KPMG UK announces 4 new tax partners: Bateson, Heard, Klendjian and Whipp (all internal promotions)


KPMG has four new tax partners as a result of the firm’s annual round of partner promotions. The promotions tax effect as of 1 October.

KPMG has announced the appointment of 52 partners: 29 promoted from within the firm and 23 external hires, appointed over the last financial year. Combined, this takes the total number of partners in the firm to 613. KPMG has a staff (including partners) of approximately 11,500.

The newly promoted tax partners are:

Jo Bateson – London Private Client advisory team

Jo trained in tax with Mercer & Hole, an independent firm, before joining KPMG in London in 2005.

Vicki Heard – FS tax team in Manchester

Vicki graduated from Manchester University in 2001 and immediately joined KPMG. She focuses on financial services clients and leads the treasury tax and funds taxation team for the Firm’s Northern tax practice.

In 2005 she wrote a paper on ‘The Philosophy of Tax”. This paper discussed the issue of tax and ethics, and reviewed the
academic research undertaken to date in several disciplines relating to the corporate taxpayer and their role in society. The paper led to several subsequent publications.

Naz Klendjian – London infrastructure tax team

Naz initially joined KPMG in 2000 and worked with the Firm for 5 years in the Banking & Finance group. He was a Senior Tax Manager when he left to join Babcock & Brown where he worked as their in-house tax director for the Australia and Asia-Pacific regions. He returned to KPMG in 2010 within the Global Infrastructure group.
Matt Whipp –  London Transfer Pricing & Value Chain team

Matt joined KPMG fairly recently (2012) having worked in tax in industry for the previous 10 years. He was initially a Group Tax Accountant at BAA Plc, then joined Diageo in 2004 where he worked for 7 years. His last role was as Head of Business Risk and Transfer Pricing.

He now focuses on both mainstream transfer pricing services and value chain optimisation projects.

Jane McCormick, head of tax and pensions at KPMG in the UK, said:
“This year’s new partner intake reflects our optimism for growth over the coming months and years ahead. I am confident that this year’s partner appointments put us in a strong position to address the business issues and opportunities our clients want to tackle most.”

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