Chris Petts and James Bulloss promoted by Grant Thornton UK

11 February 2019

Grant Thornton UK has announced the promotion of two professionals across its regional wings. Chris Petts and James Bulloss have been appointed as Partner and Director in the North East and Yorkshire respectively.

Despite a year of difficult headlines for the advisory and accounting firm, Grant Thornton brought in record revenues from its focus on mid-market clients in 2018. With the firm seeing a boost to global revenues of 9.4%, hitting $5.45 billion, it also enjoyed a successful year for its advisory team in Yorkshire and the North East. In order to reward the hard work which saw it expand its impact in the region, Grant Thornton UK has announced the promotions of Chris Petts and James Bulloss to Partner and Director respectively.

Chris Petts brings 20 years of experience with Grant Thornton to his new position, having built a strong reputation as a mid-market advisor during that two-decade tenure. A North East native, prior to his spell at Grant Thornton, Petts spent two years as an Audit Executive with Newcastle-based Binder Hamlyn & Arthur Andersen. As a Partner with Grant Thornton, he will extend his responsibilities and regional footprint to lead Grant Thornton’s Restructuring and Debt Advisory practice across Yorkshire, as well as in the North East.

Chris Petts and James Bulloss promoted by Grant Thornton UK

James Bulloss arrived at the firm in 2006, and in the nearly 13 years since, has worked on multiple high-impact projects, including spending over a year as a Business Support Secondee with Barclays Bank. As Director, he will work alongside Petts and the expanding Restructuring and Debt Advisory team, supporting clients as they adapt to the changes facing the market. Bulloss will have a specific focus on growing business in Sheffield, where the firm has made significant investments into a new city-centre office and is now the largest international accountancy firm in the city.

Commenting on the promotions, Andy Wood, Managing Partner for the North and Midlands, said, “It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce Grant Thornton’s latest senior promotions. Chris and James have a combined service of close to 32 years and their wealth of expertise will be of great support to our valued clients during this period of uncertainty and great opportunity.”

He added, “In joining Richard Goldsack and Dan Rosinke as an Advisory Partner, Chris will enhance our strong, experienced and ambitious full-service advisory team in Yorkshire and the North East, and both Chris and James will be instrumental in growing our business further.”

Related: Grant Thornton volunteers support Sheffield youth charity.


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Accenture's Rothco installs new Executive Creative Director

24 April 2019

Jen Speirs is set to take over from Alan Kelly as the Executive Creative Director of Accenture Interactive-owned agency Rothco. Speirs arrives as Kelly takes up the role of Chief Creative Officer at the firm.

Rothco is a full-service creative agency based in Dublin. Founded in 1995, the firm contains more than 150 strategic, creative, technology, design, project management and production professionals located in Ireland’s capital city. The agency strategically plans, designs and produces powerful communications campaigns across Europe for numerous iconic brands, including Tesco, Heineken and Lyons. Internationally recognised for its prowess in the sector, Rothco notably found success at the Cannes Lions awards in both 2015 and 2016.

Such success inevitably drew the eye of Accenture during its extended spending spree to strengthen its digital design and advertising offerings, housed under the Accenture Interactive moniker. A year after purchasing Rothco, Accenture Interactive has since continued this push into the advertising space, acquiring New York and London-based agency Droga5 earlier this month, and adding illustrious clients such as HBO, Amazon and The New York Times to its roster of clients. Despite its purchase, Rothco has also been undergoing its own period of change, however.

With the news that long-term incumbent Alan Kelly had won a promotion from his position as Executive Creative Director (ECD), the agency commenced a hunt for his replacement. Kelly joined Rothco nine years ago as a Copywriter, and has now worked his way up to the role of Chief Creative Officer. Assuming that office, he will pass on his previous role to Jen Speirs, who exits BMF Australia, relocating half way around the world to fill the vacancy.

Accenture's Rothco installs new Executive Creative Director

Speirs was appointed BMF’s Deputy Executive Creative Director in March 2018, having joined BMF as a creative director in 2016 from her previous role at Foxtel, where she was a Freelance Creative Director. Following her arrival at BMF, she worked across brands such as McDonald’s, Carefree, Arnott’s, Berlei, TAL, Bonds, BWS, UN Women and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, while her work has picked up awards at NY Festivals, Clio, AWARD, Cannes, Effies, Media Federation, Caples, and Spikes Asia. Speirs also worked at DDB Sydney as Creative Director for six years, with clients such as Telstra, Lipton and Johnson & Johnson.

Commenting on her new challenge, Speirs said, "When I look at a lot of Rothco's work, like JFK Unsilenced, the #takenotice breast cancer campaign on the Molly Malone Statue, Sleeping Flags – it all has that perfect combination of creativity, innovation and craft… So the opportunity to go and be a part of that, and work with the awesome people I’ve met so far, was far too good to say no to. I can’t wait to get over there and get stuck in.”

Remarking on Speirs’ arrival, Kelly added, "I am chuffed we have poached someone as incredibly talented as Jen Speirs. I think it’s a testament to the work we are doing in Rothco that we are attracting world-class talent like Jen to these shores. Jen is a super addition to the team as she is both gifted and decent, two qualities we always look for when we hire. I also may have told her that Dublin's weather is pretty much the same as Sydney's – hopefully, she hasn't fact-checked this yet."

Related: Accenture's push into the creative sector is an identity crisis.