CountPlus strengthens board ahead of listing

Graeme Fowler and David Smith have joined soon-to-be-floated Count subsidiary CountPlus as non-executive directors.

Fowler has form in running listed aggregator companies. He is currently the managing director and chief executive of listed legal firm aggregator Integrated Legal Holdings, and was formerly the chief of listed accounting and financial services aggregator WHK Group.

In his time with WHK he also acted as chief operating officer, chief financial officer and head of financial services. Fowler’s other experience includes a career at BT Financial Group, including acting as chief financial officer, chief executive of BT Funds Management in New Zealand and chief executive of BT Portfolio Services, including the BT Wrap platform (now white-labelled by Count Financial) as well as BT’s custody and margin lending businesses.

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Smith is a founding director of FMRC Smithink, which Count described as “an accounting firm best practice group” focusing on “professional firm management, strategy and process innovation”.

Smith was the national president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia in 2003, and spent 16 years as a partner at accounting firm PKF Sydney. He is currently the chairman of insurance specialist dealer group Patronus Risk Specialists.

A third non-executive director will be appointed shortly, the group said. Countplus is expected to be listed in December this year.

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