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Johnston Carmichael strengthens senior team with seven promotions



Johnston Carmichael has made seven director promotions across five of its service lines.

Part of the PKF International network, the Scottish accountancy and business advisory firm has made 78 promotions so far in 2021.

The new directors include Glasgow-based Craig Burnie and Karen McBride, who work in the innovation taxes and audit teams respectively; Raemond Jappy and Stefano Vincini, who are both based in Aberdeen and work in the audit and corporate finance teams; Kirsty Yuill, who works in the Dundee office’s business advisory team; Forfar-based Sam Nicholson, who also works in business advisory; and Sam Church, who works in the London office with the financial services consulting team.

Burnie joined the firm in 2014 as a newly qualified accountant, having trained with a small firm in Glasgow. He now works as part of the corporate tax team focussing on innovation taxes such as R&D tax incentives, patent box reliefs and video games tax relief.

McBride has helped develop the audit business line operations. Working closely with Graham Marjoribanks, she has led initiatives ranging from automating processes to developing a consistent goals framework. Part of her role is to assess the infrastructure in place to support current operations and future growth.

Yuill joined the firm in 2019 as part of the newly opened Dundee office. She played a critical role in rolling out digital working papers across business advisory and continues to advance the firm’s use of cloud accounting software Silverfin.

Jappy joined the Aberdeen audit team in 2006 and during the last few years he has become the operational leader of the local audit team.

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Church has a background in both the insurance sector and professional services. Prior to joining Johnston Carmichael, he earned broad experience in distribution strategy and performance optimisation for banks and insurers.

Nicholson is an experienced senior manager in business advisory, managing a portfolio of clients and taking the lead role in Forfar on Business Advisory operations and people management.

Vincini has been with the firm for 14 years, joining as associate director following the merger with Ritson Smith in 2012. He has been part of the corporate finance team throughout this time and was involved in the delivery of a number of high profile and complex assignments.

Andrew Walker, chief executive at Johnston Carmichael, said: “It is our employees that make our business, and I am extremely proud of the commitment and passion that our staff show on a day-to-day basis.

“In addition to the seven new directors I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to every one of our colleagues who has been promoted so far this year.

“In each case it is a recognition of continued dedication, development, and hard work, qualities which will be central in driving the company forward in the coming weeks, months and years.”

Johnston Carmichael has 13 offices across the UK.

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