Moore Kingston Smith announces two new partners

05 May 2023 3 min. read
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Moore Kingston Smith has appointed two new partners. James Davenport has been promoted internally with the firm’s general practice, while Steve Harper joins the firm’s non-profit team.

James Davenport joined Moore Kingston Smith in 2009, as a graduate hire. In the years since, he has worked with entrepreneurial clients spanning a range of sectors, helping business leaders maintain momentum and reach their goals at every stage of the business lifecycle. As a Partner in the firm’s general practice, he will now support owner-managed businesses across the full suite of accounting, tax and advisory services delivered by the firm.

Davenport said of his promotion, “Being a part of Moore Kingston Smith since I joined the firm as a trainee has been a real joy and privilege. It’s an incredibly exciting time to become a partner, with the recent investment from European private equity firm, Waterland. I truly look forward to enhancing our existing capabilities while continuing to build on the quality service we deliver for our clients.”

Moore Kingston Smith announces two new partners

Steve Harper meanwhile joins Moore Kingston Smith’s non-profit team as a Partner. He will work to guide clients across statutory audit and financial due diligence, as well as other reviews including internal audits and donor audits for a variety of funders, including USAID. Having worked with array of charity and non-profit clients for over 14 years, Harper’s experience spans both national and international organisations, from start-ups to established household names, as well as those going through significant change, including mergers.

Harper commented, “I am delighted to join Moore Kingston Smith, with its renowned reputation in this space and deep commitment to the sector. The firm’s offering across multiple disciplines, all under one roof will enable me to provide clients with a first-class service. Bolstered by the strength of expertise available through the Moore Global network, I am looking forward to supporting our clients across a range of issues to help them navigate the challenging environment, both nationally and internationally.”

Moore Kingston Smith is a UK firm of accountants and business advisors, which has been helping clients since 1923. As the firm celebrates its 100th year in business, it has also announced a string of director appointments. In recognition of their contributions and support of its ongoing growth trajectory, the firm has also announced the promotions of Amy Marshall, Dan Lever, Emma Beechey, Joe Regan, Katy Shaw and Tom Breading to the role in the firm’s client-facing operations. Meanwhile, Victoria Pounder, Sophie Lord, Ian Rixon and Simon Booth each become directors within the firm’s business operations.

Maureen Penfold, Managing Partner of Moore Kingston Smith, added, “It’s wonderful to see James become partner, having been with the firm since he joined as a trainee. We’re equally delighted to welcome Steve, whose vast experience and expertise in working with national and international organisations will further enhance the offering of our award-winning non-profit team. Our latest appointments and director promotions are also key in the development of both our client-facing and business operations teams.”