Accounting and consulting firm Grant Thornton has announced the appointment of Andy Wood as its new Head of the Leeds and Newcastle offices. Wood will take on his new role in November 2014, following a seven year career as the Head of the Audit and Assurance team in Yorkshire and the North East region.
Andy Wood started working at accounting and consulting firm Grant Thornton as Assurance Partner in 2007, following the merger with accounting firm RSM Robson Rhodes. In this role, he has led the Audit and Assurance team in Yorkshire and the North East. Wood joined RSM Robson Rhodes in 1999, first as Senior Manager and was promoted Audit Partner in 2003. In this capacity Wood led RSM Robson Rhodes’ Audit team in Leeds. At RSM Robson Rhodes, Wood trained and qualified, and has, in addition to working in the UK, performed a two-year secondment in Paris. Wood holds a BA degree from Bradford University and is an Associate Chartered Accountant.
In his new role as Head of the Newcastle and Leeds offices, Wood will be in charge of 201 staff members. Wood will take over from Will Oxley, who will take on a newly-created national role in which he will lead Grant Thornton’s growth in the corporate market outside London, in addition to leading the region’s Transaction Advisory Business. Both Wood as Oxley will take on their new roles in November 2014.
Commenting on Wood’s appointment, Oxley says: “Andy currently leads the audit team in the Yorkshire and North East practice making him ideally placed to extend his responsibilities given the key client relationships he retains, his detailed understanding of our client base and his strong reputation within the entrepreneurial and fast growing segment of the region’s corporate market.”