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Morgan McKinley makes senior appointments in professionals and accountancy practices

Morgan McKinley has appointed Ian Barker as its UK director of professional services and Kathryn Swan starting as its UK lead for accountancy practices.

Barker will be responsible for leading the professional services brand across the UK, as well as establishing its legal practice arm. With over 17 years experience in the industry, Barker demonstrates a strong track record of appointing junior to director/partner level positions and building a national network grown throughout his tenure. Prior to starting at Morgan McKinley, Barker worked for Hays PLC where he was the director for the professional services (Hays legal, Hays taxation & treasury, Hays public practice) and Hays Insurance specialist teams in London.

Swan will have operational and strategic responsibility for leading the recruitment teams into accountancy practices across the UK. Swan started her career with Hays and worked her way up through the ranks over 19 years, becoming  part of the leadership team of Hays Leading Women networking group along the way. As a director at Hays, she was pivotal over the years to the growth of the public practice team in both London and nationwide. Swan also worked closely with Leadership Through Sport, a social mobility charity dedicated to the development of young people working in finance.

David Leithead, chief operations officer UK of Morgan McKinley, said, “Morgan McKinley is growing fast. We’re really excited to have Ian and Kathryn join our team. I have no doubt that their knowledge and deep expertise to our already strong operations team will have a positive impact on our continued service offering. Both Ian and Kathryn will no doubt play a huge role in our expansion for the next phase of our growth presented by improving markets.”

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