KPMG has added Gill Nicholls to its ranks as an Associate within its education practice. The Professor, and OBE recipient, has a long standing experience with the tertiary sector and has provided considerable international advisory to international universities. In her new role, she will support KPMG with its current projects as well as develop new propositions for the firm's more than 120 university clients.
Prior to joining KPMG, Gill Nicholls was the Vice President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the University of Surrey. Previously, Nicholls held academic positions at a number of tertiary institutions, including the University of Salford, the University of Durham, King’s College London and the University of London. Nicholls starter her career in the secondary education sector, working as a secondary school teacher, before taking on the role of Senior Research Fellow at Canterbury Christ Church College. She has penned nine books and numerous academic articles.
Nicholls holds a Bachelor of Science in physics from Sussex University and a PhD in physics and education from the University of London. She holds a range of advisory group and committee positions, including on the Council of the All-Party Parliamentary University Group, the HEA National DVC/PVC Network for Teaching and Learning. In 2015, she was named Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for her services to Higher Education.
KPMG recently announced that Nicholls will become an associate within the firm’s education practice. The role will see Nocholls bring in more than 20 years of education experience to KPMG, which has included advisory of international educational and other public sector institutions. In her new role, she will support the firm’s new and current transformation and advisory projects, as well as developing new propositions and provide perspectives to the services currently offered by KPMG to its more than 120 university clients.
Mike Rowley, UK head of education at KPMG, comments that the firm is “thrilled to welcome Gill to the team”, adding that: “Her vast experience, both in working on education’s front line and as an academic in large, successful universities, will be invaluable to the firm, our clients and our colleagues.”
Gill Nicholls remarks: “As ever, there are opportunities and challenges aplenty within the education sector and I am delighted to be joining a professional, highly skilled team who are able to provide the insight our clients need to drive their institutions and the sector forward."