KPMG appoints West as new Liverpool head

11 December 2017 Consultancy.uk

Global professional services giant KPMG has announced the appointment of a new head at its Liverpool office. Euan West, who assumes the role of the outgoing Chris Fry, will take charge of the location at the turn of the year, as KPMG works to meet growing demand in the North West of England.

Euan West is currently the head of clients and growth for KPMG's National Markets business in the UK, working with a number of listed businesses including ASOS, PageGroup, SIG and KCOM. A member of the firm's National Markets leadership team, West presently sits on the organisation's Investment Review Board, alongside leading the firm's digital transformation programme across its regional business. He joined the Big Four group’s Leeds office in 2002, working his way to the position of Partner by 2011. Prior to life at KPMG, West worked his way to the rank of Senior Consultant at HMI Group over the course of a five year stint at the financial recruitment firm.

At present, KPMG works with companies across Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales including B&M, Liverpool FC and the Contact Company. The firm’s 95-strong Liverpool office is led by a Partner and Director group of ten senior professionals. West will head the office, becoming the Senior Partner from January 1st 2018, as he takes the reins from incumbent Senior Partner Chris Fry. Fry leaves the post after six years, although he will extend his 20 year tenure with the firm, continuing to work across the North West region as a KPMG tax partner, leading some of the firm's major accounts.

Euan West

West said of his new appointment, "It's a fantastic privilege to be taking over the leadership of such a talented team at a time when Merseyside continues to build its reputation as an exceptional place in which to do business. The strength of the city region's traditional industries is matched by a raft of exciting growth sectors and an ambitious community of entrepreneurial start-ups, so I'm really excited about being able to play a part in shaping their future success.”

Chris Hearld, North region chairman for KPMG, added, "With Liverpool having the second fastest growing economy outside of London, it's an exciting time for the city region and there's a wealth of opportunity out there. I know that Euan will lead the office with passion, building on the great success we achieved under Chris Fry's leadership."

Merseyside is becoming an increasingly attractive proposition for the consulting industry, with a number of firms presently looking to grow their role in the region. Recently, Grant Thornton chose Liverpool as the pilot location for the firm’s new G service, aimed at small businesses in the city, while earlier in 2017, Ramboll won a bidding war to manage a £50 million project to develop a new cruise terminal facility in the city.

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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.