Ecorys appoints Dutchman Michel van Woesik as Chief Financial Officer

30 March 2018

Michel van Woesik has been named the new Chief Financial Officer of Ecorys, an international research and consulting firm. The new financial director brings over a decade of experience in CFO roles to the firm and is based in Rotterdam.

“Michel’s experience, competences and personality fits very well with who we are and what we do. We are delighted that he is joining us,” said Manon Janssen, CEO of Ecorys. 

Founded in 2000, Ecorys is one of the globe’s oldest economic research and consulting firms. The firm’s heritage goes back to 1929 when a group of economists launched one of its predecessors in the Netherlands. Ecorys in its current form was established in 2000 when two Dutch and British consultancies merged. Today, the professional services group has over 500 consultants and staff across offices in 25 countries.Michel van Woesik, CFO - EcorysMichel van Woesik brings significant knowledge and experience in financial management to the firm. From 2006 to 2016 he worked eight years as CFO and the last two years as CEO for Hoogwegt Group, a Dutch company that is active in the trade of mainly dairy products for industrial applications. In his latter role he led the firm, while in the CFO role he led the endeavours of the finance team and led several large transformations, including a project aimed at boosting risk management and another at improving internal (financial) transparency. Prior to that he was Finance Director of International Flavors & Fragrances and held various finance positions at Philips. 

Van Woesik now leads Ecorys’ finance department with a global mandate, and holds a board role together with Manon Janssen (CEO) and Pieter Taselaar (General Counsel). Commenting on his challenge, the new CFO said “I am honoured to work with the Ecorys team. I am impressed by the drive, ambition and strategy of the organisation and I look forward to play my role in the company.”

In the UK, Ecorys has offices in Birmingham (head office), Leeds and London. The UK arm is led by Darren Jackson (Managing Director), Aydin Ozgul (Programme Management and Communications) and Nicola Smith (Policy and Research).


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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.