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Changes at KPMG as staffing hits all-time high

Craig AndersonStaffing at accountancy and business advice firm KPMG Scotland is at an all-time high as it announces a number of changes to its senior leadership team.

 ·         Following Blair Nimmo’s appointment as head of restructuring for the UK, Catherine Burnet has been appointed as senior partner in the firm’s Edinburgh office. Ms Burnet is the head of the Scottish practice’s financial services team, and has been with the firm for 21 years.

 ·         Martin Findlay, head of tax in Aberdeen, becomes senior partner for the Aberdeen office following Duncan MacAskill’s retirement after a 35-year career with the firm.

·         The Scottish tax team has been strengthened with the promotion of Alan Turner from director to partner. Mr Turner joined the firm in 2005 and has experience working in the US and with some of Scotland’s most high-profile businesses.

·         Colin Williamson, the head of KPMG’s Tax Centre of Excellence in Glasgow, will become responsible for the client team in the firm’s growing UK-wide Small Business Accounting practice, also based in Glasgow. Andy Myers, who recently joined from Morgan Stanley, will lead the Tax Centre of Excellence.

Craig Anderson (pictured), senior partner for KPMG in Scotland, said: “By continually investing in our business we are illustrating our confidence in Scotland’s economy and our drive to deliver client-focused results.

“Employee numbers in Scotland are at an all-time high with 860 members of staff. This includes 240 professionals in our UK Centre of Tax Excellence and UK-wide Small Business Accounting teams, both based in Glasgow.

“In particular, I would like to pay tribute to Duncan MacAskill as he retires following an outstanding 35-year career with the firm. He has worked alongside some of the north east’s biggest businesses to support their growth plans since he moved to Aberdeen 10 years ago.”

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