People in the news: HW Fisher, Brown Shipley, R3

In this week’s moves and appointments roundup, HW Fisher hires an audit partner and promotes an additional five staff members to partner, Brown Shipley hires a lending specialist, R3 appoints a president 

HW Fisher has appointed Ross Fabian as an audit partner with the firm’s corporate team and has also promoted five existing staff to partner. Fabian joins from Blick Rothenberg where he has worked for 18 years. Helen James has become a corporate finance partner with Mandy Janes, Gilles Siow and Joel courts all being made audit partners. Tim Walford-Fitzgerald becomes a private client tax partner.

Lending specialist, Chris Wiltshire has joined Brown Shipley. He has over 14 years’ experience and will be based in the Manchester office, working with a wider team of five experienced lending specialists to provide secured and unsecured loans to clients. Previously, Wiltshire was an associate director at Coutts where he managed a portfolio of HNW private clients across the North West. His role included advising and facilitating mortgage lending, as well as other more complex financing facilities.

Adrian Hyde is taking over as president of R3, the insolvency and restructuring trade body, leaving his post as partner at CVR Global. Prior to CVR Global he was a partner at law firms Matthew Arnold & Baldwin and Moon Beever. In 2008, he joined Chantrey Vellacott DFK as an insolvency practitioner and was one of the founding partners of CVR in 2015. Hyde has worked on a variety of insolvency matters focussed on contentious insolvency, tackling crime and fraud related cases along with overseas issues at offshore jurisdictions and business centres.

EY has appointed Sir Peter Westmacott as an independent non-executive, replacing Sir Richard Lambert. He will sit on EY’s UK independent non-executive oversight committee, which is chaired by INE David Thorburn and reports to the UK Board. Westmacott has served as British Ambassador to Turkey, France and the United States. After leaving his role in Washington in January 2016, he was a Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics within The Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University for four months.

Smith Cooper has appointed Cassandra Graham to tax manager in its Derby office. Prior to joining Smith Cooper as a tax trainee in 2014, she graduated with a degree in history from Leeds University and worked for a tax advisory boutique. She is now responsible for providing tax advisory services to clients as well as corporate tax compliance. 

Richardson Swift has promoted Calvin Healy to director after joining the practice in 2014. He spent the previous 15 years at regional and top 10 accountancy firms advising owner managed businesses and private individuals.

Simone Kelly has joined Rotherham Taylor as a tax accountant. She has the MAAT, ATT and CTA tax and accountancy qualifications and has specialised in matters relating to the taxation of individuals and of owner managed businesses.

Wood Group has appointed Grant Angus as chief financial officer (CFO) for its Specialist Technical Solutions business. Angus joins from Wood Group’s asset life cycle solutions business in Europe where he was vice president. Before joining Wood Group in 2012 as group head of internal audit, he spent 15 years in the professional services sector working for KPMG and Deloitte.

Catax has appointed Nigel Holmes as a senior research and development consultant. He joins Catax from Armstrong Watson and will be based in Carlisle. He qualified as a charted accountant in 1994 and as a charted tax adviser in 1998, with particular focus on R&D tax relief.  

Flybe Group plc has announced that Philip de Klerk has resigned as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to take up the position of CFO at Low & Bonar. He will remain as CFO of Flybe until 1 October. A process to appoint his successor has started.

Mike Wright has been appointed as partner at Quantuma, where he will split his time between the London and Manchester offices. He began his private sector career by leading the litigation support and investigation team at the north-west based firm Ellison & Gough. He established his own nationwide practice, GHW Corporate, specialising in consulting and investigations but sold the company in 2006 to a national corporate recovery practice, where he then became a partner. Wright specialises in a range of global risk mitigation services for clients within leading law firms, financial institutions, companies and investors. These include enterprise risk management, investigations, forensic accounting and digital forensics.

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