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Weekly Moves 5 September 2014

Insolvency Service appoints non-executive board members

Alan Graham and Tracy Bleakley have joined the board of the Insolvency Services as new non-executive members.

Bleakley joins the board as a trustee of the Money Advice Trust, with previous positions at pfeg (the Personal Finance Education Group), social enterprise vehicle MEND, and 13 years with the consultancy market. She is currently the chief executive of the Association of Police & Crime Commissioners.

Graham is a director of The Charity Bank, and chair of its Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee. He spent 37 years at N M Rothschild & Sons (in the UK and overseas), with the last 15 as a main board director.

Insolvency Service chair David Ereira said: “Alan and Tracey bring valuable experience and fresh insights that will help us as we take forward our plans for the creating an even stronger and more resilient Insolvency Service.”

KPMG promotes 52 new partners

KPMG has announced the promotion of 52 new partners across its business, increasing its total partner count to 613.

The firm has promoted 29 internally, effective from 1 October, and a further 23 have been hired externally over the last financial year.

One-third of the new partners are female as the company seeks to “remove any barriers to the best talent coming through the firm.”

Simon Collins, UK chairman of KPMG, said: “This year’s new partner intake reflects our optimism for growth over the coming months and years ahead.

Our new partners bring a wealth of experience, ranging from cyber security and talent management through to disruptive and innovative digital technologies.

We continue to see high demand for our services from the wide range of businesses in the financial services industry and, accordingly, a third of our newly promoted partners are specialists in this sector.

I am confident that this year’s partner appointments put us in a strong position to address the business issues and opportunities our clients want to tackle most.”

Forbes expands insolvency team

Lucie Cocker has joined the law team at Forbes Solicitors, expanding the company’s insolvency offering in response to growing demand.

A qualified solicitor, Cocker will provide litigation advice on insolvency matters, with experience of Higher Court Advocate work.

Pauline Rigby, partner in the business law team, said: “Lucie is an extremely experienced litigator and highly thought of in the world of advocacy. Her addition to the department will strengthen our relationship with our clients and enable us to provide a full service in all areas of Insolvency.”

Commenting on her appointment, Cocker said: “I am looking forward to using my litigation expertise to deal with insolvency matters and to playing a part in the future growth and success of the team.”



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