KPMG bolsters Aberdeen tax team as part of wider investment Oct 11 2018 | KPMG

KPMG has announced a number of senior promotions across Scotland, as it continues to invest in talent to grow its Audit, Tax and Pensions practices. 

Among eight promotions is Deborah May, who joined the firm in 2017 after spending six years in-house in the oilfield services. Deborah has been promoted to director within the tax team in Aberdeen.

Based in the city, but with a Scotland-wide remit, Deborah will advise both UK-based and inbound organisations on their domestic and international tax affairs.

Within the firm’s Innovation Reliefs and Incentives team, David McKay has also been promoted to director. David will play a key role in working with businesses across Scotland – including the north east – to help identify R&D activities throughout their organisation.

Newly promoted director, Calum Brunton Smith, will continue to build on the firm’s significant success in advising pension fund trustees and family offices across Scotland on their investment portfolios.

In response to significant growth in their audit client base, Aberdeen-based Phil Merchant has been appointed Audit partner and will spearhead the firm’s 80-strong financial services audit team in Scotland. 

Across the central belt, Lyn Niccolls, Gary Fensom, Michael Wilkie have been promoted to audit directors and Lousie McCarroll to tax director. Lyn will lead on audit engagements across the region while Gary and Louise will focus on financial services clients, and Michael on the not-for-profit and public-sector services.

Martin Findlay, KPMG’s senior partner in Aberdeen, said: “I’d like to congratulate all of those promoted across our Scotland offices. Our people investment across the firm is a testament to our commitment to retaining talent within the business. From the latest senior promotions to our excellent graduate and apprenticeship programmes, we want to ensure we have a diverse range of people and expertise. This is key in enabling us to respond to the changing needs of our clients and the marketplace.”

As part of its recruitment strategy, the firm recently launched its 2019 graduate programmes for a range of services. It took on a record 71 graduates in Scotland – including 16 in Aberdeen and has ambitions to offer a similar number of places for the 2019 programme. 

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