People: New FD for English cricket

  • The England and Wales Cricket Board has appointed a new finance director following the departure of Stephen Aitken. Brian Havill, 38, leaves a commercial role at branded sportswear group Pentland plc to take up the position. Previously Havill worked at Coopers & Lybrand for nine years and then at footwear manufacturer Hi Tech plc.
  • David Lawler has joined chartered accountancy firm Gerald Edelman as a partner in its forensic accounting team. He will assist lawyers and companies in commercial litigation, determination of losses, due diligence and fraud. After training with Deloitte and Touche, Lawler moved to Buchler Phillips Group in 1992. The firm has also appointed Stuart Rosenburg as partner in its Whetstone office. He brings over 20 years of experience in dealing with entrepreneurial clients, and will continue to deal with a wide portfolio of clients. Edelman will be working as part of the Business Services team, as well as taking on the role of IT partner for the firm.
  • HLB Kidsons has announced the appointments of Andrew Baker as office managing partner of Chester and Liverpool and Mark Blakemore as office managing partner of Manchester, Altrincham and Blackburn. Baker and Blakemore have been with the firm for 13 and 14 years respectively and are its youngest managing partners. Baker, who specialises in corporate services, will be responsible for a total staff of almost 90 across the two offices, including eight partners. He takes over from Peter Sills who becomes northern regional managing partner, and who will oversee the firm’s nine northern offices and represent them at national level. Blakemore, who also heads up the firm’s forensic practice in the north and is HLB Kidsons’ national spokesperson on forensic issues, will now have management responsibility for 117 staff and 17 partners. He takes over from Nick Robinson who has been appointed to lead HLB Kidsons’ new national e-business team, setting the strategic direction of the firm and ensuring delivery of key projects in this area.
  • The Punch Pub Company, an operator of leased and tenanted pubs in the UK, based in Sussex, has appointed Robert McDonald as finance director. He will be responsible for overseeing the financial accounting, management accounting and credit control departments.

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