Johnston Carmichael announces 8 senior appointments

09 June 2015

Scottish advisory firm Johnston Carmichael has announced eight key appointments, strengthening its senior team. The promotions, consisting of four new Partners and four new Directors, are part of the firm’s growth and succession planning strategy. 

Johnston Carmichael is an in 1936 in Scotland founded independent firm of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors that operates throughout Scotland in 13 key industry sectors. The advisory has a staff of more than 630, working from its 11 locations in Scotland, and is one of the largest firms of the country. Johnston Carmichael is member of the global accounting network PKF International*.

In line with its growth ambition the firm recently promoted eight employees, of which four to Partner, bringing the total number of partners up to 56, and four to Director.

Johnston Carmichael announces 8 senior appointments

An overview of the promotions:

Partner promotions:
Peter Innes, who joined the firm in 2004, has been promoted General Practice Partner in Johnston Carmichael’s Stirling office. Innes leads the Stirling office and manages a portfolio of clients in family tax planning, agriculture and leisure, and rural businesses.

Hugh Boyle has been with the firm since 2014 and leads the firm’s Hospitality and Tourism offering from the Glasgow office. Boyle provides its clients audit and assurance services with a particular expertise in assisting clients in raising money for expansion.

Graham Leith has worked for Johnston Carmichael for almost 17 years, joining the firm in 1998. Leith works from the firm’s Inverurie office and deals with sole traders, partnerships and limited companies. He has a particular expertise in advising the agricultural industry.

Neil Steven joined Johnston Carmichael’s General Practice in 2006 and provides his clients, consisting of family owned businesses operating as sole traders, partnerships, mixed partnerships, companies and trusts, accounting, tax and business advisory services.

Director promotions:
Michael Murray has been with the firm since 2013 and has been made Director Capital Allowances in the firm’s Edinburgh office. Murray works to proactively maximise his clients’ capital allowances position on property acquisitions and disposals, new builds, refurbishment and fitting out projects.

Gillian Hadden joined Johnston Carmichael in 2004 in the Glasgow office.  Hadden advises owner managed businesses on many tax planning issues, with a specialisation in, among others, capital allowances calculations, company reorganisations and restructuring and corporate tax returns.

James Thompson joined the firm almost five years ago as an Associate Director in Corporate Finance in 2010. Thompson works in the firm’s Edinburgh office and deals with owner managed businesses in a wide range of sectors including food and drink, healthcare, manufacturing, and recruitment.

Stewart Pennington has been with the firm since 2007, joining as Accounts Supervisor. In 2011 he was promoted to Client Relationship Manager and in 2013 to Senior Client Relationship Manager. In addition to being promoted to Director, he was also recently named Deputy Head of Food and Drink.

Sandy Manson - Johnston Carmichael

Commenting on the eight promotions, Sandy Manson, Chief Executive of Johnston Carmichael, says: “At Johnston Carmichael we place great emphasis on the career development of our people, and therefore creating many opportunities for them to grow and prosper in all parts of our business is high on our agenda. I am delighted to announce this round of senior appointments, which reflect the strength of the team of emerging leaders that we have right across the firm. I am confident that each of our new partners and directors will continue to make a major contribution to the growth and development of our business by providing exceptional service to our clients and further developing the talented and engaged people in our team who deliver that service.”

* PKF International is an in 1969 founded global accounting and advisory network, headquartered in the UK. The network covers 440 cities, in 150 countries across 5 continents and recently expanded its presence in South Africa.

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Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of partners

18 April 2019

Three senior level consultants have been boosted to the rank of Partner at Quantum Advisory, as the firm works to meet heightened levels of client demand. Aled Edwards, Amanda Burdge and Chris Heirene become Partners as long-time Quantum member Rob Davies retires in May after 15 years as a Partner at the firm.

Founded in 2000, Quantum Advisory provides pension and employee benefits services to employers, scheme trustees and members, with five offices across the UK. The firm has enjoyed exponential growth in recent years, following a number of major client wins and booming demand for its services. It opened a new office in Bristol in 2016 to service the South West and in 2017 relocated its Cardiff office to a larger site within the Welsh capital to house the increased workforce. More recently, Quantum relocated its Amersham, Birmingham and London offices to more spacious premises in the centre of both cities to cope with demand.

The financial services consultancy, which employs 115 people across the UK, has promoted three senior team members to Partner, as part of its wider growth plans. The firm has moved Aled Edwards from Principal Consultant & Actuary, while Amanda Burdge has ascended from Principal Investment Consultant. Chris Heirene, former IT Manager, has also joined the ten current Partners at Quantum.

Aled Edwards most recently managed the actuarial team within Quantum’s Cardiff office as well as providing technical training for all staff. He boasts more than 17 years of pensions experience. He started his career as an Actuary at Jardine Lloyd Thompson’s Bristol wing, before joining Quantum in 2011. Edwards is also the President of the Welsh Actuarial Society (WAS), which supports actuaries and actuarial students living or working in Wales.

Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of Partners

Amanda Burdge joined Quantum’s team in 2001, as one of the fledgling firm’s first employees. Most recently she was a Principal Investment Consultant with the firm, and with more than a quarter of a century’s experience in the sector, she is responsible for providing investment advice to many of Quantum’s key clients with both defined benefit and defined contribution schemes. Prior to her time with Quantum, Burdge spent two years as a consultant with SBJ Benefit Consultants (now Capita), and three years with Tesco Pension Trustees. She currently sits on the Regulation Committee for the Pensions Management Institute.

Chris Heirene initially worked with Quantum as an IT Consultant with Teamwork Technology Services and then UES for over five years, before finally joining the firm itself in 2011. He is now responsible for Quantum’s IT systems across all of its offices, including the network and core server infrastructure which supports the business. Heirene is heavily involved in utilising IT to improve and build upon the processes in place throughout Quantum.

David Deidun, Partner at Quantum Advisory, said of the promotions, “This is a very exciting time for Quantum. The recent round of promotions fully recognise the hard work and dedication shown by the three, all of whom go above and beyond for the company. I’ve no doubt that Aled, Amanda and Chris will settle into their new roles with ease and look forward to working together to grow Quantum even further.”

The news comes as Rob Davies retires in May, after spending fifteen years as a Partner at Quantum. A qualified actuary, Davies was instrumental in setting up Quantum’s Investment Division, specialising in aiding clients with their investment strategies. He will remain with the company on a part-time consultancy basis, while working with several clients in the Fiduciary Manager area.