Mazars appoints trio of Tax partners in the UK

19 April 2018 3 min. read
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International accountancy and advisory firm Mazarrs has promoted Greig Simms to Tax Partner. His appointment comes hot on the heels of two further senior tax appointments, with the firm also appointing Andrew Spence and Andrew Westhead as Partners to head up regional tax offerings in Birmingham and the North West respectively.

Greig Simms has been with Mazars for the duration of his career, having joined as a trainee in 2004. During his tenure with Mazars, his experience has covered a range of sectors including education, waste, health, transportation and retail. In that time, Simms has advised on a variety of projects for a range of clients including Aviva, UK plc Bank, and the Universities of Essex, Kent, Reading and Nottingham Trent, among others. Accredited by both the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Tax Advisors, Simms also holds a BA in Land Economy, which he obtained from the University of Cambridge.

Working his way up the firm, Simms became a Corporate Tax Senior Manager by 2011. After a further two years in that role, Simms took up his most recent role at the firm, of Director, in the latter half of 2013. Over the following four years, he specialised in UK tax and accounting advisory services, with a particular focus on the infrastructure sector, while his day-to-day responsibilities saw him manage and organise the tax and accounting team, co-ordinating the provision of tax and accounting advice and assurance services.

Greig Simms, Andrew Spence and Andrew Westhead

Mazars’ national tax team operates across 17 offices in the UK, providing bespoke advice on all areas and aspects of taxation relating to individuals, business owners and corporate entities. As Tax Partner, Simms will now work to expand the wing of Mazars’ British operations, as its clients brace for a rapidly changing tax environment amid the outcome of Brexit in 2019.

Simms’ promotion comes after Mazars also made two senior appointments to lead its tax teams in Birmingham and the North West. Andrew Spence will assume the roles of Head of Tax for Birmingham and Andrew Westhead will join Mazars as Head of Tax in the North West. Both arrive as Partners.

Former EY advisor Andrew Spence has a broad range of experience advising clients from all backgrounds through previous roles at the Big Four firm, as well as for National Grid. Mazars’ tax team in Birmingham also advises on M&A alongside Mazars Deal Advisory and serves large and listed clients across the world via its international tax advisory function. Spence will lead the various teams providing proactive commercial tax advice across this client base.

Ex-KPMG staffer Andrew Westhead, meanwhile, has more than 25 years’ experience within the industry and prior to his appointment at Mazars, he was entrepreneur and private client partner at the UK’s firth-largest firm Grant Thornton, where he spent more than 16 years. As Partner and Head of Tax for the North West, he will be based in Manchester, and will work to help build on the footprint of the North West team in the area, while also working alongside Mazars Deal Advisory to provide M&A guidance to businesses across the North West.

Commenting on the appointments, Eric Williams, National Head of Tax at Mazars, commented, “We have a strong and vibrant tax team operating across the UK, and we rely on high-quality leaders to drive progress... They are experts in the field, and I have every confidence that their experience and leadership qualities will allow our team to build on its strong reputation even further.”

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