News in brief.

– Tax specialists David Heaton and Lesley Fidler have been reunited at accountants Baker Tilly, following Fidler’s appointment to the firm’s tax team. The pair developed a national reputation on national insurance contributions and PAYE issues, working at KPMG’s Leeds offices. Both are published authors on NIC and key speakers on the topic across the UK. Fidler is an Oxford University law graduate and former inspector of taxes.

– Accountancy practice Lee & Allen has appointed Mark Taylor as a director. He joins the firm’s management team of David Lee, Tim Allen and Martin Hall. Taylor will be responsible for a portfolio of substantial expert witness and forensic accounting assignments in the telecommunications, utilities, financial and general commercial sectors. He qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse.

– KPMG Corporate Finance has appointed Rajeshree Patel as a senior member of its PPP advisory services team. Rajeshree joins the firm from Sir Robert McAlpine where she led the commercial and financial division for a number of PFI transactions. Prior to joining Sir Robert McAlpine, Rajeshree was with Kaverner and Price Waterhouse.

– Smith & Williamson’s pension consultancy has announced the appointment of Melanie Wells as senior consultant and Chris Green as financial planning consultant. Wells was previously an independent financial adviser at Pointon Consultancy. Green worked as an independent financial adviser with a firm of accountants in Winchester.

– Richard Garrod and Paul Burke have crossed the border from Lancashire to Yorkshire to join one of Yorkshire’s fastest-growing independent firms of accountants and professional advisers, WBS. Garrod joins from Rennie Evans in Manchester, where he was director of taxes. Prior to that he was head of tax at Baker Tilly in Bradford. Burke joins WBS from Baker Tilly in Manchester, where he was director of tax investigations. Burke spent part of his career with the Inland Revenue and was also deputy group leader working at the Special Compliance Office.

– The Douglas Dale Partnership has celebrated its 10th birthday with two new senior appointments and the announcement of a training sponsorship for the Upton-on-Severn-based Severn Area Rescue Association unit. Gill Gwilt is appointed partner specialsing in tax affairs and has worked at the partnership for nine years as taxation manager. Sarah Knott is appointed practice manager.

– The Hart Partnership has announced that, with effect from September, Nicholas Cliffe & Co, will be relocating from its offices in Royston, Herts and merging into the Saffron Walden branch of THP. The combined practice will trade as The Hart Partnership. Nicholas Cliffe graduated from Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 1980 and qualified as a chartered accountant with Moores Rowland in London. Following this, he was employed as a senior manager with BDO Stoy Hayward in Bury St Edmunds until he left to set up his own practice in 1991. He will be THP’s resident partner in Saffron Walden.

– Following the resignation of Nicola Anson, the board of Envesta plc has appointed chartered accountant Mark Garratt as financial director. Named young accountant of the year in the 1995 Accountancy Age Awards for Excellence, Garratt trained with Grant Thornton and joins Envesta after a stint as investment director with Thruleo Corporate Finance (UK) where he worked with companies specialising in technology, bio-tech and mining. – Neil Lovatt-Smith, a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales, has been appointed finance director at Purcon. He joins the board based at the UK headquarters in Buckinghamshire. Managing director Tony English commented: ‘Neil’s experience of North America will come in useful as we build on the relationships we are developing there.’ He added: ‘I am confident that Neil will make an immediate impact.’ Lovatt-Smith has previously worked for KPMG and Birmingham Midshires Building Society. – David Montague has been promoted to the post of finance director of the London & Quadrant Group. Montague has worked for L&Q for over 10 years and until his promotion was director of financial services. His new post will combine his existing responsibilities with those of Sadru Visram, who has now retired from L&Q. – The Chartered Institute of Taxation has set up a Hull & District branch. The move comes in response to a growing demand from tax professionals in the region for a tax forum of their own. John Whiting, who comes from Hull and is the president of the institute, said: ‘As well as being part of the UK’s business economy, Hull has its own unique business issues and this branch has been set up to address these.’ The people page is edited by Lois Fettis. She can be contacted at

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