RSM appoints Partners in London and Birmingham offices

20 September 2018 3 min. read
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RSM has bolstered its regulatory and technological offerings in the UK with the addition of two EY alumni. David Rowling arrives as a Partner in Birmingham, focusing on the firm’s technology consultancy offering, while Paul Jennings becomes a Partner in RSM’s London locale, with a focus on risk and compliance.

Global mid-market professional services network RSM has 35 offices across the UK, and has been steadily expanding in recent years. Last year, the firm saw revenues increasing by 9% to £319 million on the last financial year, ending 31 March 2017, while RSM further supplemented its organic growth with the acquisition of Explore Consulting, boosting its NetSuite capabilities in the process. Moving forward, the firm is looking to meet its growing demand, particularly in regards to regulation and technological transformation, by boosting its Partner headcount in the UK.

David Rowling has been drafted in as a new Partner at RSM, with a view to strengthening the firm's national Technology & Management Consulting (TMC) service line. Based in the firm’s Birmingham office, Rowling is a specialist in advising businesses on Digital/IT strategy, having spent most of his career in IT director roles in large and mid-market organisations. He has particular experience within high growth businesses, including IT restructuring following mergers and acquisitions.

He first arrived in the consulting industry 23 years ago, leaving a Project Manager position with foods giant Cadbury Schweppes for a role with EY in 1995. Rowling spent five years with the Big Four firm as a Management Consultant, before exiting to take up a succession of IT and Project Director roles at a number of companies, including the Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Addo Food Group and Countryside. His most recent appointment was as a Business Change Director at Admiral Taverns.

RSM appoints Partners in London and Birmingham offices

Chris Knowles, Partner and national head of Technology & Management Consulting at RSM, commented, “I'm delighted to welcome David to the team. He is very well connected and respected in the market and his arrival will bring a step change to our IT strategy and related services. Many of our clients are grappling with how to create an effective IT strategy to support their growth plans and we want to be their first port of call for these services.”

Paul Jennings meanwhile arrived at RSM as a Financial Services Risk Assurance Partner, in the firm’s London office. Jennings has been appointed from Tori Global, where he was most recently the company’s head of regulatory compliance, and brings a strong record in financial services. Over the course of a career spanning two decades, Jennings was also a Senior Associate for the Financial Conduct Authority, and a former Senior Manager at EY. In 2009, he spent a year with Big Four competitor KPMG as a Senior Consultant, before taking a series of roles with Société Générale.

In his new role, he will support RSM’s clients in regulatory, risk and compliance requirements, with a focus on governance, systems and controls, the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR), Anti Money Laundering (AML), skilled persons reports and across wider risk assurance matters.

David Fenton, Head of Financial Services at RSM, said of his arrival, “We are delighted for Paul to join the team and build our risk and regulatory offering. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the financial services sector that will provide significant benefit to our clients.”