Mott MacDonald adds Brian Gash to its Highways business in UK

31 October 2016 Consultancy.uk

Brian Gash has been picked up by Mott MacDonald as a Programme Director for its UK Highways Business. Gash brings more than 30 years of experience to the firm, and will provide considerable client side insight from his previous work at Highways England, as well as broader industry insights, allowing the firm to improve its coordination and engagement with the government entity.

Prior to joining Mott MacDonald, Brian Gash worked at Highways England as the Group Leader South West, responsible for Major Projects, which included six major infrastructure works as part of the Road Investment Strategy programme. Previously, from 2013 until 2015, Gash worked at the Highways Agency as a Senior Project Manager, where he delivered four SMART motorway schemes as part of the accelerated delivery programme. Gash’s earlier roles include Project Manager at Amey; Principal Engineer at Peter Brett Associates; Civil Engineering Technician at Buro Happold; Structural Technician at Peter Brett Associates; Bridge Structures Technician at Parsons Brinckerhoff; Senior Technician at Scott White and Hookins; Technician at Husband & Co; and Junior Technician at Wilcox Cooper Associates, where he started his career in 1985.

Gash holds a diploma in Building Studies from Highbury Technical College, an HNC in Civil Engineering from the Southampton Institute of Higher Education and passed the Engineering Council Exams in Civil Engineering from University of the West of England. Gash is a Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation member and an Association of Project Managers Registered Project Professional.

Brian Gash - Mott MacDonald

Gash joins Mott MacDonald’s Highways Business in the UK as a Programme Director. The addition of Gash provides the firm with the means to better coordinate and increase its engagement with Highways England, as Gash takes responsibility for aligning a joint approach on a number of key aspects including safety and project delivery. In addition, the firm will leverage Gash’s consulting experience across a range of large infrastructure projects, as well as his broad stakeholder engagement capabilities, developed during his more than 30 years in the field.

Commenting on his appointment, Gash says, “One of the greatest challenges facing Highways England is delivering the substantial increase in investment on England’s motorways and major A roads. I’m keen to develop ways in which we can work with them to realise their ambitions.”

David Tarrant, Highways Managing Director at Mott MacDonald, adds, “Brian’s appointment is a key part of our drive to continually improve communication and collaborative working to deliver better outcomes for our clients. His insight and experience will prove invaluable in strengthening our relationship with Highways England.”

Earlier this year Mott MacDonald also added David Webster and Norrie Westbrook to its Highways business – both serve as a Director. Clients recently added to the unit's portfolio include the Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and Transport for Wales.

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Grant Thornton UK appoints five new Partners

23 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

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.