KPMG promotes Harry Mears to social housing team lead

21 April 2016

Harry Mears, Associate Partner at KPMG UK, has been appointed to the role of social housing team lead. Incumbent Chris Wilson, who has lead the team for the past ten years, retires in September. Mears’ role will be to continue to serve clients in a time of rapid policy change, as well as spearhead the continued growth of the practice in the region.

KPMG has promoted long time firm veteran Harry Mears to lead the firm’s social housing team following the recent announcement that Chris Wilson will retire from KPMG this September. Mears, an Associate Partner, has more than 18 years of experience within the social housing sector across the UK, and services a large portfolio of clients across the South and Midlands as well as nationally.

Mears holds a Master of Arts from the University of Oxford. In addition, Mears is a CAPE (the Accounting Council's Committee) member as well as the Audit Chair for Bournemouth and Poole College.

In his new role, Mears will leverage his extensive housing association experience to provide clients with support as UK Government legislation is slated to bring significant change for housing associations and the housing sector as a whole. Mears will, in addition, be tasked with spear heading the continuing growth of the practice in line with the changing needs and expectations of clients.

Mears comments, “I look forward to working with colleagues across KPMG’s local government and private sector housing teams to help our clients respond strategically to the emerging challenges and opportunities ahead.”

Wilson remarks about leaving the firm that he is “delighted” about the hands in which he leaves the housing practice, adding that he “wishes Harry and KPMG every success in the future."


Grant Thornton UK appoints five new Partners

23 April 2019

Sergio Cardoso, Matt Maltz, Jessica Patel, Marc Roberts and Nick Warner have been appointed as partners at Grant Thornton. With the company undergoing a year of transition under new leadership, the new members will help consolidate the firm’s offering as it looks to reach new levels of growth in 2019.

2019 sees Grant Thornton’s UK wing undergoing a process of transformation. As the group looks to ensure its teams “provide the right level of support for profitable growth” and create an environment that “makes it easier for our people to do great work”, the firm has announced a succession of senior appointments across its regional divisions.

In February, this saw Chris Petts and James Bulloss named Partner and Director in the North East and Yorkshire respectively. Now, the UK’s sixth-largest auditing and consulting firm has confirmed the installation of a further five Partners across its UK team.

Sergio Cardoso is a long-standing Grant Thornton employee, having joined from Daniel Auerbach & Company – where he was an Accountant – in 2005. Cardoso rose steadily through the ranks since then, taking up his most recent role as Audit and Assurance Director in 2015. In that role, he focused on dynamic, fast-growing and entrepreneurial private companies, as well as multinational and AIM-listed groups. He now takes up the position of Partner in Grant Thornton’s audit practice.

Grant Thornton UK appoints five new Partners

Nick Warner has been appointed as a partner in Grant Thornton’s VAT team based in London. Bringing more than 20 years of experience in tax to the role, Warner joins the firm from Moore Stephens, where he most recently was VAT Partner, during a five-year stay with the firm. Prior to that, Warner was a Partner in VAT at BDO and PKF UK. He also spent five years at HMRC as a Higher Executive Officer.

Matt Maltz is the first of three Partner appointments in Grant Thornton’s real estate tax division. A former EY Partner in real estate tax, Maltz spent 17 years with the Big Four firm. In his new position with Grant Thornton, he will tackle similar client areas, as a Partner in real estate tax.

Jessica Patel has also been promoted as a Partner in the firm’s real estate tax practice, having been with the firm for more than 15 years. Patel joined Grant Thornton as a trainee in 2003. She is a licensed member of both the Association of Tax Technicians and the Chartered Institute of Taxation. As a Partner, Patel will advise a wide variety of clients ranging from UK property investors and developers to overseas investors and property funds.

Marc Roberts is another Big Four alumnus to join Grant Thornton as a Partner. Roberts exited EY to take up his new position, having been an Associate Partner and real estate advisory lead at the company. With more than 25 years of experience in the financial services sector, Roberts also formerly held a Directorship and headed the corporate finance real estate advisory team at fellow Big Four firm PwC.