Danny McCance 31 Mar 2017 05:06pm

Movers and shakers

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


KPMG has appointed Richard Philpott to its East Midlands practice.

Philpott, a deal advisory expert and former R3 Midlands chairman, will lead the firm’s restructuring team, providing advice to clients across the region.

He is a licenced insolvency practitioner and past JIEB examination prize winner, with over 25 years’ experience advising clients in all aspects of turnaround and restructuring.

Philpott will lead the 15-person East Midlands team and will rejoin restructuring senior managers Andy Barber and Tim Bateson.

He previously led a national team advising successful businesses and those facing stress and distress to manage their legacy pension scheme issues and was based at KPMG’s Birmingham office.

CML Microsystems

CML Microsystems has appointed Geoff Barnes as non-executive director with effect from 1 April.

Barnes is chairman of the International Advisory Panel of ICAEW, having previously served as a member of its Council.

He is currently a director of Baker Tilly International, having switched to that role last June after serving as its CEO and president for 16 years. He is also a strategic advisor on international matters to a major city law firm.

Barnes qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte Haskins & Sells in London and worked there for six years, followed by 18 years with Casson Beckman, where he became executive chairman.

In 2015, Barnes was awarded the lifetime achievement award by the International Accounting Bulletin for services to global public accounting.


Andrew Howson has joined mid-tier firm BDO as a private equity partner.

The ICAEW member joins the corporate finance team in its London office following 11 years at EY as an executive director. Prior to that role he was an assistant director at Deloitte.

Inspired Energy

The UK energy procurement consultant to UK corporates and SMEs has announced the appointment of Richard Logan to the position of independent non-executive director with immediate effect.

Logan will take on the role of chairman of the audit committee and become a member of the nominations committee. Mark Dickinson will remain chairman of the nominations committee.

Logan is a chartered accountant with over 30 years’ experience. He has held the position of finance director at iomart Group since 2006. Prior to this he held a position at Kingston SCL and Ben Line Group. He trained with EY, qualifying in 1984.

In 2013 Logan was named Smaller Quoted Company Financial Director of Year at the FD’s Excellence Awards.

RGL Forensics

RGL Forensics has promoted Richard Cameron-Williams to partner with effect from 1 April 2017.

Cameron-Williams has over 10 years' experience in forensic accounting and is a member of ICAEW.

The promotion of Cameron-Williams will take the number of partners based in RGL’s UK office to nine. The company has another 33 partners worldwide.


PowerHouse has appointed Christopher Vanezis as chief financial officer with immediate effect.

Vanezis has over 15 years' experience in the energy sector after qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1990, after training with Deloitte and then joining Coopers & Lybrand. Prior to joining PowerHouse, he worked as an independent consultant in the renewable energy sector.

The CFO role Vanezis is undertaking is not currently a board position.

Skipton Building Society

Skipton Building Society has appointed Denis Hall and Richard Coates as non-executive directors with immediate effect.

Hall has over 30 years' experience in chief risk officer roles at GE Capital, Deutsche Bank and CitiBank. He is currently a non-executive director of Cembra Bank in Switzerland where he sits on their audit and risk committee and Moneta Bank in the Czech Republic where he is chairman of the transition committee. He is also the chairman of Hyundai Capital Bank Europe.

Coates has over 30 years of experience in senior roles at KPMG. He is currently a non-executive director of Police Mutual Assurance Society, where he is chairman of the audit committee, and TPT Retirement Solutions, where he is chairman of the audit, risk & compliance committee. He was formerly a non-executive director of Northern Rock and chairman of the audit committee at Co-Operative Bank.


K3 has appointed Stuart Darling to their board of as a non-executive director, with effect from 3 April 2017. David Bolton will become non-executive chairman, effective from 3 April, having been executive chairman.

Darling has extensive senior level financial and commercial experience in the technology sector and with growing companies. He is current CFO for Wifinity and previously was CFO at Amino Technologies.

Darling will replace Lars-Olof Norell, who is retiring from the Board on 31 May.

Quarto Group

Global illustrated book publisher the Quarto Group has announced the resignation of Michael Connole as chief financial officer and executive director.

Prior to his role at Quarto Group, Connole spent over seven years as CFO at Global Radio Group and prior to that he was group financial controller and later group finance director at Chrysalis Group. Connole spent seven years as a senior manager at KPMG Peat Marwick.

On Monday the Quarto group sold its loss-making Australia direct sales business Books & Gifts to Zooom for a nominal AU$1.