The latest events and promotions in Welsh affairs


It may be a time of uncertainty for businesses, but that doesn’t mean jobs aren’t created, people are promoted, or people don’t move into new businesses.

These job changes represent all industries and sectors across Wales.

Here we present the latest fixtures from across the Welsh business community.

Deloitte Wales announces promotions of its partners and directors

Shaun Curtis, partner of New Deloitte Wales

Deloitte Wales has been promoted from the inside with the appointment of a new partner and directors for 2021.

Cardiff-based Shaun Curtis was promoted to tax partner, with Rob Wallace and Dean Thomas promoted to director of the financial advisory team.

Mr Curtis is from Pembrokeshire, attended Cardiff University before joining the firm as a graduate in 2007. He currently heads the Wales Business Tax team, a team of 55, and is the national manager of the Entrepreneur and Advisory Group for private client services.

In the UK, Deloitte has promoted 79 partners, including 19 from the firm’s regional practices. Across the South West & Wales firm, which includes both Bristol and Cardiff, there have been a total of two new partners and nine promotions of directors.

Ian Howse, Senior Partner at Deloitte Wales, says: “Nurturing and developing the talent we have in Wales has never been more important. This is important to our customers and equally important to our teams as we continue to come out of what has been a difficult year for all of us.

“I am thrilled for Shaun, Rob and Dean who have continued to thrive despite adjusting to a new way of working while continuing to support clients and colleagues. We continue to invest in talent and these promotions are the best example of showcasing not only the expertise of the region, but also the opportunities available within Deloitte.

“From graduate to partner, Shaun in particular is a testament to the fact that you don’t have to travel to achieve your ambitions.”

UHY Hacker Young Appoints Associate Director

Wales’ largest independent accounting firm, UHY Hacker Young, has announced its latest appointment.

Barrie Kenyon is joining the practice as an associate director during a period of significant growth, which has already seen UHY Hacker Young report double-digit revenue for the past year.

Based at the company’s headquarters in Newport, Mr. Kenyon will work alongside Managing Partner Paul Byett to further improve the company’s business services department. As an Associate Director, he will be responsible for overseeing accounting services to clients across a wide range of industries.

Mr. Kenyon brings over 14 years of additional experience to the UHY Hacker Young leadership team. His previous director position allowed him to manage a large portfolio specializing in real estate.

During his time at UHY Hacker Young, Mr Kenyon said: “UHY Hacker Young is renowned for its dedication to supporting Welsh businesses. This commitment was exemplified during the pandemic, as the team worked tirelessly to secure crucial funding that kept many companies and their employees afloat.

“I am proud to have had the opportunity to use my experience to help new and existing clients remain resilient and successful for years to come. “

During the pandemic, UHY Hacker Young secured over £ 10million in crucial funding for Welsh businesses and helped clients access over £ 6million in leave payments, over £ 3million in CBIL loans, around £ 1million in Bounce Back loans and almost £ 1million in grants.

The company experienced double-digit growth in annual turnover, as well as the conquest of 200 new customers. UHY Hacker Young currently employs over 60 people based at its Newport headquarters and founds the Abergavenny firm, in addition to serving clients across the border from its Bristol office.

Capital Law welcomes a new partner to its banking and finance team

James Butters has been appointed partner at Capital Law

Capital Law has appointed partner James Butters to its Banking & Finance team.

Mr. Butters joins us after more than 20 years with Clifford Chance, where he was a partner in their London and Paris offices.

Capital Law says Mr. Butters has acted for large corporations, private equity investors and international financial institutions on all types of transactions, and brings to the firm deep expertise in financing, structured debt and corporate finance. corporate – in particular M&A financing and private equity sponsor-led LBOs; all with a strong emphasis on cross-border transactions.

His new role will support the growth of the company as Capital continues to improve its reputation nationally and internationally. James’ global network will be critical in unlocking new opportunities for the company and its clients, starting with private equity and debt financing.

Mr Butters will be based in London – where Capital recently bought a new office – but will regularly spend time in Cardiff, where the company is headquartered.

Mr. Butters said: “I am truly delighted to join Capital Law at this important time in its growth and development as an innovative firm specializing in corporate and commercial law. I look forward to working with a dynamic and talented group of professionals with the drive and ambition to change the landscape of legal service delivery to the local, national and international business community, and building on my years of experience in the city. and internationally with a wide variety of financial and commercial clients.

Verde Corporate Finance appoints new management

Louise Santaana, on the left, and Craig Blackmore, Managing Director of Verde Corporate Finance

Mergers, acquisitions and investments specialist Verde Corporate Finance (part of the GS Verde group) has announced the appointment of Louise Santaana to its growing team, to support the growth of the company after a record year of growth.

Verde welcomes Ms. Santaana as Director of the group’s fintech investment platform, the Elevate Investment Network. The company says this appointment responds to growing customer demand for the services provided by Verde as part of the integrated trading team led by corporate finance within the GS Verde Group.

The Elevate Investment Network is a fintech platform launched by the GS Verde Group, to digitize the large-scale investment process. It has been used by companies across the UK looking to increase their investments.

Ms Santaana has spent over 20 years working for Lloyds Banking Group in London, most recently as Head of Private Banking and Lending, a position that has enabled her to lead a team of 100 private client managers across from the United Kingdom.

Ms. Santaana said: “I look forward to joining the Verde team and growing a company as innovative as Elevate. As someone passionate about helping businesses and individuals reach their full potential, I am delighted to join Verde and the GS Verde Group at large as business continues to accelerate ”.

Craig Blackmore, Managing Director of Verde Corporate Finance, added: “It’s great to be able to attract someone of Louise’s caliber to this role, and I’m sure she will bring a lot of drive and experience to enable the continuous development of our business. finance team. Luring Louise out of London to lead one of our key teams at Verde is a huge blow to our business and a check on the quality of the clientele we work with across the UK, but particularly in Wales and in the southwest of England.

Germany’s youngest master baker joins Jones Village Bakery

Master Baker Lucas Fussnegger.

A young baker who made history in his native Germany is taking on a new challenge in North Wales.

Lucas Fussnegger became the youngest master baker in his native country and he now puts his skills to work for the rapidly growing Jones Village Bakery in Wrexham.

The 29-year-old has been named the group’s master baker, helping the company’s acclaimed new product development department and keeping an eye on quality control across all of its bakeries, including the new 140,000 super bakery. square feet which will be operational in July.

His other claim to fame is that he was also a professional cyclist for several years and raced against Tour de France winners Geraint Thomas and Sir Bradley Wiggins.

And indirectly, it was cycling that brought Lucas to Wales.

He was in training camp in Mallorca with the Proter Focus team when he met and fell in love with a Welshwoman, Katie Woods, from Dolgellau, and the couple have a three-year-old daughter, Elena.

For the past five years he has worked in the UK as a technical manager for a German ingredients supplier. This is how he caught the eye of Robin Jones, Managing Director of Jones Village Bakery.

He said: “I am delighted to join Jones Village Bakery at such an exciting time with the new bakery about to open.

“The company enjoys an excellent reputation for the quality of its products – this is what sets it apart from the rest of the industry.

“They always set the bar higher in terms of quality and there is a constant quest to improve what they do so that they always have the best products on the market.

“I just wanted to be part of and contribute to the company’s success story.

“All of their success is down to the Jones family, which I can relate to as I also come from a family bakery. The ethics are the same and we are on the same wavelength.


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