Danny McCance 24 May 2018 12:17pm

Movers and shakers

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

Moore Stephens

James Eastell has been appointed as a partner in the corporate audit team in the newly opened Bristol office of the top 10 accountancy firm, effective immediately.

Prior to his appointment Eastell was an audit director at Big Four firm PwC, having been with the firm for almost 12 years. Previously he was financial controller at AIM-listed technology business Pixology.

Eastell will work alongside Heather Wheelhouse, who will lead education, and Chris Marsden – both were appointed as partners at the firm in recent months.

Elsewhere, Karen Thompson has been appointed to lead on charities and Ian Mathieson will lead on membership organisations.

Prior to her appointment Thompson, a Fellow Chartered Accountant, was partner of charities and not for profit at PKF Littlejohn, where she spent more than two years, and was also partner for charities and not for profit at BDO. Her previous experience includes as COO and director of resources at FARM-Africa and as finance director at War on Want. She spent more than 10 years at Big Four firm Deloitte, where she became assurance and advisory director.

Mathieson, also a  Fellow Chartered Accountant, was also a partner for charities and not for profit for PKF Littlejohn before his appointment at Moore Stephens and had spent more than two years at the firm. Like Thompson he was a partner for charities and not for profit at BDO and prior to this spent more than 13 years as a partner for charities and not for profit at PKF Accountants and Business Advisers.


Amanda Kruger has been appointed as audit director at the rapidly-expanding accountancy firm in Cardiff, effective immediately.

Kruger has more than 30 years’ experience in accounting and auditing. The appointment comes after Baldwins Accountants, a Cogital Group company, acquired KTS Owens Thomas last year, where Kruger was an associate director and senior manager, having been with the firm for a decade. Kruger is a fellow certified chartered accountant.

New York Stock Exchange

Stacey Cunningham has been appointed to lead the New York Stock exchange, the first woman to do so in its 226 year history, effective immediately.

Cunningham is currently NYSE group's chief operating officer. She first started working with the exchange in 2012 as head of sales and relationship management and in 2014 became president of governance services. She began her career as a trader and specialist for Bank of America Securities in 1996 before moving to NASDAQ where she held a number of senior roles. Cunningham’s appointment means that the two major stock exchanges in the US are now run by women, as Anna Freidman has been in charge of NASDAQ since January last year.

Public Company Accounting Oversight Board

Helen Munter, director of the division of registrations and inspections and Martin Baumann, chief auditor and director of professional standards will both step down from their roles at the US watchdog at the end of the month.

Munter, the high-profile director of division will end her 14-year career at the PCAOB, seven of which she spent as director. All audit firms must write apologies and improvement commitments following visits from the watchdog to the individual in this position.

Baumann will leave at the same time as Munter in the wake of the appointment of the new board in January. Prior to his appointment he was a partner at PwC, global banking leader and deputy chairman of the Big Four firm’s global financial service practice. He joined the PCAOB in 2006 and became chief auditor in 2009. He represented the watchdog on the US Financial Accounting Standards board, the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board and the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants.


Graeme Webster has been appointed as a director within the Big Four firm's financial services transfer pricing team. Prior to this, he spent 17 years at HMRC, largely specialising in international tax.

His appointment follows senior promotions within the team, including Richard Murray to partner and Robin Saunders to director.