BDO appoints new Partner to Midlands team

19 March 2019 2 min. read
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The UK wing of consulting and auditing firm BDO has installed a new Partner in its Midlands office. Paul Fenner joins the firm’s real estate and construction team, bringing 25 years of experience to the role.

2019 represents a key year of growth for global accounting and advisory firm BDO. With the purchase of Moore Stephens, BDO has leapfrogged Grant Thornton as the UK’s fifth largest professional services firm, creating an entity with a gross annual revenue of approximately £600 million in the process.

BDO is now the UK’s largest accountancy firm specialising in entrepreneurially-spirited mid-sized businesses. The merger has also seen notable growth in the firm’s regional presences, including the enlarged office the firm holds in the West Midlands, with more than 400 people based there at present.

BDO appoints new Partner to Midlands team

As the professional services firm looks to drive growth across its regional outlets, BDO has appointed a new Partner to lead its real estate and construction team in the Midlands. Paul Fenner has more than 25 years’ audit experience, ranging from working with fast-growth and owner-managed businesses to multinational listed companies.

Fenner joined BDO as a result of the firm’s merger with Moore Stephens, having headed up the firm’s national practice for the real estate and construction sectors. He will now fulfil the same role from BDO’s Birmingham office at Two Snowhill. He has also been appointed to lead the firm’s construction team nationally.

Prior to his latest roles, Fenner was an Audit Director at Grant Thornton, where he spent six years of his career. Before that, he spent the same amount of time with Big Four firm Deloitte, becoming a Senior Audit Manager before leaving for new challenges in 2009. Fenner remains a Board Member with the BESS Built Environment Skills in Schools, a role he has held for the last three years.

Commenting on his appointment, Fenner said, “I am looking forward to leading the firm’s presence in the Midlands’ real estate and construction sector. As an enlarged firm we have considerable expertise in the market and have valuable experience in working alongside a variety of companies, ranging in size and specialism. Using my knowledge of the sector in the region, I look forward to working with the BDO team and making a positive impact on the companies that are so crucial to the backbone of our economy and infrastructure.”