People in the news: Alexander Sloan, Chiene + Tate, Creaseys

In this week’s moves and appointments roundup, Alexander Sloan appoints its first ever female senior partner who also happens to be one of the youngest in Scotland, Chiene + Tait gains an audit partner, Creaseys pomotes a director in its financial planning business to partner 

Allison Devine has become one of the youngest senior partners in a professional services firm in Scotland as she takes over at Alexander Sloan. Devine joined the firm as a trainee accountant in 1999 and was appointed as partner in 2013, aged 34. She is the first female senior partner in Alexander Sloan’s 150-year history as she succeeds Andy McBean who retired at the end of 2017. She manages a wide and varied portfolio of business, with clients including those operating in healthcare, retail, manufacturing and the Third Sector. Devine is a key member of the firm’s charities’ technical and training group and also champions the firm’s delivery of virtual finance director services to organisations.

Barry Truswell has been appointed as an audit partner at Chiene + Tait. He joins the firm from Scott Moncrieff where he held a senior role. In his new role, Truswell will focus mainly on providing audit and assurance services to SME and corporate sector clients, closely collaborating with Chiene + Tait’s corporate finance partner, Paul Mason and Neil Norman, who leads the firm’s award-winning entrepreneurial tax team.

Tunbridge Wells-based firm Creaseys has appointed Ben Waite as a partner. He is also continuing as a director of the financial planning business Creaseys Wealth, a joint venture with Cooper Parry Wealth in the Midlands. Prior to joining Creaseys, Waite was with Lloyds Private Banking and Bank of Scotland. He holds a level 6 qualification with the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, level 4 financial planning diploma from the Chartered Insurance Institute and is an affiliated member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

PwC has appointed Charlie Johnson-Ferguson to lead its transport and logistics advisory business. He succeeds Coolin Desai, who led the industry sector since 2011. Johnson-Ferguson has over 16 years’ experience in industry, helping public and private sector clients on a range of projects including infrastructure financing, competitive bid preparation and evaluation, financial modelling, and equipment financing and procurement and concessions. He has also been extensively involved with both the UK Government on bid side relating to the franchising of passenger rail operations and procurement of rolling stock.

Langricks has hired Andrew Milnes as a non-executive director and Mike Bower has been promoted from director to associate director. Milnes joins the firm after owning and growing Hurst Accountants to a top 100 firm, now operating out of offices in Manchester and Stockport. Bowker joined Langricks in 2010.

Signature Private Finance has appointed Paul Tromans as business development manager, with primary responsibility for the midlands. Following a long career in management positions with Bradford and Bingley, he joins from the Alternative Bridging Corporation and brings more than 30 years’ lending experience to the role.  

Colin Farmer has been named chairman of the Worldwide Board of Alliott Group, an international association of independent accounting firms and law firms. Farmer is a long-standing partner at Alliots and is also the association’s former deputy chairman. He succeeds Ken Miles, who steps down following the merger of his firm NSBN LLP with a top 10 US accounting firm.

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