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Forvis Mazars has appointed Tatham Crawford-Lennox as its UK director of people and culture. Crawford-Lennox, a chartered occupational psychologist from PwC, will lead a team of over 80, focusing on creating a diverse, inclusive, and engaged workforce. Her role includes designing strategies to align the firm’s values with employees’ experiences. The firm has seen a downward trend in its gender pay gap to 5.2% and a mean ethnicity pay gap of 0.8%. Margaret Laidlaw, head of people, emphasised the importance of inclusivity and expressed excitement about Crawford-Lennox shaping the firm’s culture.

Saffery has appointed Joshua Creedy as the new director of its Edinburgh office, alongside three other hires. Creedy, a private wealth director with experience in inheritance and succession planning, joins from a Big Four firm. Additionally, Yi Zheng is the new sustainability and ESG manager, enhancing the firm’s sustainability practice. Anny Chan has been appointed as a data administrator, and Sam Stone as a trainee chartered accountant. Sean McGinness, head of the Edinburgh office, highlighted the team’s growth and the move to a new office space, positioning them to support clients effectively.

Grant Thornton UK LLP has promoted Barrie Morris to Public Sector audit partner in its South West team. Morris, with a 25-year auditing career, will lead an 80-strong team to deliver high-quality audits for public sector organisations. Beth Bowers and Grace Hawkins have been promoted to Public Sector audit directors, supporting Morris in daily operations. Bowers focuses on audit quality and training new team members, while Hawkins supports clients with value-for-money insights and drives the inclusion and diversity agenda. Morris emphasised the importance of public sector auditing in ensuring efficient use of taxpayer money.

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The Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA) has appointed Kyle Baker-Kemp as the new professional development and advocacy manager, bringing 13 years of industry experience. His role will involve overseeing educational events and development strategies. Additionally, Jonathan Barber has been promoted to executive director – UK, while John Edwards moves to group executive – International. Tim Pinkney is promoted to director of professional standards. These changes aim to enhance the IFA’s services and support for SMEs and SMPs. Barber and Edwards expressed their commitment to maintaining high standards and supporting member needs through these leadership changes.

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