Danny McCance 17 May 2019 01:13pm

Movers and shakers

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


Cathy Engelbert has been appointed as the new commissioner of the Women’s National Basketball Association, effective July this year.

Engelbert, who is currently CEO of Deloitte US will replace outgoing WNBA president Lisa Borders after she stepped down in October. Engelbert became the first female CEO of any Big Four firm when she took up her role at Deloitte in 2015. Joseph Ucuzoglu will replace her as CEO of Deloitte US.


Sam Mills has been appointed as a director in the restructuring team in the Big Four firm’s Manchester office, effective immediately.

Mills has a wealth of experience in financial services and joins from fellow Big Four firm PwC, where he spent more than nine years in total, first as a senior manager in financial advisory and then as a senior manager in deals and advisory.


Chris Hearld been appointed as head of regions for the Big Four firm and will join it’s national executive leadership team, effective 1 June.

Hearld is currently KPMG Leeds office senior partner and chairman of the North Region. He has led the professional services firm in Yorkshire since 2012 and across the North for the past four years. He has been with the firm for more than 23 years and has been a partner for 11 years. The appointment is part of wider changes to the Big Four firm’s executive and governance structure, surrounding its audit business.


Peter Watson has been appointed as managing director at the Leeds-based Chartered Accountancy firm, effective immediately.

Prior to his appointment Watson was director at Elsmleys Solicitors and CEO at Hilary Meredith Solicitors, having previously spent more than 20 years at legal firm Simpson Millar, where he was managing partner between 1996 and 2017.


Carol Chesney has been appointed as a non-executive director of the British semiconductor company, effective immediately.

Chesney, FCA, will also chair the audit committee at IQE and serve as a member of the nomination and remuneration committees. She has been a NED and chair of the audit committees of Renishaw since October 2012, Hunting Plc since April 2018 and Biffa since July 2018. Previously Chesney served as company secretary for health and safety technology provider Halma, where she was previously group financial controller. She qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Anderson.