Accountancy and business advisory Johnston Carmichael has made four key senior appointments as part of its growth strategy across Scotland. The firm promoted Alexandra Docherty and John McAuslin to Tax Partner, while Paul Cochrane has been promoted to Tax Director and Stephen McIlwaine to Audit Director.
Alexandra Docherty, who has been named Tax Partner in the Edinburgh office, has been with Johnston Carmichael since 2012. Prior to which, she worked for Big Four firm PwC for five year, leaving the firm as Senior Tax Manager. Docherty specialises in private client tax and owner managed businesses, with a focus on providing solutions for clients through tax efficient structuring.
Newly named Tax Partner in the Glasgow office John McAuslin joined the firm in 2013 as a Tax Director. McAuslin also moved on from PwC, where he worked for more than 13 years as a corporate tax specialist, moving his way up to Senior Tax Manager. In his work, he focuses on corporate tax, including M&A’s, structuring and group reorganisations, corporation tax compliance and corporate tax planning.
Paul Cochrane, who has been working in the Glasgow office since 2007, has been named Tax Director. His prior roles at the firm include that of (senior) VAT and Indirect Taxes Manager. Cochrane is another PwC alumnus, having worked for the Big Four firm between 2004 and 2007 as a VAT Consultant. Before this, he was a VAT Officer for the HM Revenue and Customs from 2002 to 2004. Cochrane specialises in international services, property, the public sector and the food & leisure industries.
The last promotion is that of Aberdeen-based Stephen McIlwaine, who takes on the position of Audit Director. McIlwaine joined Johnston Carmichael in 2013 from Big Four firm Deloitte, where he had worked for more than three years as Audit Senior Manager. Before this, he fulfilled the role of Audit Manager at Anderson Anderson & Brown (between 2009 and 2010) and at KPMG Channel Islands (between 2005 and 2009). McIlwaine started his career at Moore Stephens in 1998 as an Accountant. McIlwaine provides his clients audit, accountancy and related advisory services.
“I am delighted to announce these promotions to strengthen our senior team. Rewarding our people for the significant contributions they make to the business, demonstrates the emphasis Johnston Carmichael places on career development,” comments Sandy Manson, CEO of Johnston Carmichael. “Providing opportunities for our employees to progress is extremely important to us, and these well-deserved promotions recognise the hard work and dedication shown by each individual.”
The promotions are part of the firm’s growth and succession planning strategy and follow the firm’s 8 promotions in June of this year. “Johnston Carmichael continues to grow in capability and expertise, and I have no doubt that our new partners and directors will play a major role in the future success of our business by providing exceptional service to our clients and further developing the talented and engaged people in our wider team,” says Manson. The firm’s number of partners stands now at 58.