Danny McCance 29 Sep 2017 10:32am

Movers & shakers

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

British Retail Consortium

Richard Pennycook has been appointed chairman of the UK trade association to succeed Richard Baker, effect from 1 February 2018.

Pennycook, a fellow of the ICAEW, recently stepped down as CEO of Co-op Group, where he had been since joining as CFO in 2013 to help the ailing business. He has more than 25 years' experience including senior positions at Allders, JD Wetherspoon, Laura Ashley, Welcome Break and Morrisons. He is a non-executive chairman of the Hut Group and chairman of Howdens Joinery and Fenwicks.

He will join fellow ICAEW chartered accountant Helen Dickinson who is the British Retail Consortium's chief executive.

Crowe Howarth International

David Mellor has been appointed CEO of the international accountancy and advisory firm and will replace Kevin McGrath, who plans to retire in March next year.

Prior to his appointment, Mellor, a chartered accountant and member of ICAEW, was senior partner at Crowe Clark Whitehall. He has more than 27 years' experience and has held various senior roles at firms including PKF, KPMG and EY. 

Begbies Traynor

Mark Malone and Gareth Prince have both been promoted to partner in the Birmingham office of the business recovery specialist, effective immediately.

Malone, a chartered accountant, has been with the firm for more than 12 years, and was made director in 2014. During his time there he has helped to develop the firm's Cheltenham office.

Prince, a chartered accountant, has been with the firm for more than 13 years and was also promoted to director in 2014. During his time at the firm he went on secondment to the business support united of Lloyds Banking Group.


Martin Chapman, Daniel Guy, Adele Raiment and Geraint Regan have all been appointed as directors at the top 10 UK accountancy firm, effective immediately.

Chapman becomes a director for forensic and investigation services based in Birmingham. He has been at the firm since 2003.

Raiment, a chartered accountant and tax director, has been with the firm since 2006. Prior to this, she spent more than three years at EY.

Guy is a chartered tax advisor and director of VAT based in Birmingham. He joined the firm in 2014 after spending more than eight years at PwC as a VAT manager, and more than four years at HMRC as a VAT officer.

Regan, a chartered accountant and member of ICAEW, is a director of deal advisory. He has been with the firm since 2016, after moving from IBM. His previous experience includes roles at RBS, EY and PWC.

MHA MacIntyre Hudson

Ian Jackson has been appointed as a commercial broking director in the mid-tier firm’s financial solutions team, based in the Reading office.

Jackson has more than 25 years’ experience in banking and prior to his appointment spent more than two years as an area director for Lloyds Bank commercial finance.

Grant Thornton

Tomas Freyman has been appointed a partner in the top six firm’s valuations services group, effective immediately.

Freyman is a specialist in the valuation of private companies and projects, debt securities and intangible assets, with more than 20 years' experience. Prior to his appointment, he spent more than a year at Lincoln International. Previously he spent four years at BDO, where he became partner of valuations. He has also held senior roles at both EY and PwC.

Blick Rothenberg

Fiona Fernie has been appointed as a partner in the accountancy firm’s dispute resolution team, effective immediately.

Fernie, a fellow of ICAEW and tax investigations specialist has more than 30 years' experience. Prior to her appointment at Blick Rothenberg, she spent three years at lawyers Pinsent Masons as partner and head of tax investigations. Previously, she worked for more than 16 years at PwC before joining BDO where she spent 14 years with the firm, ending up as partner.