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Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), February 5, 2003 | Go to article overview


Accountants have new partner

CARDIFF-BASED chartered accountants Bishop Plimmer Umbleja has appointed Huw Palin as partner.

Mr Palin, 39, has worked for the practice for the past three years, specialising in corporate finance and business planning work.

In his new role he will be responsible for the affairs of a range of SME clients, especially in the film and TV and not-for-profit sectors.

Mr Palin replaces Colin Plimmer as a partner. Mr Plimmer has left the practice to join a client company as finance director.

Originally from North Wales, Mr Palin studied law at what is now the University of Glamorgan, before joining a local firm of chartered accountants.

After qualifying as an accountant in 1988, he spent 10 years with the Cardiff offices of a national firm of accountants.

Married with three children, he lives in Penarth.

Partner Peter Umbleja said, ``We are delighted to announce the appointment of Huw as a partner. He brings a wealth of experience to the position. Mike Bishop and I are confident that Huw will quickly build strong relationships with key clients and contacts.''

Senior manager appointed

DAFYDD John has been promoted to senior manager in the Cardiff office of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

He will work with Stephen Hughes and Randall Edwards in the firm's ``deals team''.

The team advises on business evaluations, raising finance, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions and disposals.

Mr John has been with PricewaterhouseCoopers since 1995 and has worked in the transaction services department for three years. He has significant experience in the local market, providing business advisory and duediligence services for both corporate and private equity clients and has also worked on stock market flotations.

Stephen Harrison, regional chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers, said, ``Dafydd's promotion strengthens our ability to help our region's companies make acquisitions, divestments and strategic alliances, and access finance.

``As a firm, we are uniquely positioned to focus on the longer-term return from each deal because our services span the entire deal spectrum from acquisition strategy evaluation to post-acquisition integration.

``We are continuing to invest in this sector of the market as we believe that the skills we can bring will be needed in developing the local economy going forward.''

Company appoints pensions staff

THE Cardiff office of Hewitt Bacon and Woodrow, international human resources and pensions consultants, has announced six new appointments to help meet demand from companies for specialist advice in the complex and troubled world of pensions. The company, which employs 37 staff at its Castlebridge office in the city centre, has named Steven Bane as pensions delivery co-ordinator, Ian Bowie as pensions delivery provider and Tony Corbett as a client manager. Rhiannon Curtis joins the team of actuaries, Colm Deasy becomes team manager and Linda Smith section manager.

A former senior administrator with Norwich Union, Mr Bane has worked in pensions for more than 14 years, leading teams in various specialist sectors. He joined Hewitt Bacon &Woodrow at Epsom two years ago and recently returned from three months' back-packing around New Zealand.

Sports enthusiast Mr Bowie spent 20 years with Swalec's customer service, debt collection, pensions and payroll departments. An experienced final salary pensions administrator, he will provide consultancy and administration support to key clients.

Oxford graduate Mr Corbett has 18 years experience in the pensions industry, advising a wide range of clients and managing major projects, such as client installations, scheme restructuring and mergers.

He has also developed specific expertise in defined contribution plans and scheme wind-up work. Snowboarder and golfer Ms Curtis is a former independent IT and pensions consultant, dealing with employers and trustees on a wide range of pension issues including scheme valuations, funding strategy, benefit design, sales and acquisitions and accounting for pension costs in relation to local government outsourcing contracts.

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