VOX Gibraltar News
Published on Thursday, 29 June 2006 13:22
?Continued growth of an excellent client base calls for the promotion of good, well-trained managers to take a more active part in our expansion and that of Gibraltar,? The tougher regulatory demands and compliance regimes that continue to put pressure on local businesses and the accountancy firms who serve them show no signs of letting up. Two years ago they led to the merger of the local arms of two international “giants” Baker Tilley and KPMG – seen as a “necessity” at the time by senior directors of the two firms Ken Robinson and Emilio Gomez respectively – whose work has expanded “enormously”, according to Robinson.
“The technical expertise that the regulators and clients now require no longer allow us to be considered as ‘general practitioners’ and we expect this to become more and more relevant in the coming decade,” Robinson told VOX this week at a ceremony to welcome three new directors appointed from within the ranks of the firm.
“Continued growth of an excellent client base calls for the promotion of good, well-trained managers to take a more active part in our expansion and that of Gibraltar,” Charles Serruya, Baker Tilley’s managing director, added. “The new appointments will extend our programmed specialisation and ensure that we continue to service and meet all our clients’ needs.”
The three new directors of the firm are Gibraltar-born Angelique Linares and Johann Olivera and Glaswegian Neil Rumford who joined Baker Tilley when he moved to Gibraltar 15 years ago.
Linares joined the firm in 1997 after qualifying as a chartered accountant at Leicester and an Honours Degree in accountancy from the University of East Anglia. She specialises in insurance audit and captive administration fields.
Olivera, who obtained an Honours degree in Accountancy from Exeter University before qualifying as a CA in London, will continue his auditing for local retail, wholesale and financial service clients but will also take more responsibility for Baker Tilley’s funds clients, he told VOX.
Rumford, who has gained a reputation as a guitarist with a local band, is involved with the firm’s bigger clients in the wholesale and banking spheres. “He will take more of a lead role with our gaming and banking clients,” Robinson said.