BDO appoints Jeff Randall and Russell King Independent Non-Executives

27 June 2017

BDO has appointed industry experts Jeff Randall and Russell King to the role of Independent Non-Executives. Randall brings more than 35 years of business journalism skill to the firm, while King has extensive Non-Executive Director and business strategy experience under his belt.

Advisory firm BDO have hired two new industry experts as Independent Non-Executives (INEs) in a big\b to diversify their team, as clients seek to adapt to the disruption of multiple industries.

Jeff Randall spent more than 35 years in journalism, filling prestigious positions at some of the industry’s biggest names over that career. Most recently, he acted as Editor-at-large for the Telegraph newspaper between 2005 and 2013 while concurrently anchoring 'Jeff Randall Live' four times weekly on Sky News between 2007-14, before stepping back from full-time media duties to pursue new projects. Earlier in his career, he also worked as the BBC business editor between 2001 and 2005, and City editor of the Sunday Times between 1989 and 1993.

Beyond journalism, he was previously a Non-Executive Director at Babcock International, and is also an incumbent Director at the Sandown Park racecourse. A beneficiary of honorary doctorates by Anglia Ruskin University, Nottingham University and BPP University College, Randall holds a degree in Economics from Nottingham University, where he remains a member of the institution’s council.

Russell King meanwhile recently held various board and advisory level positions for businesses across the UK, among others, including Non-Executive Director at Aggreko, Non-Executive Chairman at Hummingbird Resources, Non-Executive Director at Spectris, Fellow at Windsor Leadership, Non-Executive Chairman at Sepura, and Chairman at Sorrett Advisors.

King, who holds a Bachelor of Arts from Durham University and attended the Harvard Business School, spent his earlier career in high-level business strategy, turnaround, HR and people development roles, at a number of companies including Anglo American, where he was Chief Strategy Officer and Group Head of HR, Business Development and Sustainable Development; and ICI, where he held various roles of increasing seniority.

Jeff Randall and Russel King - BDO

BDO has also appointed Randall and King to the role of INE at the middle-market professional services firm. The appointment sees considerable independent experience added to the top rungs of the firm’s governance as it seeks to compete in a dynamic business environment – the company faces risks, and opportunities, from the effects of Brexit as well as more fundamental changes, from technology to compliance, across the globe.

The appointments, which are effective from 1 July, see the number of INEs at the firm boosted to three; the two join Simon Figgis, who has been in the role since 2013.

Commenting on the appointments, Mark Bomer, Senior Partner at BDO, said, “The world in which we live and work is changing at rapid speed. Developments in technology, regulation and globalisation, combined with an uncertain relationship with the EU and the ever-increasing war on talent, means that many of the boundaries that once governed the way organisations do business are changing or disappearing altogether.”

The appointment of Randall and King are in part to fill a space left by Lesley MacDonagh, who is stepping down from the role of INE following a nine-year tenure, and Bomer added, “Lesley has made an outstanding contribution over many years, drawing on her deep understanding of professional services and wider business experience to support and positively challenge the leadership team to think and act differently. We thank Lesley for the exceptional advice and guidance she has given us during the last nine years and we are sorry to see her go.”


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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.