Movers and risers

Two new equity partners have been admitted to the PwC partnership in Reading. Dave Farmer joins as an audit partner while Steven Bewick (pictured) will join the deals team. Farmer has been in audit in Reading for 17 years and will be responsible for leading the firm’s work with high-growth companies in the Thames Valley. Bewick moved from PwC’s Birmingham office to Reading in 2013 and will become the South East forensics leader.

Smith & Williamson, the financial and professional services group, has announced two senior promotions within its Southampton office. Amy Harper, who joined Smith & Williamson’s Business Outsourcing Services department as an associate director in 2018, has been promoted to director. Garry Lee, who joined Smith & Williamson in 2006 as an audit specialist and moved into Restructuring and Recovery Services in 2009, has been promoted to associate director.

HMT has announced that Gurj Bains and Ana James have joined its technology team as manager and team secretary respectively to support the increasing deal flow following the lockdown period. Bains qualified as ACA Chartered Accountant from KPMG in 2014 and worked in the M&A team at BDO. More recently, he was an associate at Cavendish Corporate Finance. James has a strong back office experience in the financial services sector, having worked as a PA at Quantuma for several years, and will support the partners and team.

Leading accountancy firm, MHA MacIntyre Hudson has announced the promotion of Dale Cadet to partner at its High Wycombe office. Cadet joined the firm as an ACA trainee in 2011 and qualified in 2014. Since being promoted as a director in April 2019, he has steadily grown his client portfolio and expertise in audit and business advice. He works with a diverse range of clients, including entrepreneurial businesses and large multi-nationals across the UK..

Property consultancy Vail Williams LLP has appointed a regional facilities manager to join the firm’s property asset management team based in Reading. Rob Pabst joins the property firm from CBRE. He brings with him over 22 years’ experience in facilities management. Initially working from home amid the continued Covid-19 pandemic, Pabst will be responsible for a portfolio of multi-let, mixed use, commercial properties around the M4 and M40 corridors, including in Reading and Bristol, as well as Birmingham.

Logistics giant Pall-Ex has appointed a new owned operations director to its

Bournemouth depot, Shears Bros (Transport). Colin Hawkins has been promoted to the newly created position and will oversee all Pall- Ex’s owned operation depots.,as well as sitting on the UK operating board.

Top 100 UK law firm Moore Barlow has announced the appointment of five new partners, as well as the progression of several existing partners within the firm’s equity structure.The five new partners are: Rebecca Chaplin (insolvency and restructuring), Sarah French (family), Susannah Marsh (financial services litigation), Alex Milton (private client) and Mala Sidebottom (Clinical Negligence). The existing Moore Barlow partners who have progressed further within the five tiers of equity are: Ben Collingwood (schools and charities), Heather Dobson (insolvency and restructuring), Joanna Farrands (family), Jan Galloway (family), Richard Hughes (real estate), Chris Marsden (real estate disputes), Emma Potter (personal injury) and Scott Taylor (contentious trusts and estates).


BOFA International, a global leader in portable fume and dust extraction systems, has appointed Tom Reimann as sales manager– international. Reimann joins BOFA with more than 20 years’ experience in global sales and business development for advanced technology businesses. Reimann will focus on developing global sales of BOFA products..


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