Ben Collett joins Duff & Phelps as Managing Director

04 March 2019 3 min. read
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International consultancy Duff & Phelps has appointed a new Managing Director in its restructuring practice. Ben Collett joins a growing team of senior professionals offering advisory services for corporates across Europe and globally.

While the UK economy continues to languish in a sustained period of slow growth, a succession of high-street closures and a floundering casual dining scene looks set to continue well into 2019. With the conclusion of the Brexit saga due in just four weeks, further turbulence across a multitude of British markets is all but guaranteed in the coming period, and with it, a ramping up of demand for restructuring services offered by consulting firms across the country.

Duff & Phelps is a global advisory firm which aims to help clients protect, restore and maintain the value of their company, and as such is well positioned to take advantage of a growing need for corporate rescue work. In order to bolster its UK restructuring practice, the firm has announced that Ben Collett has joined the firm as a Managing Director. The role will see Collett work across the firm’s Birmingham, Manchester and London offices, focusing on providing advisory services to corporate clients across the UK and Europe.

Ben Collett joins Duff & Phelps as Managing Director

Over the course of his three decades in consulting, Collett has come to specialise in assessing and driving strategic change programs involving restructuring, turnaround, profit improvement and mergers and acquisitions for clients in both underperformance and growth situations. With a background in finance encompassing broad operational, commercial and strategic skills, Collett has worked with private equity, government and listed businesses from mid-corporate size through to FTSE 100, across the globe.

He joins Duff & Phelps from IMI Precision Engineering, where he was the Global Director of Strategic Projects. Before that, he spent 27 years with KMPG, in the Big Four firm’s advisory practice. During his spell at KPMG, he advised corporates, banks and government in the areas of profit improvement, restructuring, transformation, turnaround, operational change, supply chain and working capital management. Collett holds a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Genetics from Kings College, London.

Commenting on the new arrival, Matt Ingram, Managing Director, Duff & Phelps, stated, “Ben is a highly experienced turnaround advisory professional with extensive experience working in the manufacturing and engineering sectors, as well as oil and gas, food and retail, and fast-moving consumer goods. In his new role at Duff & Phelps, he will bring to our corporate clients the benefit of his expertise in early intervention when seeking to protect or restore value.”

Collett added, “I am delighted to be joining the team in what is a truly exciting time for the business. Duff & Phelps has developed a strong reputation in the market based on deep industry expertise. I am very excited about the opportunity to help develop the firm’s restructuring offering and continue to deliver outstanding outcomes for our clients.”