Danny McCance 11 May 2018 03:28pm

Movers and shakers

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


Mo Merali has been appointed as the chairman of the Corporate Finance Faculty for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, effective immediately.

Merali, who is currently an advisory partner and head of private equity at the UK’s fifth-largest firm Grant Thornton, has more than 25 years’ experience within the industry. Further to his senior role at Grant Thornton he is also a member of the Partnership Oversight Board at the firm.

Grant Thornton

Hazel Platt has been appointed as practice leader for Cambridge, Ipswich, Norwich and Chelmsford branches of the accountancy and advisory firm and will take over from Darren Bear, who will become regional managing partner, leading eight Grant Thornton offices across the central and east region.

Platt, a chartered accountant with more than 25 years’ experience in the industry, is currently head of the firm’s tax team in East Anglia and has been a corporate tax partner at the firm for more than four years. Prior to her move to Grant Thornton, she was a tax partner at Baker Tilly (now RSM) and has held different senior roles such as tax director at BDO and as a tax senior manager at PwC.

Bear is currently a corporate finance partner at the firm, having been made partner in 2005. He has more than 18 years’ experience in M&A and spent two years with insurance company Aviva in its M&A team.

James Brown, the current regional managing partner, has moved into a national role as head of growth. Specialising in audit and financial reporting, he has spent more than 25 years advising mid-corporate companies.

Elsewhere at Grant Thornton, Alex Khaldi, Nick Clarke and Kieran Lee all join the accountancy and advisory firm in its new social care advisory team, effective immediately.

Khaldi joins the firm as a partner, having spent almost two years as a market director of health and social care at Capita. He was briefly CEO at Skylakes Social Work after moving from iMPOWER where he was a managing director and spent more than six years. He also spent more than eight years at Big Four firm PwC, where he was a director. Khaldi is currently the chairman of A Better Start Southend and a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.

Clark has been appointed as a director for social care insights & analytics, having spent more than a year as social care transformation leader at Capita. Clark has held various senior positions such as associate director at Saha International, vice president at Pottinger and associate director at PwC.

Lee has joined as an associate director within the insights and analytics team on social transformation. Previously, he was operational strategy lead at North Highland UK, where he spent almost three years.

Moore Stephens

Heather Wheelhouse has been appointed as a partner at the top 10 accountancy firm and will work with independent schools and academies across the Midlands.

Wheelhouse has more than 25 years’ experience in the profession and prior to working at Moore Stephens she spent more than 13 years at RSM UK, where she was partner and the national head of independent schools. She was also a partner at Arthur Andersen – where she spent eight years – and a senior manager at Binder Hamlyn, where she spent nine years. Wheelhouse is governor of Badminton School and a trustee of The Wesley Trust multi academy trust.


David Slater has been appointed as director of trade at the Big Four firm, effective immediately.

Slater joins from London & Partners where he was director of international trade and investment, having spent more than six years with the official London promotional company. Prior to this he was deputy head of the EU engagement department at the Foreign Office and HM consul and regional director at UK Trade and Investment (now the Department of International Trade).


Tom Adams has been appointed as Experience Center leader in the consulting practice of the Big Four firm, effective immediately.

Prior to his appointment Adams spent half a year as president and chief strategy officer at brand consultancy FutureBrand Worldwide after being promoted from his role as global head of strategy. Previously he was vice president of European marketing strategy at business transformation company Sapient and global head of digital strategy. Adams was also co-founder and managing director of creative digital agency Mook.