Smith & Williamson
Laurence Bard has been appointed as a partner in Smith & Williamson’s accountancy and investment management group’s corporate tax team, based in London. He started his career at a Big Four accountancy firm, where he spent 15 years as a tax adviser. He then spent four years as an independent, working for many of the same clients, before joining Shaws in 2005.

The HR consultancy has appointed Paul Macro as head of defined contribution. Macro joins from Towers Watson, where he was a senior consultant. Mercer has also hired John Benfield, formerly a senior investment consultant at Aon Hewitt, as a partner in its investment business.

James Fleming has been appointed as chief executive of the private bank and joins the board. Fleming has over 25 years of private banking experience, initially at SG Hambros and then at Coutts & Co, where he rose to managing director of the UK entrepreneurs, landowners and inpatriates client groups.

City of London
City of London Investment Group has appointed Lynn Ruddick as a non-executive director, as George Robb retires from the role. Ruddick is non-executive chairman of Fidelity Special Values and British Assets Trust, and non-executive director and chairman of the audit committee of Standard Life UK smaller companies trust.

Roland Berger
The strategy consultancy has hired Paul Jowett as managing partner of the firm’s London office. Jowett joined Roland Berger’s corporate finance team in Germany in 2010, after spending 21 years in various leading roles at German consulting firms.

Grant Thornton
Alan Dale has been appointed as a partner and head of Grant Thornton’s operational deal services team, and the firm has promoted Hemal Shah to corporate finance director in the transaction advisory services team. Dale previously spent nine years at PwC and 12 years at Rolls Royce, and Shah specialises in financial due diligence.