By Brian Donnelly

THREE new directors have been appointed within KPMG’s Scottish practice.

The promotions across the tax and audit teams are part of a “wider commitment to invest in talent and innovation in Scotland and support clients through the economic challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic,” it said.

Craig Barrowman has been appointed director in the tax and legal team in Edinburgh, Ruth Wallace is appointed tax director in Glasgow and Michelle Smarsh is promoted to audit director in Aberdeen.

Mr Barrowman said: “It’s been an incredibly challenging period for the Scottish economy, but time and again, the business community has proved its resilience and KPMG has been a key part of that story, supporting companies with experience and insight.

“I’m proud to play my part in delivering on our strategy and helping our diverse range of clients get through the period of uncertainty that lies ahead, with an eye on ensuring long-term, sustainable growth.”

Simon Smith has been promoted to associate director in restructuring based in Aberdeen and Ed Monroe and Armen Balasanyan become audit managers in Edinburgh and Aberdeen respectively.

Catherine Burnet, head of KPMG in Scotland, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has created profound challenges for our clients and the wider economy, which means our support and expertise is more needed than ever before. The latest round of promotions reinforces our commitment to invest in talent and serve the communities we’re part of across the country.

“From the Job Retention Scheme to delivering audits and restructuring support, businesses are looking for expert advice than can help them get through the immediate crisis and focus on long-term sustainable growth. I’m confident KPMG has the right team in place to enable this to happen and get the diverse, resilient Scottish economy back on track.”