Adam Leyland 30 Jun 2017 02:49pm

Movers and shakers

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


The Big Four firm has appointed Jonathan Studholme to lead its Liverpool office, following Martin Heath’s retirement after 33 years.

Studholme, who takes up the post on 1 July, joined PwC’s Liverpool office almost two years ago from its Manchester base.

He will continue to be supported by tax director Mark Armstrong and transaction director Mathew Edwards. Tom Binns, assurance director, will transfer to Liverpool over the summer to provide further support.


BDO has announced the promotion of two new partners in Scotland.

James Paterson becomes a partner in the mid-tier firm's tax practice and is head of the tax team in its Edinburgh office.

Paterson trained with BDO and has over 10 years’ experience advising on complex tax matters, particularly in the hotel, property and healthcare sectors.

Meanwhile Craig Martin is to become a partner in the firm’s corporate finance team. He leads the transaction services practice in Scotland.

Martin returned to Scotland in 2012 after spending most of his career at BDO’s Leeds office, and is highly experienced in advising private and listing companies, private equity and lenders.

A further 13 partners have been promoted across the UK, as the firm confirmed earlier this month. This follows the recruitment of an additional 25 new partners for BDO during the last year.

The promotions become effective on 1 July.

Companies House

Lesley Cowley has been named as the new chair of Companies House.

She replaces Brian Landers, who was chairman between August 2012 and March 2017.

Cowley was appointed non-executive chair of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in October 2014 and re-appointed in October 2016.

She was appointed lead non-executive director of the National Archives in January 2016 and a non-executive director of AQL in October 2014.

Cowley was previously CEO of Nomine between 2004 and 2014, served as chair of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and was chair of the Country Codes Name Supporting Organisation.

She was previously a member of the UK Government Cyber Crime Reduction Partnership and was made an OBE for services to the Internet and e-commerce in 2011.

Financial Conduct Authority

The regulator has announced the appointments of new chairs for its independent practitioner and markets practitioner panels.

Chief executive of M&G Anne Richards becomes chair of the FCA practitioner panel from 1 August.

Richards has been a member of the panel since 2013 and succeeds António Simões, CEO of HSBC.

John Trundle, CEO of Euroclear UK & Ireland, is to become chair of the FCA markets practitioner panel effective from 1 July.

He has been a member since 2013 and replaces Robert Mass, senior advisor in global compliance at Goldman Sachs.

Euromoney Institutional Investor

Colin Jones, the group’s finance director, has announced he is to retire by the summer of 2018.

He will continue fully in the role until then, implementing the group’s growth strategy and ensuring a smooth transition to his successor.

Jones has held the position since 1996. Prior to that, he was a director at PwC for 15 years.

Sabien Technology Group

Gus Orchard is retiring as finance director and company secretary of Sabien and its subsidiary companies after nearly 11 years.

The group said it intends to appoint Ed Sutcliffe as company secretary. Sutcliffe will also act as interim finance director (non-board level) until a permanent successor is appointed.

Sutcliffe has spent 12 years working in a range of corporate finance, accounting and restructuring roles for professional services firms and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

He spent eight years with PwC in New Zealand, where he worked on a number of high-profile IPOs.


Group finance director Tim Haywood is to step down from the board to pursue other interests, effective from 30 September.

He will remain with the company until 30 November, the international support services and construction group confirmed.

Haywood will be supporting Debbie White, the incoming CEO who joins the company and board on 1 September.

Prior to his role at Interserve, Haywood was finance director St Modwen Properties.

Oxford BioDynamics

Chartered accountant Paul Stockdale has been appointed as chief financial officer at the biotechnology company, expected to join by 15 September. He will join the board of directors in due course.

Stockdale joins the company from e-Therapeutics, where he has been a financial controller since January 2012.

He was a senior manager at Deloitte from 1996 to 2004. He then worked in finance and operations management in the charitable and automotive sectors.

Stockdale will take over from Katie Long, who will return to her role within Tessera Investment Management. She steps down from the board today (30 June) and will support Oxford BioDynamics on an interim basis in the transitional period.