered accountant and ICAEW member, has nearly 25 years’ experience. Recently, she was partner at PwC, working with the natural resources team, and she also spent nearly 20 years with EY. Baker is currently on the strategic advisory board of Emperor, and also non-executive director at KAZ Minerals.
Jerrard has over 20 years’ experience. He has been the chief financial officer of Centamin since April 2016, and also led operations at Sukari and exploration sites in West Africa. Before joining Centamin, Ross was lead audit partner at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu in Australia, and also worked for multinational companies operating in Egypt.
Peter Sawrij has been appointed partner of the Yorkshire-based accountancy firm, effective immediately.
Sawrij has 13 years’ experience in the field. Prior to his appointment, he was a senior manager of the firm. Before joining Thomas Coombs, Sawrij was an audit manager at B M Howarth.
Peter Jelfs has been appointed head of the research and development for tax incentives, effective immediately.
Jelfs, a chartered accountant and ICAEW member, has 15 years’ experience. Prior to his appointment, he was senior manager of business tax services at EY.
He has held numerous roles over the course of his career, including corporation tax specialist at HMRC, senior manager at Mazars Group and audit assistant manager at KPMG.