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News Brief, appointment: ex-Big Five, current Big Four, BKR International

BKR International
BKR International has appointed Tim Morris as executive director for the association's EMEA region. He takes over Stephen Hamlet who earlier this year left the association to become IAPA chief executive officer.

Morris joins BKR International from his own consultancy firm NJHM Associates Ltd. where he provided organisational expertise, specifically in crisis management, training, security and charity. Morris has a varied background in the international, diplomatic and security sectors and has worked in the UK, Asia Pacific and Africa.

KPMG USA has appointed Brian Stephens as national leader for financial services. He takes over Scott Marcello, who was recently named vice chairman for the firm's USA audit practice. Stephens will be responsible for setting the strategic priorities and growth agenda for KPMG's financial services practice which includes banking and capital markets, building, construction & real estate, insurance, and asset management.

In addition to this new role, Stephen will retain his position as USA national sector leader, banking and capital market. Previously he served as global audit sector leader for KPMG's banking and finance practice.

PwC UK has appointed former Rothschild's head of debt advisory and restructuring practice in South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand Alistair Dick as new partner. At PwC UK Dick will lead the corporate financial restructuring team. PwC UK deals leader John Dwyer said the appointment was part of PwC UK as well as the global network's initiative to invest in lead advisory services. "We are currently recruiting top talent from within the investment banking and debt advisory sectors internationally, allowing us to advise on and originate many more deals," he said.

Ex-Big Five
The UK Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has appointed three ex-Big Five to its conduct committee: David Cannon, Helen Jones and Sean Collins, effective 1 September 2015. Cannon will also join the monitoring committee.

The conduct committee meets monthly and comprises FRC board members and others (excluding practicing auditors as well as officers of the professional bodies it regulates). It is responsible for overseeing the FRC's conduct division work in: monitoring of recognised supervisory and recognised qualifying bodies, audit quality reviews, corporate reporting reviews, professional discipline and oversight of the regulation of accountants and actuaries.

Cannon retired in 2012 after two spells at EY between 1976 and 1995, and 1998 and 2003. He also worked in industry and is currently chair of Morgan Stanley's European business audit committee.

Jones trained as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen in London and since January 2014 she is senior vice president, head of audit & assurance at GlaxoSmithKline plc.

Collins retired form KPMG in 2012 where he was directing the Asia-Pacific practice. He is now the audit committee chairman for Jersey Telecom, crown representative at the cabinet office, a member of council of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs and deputy chairman for Arthritis Research UK.

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