Tenon poaches Kidsons partners

Chris Steele, who specialises in tax planning and products, together with business services partners Russell Homer and Ross Cocker, will join Tenon this month from Kidsons offices in Birmingham.

Tenon chief executive, Ian Buckley, said: ‘I am delighted to have the team joining us and look forward to them contributing towards the development of our business in the West Midlands.’

The defection of the three partners is a blow to Kidsons as it moves towards establishing the Birmingham office as a centre of excellence. However, a spokeswoman for the firm said although it was sad to see ‘valued colleagues’ leave, it would ensure clients were not affected.

As part of Kidsons’ strategy to build multi-disciplinary offices in its four regions, John Hollingdale, regional managing partner, has relocated from Bristol to the firm’s Birmingham office.

To help him, Gary Moreton, Kidsons’ national head of core services, has transferred from the Coventry office to Birmingham. He will be responsible for the audit, accounting and business improvement departments.

Brian Baker, formerly national director of tax investigations, has also been appointed as the office’s head of tax. Both Baker and Moreton will assist Hollingdale on the Birmingham management executive, together with partners, Philip Allen and John Cooper.

In July, Kidsons revealed a revamp of its management structure – with five new members for the firm’s national executive committee appointed in the wake of the firm’s failed merger with Grant Thornton.

National managing partner Ray Greatorex took the unusual step of drafting the firm’s heads of service to the NEC, and they now sit alongside the regional heads, which were reduced to four from seven.


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