Danny McCance 13 May 2019 12:34pm

Movers and shakers

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


Duncan Smith has been appointed as president of the insolvency and restructuring trade body.

Swift, FCA, who is corporate advisory services partner and head of the food advisory group at Moore Stephens, will spend a year as president of R3. A licensed insolvency practitioner, he began his career at Big Four firm PwC and has also held roles at RSM Tenon, KPMG and Grant Thornton where he was a partner.

Haines Watts

Bradley Thomas has joined Haines Watts as a tax partner, following a merger between the mid-tier firm and Gateshead-based accountancy firm RHK Accountants.

Thomas, a partner at RHK Accountants, trained in tax at law firm Dickson Dees and Coopers and Lybrand (now PwC) before joining Deloitte Haskins and Sells (now Deloitte) in the firm’s professional and high net worth business and personal tax group. He joined Walker Johnston as head of tax in 1990 and became tax principal at RHK in 1996.

The merger will facilitate the retirement of two of RHK’s four partners, David Hall and Geoff Miller, who has been with the firm for 32 years.


Richard Howes has been appointed CFO of the distribution and services group effective 1 January 2020, following the resignation of Brian May, who has held the role for 13 of the 25 years he has worked for Bunzl.

Howes, ACA, is currently CFO of automotive distributor and retailer Inchcape and prior to this was CFO of consumer textiles business Coats Group. After training as a chartered accountant with EY, he held roles at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson and Geest before becoming CFO at Bakkavor Group.


Peter White has been appointed CFO of the broadband network provider.

White, ACA, joins from software as a service provider (SaaS) Workshare where he was CFO, a position he also held at Lumata and České Radiokomunikace A.s. Previously he was finance director at mobile network operator 3.

Duff & Phelps

Simon Shipperlee, Rob Goodhew, Mike Lennon, Mike Parsons and Martin Graycome have all been promoted from manager to director in the UK Restructuring Advisory practice of the global financial services advisory group following its acquisition of both Zolfo Cooper Asia and Forest Partners earlier this year.


Liam O’Doherty, Matthew Sewell and Peter Smithson have all been appointed partners at the UK’s fifth-largest accountancy firm, effective immediately.

O’Doherty has become a partner in BDO’s Manchester office after joining from Big Four firm PwC where he had been for 25 years. Sewell has been appointed tax partner in the Manchester office after joining from the firm’s Bristol office. Prior to joining BDO, he was at mid-tier firm RSM. Smithson has been appointed partner in the Technology and Media team in the BDO London office. He has more than 17 years’ experience in the sector, having