KPMG appoints cybersecurity expert David Ferbrache as Chief Technology Officer

04 January 2018

KPMG has promoted government cybersecurity and company veteran to the role of Chief Technology Officer. In the new role, he will focus on oversight of the firm’s various cybersecurity related initiatives, among a range of other functions.

David Ferbrache joined KPMG in 2013, rising to his most recent role as Director Cyber Defence Services in 2016. He previously held the role of Technical Director Cybersecurity and Special Adviser Cyber Security. Prior to that, he was a civil servant, working at the UK Ministry of Defence since 1997, in roles of increasing seniority. Most recently, between 2012 and 2013, he was Head of Cyber & Space, following a year and three months as Head of Cyber Policy and Plans. Before joining the MoD, he worked as a Technical Director for the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency.

Ferbrache holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Heriot-Watt University and a Master of Business Administration in Business Administration and Management from the Open University. He was awarded the OBE for his service to the country’s national security after 9/11.KPMG promotes David Ferbrache to Chief Technology OfficerFerbrache‘s latest promotion sees him take on the role of Chief Technology Officer at the strategy consulting firm. The new role will see him provide oversight on the delivery of technical services across the cyber realm, particularly into financial services clients – including work of the firm’s white hat hacking team.

Regarding the appointment, the firm wrote, “David has over 30 years of experience in technology risk and information security, working at the most senior levels of government to formulate cyber policy, drive programme delivery and lead international engagement. Prior to working for KPMG, David was the Head of Cyber and Space at the Ministry of Defence, and was made an OBE for his contribution to national security.”

Bernard Brown, Vice Chair at KPMG UK said, “As cyber-attacks occur with increasing regularity they are looking for teams who can help them defend and maintain their business in the face of increasing cyber challenges. This has reflected in the growth of our team and over the past few years our cyber security team has grown rapidly.”

Cyber security has become an increasingly pressing issue for companies across the UK. As more companies develop digital footprints, and increased financial and critical infrastructure is vulnerable to hacking, companies are hard pressed to develop ways to mitigate risks. To that end, the UK Government has released various reports and support mechanisms, while professional services firms have added cybersecurity capabilities to support clients across the board with managing their security needs. The difficulty of securing online resources was highlighted recently, with KPMG’s Big Four competitor Deloitte falling victim to a high-level hack of its own in 2017.


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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.