Gurpal Ahluwalia has been appointed as a partner in the M&A advisory team of the UK’s sixth-largest firm, based in London, effective immediately.
Ahluwalia qualified as a doctor in 2002 and spent nine years working in the NHS, specialising as a cardiothoracic surgeon. He later joined the Boston Consulting group where he spent more than three years in Strategy. Prior to his appointment at BDO he spent almost four years in strategy at Big Four firm KPMG.
Jessica Wills has been appointed as a partner at the London-based accountancy firm, effective immediately.
Wills, a chartered accountant, is head of the internal audit team at PKF Littlejohn and has been with the firm since 2003 – training there. She is a member of the Insurance Internal Audit Group and an affiliate member of the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors.
David Hales has been appointed as the new office managing partner in the Big Four firm’s Southampton office, and will move from the Reading office to take over from Geraint Davies, who is moving to EY Malta.
Hales, a Chartered Accountant, is a partner in EY’s assurance practice, having been with the firm for more than 30 years. He also previously led EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year programme across the south region.
Matt Storey and Matthew Upex have been appointed as partners at the independent chartered accountancy firm, in the Spalding and Deeping offices respectively.
Storey was previously a manager at the firm where he has worked for more than a decade. Prior to his role there he worked in accountancy and taxation advice, and support and guidance for businesses at Stephenson Smart Chartered Accountants., where he spent almost eight years.
Prior to his appointment Upex was a manager in the Deeping office and has been with the firm for more than 11 years.
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Mark Benka has been appointed as a partner in the transaction services team at the top-10 accountancy firm, effective immediately.
Prior to his appointment, Benka was a director in transaction services at Big Four firm PwC, where he spent more than 20 years, having also spent three years working in audit in the insurance and investment management at the firm.
Gareth Hywel Jones has been appointed as CFO of the regenerative medical devices company, effective 30 November.
Jones, a chartered accountant, will join the group from Applied Graphene Materials and his previous experience includes directorships at Gardner Denver Group Services and Vireol Bio-Industries. He qualified with PwC in 1993.
Phillip Blundell has been appointed as CFO of the digital distribution service, effective 23 July.
Blundell, a chartered accountant, has held senior roles at a variety of technology companies including DotDigital, Eagle Eye Solutions and Intelligent Environments. He qualified with Coopers & Lybrand (now part of PwC).
John Cullen has been appointed as the new chair for the Consultive Committee of Accountancy Bodies (CCBA) an umbrella organisation for the UK and Irish accountancy professions, and will take over from Andrew Burns, president of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountacny (CIPFA).
Cullen, FCCA, is a partner at top-20 accountancy firm Menzies, where he has worked for more than three years. Prior to this he was a member on the ACCA council and the Joint Insolvency Committee. His previous experience includes being head of corporate recovery and insolvency at Harris Lipman.
The CCAB has five members: the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), CIPFA, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) and Chartered Accountants Ireland.
Cathy Engelbert has not been nominated for a second four-year term to lead the US Big Four firm, after not winning the required support from the board of directors. She can however still be elected for a second term in a formal leadership election in early 2019.
Engelbert joined Deloitte in 1986 and has experience leading Deloitte & Touche’s audit practice and became the first female CEO of a major accountancy firm in the US when appointed in 2015.
Gregor Schmidt has been appointed as the new European regional leader of the top-10 accountancy firm, effective immediately.
Prior to his appointment Schmidt was chief officer of strategy, markets and communications at RSM’s German member firm, having been promoted into the role in 2016. He previously joined the firms as chief operating officer in 2012. Schmidt has held various senior management roles including at Deloitte, SCI Verkerhr GmbH and ADION.