Ed Dwan has been appointed as BDOs new lead partner for the North West.

Dwan, who has been at BDO for eight years and has headed up the national tax risk consultancy team, will oversee the firms Manchester and Liverpool offices.

He will be responsible for providing the future strategy and vision for BDO in the region as it invests in digital transformation and developing the next generation of talent moving up the ranks within the firm.

PKF Littlejohn

PKF Littlejohn has appointed Nick McChesney as a VAT partner.

McChesney is chair of ICAEWs VAT and Duties sub-committee.

Since leaving PwC in 2009, where he was a VAT partner, he has been an independent indirect tax consultant advising national and international clients in the not for profit, real estate, information technology, waste management and travel sectors.


Deloitte has promoted 80 new partners in its UK business.

The firm promoted 24 new partners in its consulting service, 20 in financial advisory, 18 in audit and risk advisory, 17 in tax and one in internal client services.

In a bid to strength its regional network, 24 of the new partners are based outside London.

Deloitte said it continues to focus on gender diversity, with 30% of the new partners being women.

Five new partners are working part-time, as part of Deloittes WorkAgility framework.

Scottish Financial Enterprise

Jim Pettigrew has been appointed as the new chairman of Scottish Financial Enterprise.

Petitgrew has over 30 years experience as a chartered accountant and has been chairman of CYBG Plc, the owner of Clydesdale Bank, since 2014 after joining the group in 2012.

He is also chairman and non-executive director of The Edinburgh Investment Trust plc, senior independent non-executive director of Crest Nicholson Holdings plc and chairman of its remuneration committee, and deputy chairman and non-executive director of RBC Europe Limited.

His previous roles include president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, non-executive director and chairman of the Audit Committee at Aberdeen Asset Management plc, group finance director of ICAP plc, chief executive officer of CMC Markets plc, chief operating officer of Ashmore Group plc and group treasurer of Sedgwick Group plc.

Pettigrew succeeds Sir Ewan Brown, who is retiring from the unpaid, nonexecutive position after four years on 1 July.

Petra Diamonds

David Abery will step down as Petras finance director in order to pursue other opportunities with effect from 30 June.

Following his departure, will continue to be available to the company on an advisory basis for a period of at least six months, as part of the succession process.

There will also be a number of senior management changes at the company.

Jacques Breytenbach will be appointed chief financial officer and Koos Visser will be appointed chief operating officer.

Breytenbach has held the role of finance managerof operations at the company since 2006, with responsibility for financial management across the groups operations. He is a chartered accountant and a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Visser has held the role of group operations manager at the company since 2005, with responsibility for the management of all group operations, including production and the roll-out of the groups expansion plans (with a focus on plant design and operational efficiency improvements).

Paternoster Resources plc

Non-executive director Matt Lofgran is leaving the board of Paternoster Resources with immediate effect in order to spend more time on his other business interests.

He has agreed to provide consultancy services to the company on an ongoing basis, specifically in connection with oil and gas opportunities.

Coats Group plc

Simon Boddie is joining Coats Group as chief financial officer and as an executive director, effective on 4 July.

He replaces former chief financial officer, Richard Howes who left in April 2016 to become chief financial officer of Inchcape plc.

Boddie was previously group finance director of Electrocomponents plc and is currently a non-executive director and chairman of the Audit Committee at Michael Page International.

He joined Electrocomponents as group finance director in 2005. Prior to Electrocomponents, he worked for Diageo for thirteen years where he held a variety of senior finance positions including finance director of key markets and finance director for global supply.

Prior to this he was a member of the corporate finance team at Hill Samuel Bank.

Boddie qualified as a chartered accountant in 1985 with Price Waterhouse.

Sinead Moore

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