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AppointmentsKPMG strengthens Manchester leadership team with partner promotions

KPMG strengthens Manchester leadership team with partner promotions

Adrian Bradley (digital) and Gohar Khan (tax) promoted to partner in KPMG’s Manchester office, along with two new associate partners
KPMG also announces promotions of seven new directors

Business advisory firm KPMG has strengthened its offering to Manchester’s business community with the appointment of two new partners and two associate partners.

Based in its St Peter’s Square office in Manchester, which is home to approximately 1,200 staff, Adrian Bradley and Gohar Khan will respectively become partners within KPMG’s digital and tax practices.

Adrian Bradley leads digital services, including pioneering work with artificial intelligence, for some of the firm’s largest international clients. In 2020, he spearheaded KPMG’s technology support for clients’ safe return to the workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic. He has been with KPMG since 2017 and his focus in 2021 will be supporting corporate clients as they adopt the latest digital capabilities.

Gohar Khan has been with KPMG for 17 years and leads its EU Funds Tax Group, advising institutional investors on filing and pursuing EU withholding tax reclaims. He also advises UK pension schemes across all areas of tax, both in the UK and overseas. His priorities over the coming months will be assisting institutional investor clients on various tax issues and the potential challenges that Brexit may bring.

They are joined by Charles Batchelor and Paul Birrell, who have been appointed associate partners in Manchester within the deals advisory and restructuring practices respectively, alongside seven new directors.

Charles Batchelor has been with KPMG for 14 years, supporting clients with the implementation of new accounting standards and reporting transactions. Charles will be focussed on building its expertise and services to help clients navigate the increasingly complex financial reporting environment they now face.

Paul Birrell advises trustees and employers on best practice for managing pension schemes and company covenants. With scheme funding under pressure from both the Pensions Regulator and a precarious market, he’ll be using his 12 years’ experience to help clients manage their pensions.

KPMG has taken an active approach to strengthening its North West service offering in recent months. Adrian and Gohar are also joined by a new partner and director in its Liverpool audit team as the firm looks to support its clients more in 2021 and beyond.

Warren Middleton, office senior partner at KPMG in Manchester, said: “Now more than ever our clients need our expertise and services to help them through the uncertain economic climate and embrace the opportunities on the other end of it. For our part, retaining and attracting the very best talent is vital to achieving that.

“Our new partners and associate partners have played a huge part in the success of our North West practice in recent years and they’ll continue to drive that from the positions they’re now taking up. While the business community continues to negotiate the challenges of the coming months, we stand ready to support them every step of the way.”

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