KPMG has named a number of promotions across its Manchester and Liverpool offices, including seven directors and an associate partner.
In her new role as associate partner, Laura Smart will lead KPMG’s corporate tax compliance centre of excellence from its Manchester office, producing all corporate tax returns for UK clients.
She brings the position 22 years’ experience at the Big Four firm, working as a chartered accountant and corporate tax adviser while also leading the group’s multi-disciplinary enterprise team in the North West.
Smart said that attention is set to turn on “how to refill the Chancellor’s coffers”, with tax “inevitably” being a part of the discussions.
She added that this is the reason “KPMG is committed to investing in its tax team” as the group looks to support clients in remaining “up to date, compliant, and informed with the information they need”.
Also promoted at the group’s Manchester operation were James Boyle, Stephanie Richardson, and Jules Warbrick, who will act as directors at the audit team.
Daniel Booth, David Fitzmaurice, have also been promoted to directors of the group’s transaction services and law deals and structuring arms respectively, while Jill Hilton will act as business development manager.
As for Liverpool, Annelies Muys-Mannino and Jon Garritty have been promoted to directors of KPMG’s audit and consulting departments.
Warren Middleton, office senior partner at KPMG Manchester, said: “Congratulations to everyone involved, these promotions are testament to their hard work and commitment.
“The North West will be a hotbed of innovation, investment and M&A activity in the years ahead and we’ll be at the forefront advising businesses how best to leverage the region’s potential for growth.”