Professional services firm Green Park hires PwC retail expert

01 October 2018

Executive search and interim management consultancy Green Park has appointed David Oliver as senior retail adviser in its retail and consumer practice. Oliver was previously Head of Retail Consulting at PwC UK, having spent more than 16 years with the firm.

Established in 2006, executive diversity expert firm Green Park has consistently worked to aid its clients with efficiency, innovation and customer success. The recruitment firm is experiencing high volumes of demand of late, as clients bid to bolster their human resources in anticipation of a rocky road ahead. This is particularly the case in the retail sector, which has seen a tumultuous 2018 in the UK particularly.

In order to meet growing demand in this sector, Green Park has appointed David Oliver as a new Senior Retail Advisor in its retail and consumer practice. The role will see Oliver advise Green Park and its clients on retail industry trends, while leading the development of the next phase of research in Green Park’s ‘DNA Series,’ focusing on understanding ‘the retail executive team of the future’. Green Park’s retail services span executive search, interim executive management and leadership consulting and encompass organisational design, leadership development, diversity and inclusiveness consulting.

Professional services firm Green Park hires PwC retail expert

In a 35-year career as a consultant, focused on the retail and consumer sectors, Oliver has advised a range of leading UK and global consumer businesses on strategic and operational issues. Oliver previously held the post of Head of Retail Consulting at PwC UK, having provided advice to board level clients in the retail and consumer goods industries. He is recognised as an industry thought leader, having been a leading contributor to PwC’s ‘Total Retail’ insights series on the future of multichannel retailing.

Commenting on the appointment, Steve Baggi said, “I’m delighted that David will be supporting the development of our Retail and Consumer Practice. At a time of unprecedented change in the industry, his insight into the opportunities and challenges presented by digital disruption will prove invaluable.  He understands the need for business operating models to evolve and will allow us to sharpen our focus on the current and future leadership and human capital needs of our clients.”

David Oliver himself added, “The people challenge is at the heart of the digital transformation taking place in retail today. A new blend of skills is required and simply replicating what worked in the past is a recipe for failure. That’s why I’m so pleased to have the opportunity to work with Green Park, who have always been at the forefront of anticipating the changing leadership and people needs of their retail and consumer clients.”

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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.