Danny McCance 1 Mar 2019 04:29pm

Movers and shakers

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


Masami Katakura has been appointed as chairman of the board of EY ShinNihon Audit Corporation in Tokyo, effective 1 June pending finalisation following a general meeting scheduled 28 March.

Katakura has a wealth of experience, having previously joined Ota Showa Audit Corporation (now part of EY Japan) and becoming a senior partner at EY ShinNihon Audit Corporation in 2011.

According to the firm, Katakura will be the first female president of any “major mid-sized audit corporation” in Japan.


Andy Ka has been appointed as a financial reporting partner in the mid-tier firm’s Basingstoke office, effective immediately.

Ka, FCA, has more than 20 years’ experience in the profession, and prior to his appointment he was a director at Grant Thornton. During the 15 years he spent at the firm he was also deputy head of the China Britain Services Group and regional lead in Reading. Previously he worked as an auditor at Haines Watts.

Johnston Carmichael

Max Chassels has been appointed as private client tax director at Scotland’s largest independent chartered accountants, effective immediately.

Chassels has more than 12 years’ experience in the profession and prior to joining Johnston Carmichael was at Big Four firm Deloitte, where he was senior manager of private client services, having spent more than six years with the firm. Previously he was at rival Big Four firm KPMG, where he spent more than five years, first as a tax assistant manager and later as an associate.

PKF Littlejohn

Phil Broadbery has been appointed as a partner and chief digital officer at the mid-tier firm, effective immediately

Prior to his appointment Broadbery was at PKF International where he was chief information officer. He has more than 15 years’ experience in IT, digital consulting and project management roles including as client services director at Clerkswell, managing director at Fernhart New Media and Operations director at Fernhart.

RSA Insurance Group

Charlotte Jones has been appointed as CFO of the general insurance company and will replace Scott Egan, who will move to the role of CEO of UK & Ireland, effective 5 February.

Jones, ACA, has more than 29 years’ experience in the accountancy profession and is currently CFO of Jupiter Asset Management, where she has been for more than two years. She was previously head of group finance and chief accounting officer at Credit Suisse, where she spent more than three years.

Before that she spent more than nine years at Deutsche Bank where she was deputy CFO and CFO of group reporting. Jones was previously a partner at Big Four firm EY, where she spent more than 13 years. She was previously a non-executive director at RSA.

Travis Perkins

Tony Buffin has stepped down as chief operating officer of the builders’ merchant and will leave the group after a restructuring that means there will no longer be a board level COO.

Buffin, ACA, has been with Travis Perkins since April 2013 when he joined as a CFO, becoming group COO in 2017.


Ian Clarkson, ACA, has announced his resignation as CFO of the international professional services company, effective immediately.

The group finance team will report to the board through CEO Douglas McCormick while the board looks for a replacement.