– Recruitment and IT services company Volt Europe has appointed Paul Fonseca as its finance director. He will be responsible for the entire financial and legal operations of the group, and joins after successfully setting up a dotcom business. His previous roles include finance director of Cadence Design Systems.
– Manchester-based Mason Group has appointed Mike Moyles as group financial director. He will play a key role at the telecommunications agency in developing and managing its growth strategy. He joins from Flexion Systems where he was chief financial officer. Moyles has over 20 years’ experience gained at plcs such as Hillsdown Holdings and WHSmith.
– Consulting firm CityIQ has announced the appointment of George Johnson as executive director. Johnson was previously a partner at PwC and a senior figure in its securities industry practice where he led strategic, operational and regulatory compliance assignments for fund managers, stockbrokers, clearing firms and custodians in global securities markets.
– Stuart Cumberland has been appointed corporate finance partner at Morley & Scott. He has joined the firm from Ernst & Young’s entrepreneurial services division. In his new position, Cumberland will be responsible for developing a range of corporate finance services throughout the firm’s UK offices. Also at Morley & Scott, Kay Linnell has been appointed litigation support partner. Linnell has extensive experience in the fields of litigation support investigation, arbitration and forensic assignments. She was formerly the head of the joint insolvency monitoring unit and prior to that the Inland Revenue board’s chief investigating accountant.
– Mark Batten has been appointed head of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ insurance restructuring group, which the firm says is the UK’s largest specialist practice in the field. Batten, 44, has over 12 years’ corporate restructuring experience.
– Baker Tilly has appointed two new tax partners at its Bradford office. David Heaton and Anne Morrison join the firm from KPMG. Heaton is recognised as one of the UK’s leading experts in national insurance and PAYE matters. He is a member of both the Chartered Institute of Taxation and the ICAEW’s tax faculty, representing both at meetings with the Inland Revenue. Morrison has over 20 years’ experience in the tax sector. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and the Society of Financial Advisers.
– The Preston, Blackpool and Kendal firm of BDO Stoy Hayward announced the promotion of Jane Parry to partner with effect from 1 May. Parry, who has been with the firm for three years, specialises in tax planning for owner-managed businesses.
– Manchester law firm Rowlands has appointed a new financial controller following the departure of Jane Arnstein. Chartered accountant Andrew Bell joins the firm from Premier Writers Limited, an insurance administrator in Bradford, where he was the finance director. Before his move to Premier Writers, Bell worked as an audit manager with the international firm, Pannell Kerr Forster.
– Larking Gowen has promoted Lisa Daniels to a manager at its Norwich office. Gowen, 29, joined Larking Gowen after qualifying as a chartered accountant in July 1997. Her hobbies include hillwalking and scrambling, running, mountain biking and tap dancing.
– RSM Robson Rhodes has announced the appointment of John Golding as partner. Golding trained as an accountant at the firm and between 1997 and 1999 he was seconded as associate controller of the Audit Commission, responsible for the liaison between government departments, the commission and the National Audit Office and auditors. He has been actively involved with the ICAEW for a number of years and is chairman of the institute training directorate’s regulating panel.
– After 25 years at Champion, the Manchester-based accountancy firm, partner Ray Talbot is retiring. He became a partner in 1977 when founder, Fred Champion, was still in charge. Since then he has played an important role in building the company to its present status.
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