On the move: the latest East Midlands hires

Tom Copson, Matt Hutchinson, Lisa Parkes and Craig Shevas

Leicester-based accountants Rowleys has made two partner promotions, with Lisa Parkes and Matt Hutchinson joining the firm’s leadership team.

Parkes and Hutchinson have both been promoted to partner.

Parkes is an audit signatory for the firm and works with a a range of clients from owner managed businesses to larger corporates. She also heads up the firm’s charity and not for profit sector team and has been with the firm for 19 years.

Hutchinson joined Rowleys in 2014 and works with a range of businesses, many in the mid-market space. He also heads up the firm’s pensions team and is a specialist in auditing defined benefit pension schemes. He is also an audit signatory.

Rowleys’ managing partner, Tom Copson, said: “The promotion of Lisa and Matt to partner is testament to their continued hard work and dedication to the firm.

“At an exciting time in the firm’s growth, it is great to add Matt and Lisa to our group of partners. They both go above and beyond to provide a great experience for our people and our clients and are committed to the future development of the firm.”

Nick Smith

Accountancy firm Duncan & Toplis has appointed Nicholas Smith as its first chief operating officer

Formerly head of tax, Smith will work alongside Damon Brain, who has been made the firm’s first-ever CEO.

Smith said: “I’m thrilled to be taking on the role of chief operating officer and I am looking forward to working more closely with Damon as we embark on this new period of growth. Over the years, I have witnessed first hand how Duncan & Toplis has evolved and modernised our offering, and I’m excited to play an important part in this now and for years to come.

“I can’t wait to get stuck in, helping the group to grow while delivering a service that focuses on our people, our clients, and the communities we live, love and work in.”

Savills has announced a number of promotions across its Lincoln and Nottingham offices.

In Lincoln, building maintenance manager, Richard Milburn has been promoted to associate director in the rural management team and surveyor, Henry King, has become an associate director in the farm agency team, while Melissa Gallagher has been promoted to associate in the residential sales team.

Meanwhile, in Nottingham, Ryan McGrath has been promoted to associate in the development team, while Eleanor Bach becomes senior staff in the same team.

Johnny Dudgeon, head of office at Savills Lincoln, said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to all three individuals based in Lincoln on these very well-deserved promotions. They have all worked very hard to consistently deliver excellent service to our clients and have a played a key role in the continued growth and success of our Lincoln office.”

Ben Glover, director and head of the development team at Savills Nottingham, added: “I would like to congratulate both Ryan and Eleanor on their promotions. We are exceptionally proud of what they have achieved and would like to thank them for playing a part in the success of the team. It is a pleasure to make this announcement and I wish them both luck in their new roles.”

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