Lesley Byrne, an experienced regulation expert and chartered accountant is to join Moore Stephens International as Director of Quality. In her role, Lesley will be responsible for ensuring member firms of the Moore Stephens network deliver high standards of professional quality through review, guidance and support. She will lead a global team of outstanding senior technical experts working directly with Moore Stephens’ firms in more than 100 countries.
Lesley takes over from current Director of Quality, Mike Hathorn, who will support Lesley in her transition to the role ahead of his planned retirement later in 2019.
She has worked for more than two decades in regulatory compliance and joins from a leading global investment bank, where she was Director of Regulatory Rule Oversight with responsibility for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She has an impressive track record in the accounting profession, establishing effective audit, insolvency and practice monitoring functions in her senior roles with world-class professional regulatory bodies, leading change in significant technology initiatives, the raising of quality standards and regulatory frameworks.
Speaking on her new role, Lesley said: “I am delighted to be joining such an impressive organisation, with fantastic member firms around the world. I am passionate about the quality of work our firms deliver to clients – it is how we earn trust and strengthen relationships with those we serve. I look forward to beginning the role and building on the excellent quality platform that Mike Hathorn has developed.”
Welcoming Lesley, Global CEO, Anton Colella said: “Professional quality is central to our identity as Moore Stephens – something which is recognised by our clients and our firms. Lesley will be a strong leader for our quality agenda and I look forward to the contribution she will undoubtedly make in ensuring we continue to jealously guard our reputation for excellence.”