Royal HaskoningDHV reshuffles Maritime Business leadership

07 July 2017

Royal HaskoningDHV has reshuffled the leadership within its Maritime Business Unit, following the recent departure of Martijn van den Berk. To compensate for this, the firm have promoted Johan van Voorthuizen to the role of Maritime Business Unit head for Africa, the Middle East and India, and in turn appointed Stuart White as his replacement.

Following the departure of Martijn van den Berk, who left the firm, Royal HaskoningDHV initiated its succession plan for the position – which included the move of Johan van Voorthuizen to the role of Director of the Maritime Business Unit AMEI covering Africa, the Middle East and India. In the new role he will continue to leverage his extensive experience in the segment to drive growth in the segment – which include large scale projects, such as the a logistics park in Saudi Arabia.

Van Voorthuizen joined Royal HaskoningDHV shortly after he completed his Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the Delft University of Technology in 1994. He worked across the firm’s Africa and Asia operation over the following ten years, rising to the role of Project Engineer & Project Manager. In 2004 he was promoted to the role of Director Advisory Group Maritime, before, taking on the Directorship of the Business Unit for Maritime & Waterways, and in 2016, the role of Director Business Unit for Maritime & Aviation.

Johan van Voorthuizen and Stuart White - Royal HaskoningDHV

On his promotion, van Voorthuizen commented, “The recent award of a multi-million dollar maritime assignment in India, and ongoing port projects in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Oman show that there are plenty of opportunities in the AMEI region to explore and capitalise on.”

Stuart White meanwhile, has been elevated to cover van Voorthuizen’s vacant position. In his most recent role at the firm he was Director of UK Maritime Advisory Group, which he held since 2016. He was previously the Director of Advisory Group Haywards Heath at Royal HaskoningDHV for over five years. Earlier in his career he also worked at the company as a Principal Engineer and at High Point Rendel as a Senior Consultant. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering from the University of Liverpool.

White’s relocation will see him take responsibility for around 180 maritime experts, as well as various key projects for which the firm has been commissioned across the globe.

Commenting on the appointment, White said, “Following a career of 20 years with Royal HaskoningDHV, I am really excited about this new challenge. My primary focus will be to build on and grow established successes and to further develop innovative and digital solutions that meet our clients’ changing demands.”

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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.