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Armstrong Watson has appointed Michael Morris as audit and assurance partner in Newcastle, with over 25 years of experience, previously at Deloitte and UNW. His appointment aligns with Armstrong Watson’s growth in the North East, marked by acquisitions and senior appointments. Morris aims to contribute to the firm’s presence in Newcastle, focusing on delivering exceptional service to clients, particularly family and owner-managed businesses.

Grant Thornton has promoted Matthew Hicken to audit director in its Thames Valley and Southampton team, emphasising his role in supporting private capital and US-focused businesses. With nine years at the firm, Hicken will contribute to businesses’ financial reporting and team development, leveraging his experience to navigate challenges of international growth and operations. The promotion reflects Grant Thornton’s commitment to nurturing talent and facilitating regional business growth.

Grant Thornton has appointed Alex Miller as partner to lead the newly formed VAT Technology and Transformation team, focusing on technology and automation for end-to-end VAT accounting and compliance. With 30 years of VAT technical expertise, Miller aims to drive tax transformation projects and enhance clients’ VAT accounting systems’ efficiency. The appointment underscores Grant Thornton’s strategic focus on leveraging technology to improve processes and compliance in VAT accounting.

Dima Shamanov has joined Mazars as deputy ethics partner, tasked with advancing Ethics and Independence across the firm. Previously at EY, he brings expertise in independence, audit client pursuits, non-audit services consultations, and acquisitions. Shamanov’s diverse experience includes roles in IT, Accounting, Tax, and Assurance. The appointment reinforces Mazars’ commitment to ethical standards and high-performance expectations, especially in the audit space. Shamanov’s comprehensive skill set is seen as valuable for upholding the firm’s commitment to excellence and client satisfaction.

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