This week’s people & moves

Jim Smart, former Boots group chief financial officer, has
bagged the job of group finance director at financial services company Friends
Smart, who joined Boots in 2003, became CFO last October, overseeing the £1.93bn
sale of Boots Healthcare International to Reckitt Benckiser. Smart replaces
Philip Moore, who becomes chief executive of Friends Provident.

Larking Gowen has promoted tax manager Clare Goodswen to
senior tax manager. Norwich-based Goodswen joined in 1987 and previously worked
with agricultural clients before specialising in personal and capital tax

Berwin Leighton Paisner has recruited Neal Todd as tax
partner. Todd headed up Linklaters’ international tax unit in Paris, focusing on
advice for mergers, private equity and leasing. ‘Neal has a great track record
and is highly thought of,’ says BLP’s head of tax John Overs.

Bob Beecroft joins Target Ernest Francis as a business
strategist. He brings over 30 years’ experience, spending 27 years with James
& Cowper. Since 2003 he has worked as an independent consultant advising

Paul Heffernan and Neil McAree have become
senior managers in the risk management division at Grant Thornton. Heffernan was
formerly at ABN Amro as a director responsible for operational risk management
of global equities. McAree joins from Deutsche Bank where he was vice president
of group audit. Both are to work closely with newly appointed risk management
services director Sandy Kumar.

RSM Robson Rhodes has hired Gareth Mills and Amy
. Reed, a graduate from Leeds Metropolitan University, has been
awarded the West Yorkshire Society of Chartered Accountants prize for the
student with the highest marks in auditing in her final year. Mills picked up
the gong for highest marks at the final stages of the exam from the CIPFA North
East Students Society.

Ian Woodhouse is to join the 1,800-strong financial services
team at Ernst & Young. Focusing on investment and wealth management, he was
formerly at IBM and PwC. Roy Stockwell, UK financial services partner, said:
‘Ian has a strong reputation in both private banking and asset management.’

Harris Lipman has recruited two new members to its tax division.
Martina Fitzgerald, formerly a tax consultant at PwC, has
expertise in tax efficient schemes such as film partnerships. She wants to
develop the existing tax team, ‘specifically by encouraging, training and
developing the more junior team members’. James Knowles, who
joins as a tax trainee, will be responsible for preparing personal tax returns
and dealing with corporate tax.

EMI’s chief financial officer Martin Stewart has been
appointed independent non-executive director and chair of the London 2012 audit
committee. Stewart will be focusing on monitoring the financial statements as
well as reviewing risk management systems within the committee. Prior to joining
EMI, Stewart spent eight years at BSkyB as chief financial officer.

Blackburn-based firm Pierce has hired two new recruits Parvez
and Tom Wilkinson. Panwaskar, who joins from
Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications where he was market development manager,
becomes a trainee tax adviser within the firm’s personal taxation department.
Wilkinson becomes a trainee accountant in the business services team.

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