17 Jun 2016 03:00pm

Movers and shakers

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


RSM has appointed James Lewis as an M&A partner in its corporate finance practice.

In his new role, Lewis will lead an expansion of RSM’s advisory proposition with a specific focus on M&A advisory services to mid-market PLCs. He will also assist the team on M&A transactions involving private companies and private equity firms.

Lewis joins RSM from Deloitte where he jointly led the firm’s PLC M&A advisory team. Prior to that, he held advisory and M&A positions at both Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse.

He is also a member of the ICAEW Corporate Finance Faculty’s Technical Committee and Takeover Code Consultation Review Committee.

RSM has also appointed Kelly Boorman as its head of construction.

Boorman will be responsible for leading the firm’s 40-strong senior team providing advice and support to the construction sector.

Boorman has been a partner at RSM since 2012 and has 20 years professional practice experience advising the construction sector.


PwC has appointed Andrew Kail as leader of its UK financial services practice.

Kail has over 25 years of experience with PwC and has held a variety of senior roles, most recently as head of the firm’s financial services assurance practice.

He has worked with a large number of leading clients, including being the lead partner on major FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 audits.

He succeeds Kevin Burrowes who joins PwC UK’s executive board from 1 July as head of clients & markets.

PwC’s financial services practice includes asset & wealth management, banking & capital markets, insurance and real estate.

PwC also appointed Niloufar Molavi as the firm’s new global energy leader.

Molavi has been at PwC for over 25 years and was promoted to partner in 2001. She joined the firm’s US leadership team eight years later and took on the role of US energy leader in 2011.

In 2009, she was appointed to the role of chief diversity officer in the US, overseeing the firm's diversity strategy and all of its related programmes and initiatives.

With this latest appointment, she becomes one of the only female global energy leaders across the Big Four and other top professional services organisations, the firm said in a statement.

She now leads a team boasting six female territory energy leaders.

Molavi succeeds Ross Hunter, who held the global role for three years.


Russell Field, a UK audit partner, has been appointed global head of real estate and construction at BDO.

He will succeed Solly Benaim who is due to retire on 1 July after 39 years at the firm.

Field has more than 30 years real estate and FTSE experience. He will lead the global team through its next stage of growth focusing on delivering specialised assurance, tax and advisory services to support the evolving needs of the real estate market.

Benaim will pursue a career in advisory and non-executive roles.

UHY Hacker Young

UHY Hacker Young has promoted Kevin Blakemore to partner.

Blakemore works primarily on large audit assignments and his portfolio includes many of the office’s largest clients.

He started his career with UHY as a trainee accountant, following which he was promoted to audit manager and then to director level.


Radius has named John Connolly as chairman of the board.

He replaces David Thorpe, who stepped down as chairman but will remain on Radius’ board of directors.

Connolly, an ICAEW member, is currently the chairman of G4S, the world’s largest security solutions group, and Amec Foster Wheeler, a leader in oil and gas services.

Connolly was senior partner and chief executive of Deloitte UK from 1999 until 2011.

During that time, he was also Deloitte’s global managing director (2003-2007) and global chairman (2007-2011).

Connolly previously held leadership positions for Deloitte in the Middle East and in multiple UK offices.

Financial Reporting Council

The FRC has appointed John Hitchins, as deputy chair of its financial reporting review panel (FRRP).

Hitchins is currently chair of the audit committee at Aldermore Group PLC.

He was a partner with PwC for 26 years until he retired in 2014. During this time, he specialised in bank auditing and advisory services and led the PwC network’s global IFRS technical group.

Additionally, he served as a member of the FCA practitioner and markets practitioner panels and as chairman of the ICAEW Banking Committee.

The FRRP comprises individuals drawn from commerce and the professions to consider issues raised in respect of the conduct committee’s reviews of company reports and accounts.

As deputy chair of the FRRP, Hitchin’s will also be a member of the corporate reporting review committee, which has an active role in helping to ensure that the provision of financial information by public and large private companies complies with relevant reporting requirements.

British Business Bank Investments Ltd

British Business Bank Investments Ltd, has appointed Catherine Lewis La Torre as chief executive officer, effective from 1 September.

She will succeed Peter Wilson who stepped down as CEO in March 2016.

Lewis La Torre joins British Business Bank Investments from Cardano, where she is head of private equity.

Before joining Cardano – a provider of advisory and investment services to UK corporate pension plans - Lewis La Torre was co-founder of Proventure Private Equity, a fund management company in the Nordic Region, and later established her own private capital consulting business.

British Business Bank Investments Ltd also announced the appointment of two new non-executive directors, Sara Halbard and Francis Small.

Halbard is the former head of credit fund management at Intermediate Capital Group and Small is a former senior partner at EY. Both positions are effective from 16 June. Pat Butler stood down as a non-executive director at the end of May.

Smith & Williamson

Smith & Williamson has appointed Geoff Everett as deputy head of business for private client tax services and Toby Tallon as head of London private client tax services.

As deputy head of business for private client tax services, Everett will be supporting Smith & Williamson’s private client tax teams across its offices to help them achieve their objectives and maximise their potential.

He will be working closely with Joss Dalrymple, who is now head of private clients within the tax and business services division, to manage the private client tax services team of 184 people and 33 partners.

He will also continue with his own client work.

Everett was formerly head of private client tax services for the firm’s London office.

Tallon will lead Smith & Williamson’s London private client tax services, which represents the firm’s largest private client tax team with a headcount of 71 of whom 14 are partners. He joined Smith & Williamson as a graduate in 2002 and became a partner in 2014.


Rohlig has appointed Des Hammond as its new chief financial officer for Australia and New Zealand, based in Sydney.

Hammond is an ICAEW member with over 18 years’ of experience in the financial sector. He has worked in corporate, academic, and consulting roles, including positions at PWC, the University of New South Wales, and William Hill.

His main responsibility at Rohlig will be to develop a strategy to streamline finance processes in order to maximise output and efficiencies.

Sinead Moore


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