Danny McCance 12 May 2017 12:46pm

Movers and shakers

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

Chartered Institute of Taxation

Clive Gawthorpe has been appointed to the European branch committee of the not-for-profit professional body.

Chartered accountant Gawthorpe is lead tax partner at UHY Hacker Young Manchester. He is chairman of the UHY international tax special interest group. With over 30 years’ experience, he has been an ICAEW member since 1986 and a chartered tax adviser since 1987.


Simon Allport, a partner at the Big Four firm, will be retiring at the end of June after 32 years.

Allport has previously been senior restructuring partner for the North West at EY. He also acted as a global client services partner. He is an active member of the north-west business leadership team and chairman of government backed alternative finance provider Business Finance Solutions.

Innovate Finance

Natalie Ceeney CBE, former head of the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) has been appointed as the new chairman of the non-for-profit financing organisation, effective immediately.

Ceeney has a wealth of experience including as the chief executive and board member in HM Courts & Tribunals Service between 2015 and 2016; chief executive and chief ombudsman in the FOS between 2010 and 2013 and chief financial officer of the National Archives between 2005 and 2010. She was awarded a CBE in 2010.

Mitchells Chartered Accountants

Richard Trueman, FCA, has retired after 46 years at the Derbyshire-based chartered accountancy firm. Upon his retirement he was a senior partner at the firm.

Johnston Carmichael

John Mason has been appointed to the role of director Scotland’s largest independent firm of chartered accountants and business advisers in the Glasgow office, effective immediately.

Mason has almost 30 years’ experience as a chartered accountant, including 20 years at independent Scottish accountancy firm French Duncan, where he was a partner. He trained as a chartered accountant at EY.


Rachel Khiara has been appointed as legal specialist in the audit, tax and consultancy firm’s growing legal practice. Her appointment comes alongside two other recent hires; corporate solicitor Tristan Mutimer and employment lawyer Charlie Barnes will both contribute to the firm’s corporate services offering.

Khiara has almost 20 years’ experience including most recently as founder and partner of boutique law firm Khiara Law LLP, founded in 2011. Prior to this she was a partner at Addleshaw & Goddard, and counsel at Allen and Overy.

Mutimer has over 10 years’ experience, including most recently as a manager at Kingston Smith.

Barnes, an employment law specialist, has over 10 years’ experience including roles at Shoosmiths and Coffin Mew.

Wilkins Kennedy

The accountancy firm has announced three new partners at its offices in Heathrow and London, all effective immediately.

Jemima Jones ACA has been promoted to tax partner at the firm's Heathrow office. She has 12 years’ experience in accountancy, including as financial director at Wilkins Kennedy. Prior to this she was financial controller at Zoom Media and as a manager at Wilkins Kennedy. She is one of the youngest women in the firm to become a partner.

Chartered accountant Paul Creasey has been promoted to audit partner, also at the Heathrow office. He has 25 years’ experience in the industry, having originally trained as an audit trainee at Milne Ross in 1992. Since then he has held roles at KPMG, Baker Tilly, Grant Thornton and most recently at Wilkins Kennedy, where he was audit director before his promotion.

David Jenkins has been promoted to the role of tax partner at the firm's London office. He has more than 20 years’ experience in providing tax advice, and has held roles at RSM Tenon and Baker Tilly. Before his promotion he was tax director at Wilkins Kennedy.

Blick Rothenberg

The accountancy, tax and advisory practice has appointed James Dolan and Daphne Hemingway as partners in its corporate tax team.

Dolan is appointed as tax partner specialising in helping US clients establish European and UK operations. He was previously on the international tax team at EY, living and working in New York.

Hemingway has over 20 years’ experience including roles at PwC, EY, Baker Tilly, Deloitte and Barclays. Before her appointment she was a partner at Jeffrey Henry. She will work alongside the firms VAT specialist and partner Alan Pearce.

Anderson Anderson & Brown

Bill Kane has been appointed as head of consulting at the Aberdeen-based accountancy firm, effective immediately.

Kane has a career spanning 30 years, and has had senior roles in industry and in practice as a partner at both Deloitte and PwC.