Johnston Carmichael expands its leadership team in Aberdeen

Raemond Jappy and Lisa Thomson (Johnston Carmichael)

TOP UK accountancy and business advisory firm Johnston Carmichael has strengthened its leadership team with two senior promotions in its Aberdeen office.

Business Advisory specialist Raemond Jappy, becomes Partner, and Lisa Thomson, Audit, becomes Director.  

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Raemond – known to colleagues and clients as Rae – joined Johnston Carmichael in 2006 as a student on the firm’s graduate programme. Having specialised in audit for many years, in 2021 he moved to business advisory and now plays a key role in the team that provides Johnston Carmichael’s outsourced finance services. 

He has worked with a wide range of businesses, from start-ups to large privately owned businesses and private equity, across a variety of sectors including energy – specialising in renewables – tech, and food and drink. 

Rae completed his ICAS training to achieve chartered accountant (CA) status at Johnston Carmichael and recently completed the firm’s in-house Leadership Programme. 

He said: “I am extremely proud to be joining the firm’s partner group and look forward to playing a significant role in the future of the business as we continue to grow. 

“I’ve benefited from working with some brilliant colleagues who have guided me as I grew my career, and I have been able to access fantastic learning and development opportunities.  

“After starting out as a graduate, I hope I show how it’s possible to achieve your career ambitions at Johnston Carmichael.”

Lisa, who was a CA when she joined Johnston Carmichael as a supervisor in 2016, heads up the Aberdeen office’s audit department. She undertakes audits across a wide range of sectors and has significant experience of leading large audit teams with international aspects. 

She was recently granted RI (Responsible Individual) status and has been featured in ICAS’s “Top 100 CAs under 35”. Lisa is enrolled in the firm’s in-house Leadership Programme.

Lisa said: “It means a great deal to me to join Johnston Carmichael’s leadership team and helping the firm to thrive not just in the north east, but across the UK as we continue to expand.” 

The two senior Aberdeen promotions are among seven at leadership level across the business, and part of 55 promotions effective this month. The latest appointments bring the total number promoted at Johnston Carmichael this year to 143. 

Martin Osler, Chief People Officer, Johnston Carmichael, said: “We have an inclusive culture where we encourage everyone to be a leader of their work and their learning. 

“Our Leadership Programme challenges our people to think differently about themselves and their performance and to reflect on how they can achieve their career ambitions while embedding a high-performance philosophy in our firm. Rae and Lisa exemplify these principles. 

“Congratulations to everyone who achieved promotion in our firm this year and we look forward to seeing them help to sustain our success.”

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