This week’s people & moves

Job to die for: group chief accountant

The gong for job of the week goes to Tim Harris who, subject
to regulatory approval, will take up the grand post of group chief accountant at
Aviva. Harris joins the insurance heavyweights from PwC where he was
partner in the global capital markets group, succeeding Nic Nicandrou, who was
formerly group financial control director and has now joined Norwich Union Life
as FD. Harris will report to Andrew Moss the group FD.

Alan Downey will take on the role of chief operating officer
for KPMGs risk advisory services practice. He originally joined the
firm in 1989, had a brief stint at Atos Origin UK, before returning to KPMG in
2004 as head of its government advisory practice.

Martina Fitzgerald has been recruited by Harris Lipman from
PwC and will focus on tax efficient schemes such as film partnerships,
tax for non-UK and non-domicile individuals, and inheritance tax.

Neil Petch has been promoted to tax partner in the Wakefield
based firm of accountants, Jolliffe Cork. Starting with the firm in
2000 as manager, Petch is to become the third partner in eight years. Petch has
more than 25 years experience in tax, of which a the greater part was gained in
his role as senior manager at Deloitte & Touche.

Larking Gowen has grown by creating 20 new jobs and
recruiting 20 graduate A-level and GCSE students. ‘As a firm we are experiencing
unprecedented client led demand for our services’ said managing partner Bob
Rose. The students will begin their training in Norfolk, Sussex and Essex.

George Warburton is to manage the corporate finance
department at Bentleys Chartered Accountants. He will be advise clients
on acquisitions, sales and financial forecasting.

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