Knight Frank appoints new head of building consultancy in Scotland

27 July 2018

Consulting firm Knight Frank has appointed a new leader for its building consultancy in Scotland as the firm looks to grow in the region. Arriving from Canada-headquartered global commercial real estate services firm Colliers, Richard Whitfield will work from Knight Frank’s Edinburgh office.

2018 has been a challenging year for the construction sector. Following the collapse of outsourcing firm Carillion at the start of the year, a number of firms have since teetered on the brink of administration, while the sector as a whole looks to the professional services industry for support in avoiding a similar fate.

In response to mounting demand, and the changing needs of clients in the sector, consulting firm Knight Frank has appointed a new head of its building consulting wing in Scotland. Richard Whitfield will be based in the firm's Edinburgh office, having joined from Colliers, where he led the surveying team for more than 10 years. In total, Whitfield has over 20 years of experience in consulting, having worked on instructions for the public and private sectors dealing with all aspects of construction and due diligence.

Knight Frank appoints new head of building consultancy in Scotland

In a bid to drive growth in the region, Whitfield will lead a team of surveyors in three offices across Scotland and will aim to expand the building surveying and project management offering. In line with the rest of the UK, Scotland’s construction sector has seen a number of notable administrations in 2018, pushing many more firms toward seeking external expertise to boost their performance in coming months, or to restructure debts.

Commenting on his appointment, Whitfield said, “An effective building consultancy and surveying team allows us to offer a fully integrated service to current and prospect clients, enabling us to advise on all aspects of commercial property requirements, from initial surveying, through to refurbishments and an eventual exit strategy. I look forward to supporting growth within the team across the region in line with the firm’s national strategy.”

Charles Ingram Evans, Knight Frank's head of UK Building Consultancy and Project Management, added, “Richard has a thorough understanding of the commercial property landscape across Scotland and the UK and is highly regarded both by his peers and clients. He will be a huge asset to the team and we are delighted to have him on board.”

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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.