Chris Allen joins Axis Corporate UK wing from Capgemini Invent

27 September 2018

In response to a digitalising financial services market, Axis Corporate has hired a new Digital Director to its UK wing. Chris Allen arrives at the firm from the newly rebranded Capgemini Invent, where he was most recently a Principal in the firm’s Digital Banking team.

Axis Corporate is a global consulting firm which focuses on financial services, insurance, real estate, energy, technology and telecom – in the UK, the consultancy serves exclusively the financial services industry. As financial entities bid to adapt to a new age of digitally driven competition, and seek to disrupt the market for themselves by tapping into innovative technologies coming to prominence, Axis is working to better support its client base. To that end, the management consultancy has tapped Chis Allen as its new Digital Director.

Chris Allen takes up the role in Axis Corporate’s London office, bringing more than a decade of consulting experience with him in order to meet rising demand for digital implementation and delivery from Axis’ clients. Allen specialises in working collaboratively with clients to deliver high-value digital transformation programmes and combining this with deep financial services domain expertise. He will report to Daniel Meere, Managing Director, and will have a national and global remit with Axis Corporate.

Chris Allen joins Axis Corporate UK wing from Capgemini Invent

Allen arrives from moved Capgemini Consulting, shortly after the consulting wing of the professional services network was rebranded as part of the new multi-faceted Capgemini Invent offering. During his six year stint with Capgemini, Allen was most recently a Principal in its Digital Banking team. In this capacity, he advised both fintechs and incumbent financial services businesses on how to thrive in the digital economy – focusing on digital proposition design, open banking strategy, and complex programme delivery. This saw him work with clients such as Barclays, Bank of Ireland, Deutsche Bank, Wonga (which required assistance with regulatory compliance). Prior to that, he worked his way up at the firm from Consultant to Senior Consultant and Managing Consultant.

Before his time with Capgemini Invent, Allen spent two years in HSBC’s Global Management Office, where he worked to deliver value to the European banking market – having led business delivery for UK’s first FCA authorised fintech lending product, advised on early adoption Digital Operating Models and comprehensive Proposition renewal for a Leading European Bank. He holds a degree in Economics with Economic History from the University of York.

Commenting on the move, Daniel Meere, Managing Director, Axis Corporate, said, “Chris is a highly respected expert with specialist know-how in bank/FinTech partnerships and ecosystems and has a great track record of delivering innovative change with lasting results. Chris’s skillset will provide leadership to our growing team, as it continues to provide digital solutions to clients in Financial Services.”

Chris Allen added, “I am excited about working with Daniel and the rest of the UK team to grow our delivery footprint and extend the impact we are having with clients and their customers.  Axis Corporate is highly differentiated in a competitive market – with true subject matter expertise, active and deep fintech partnerships, and a real challenger mindset. I am confident that I can support the team build on these to achieve our goal of being the UK’s number one challenger consultancy.”


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.