People Moves: Crowe, Mercer & Hole, Chartered IIA and more

People Moves: Crowe, Mercer & Hole, Chartered IIA and more

Several UK-based accountancy firms and professional bodies have rung in the new year with new partners and leadership.

People Moves: Crowe, Mercer & Hole, Chartered IIA and more

Chartered IIA appoints interim CEO

The Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) has announced the appointment of John Wood as its interim CEO, replacing Dr Ian Peters’ departure in December 2019.

Wood has a background in commercial and some non-profit/third-sector experience, specialising in advising organisations which are going through growth.

Wood said: “I am very much looking forward to leading the Chartered IIA over the next few months and continuing its great work. My focus over the coming months will be to ensure that the Institute remains ‘fit for purpose’ in delivering its strategic objectives, with a sound financial base and emphasis on meeting member needs.”

Crowe expands team with new partner

Audit, tax, advisory and risk firm Crowe has expanded its leading Non-Profits team with the appointment of its newest partner, Julia Poulter.

She brings more than 18 years of experience to work with and support the firm’s clients in a range of sectors including, care charities, social housing, INGOs, and those with national fundraising operations.

Nigel Bostock, Chief Executive of Crowe, said: “Julia is an excellent addition and will play a valuable role in further expanding Crowe’s Non-Profit offering, while working closely with the wider leadership team.

“Julia’s diverse experience makes her a perfect fit for Crowe and I am delighted to welcome her to our firm.”

Jeffreys Henry LLP internally promotes partner

London-based accountancy firm Jeffreys Henry LLP have promoted Bhimal Hira to the role of business development partner, effective this month.

Since joining the firm in 2008, Hira has supported the wider partnership through a period of unprecedented double-digit growth by implementing key technological advances and delivering a first-class client experience.

Justin Randall, Managing Partner at Jeffreys Henry LLP, said: “It is highly unusual for non-accountants to be to be promoted to partner, but this is a testimony to the impact Bhimal has had at Jeffreys Henry LLP.

“He has contributed significantly to the success of our firm during his career by implementing a range of campaigns which has helped extend our brand awareness far beyond our existing professional relationships, which have subsequently won some of the firm’s largest and high-profile clients.”

Quantuma appoints new Bristol-based partner

Business advisory firm Quantuma has appointed Louise Durkan as partner in its Bristol office, fueling the company’s growth in the South West.

Durkan joins the firm from Deloitte, where she spent more than 10 years in the firm’s financial advisory practice. She has a strong background in advising mid- to large-sized corporates across a broad range of service lines.

In her new position, she will work alongside fellow partner Graham Randall to head up the firm’s restructuring practice in the South West, as well as supporting and expanding its wider advisory services.

Carl Jackson, managing partner at Quantuma, said: “Louise has a wealth of experience in delivering a range of restructuring advisory services to corporates and their stakeholders in the South West and will be an excellent addition to our senior team in Bristol.”

Mercer & Hole promote partner internally

Jacqui Gudgion has been appointed corporate and business tax partner at chartered accountancy firm Mercer & Hole.

Gudgion has spent the majority of her career working with business and individual entrepreneurial clients, and has developed strong relationships with professional and commercial contacts.

She will continue her work with the audit and business advisory partners across the firm working on a varied portfolio of clients.

Paul Maberly, Managing Partner at Mercer & Hole, said: “Jacqui is well recognised for her contribution to the local business community. In particular, she has advised many start-ups and played an instrumental role in their development and success.

“In her new role, Jacqui will continue to take a lead in supporting business owners achieving their objectives firm-wide.”

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