Danny McCance 6 Oct 2017 03:35pm

Movers and Shakers

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


Sarah Joannidi has been appointed as a new audit partner of the mid-tier accountancy firm’s Bristol office, effective immediately.

Joannidi, a chartered accountant and member of ICAEW, has more than 20 years’ experience and has held senior roles in various firms, including almost seven years at KPMG as an audit manager. Prior to her appointment at BDO, she spent more than 11 years at RSM UK in various roles before becoming a partner there in April 2016.

The firm has also made three new appointments internally. Anders Heede, current EMEA Anders CEO and global head of Advisory Services will take the newly created role of chief operating officer. He has been at the firm since 2008, after joining as CEO of BDO Denmark.

Heede will be replaced by Trond-Morten Lindberg, who is currently CEO of BDO Norway. Lindberg has been with the firm since 1999 and made partner in 2006 and managing partner in 2010.

Albert Lopez will become the BDO CEO Americas, effective 1 January 2018. Lopez is currently Southeast Assurance regional managing partner of BDO USA and has been in the role since 2005. He was made partner in 1998 and is currently a member of the global Americas Board.

KPMG International

Melissa Geiger has been appointed as head of international tax at the Big Four firm and will be based in the groups London office.

Gieger, a chartered tax advisor, is returning to the firm after spending six years as global head of tax at GSK. Prior to her move to GSK she spent more than nine years at KPMG, and in 2008 was made partner earlier this week.

Bill Thomas has been appointed as the global chairman of the KPMG International for a four-year term and will replace John Viehmeyer.

Thomas has been with the firm for 28 years and was chairman of the Americas region since March 2014. He served as CEO and senior partner of KPMG in Canada from 2009 to 2016. It was announced in March this year that Thomas would head up KPMG’s global network of firms.

Meanwhile, Jonathon Tew, associate director of KPMG’s public sector and health consulting practice in Birmingham has been appointed as the assistant chief executive of Birmingham City Council.

British Land

Lucinda Bella, CFO of the publicly listed real estate agents, has announced that she intends to stand down from the board and leave the company on 4 April 2018.

Bell, a chartered accountant and member of ICAEW, has been on the British Land board since March 2011, and became CFO in May the same year. She has been with the company for more than 25 years. Prior to her appointment on the board of British land, she was governor of the University of Westminster and chairman of the Finance and Property Committee. She has also been involved with numerous industry bodies such as the European Public Real Estate Association chairing the Reporting & Accounting Committee and a member of the BPF Finance Committee and the Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability CFO Leadership Network.

Disability Action Yorkshire

Neil Gallagher has been appointed as the new finance manager of the Yorkshire-based charity and social enterprise, effective immediately.

Gallagher, a chartered accountant and member of ICAEW, has more than 20 years’ experience and began his career at Big Four firm EY. Prior to his appointment he was CFO at Nexus Communications for more than 16 years.

City of London Corporation

Charles Bowman has been elected as the new Lord Mayor of the City of London and will succeed current Lord Mayor Andrew Parmley on 10 November to begin his year-long term.

Bowman, a chartered accountant and member of ICAEW, is a senior partner at Big Four firm PWC and an alderman. He qualified with PwC in 1986 and was admitted to partnership in 1995. Bowman has served on the council of ICAEW and is a former chairman of their assurance panel and audit and assurance faculty. He is chairman of the Audit Quality Forum and sits on the advisory panel of The Prince of Wales’ Accounting for Sustainability Project.

Department for business, energy and industrial strategy

Paul Uppal has been named the first small business commissioner by the secretary of state for business.

Uppal is a former Conservative MP for Wolverhampton South West and was a Member of Parliament. He has 20 years of experience as a small business owner in the real estate sector and will be based in Birmingham.

MHA MacIntyre Hudson

Edward Hooper has been appointed as a director of the top-20 firm’s corporate finance team based in London, effective immediately.

Hooper, a chartered accountant and member of ICAEW has more than 10 years of experience, having previously spent eight years at mid-tier firm BDO. Prior to his appointment at MHA, he was an associate director at RSM UK.

Meanwhile, Alicia Crisp has been appointed as a new partner at the firm, and will be based in their London office.

Crisp has been at the firm since 2007, qualifying in 2010. She was appointed as manager in 2012 and director in 2016. At 32, Crisp is one of the firm’s youngest ever partners.