Tom Macfarlane joins Life Sciences arm of management consultancy Chaucer

06 August 2018

Chaucer Consulting has welcomed a new Associate Partner to its London Life Sciences practice, in the shape of industry veteran Tom Macfarlane. Arriving from Accenture, Macfarlane is tasked with wedding new technologies and methodologies in the R&D department of one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, a long-term Chaucer client.

As the National Health Service continues to seek out savings opportunities while the government remains reluctant to up spending on the institution, and as health insurance and pharmaceutical costs threaten to spike in the near future, consulting firms are in demand in both the private and public sector to help the health industry negotiate the issues of the day.

London-headquartered consultancy Chaucer celebrated its 30th anniversary in business last year, having spent three decades helping some of the world’s largest organisations with transformation programmes. Throughout that history, Chaucer has worked to support the life sciences sector in particular, as the continuously changing industry has called for external expertise in helping understand the challenges that new technologies and demographic shifts throw up. As a result, Chaucer employs experienced consultants working from hubs in Europe and the US who work side-by-side with our clients to deliver results-driven programs across the drug continuum and corporate functions.

Tom Macfarlane joins Life Sciences arm of management consultancy Chaucer

As the firm looks to bolster its UK wing of its Life Sciences offering, the consultancy has announced the appointment of Tom Macfarlane to it’s the practice. Coming from a combined neuroscience, drug development and information technology background, Macfarlane has spent some 15 years working at the forefront of both clinical and digital innovation, having worked with the pharmaceutical industry, national medicines regulators and Big Tech firms in that time.

Following a lengthy career in the industry of Life Sciences itself, during which Macfarlane worked for the BG Group, Ceremedx and Ipsen, before transitioning into consulting work in 2012, with Parexel. After two years as a Senior Consultant with the firm, Macfarlane joined Accenture, spending four years with the consulting giant’s European and US Life Sciences wing, latterly as a Director. He is currently a Peer Reviewer for J. Therapeutic Innovation & Regulatory Science, and a National Information Board Member for the UK Department of Health, both positions which he will hold onto alongside his latest engagement.

In his new role as an Associate Partner at Chaucer, Macfarlane will assume programme-wide responsibility for bringing together new technologies and thinking within the R&D segment of one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies.

Commenting via LinkedIn, Michael Whitworth, Head of Life Sciences at Chaucer Consulting, said of the client in question, “Chaucer’s trusted relationship with this ground-breaking client has allowed them to act at the intersection between internal and external innovation, enabling a culture in which the best ideas – including advances in natural language processing, robotic process automation and machine learning – tested, implemented and allowed to flourish.”

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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.