Royal HaskoningDHV hires Eva Klein Schiphorst as Business Unit Director

21 April 2017

Royal HaskoningDHV has hired Eva Klein Schiphorst as Business Unit Director, focused on the Public Buildings segment. She brings almost 30 years of experience to the role, with much of it built up in public service in the Netherlands. She will begin in the role from mid-May, succeeding Peter Kelder.

Eva Klein Schiphorst was most recently a Director of Transactions and Project for three years at Rijksvastgoedbedrijf, the Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency. She was previously a general Director at De Rijksgebouwendienst, a Netherlands Government Buildings Agency, for a year and three months, following more than five years as Director of Real Estate at the organisation. Earlier in her career she worked for a range of government organisations, which, among others, included almost four years at the Ministry for Transport and Water as Director of Governance and Control, Director of Control and Information at Rijkswaterstaat for two years, and as a Director at the Leiden University.

Eva Klein Schiphorst - Royal HaskoningDHV

Schiphorst has been appointed by Royal HaskoningDHV as Business Unit Director, based in the Netherlands. The new position, which includes responsibility for a team of approximately 300 professionals, will see her almost 30 years of experience in the public sector leveraged to strengthen the firm’s expertise in the area of public buildings. She will begin in the role from mid-May, succeeding Peter Kelder who leaves the firm.

Remarking on the appointment of Schiphorst, Marije Hulshof, Director Business Line Industry & Buildings, remarks, “Royal HaskoningDHV is already well-known on the public buildings market, including healthcare, education and railway stations. Far-reaching changes are appearing in rapid succession: sustainability, efficiency and ease of use are of crucial importance in the design, development and management of buildings. In light of our renewed strategy, we are increasingly focused on strengthening our team and on innovation. The arrival of Eva as a key figure in this market is proof of this and a real boost for our company. Her profile as a results-oriented connector who feels perfectly at home in the public arena is a perfect fit with our ambitions."

Schiphorst reflects, "The next step in my career at Royal HaskoningDHV is consistent with my personal vision that knowledge transfer between the public and private sector is tremendously important. The mutual exchange of talent can contribute to a better understanding and better service delivery. This, together with the international scope, and the innovative and sustainable profile of Royal HaskoningDHV mean that I very much look forward to my new challenge."

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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.