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December 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 December 2019:




Grant Thornton has appointed Lee Holloway as a Tax Partner. Holloway has over 20 years’ experience in consumer business and tax risk management, specialising in the retail and consumer business sector, having spent nearly a decade leading the tax functions at Next PLC and Halfords Group.

Grant Thornton has appointed Steve Holt as a Partner in the Specialist Investigations Team, part of the Forensic and Investigation Services practice.

The Simmons Gainsford Group has appointed Darren Hersey as Senior Partner. Hersey became Partner at Simmons Gainsford in 1998, having joined the firm in 1992. He specialises in tax, with considerable experience advising on high value transactions and heads up the firm’s Private Client Team.

Harwood Hutton has recruited Michael Ashdown as its new Head of VAT and Indirect Taxes.

Senior Appointments

Thomas St John Group, a leading international accounting firm for artists, entertainers, sports people, has recruited Gary Rowson as its new UK Tax Director.



Ernst & Young (EY) has announced the acquisition of AgilityWorks, a technology consultancy business that helps global organisations to shape and deliver digital business transformations with the latest generation of SAP technology. They will operate as EY AgilityWorks.

Begbies Traynor has opened a new office in Grimsby, located at Prince Albert Gardens.


Senior Appointments

DTE Business Advisers has appointed Victoria Frost as a Tax Consultant in the Bury office. Frost qualified as a chartered accountant in 2012 where she worked in accounts and audit before switching her focus to taxation.

Alexander & Co has appointed Sharon Collier as a Tax Senior Manager based in Manchester. Collier, who has 30 years’ experience, has previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Deloitte and KPMG. 


Joanne Powell has joined BHP Chartered Accountants in Leeds as Tax Partner, effective November 2019. 


Senior Appointments

Anderson Anderson & Brown has made several promotions to the senior management team including in Corporate Tax, Katy Thomson.



Deloitte Ireland has appointed Kevin Norton, a Transfer Pricing specialist with 15 years’ experience, as a Partner in the tax department.

Dillon Eustace has announced the appointment of 3 new Partners including Richard Lacken who has been made a Partner in the Tax division.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has announced the arrival of 7 new Partners in Paris, including in tax; Christine Daric and Olivier Mesmin who handle Corporate and Real Estate taxation matters.

Mazars Ireland has announced the appointment of two new Partners due to ongoing business growth across the firm. Ken Killoran has been appointed as a Tax Partner leading the Employment Tax and Global Mobility Services area, and Padraig Daly has been appointed Corporate Tax Partner.


Lindsay Jafaripak has been appointed the Group Tax Director at Resolution Life. Lindsay was most recently Tax Partner at PwC specialising in the UK insurance tax market but had previously held in-house positions with AXA and Friends Life.

The Rank Group have promoted Gurpreet Makh to Head of Tax. His background consists of time spent with PwC and Grant Thornton and his previous role at Rank was that of Senior Tax Manager.

Andy McLean has been promoted to Head of Tax & Treasury at Wood, where he was initially deputising the role. Andy had previously held in-house positions with Amec Foster Wheeler and SSL International subsequent to his training at Arthur Andersen.

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