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BDO appoints Mark Hunt to lead financial services practice

Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP has appointed Mark Hunt as the new head of the firm’s financial services practice.

Over Hunt’s 30 year career – 20 years of which have been as a partner at KPMG from 1994 to 2007 and from 2007 to date with BDO – he has gained significant experience in providing investigation, assurance and advisory services to regulated firms.
Hunt is also a senior forensic and dispute advisory partner and retains audit Responsible Individual status, acting as concurring partner on some of BDO’s largest financial services audit clients.
As the lead partner of BDO’s financial services practice, a particular focus for Hunt is investing in senior resources in the banking team, including the recent appointment of Leigh Wormald as partner. Wormald is the first of eight new partners expected to join the financial services team in the next 12 months.
Wormald has over 17 years' experience as an auditor and adviser across the financial services industry. She is a specialist in auditing and advising local and international banks, investment funds, private equity firms, hedge funds, exchange traded funds and stockbrokers.  Wormald joins BDO from Baker Tilly (formerly RSM Tenon). She previously led the bank and investment funds audit team at Mazars LLP and prior to that she was a banking partner in the financial services practice at KPMG in South Africa.
Hunt says: “We have ambitious plans to continue to grow the FS team by over 30 per cent over the next 12 months, in line with our views of the increasing market opportunities. Leigh is part of these plans and her skills and experience will perfectly complement and enhance our current offering. I am looking forward to leading the financial services practice at this particularly challenging time for the sector, as well as having the opportunity to capitalise and build on our existing expertise.”
Wormald says: “BDO provides the best possible environment for me to provide my clients with advice to help them achieve their objectives. My experience of banking audit and financial services advisory projects has given me deep insight into the challenges now facing major international banks through to niche banks and newer entrants. I relish the opportunity to be part of the next phase of BDO’s development and ongoing investment into financial services capabilities.”

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