Danny McCance 14 Jul 2017 04:48pm

Movers and shakers

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


The Big Four firm has promoted 63 people to equity partner in its UK business, as part of 669 partner promotions made globally in 2017.

However, the number of promotions at the Big Four firm is down for the second year in a row.

In 2016 EY promoted 714 people worldwide to partner, which was fewer than the record number of 753 in 2015.

Of the promotions, 34 were made internally and 24 direct partner promotions from the firm’s competitors and the industry.


Kate Ferry, who is an ICAEW chartered accountant, will join the telecommunications group, with the exact date yet to be confirmed.

Ferry, who is currently the director of investor relations and corporate affairs at Dixons Carphone – where she has worked for the past seven years – will succeed Torrens, who will step down from the board later this year.

Before working at Dixons, she was a retail analyst at Merrill Lynch and prior to that an audit manager at PwC, where she qualified as a chartered accountant.


Five new directors have been appointed at the Big Four firm in Scotland. In Edinburgh Mark Pool, Daniel Barry and Gareth Hancock have been promoted and Paul Cowley and Paul Hazelton have been promoted in Glasgow, effective immediately.

Pool will lead the firm’s transfer pricing team in Scotland, having a wealth of experience within UK multinational and foreign-owned businesses. Barry will lead the firm’s enterprise risk management propositions for the investment management sector across the UK. He has over 10 years experience in the industry. Hancock will lead the IFRS 17 data proposition within the UK. He is an insurance specialist with nearly 15 years’ experience within the industry.

In Glasgow, Cowley will be director of the financial services team. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 2000. Paul Hazelton has been working with Deloitte’s private clients for more than 10 years.


Tom Ince has been appointed as a partner in the legal practice employment law team for the Big Four firm, effective immediately.

Prior to his appointment, Ince spent more than 12 years at Reed Smith where he was a partner and deputy practice group leader for Employment Group. Previously, he held associate roles at both Allen & Overy and CMS Cameron Mckenna.


Chris Etherington has been appointed as a private client tax partner at the audit, tax and consulting firm in its Leeds office, effective immediately.

Prior to his appointment Etherington spent more than 12 years at PwC where he became private client tax senior manager. He also spent two years at Zurich Financial services as a team manager.

Johnston Carmichael

Andrew Holloway has been appointed as the new head of entrepreneurial tax at the Scottish accountancy and business advisory firm, effective immediately.

Holloway joins from Grant Thornton, where he spend almost eight years, finishing there as a manager. He is a chartered accountant and a chartered tax adviser.

Close Brothers

Bruce Saunderson has been appointed to the role of director of wealth structuring at the asset management firm, effective immediately.

Saunderson spent more than six years at Big Four firm PwC, where he was head of wealth advisory for Scotland. He has also held senior roles at Grant Thornton and Maclay Murray & Spens. Prior to his appointment, Saunderson was director at Tilney Bestinvest Group.

Stonehage Fleming

Simon Boadle has been appointed as executive chairman of corporate finance for the wealth management firm, effective immediately.

Boadle has over 30 years’ experience in corporate finance, having spent 19 years at PwC, becoming a partner in corporate finance there. He has held various non-executive director roles including at Churchill Retirement and ArtsAbroad. Prior to his role at PwC, Boadle worked as a finance director for Pacific Nickel and spent many years as a director in Natwest Markets.


John wood has been appointed into the newly created role of chief credit officer at the specialist lender and savings bank, joining the bank’s group risk senior leadership team in their Reading office.

Wood has almost 30 years’ experience within the industry and prior to his appointment spent 27 years at the Royal Bank of Scotland in a variety of portfolio management and risk roles.

Duff & Phelps

Yann Magnan has been appointed as EMEA leader of the mid-tier accountancy firm, effective immediately.

Prior to this most recent appointment Magnan was managing director and leader of the Valuation Advisory Services for Europe, and has been at the firm for more than 12 years. He has a wealth of experience in the industry, which also includes more than 10 years as a partner in transaction advisory services at EY.


Claire Cizaire has been appointed as chief technology and innovation officer at the global accounting firm, effective immediately.

Cizaire is an entrepreneur and data scientist. She began her career as a management consultant at Mars & Co before founding boutique pricing and yield management start-up Optimix. Prior to her appointment, Cizaire spent more than five years at Vinci Autoroutes, where she was head of the toll operations department.


Tyrone Courtman has been appointed as chairman of ICAEW's insolvency and restructuring special interest group. He succeeds Angela Swarbrick, former restructuring partner at EY, who will step down from the role after retiring from professional practice.

Courtman, partner at Midlands business advisory firm PKF Copper Parry, and leader of the firms business restructuring, recovery and insolvency services team, is a chartered accountant with over 25 years’ experience.


Brian Jones has been appointed as company secretary and chief financial officer of the Australian mining company, effective 14 July. He takes over from Philip Killen, who will be leaving the company on the same date to pursue other business interests.

Jones has a wealth of experience in the industry, having been a chartered accountant for more than 10 years.

CMC Markets

Sarah Ing has been proposed to join the board of the online financial trading business as a non-executive director, subject to FCA approval. She will replace non-executive director Malcolm McCaig, who has tendered his resignation from the board, effective from the conclusion of the annual general meeting on 27 July.

Ing, a chartered accountant, has more than 30 years’ experience including in the role of equity analyst at UBS Investment Bank and HSBC securities, among others. She also has partner experience in both KI Asset Management and the Lazarus Partnership. Most recently, Ing has been a board trustee at the Horse and Rangers Association.