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November 2019: Tax Movers and Shakers

Posted by Rebecca English

Stay up-to-date with the movers and shakers in the tax sector. Here are the key movements in November 2019:




PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has appointed Angus Johnston as UK Leader of Real Estate. He has been with PwC for 30 years and worked extensively advising major real estate fund and sovereign wealth fund clients.

RSM has appointed Irfan Butt as a Tax Partner in its Real Estate and Construction team. Butt joins from PwC where he spent 13 years providing tax advice to real estate funds and infrastructure & distressed debt funds. During this time, he was also involved in a large number of UK and pan-European M&A transactions involving funds and institutional investors.

Smith & Williamson has announced that its shareholders have approved the merger with Tilney following meetings on 13th November 2019.

Mazars has appointed Frank Strachan as Partner and Head of Tax Investigations. He joins from law firm Edwin Coe, where he was Head of Tax. Strachan has over 30 years’ experience in representing clients subject to HMRC investigations. Strachan’s career also includes Grant Thornton and KPMG.

Senior Appointments

FTI Consulting has announced that Graham Tilbury has joined as a Managing Director in the tax advisory practice in London within the firm’s corporate finance & restructuring segment, where he will lead a new tax technology advisory service offering. Tilbury has significant experience working with businesses on a wide variety of tax technology projects for more than 25 years.



PwC has announced that Nick Morgan, with 20 years’ experience in the region, will become the firm’s first clients and markets regional lead for West and Wales. He was most recently PwC’s Tax Leader in the West.


Senior Appointments

Cowgill Holloway has appointed three new Senior Advisors to its tax team. Emma Bowles, who was previously advising entrepreneurial clients at Grant Thornton, has joined the team as Tax Manager and Lyndsey Hay joins from Booth Ainsworth as a Personal Tax Manager. Abigail O’Neill has joined as VAT Manager from Ernst & Young (EY) where she advised multinational corporates, the NHS and charities on VAT matters.

Mark Kearsley has been promoted to Tax Director at DSG Chartered Accountants. He has been with the firm for nearly ten years.



BDO has appointed Vanessa Lee as a Tax Partner in the Private Client Team based in the Leeds office. With more than 22 years’ experience, and positions in EY and Pwc, Lee advises high-net-worth individuals, families, family offices and trustees on complex tax planning. She will support the tax team across Yorkshire and the North West on all aspects of private client tax issues.


Alex Carlyle has been appointed the Global Tax Director at Cambridge University Press. A Big 4 background with Deloitte and KPMG, Alex spent 3 and half years as Head of Tax at News UK before making the move.

BVI Medical have brought in Charlotte O’Dea as Global Tax Manager. Charlotte can be considered as somewhat of a specialist within the pharmaceutical space having previously held positions with GSK, Hikma and Shire.

Gary Sin is the new Head of Tax at Cain International. Gary has spent time in the Big 4 with EY, PwC and KPMG and has spent time in-house with Barings as their Real Estate Tax Director.

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