EY appoints Sir Peter Westmacott to its UK Oversight Committee

26 April 2017 Consultancy.uk

EY has appointed Sir Peter Westmacott to its UK Independent Non-Executive Oversight Committee. He brings more than 40 years of high level experience to the role, and is tasked with overseeing the firm's activity in light of its compliance and public interest obligations. 

Sir Peter Westmacott was most recently the British Ambassador to the US, a coveted role which he held from 2012 until last year. He was previously Ambassador to France, from 2007 until 2012, and Ambassador to Turkey, from 2002 until 2006. His earlier diplomatic career, which spans back four decades, included four years in Iran, an interim deployment to the European Commission in Brussels and serving as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Director for the Americas. Between 1990 and 1993 Westmacott was Deputy Private Secretary to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.

Sir Peter Westmacott - EY

EY has appointed Westmacott to sit on the firm’s UK Independent Non-Executive Oversight Committee. The Committee, which is chaired by INE David Thorburn, reports to the UK Board. Westmacott will be responsible for overseeing EY’s activity in the UK in relation to compliance and public interest matters – which are required by FRC under the Audit Firm Governance Code.

Remarking on the appointment, Steve Varley, EY’s UK Chairman, says, “Sir Peter brings a global perspective with a detailed appreciation of geopolitical and economic developments which will help guide EY through the uncertainty the UK could face over the coming years. Sir Peter will contribute to the way we run our business and help strengthen stakeholder dialogue and confidence."

Westmacott succeeds Sir Richard Lambert who will step down at the end of April. Varley: "I would like to thank Sir Richard Lambert very much for all his hard work, wise counsel and support over the last six years and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”


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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.