Former McKinsey partner Nick Brown joins Eden McCallum

22 January 2019

Nick Brown, formerly a partner at McKinsey & Company, has joined Eden McCallum’s partnership in London. “We are thrilled to have him on board,” said Liann Eden, one of Eden McCallum’s two co-founders. 

In the past two decades, Nick Brown worked in the United States for several financial services and real estate companies. Prior to taking on his role at Eden McCallum, he served Plum, a financer for the commercial real estate industry, as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that, Brown was the Strategy Director of New York headquartered asset manager PineBridge Investments, and worked over seven years for global insurance company AIG, latterly as Chief Administrative Officer of the Alternative Investments business. Previously, he held roles at real estate companies SelectLeaders and Tishman Speyer.

Brown moved to the US when he was a partner at McKinsey & Company. After beginning his career as a Chartered Accountant at PwC in the UK, he joined McKinsey and became a Partner in the firm’s London office. Then, he moved to the US to help develop McKinsey’s New Jersey office, and later on also worked from McKinsey’s New York and San Francisco offices. At the strategy consultancy, Brown worked primarily with financial services companies, but also served clients in healthcare, energy and retail.

Former McKinsey partner Nick Brown joins Eden McCallum

In his new role at Eden McCallum, a firm that matches independent consultants with clients – positioning itself as a challenger consultancy to top-tier incumbents – Brown has been appointed Managing Partner. He will be based in the firm’s London offices and will work with Eden McCallum’s team internationally in the Netherlands, Switzerland and the US. Eden McCallum Founding Partner Liann Eden remarked, “Nick’s experience will be of huge value in continuing to grow the firm as a disruptor in professional services.”

Commenting on his new challenge, Brown said: “I have followed Eden McCallum’s progress with interest and admiration from the beginning, as they developed a new model of consulting and built the leading firm in the space. I’m excited to help drive the next stage of growth.”

Brown’s appointment comes shortly after Eden McCallum UK also added former Strategy& consultant Jack Woodhouse to its team.

According to a recent survey by Eden McCallum among UK executives, with fewer than 70 days to go until the UK completes its exit from the EU, more than a quarter of leaders are now “very pessimistic” about the prospects of the UK economy.


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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.