Accounting and consulting firm Grant Thornton has last month appointed Kevin Engel as the new Managing Partner for its Scottish business. Engel comes from Grant Thornton’s Manchester office, where he has worked for the past seven years leading the regional audit practice.
Grant Thornton, one of the top 10 professional services firms of the globe, currently has roughly 160 professional in Scotland, across offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh. For the past years the country organisation was led by Andrew Howie, who joined the firm in 2005 from Johnston Carmichael, one of Scotland's largest accounting firms. Following Howie’s promotion to Regional Managing Partner of Scotland and the North of England, Grant Thornton decided to appoint Kevin Engel as Managing Partner.
Kevin Engel was previously a partner in the firms’ Manchester office. He has a particular focus on the technology sector, supporting growth from start up to exit/flotation. Engel also specialises in advising regulated Listed companies (AIM, PLUS and Full listing), particularly compliance with International Accounting Standards, Listings Rules and Corporate Governance requirements. As part of his new role he will permanently relocate to Edinburgh.
“I am delighted to be taking up the role in Scotland as the organisation, across both its Glasgow and Edinburgh offices, is held in high regard and our team here have contributed a significant amount to the firm’s success. We have done well as a business during the recession and now it is about building on that,” says Engel. “My focus will be on extending our reach in the Scottish market, we have a strong presence and an excellent team, the Scottish economy is strong and this provides a great opportunity to work with dynamic, entrepreneurial businesses with ambitious plans.”