Thomas Linton joins financial services BCS Consulting from PwC

08 February 2018 Consultancy.uk

London-based boutique consultancy BCS has hired former PwC employee Thomas Linton. As a consultant at BCS, Linton will leverage his experience in Risk Consulting to help clients in the financial services industry cope with uncertain times, as the UK and European economies go through a potentially volatile period of change.

As negotiations for Brexit enter a new phase in 2018, uncertainty still surrounds the British market place regarding post-EU life and business, provoking members of Europe’s current financial capital to plan for the worst, and leading the Bank of England to forecast an exit of some 75,000 jobs from the UK financial sector. Meanwhile, landmark regulatory overhauls such as the GDPR mean that financial institutions will be particularly hard hit by compliance expenses. Both these factors have seen the financial services sector increasingly turning to the consulting industry for guidance on how to best navigate this new regulatory environment.

One firm preparing for a busy 2018 thanks to these growing anxieties in London’s financial sector is BCS. The firm, founded in 2001, is a management consultancy which works exclusively with clients in banking and financial services. The consultancy’s portfolio includes a varied and interesting range of multinational and UK banks, smaller banks, insurance firms and payment and card companies, and the London-based firm are regularly engaged by world leading financial services businesses to bring about effective change within their organisations.

Thomas Linton, consultant at BCS Consulting

In order to expand their team of experts, and better cope with client demand, which is expected to increase exponentially this year, BCS has completed the hire of former PwC employee Thomas Linton. Linton last worked for the Big Four firm as a Senior Associate, a role he fulfilled for two years, before leaving in January 2018. During that time, he gained experience in Operational Risk Modelling, Scenario Analysis, Data Collection, Analysis and Evaluation, among other skills – all of which he will be expected to draw upon in his new role.

Prior to being a Senior Associate in PwC’s Risk Consulting team, Linton spent a year at the firm as an Associate Management Consultant. He arrived at the professional services giant in 2014, fresh from obtaining a Master of Science degree in Risk Management, from Nottingham University Business School. Outside of his career, Linton is also a trained football referee, and officiated over junior and adult matches in Cheshire for the English Football Association between 2006 and 2008.

Now, Linton has completed a move to BCS Consulting, where he will work as a consultant. His main focus for the boutique Financial Services consultancy is around Operational Risk and Conduct Risk within financial services firms. 

Commenting on his arrival via LinkedIn, Linton said, “Today was my final day at PwC, it's been a great 4 years working with some awesome people! Onwards and upwards to BCS Consulting, excited for the new challenge...”

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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.