Mott MacDonald promotes Cathy Travers to Development Director

12 July 2016

Mott MacDonald has promoted Cathy Travers to the role of Development Director for Europe and Africa, following a recent promotion of its most recent holder, Ian Galbraith. Travers will be responsible for preserving and expanding the firm’s current market positions, as well as opening up new revenue streams.

Cathy Travers started her career with Husband and Company, joining Mott MacDonald in 1990 when the company was acquired by the firm. Travers held various roles across functional areas at the firm. In her most recent role, which she held for three years, Travers was the consultancy’s Development Director for the UK buildings and infrastructure business. Travers was responsible for supporting the firm’s public and private sector clients with project management, technical and procurement advice. In addition, she took the helm throughout the establishment of Mott MacDonald’s Canadian buildings team.

Travers holds a Mechanical Engineering degree in Civil and Structural Engineering from the University of Sheffield.

Cathy Travers - Mott MacDonald

Mott MacDonald has promoted Travers to the role of Development Director for Europe and Africa. Travers takes on responsibility for preserving and expanding the firm’s market position within the sectors in which it operates, as well as identifying additional opportunities in new market streams. Travers succeeds Ian Galbraith, who has been with the firm since 2002 and recently took on the role of Managing Director for Asia-Pacific and Australasia.

Mike Haigh, Mott MacDonald’s Europe and Africa managing director, remarks that Travers’s experience at successive levels of the firm "provides an invaluable knowledge base to guide our activities within Europe and Africa. Having advised an extensive range of clients, she is exceptionally well-placed to consider how the work of Mott MacDonald fits in to the wider picture of how we can best serve and work with our incredibly diverse client base.”


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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.