RSM makes two senior appointments in Hull

09 August 2019 3 min. read
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As it prepares for heightened demand, RSM’s Hull office has appointed a new Partner and Tax Director. Pete Adams and Aysha Marley respectively join RSM after having spent more than a decade with PwC, which is planning to close its Hull office in 2020.

As the North of England prepares for an uncertain future, with Brexit and an economic slowdown both set to hit the region ahead of 2020, professional services firms in the region have been ramping up their offerings to deal with heightened client demand. Earlier in the year, this saw audit, tax and consulting firm RSM appoint Gwyneth Barber as a new Corporate Tax Partner in its Hull office from Grant Thornton. Now, RSM has continued to strengthen its Hull locale with the appointment of two senior members with Big Four experience.

Pete Adams has joined RSM’s audit team as a Partner, bringing over 18 years of audit and assurance experience to the role. During his career he has worked with owner-managed businesses, listed companies, international groups, charities, and PE-backed businesses, developing expertise in IFRS, UK GAAP and US GAAP. He joins from Smailes Goldie where he was a Partner for the last year. Prior to that role, he worked at PwC for 16 years, latterly holding the role of Assurance Director. In his new role, Adams will work closely with Audit Partner Andy Capes and the rest of the growing team to support ambitious businesses in the region.

Pete Adams and Aysha Marley - RMS

Aysha Marley meanwhile arrives as a Tax Director, also in RSM’s Hull office. Marley joins from PwC, where she was most recently a Senior Manager. Over her 12 years with the Big Four firm, Marley accrued significant experience in working with private clients and on personal tax issues for business leaders across Hull and East Yorkshire. As a specialist in tax planning, succession issues, inheritance tax and sales and capital gains advice, she brings a well-fortified skillset to the role, and will work alongside Tax Partners Gwyneth Barber and Jackie Hall.

Andy Capes, RSM’s office managing partner, said: “It’s great to welcome Aysha and Pete to the team. Both strategic appointments reinforce our commitment to the market while strengthening our capability to ensure we are the go-to firm for owner-managed, PLCs and international businesses operating in Hull.”

The news comes after PwC recently continued its period of altering regional presences with the news that it will close its Hull office in 2020. The Humberside office currently employs 40 staff, who are expected to be merged with PwC’s larger centre in Leeds. The firm is expected to close six regional offices: two internal memos leaked to the British media revealed PwC’s intent to close offices in Sheffield, Plymouth, Liverpool, Norwich, Swansea and Dungannon, in Northern Ireland. Sheffield, in particular, was a surprise member of the list, having only been opened in 2014.