Danny McCance 21 Jun 2019 03:58pm

Movers and shakers

A round-up of the latest appointments, promotions, board moves and resignations


Kay Swinburne has been appointed to chair the Big Four firm’s risk and regulatory insight centre, effective 1 July.

Swinburne will also become vice chair of KPMG’s financial services team. She is currently a conservative MEP and has represented Wales in Europe for the past 10 years. She will be leaving her role at the European Parliament later this month. She has served on the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, most recently as vice chair.


Anne-Marie Malley has been appointed as UK managing partner for consulting – and is the first woman to be appointed in the role at the Big Four firm. She will take over from Richard Houston, who has become chief executive of Deloitte North and South Europe.

Malley has led the human capital consulting practice at Deloitte since 2011 and was made partner in 2005 after joining the firm in 2001. She has more than 20 years’ experience in consulting, starting her career in financial services at the Royal Bank of Scotland, where she spent three years in its operations function before moving to Arthur Andersen in 1996.

Meanwhile, eight individuals have been appointed as partners in Deloitte Ireland.

Yvonne Byrne, Ciaran McGovern and Ruairí Mitchell have been appointed to the consulting practice, while Matthew Dolan and Vincent McCullagh join the tax practice.

Brian Fennelly was appointed as a partner in the financial advisory practice, John Kehoe as a partner in audit and assurance, and Laura Wadding in risk advisory.

Serious Fraud Office

Emir Feisal has been appointed to the board of the watchdog as a non-executive director (NED).

Feisal, ACA, is a fraud examiner and is currently a commissioner for the Judicial Appointments Commission and a magistrate in the adult and family courts. He has held a wide range of board posts including at St George’s Hospital, the Council of the Inns of Court, and the Bar Tribunal Adjudication Service. Feisal joins fellow NEDs Ruth Evans and Tony Osbaldiston alongside another newcomer, Martin Spencer – who is senior vice president of global IT services business NTT DATA.


Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith has been appointed as a NED of the board of the River Thames construction group, effective immediately.

McGregor-Smith, FCA, is a member of the House of Lords as well UK trade ambassador for the Department of Trade and Industry. She holds a number of NED roles, including at the Department of Education and Michael Page, as well as being a council member for the University of Bath and a board trustee for Cumberland Lodge. McGregor-Smith trained as an accountant at BDO between 1985 and 1991 and later joined Mitie in 2002 where she served as chief executive from 2007 until 2016 – when she stepped down from the role, receiving £500,00 in the process.

 MHA MacIntyre

Robert Blech has been appointed as a director at the mid-tier accountancy firm, effective immediately

Blech, ACA, has more than 17 years’ experience in accountancy, 14 of which have been spent as director. Prior to his appointment he was director at Accura Accountants, having spent 14 years at the firm. He was previously an auditor at Crowe Clark Whitehill and also spent two years at Jayson Newman Accountants Limited.