People in the news: Moore Thompson, Haslers, Hayward Wright

This week's news of professional moves in the sector includes a partner promotion and retirement at Moore Thompson, Haslers have appointed a chairman, Hayward Wright adds a member to its team

Moore Thompson has appointed Heather Bright as partner who takes over from Tim Martin who leaves the firm after 14 years. Martin joined the firm when his previous practice W J Ground & Co in Spalding was acquired by Moore Thompson. Despite retiring from the position of partner, he will continue to hold a consultancy role at the firm on a part-time basis. Bright has been with the firm since 2003, having also joined following the acquisition of W J Ground & Co. Her experience includes working with clients in a wide range of business sectors and varying structures – including sole traders, partnerships, limited liability partnerships and companies.

Jon O’Shea has become chairman at Haslers, taking over from long-standing partner Laurence Jacobs who has been chairman for five years. Jacobs will continue to work as partner within the business services group. O’Shea trained at BDO and joined Haslers in 1990 and became partner in 1997.

Tom Casey has joined Hayward Wright Chartered Accountancy Group where he will manage a portfolio of around 200 clients on behalf of the firm at its head office in Redditch. He joins from a Birmingham-based accountancy practice and will now advise Hayward Wright’s clients on a variety of finance-related areas including tax planning, monthly accounts and general commercial advice.

PKF Cooper Parry has made 68 appointments across its East and West Midlands offices making it the fastest growing firm of accountants in the UK. The biggest area of growth has been in the audit team, where 43 team members have joined. Key appointments include Ed Gray, who joins the team as director of transaction services and Ian Ball and Melanie Hopwell, who have been appointed audit managers. In the tax team, Krista Fox has been appointed partner and Suki Kaur has been appointed director. Jeremy Birch has joined the firm as restructuring director. Further appointments have been made across the restructuring, wealth, corporate finance, service charge and IT solutions teams.

Thomas Westcott has appointed Alan Sanders as its audit and assurance manager. This is the second time he has worked for the firm, having completed his training there before joining BDO's Bristol office three years ago. HE will be based in the firm’s Plymouth office.

Woodrow Mercer Finance has appointed Martin Hibbert as an associate director based in its Leeds office. Previously, Hibbert worked in private banking for a number of banks including NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland and Barclays Wealth and Investment Management. He joins from Brewster Pratap where he was a senior consultant in executive finance.

Sir David Metcalf has been named as the first director of Labour Market Enforcement, who will oversee a government crackdown on exploitation in the workplace. Previously, from 2007 to 2016 he was chairman of the Migration Advisory Committee and was also a founding member of the Low Pay Commission.

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