UHY Hacker Young appoints new Partner in Nottingham

20 March 2019 Consultancy.uk

UHY Hacker Young has appointed Andrew Timms as a new Partner in its Nottingham office. Timms brings more than two decades of auditing experience to the professional services firm, and has spent time with PKF Cooper Parry and Big Four firm Deloitte over the course of his career.

The UHY Hacker Young Group is a Top 20 Group of UK accounting and consulting professionals, with over 100 Partners and 540 professional staff operating from 23 offices across the UK. Since its founding in London in 1925, the firm has offered a broad range of services for owners of family businesses, including book-keeping and auditing, tax compliance and advice, corporate recovery and company secretarial services.

The Nottingham office of auditing and advisory firm UHY Hacker Young is a key hub within the company’s broader UK operation. As its clients across the region face an uncertain 2019, with the sword of Damocles that is Brexit still dangling above the economy, the firm is keen to enhance its capacity to offer leading commercial advice to a growing number of East Midlands businesses.

UHY Hacker Young appoints new Partner in Nottingham

To that end, the professional services firm has strengthened its audit offering with the addition of Andrew Timms to the Nottingham team. In his new role, Timms will look to strengthen the audit and business advisory practice, with a particular focus on owner-managed businesses.

Timms – who has more than 20 years of professional service industry experience – has joined UHY from PKF Cooper Parry, where he spent more than 11 years as a Partner. During that time, he focused on advising owner-managed and international businesses, building a portfolio of 55 clients and bringing in a total of £2.3 million in annual fees across all service lines. His clients spanned many sectors, including healthcare, renewables and engineering. Prior to that, Timms spent nearly seven years at Big Four firm Deloitte as a Senior Manager. He is currently also a board member at Nottingham Contemporary.

Timms commented, “I am delighted to have joined UHY’s Nottingham office. We feel there is a gap in the region for straight-forward and value for money advice. The UHY team is perfectly positioned to deliver that and I look forward to helping to get our message out there and helping to cement our position as one of the city’s leading accountancy practices.”

Simon Browning, the Partner in charge of UHY Hacker Young’s Nottingham office, added, “We are delighted to have Andrew on board. He has a wealth of experience in dealing with family and owner-managed businesses, an area we have always been devoted to and will continue to grow, and is perfectly suited to add real value to UHY’s clients. I have no doubt he will be a major asset to the team here in Nottingham.”

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Accenture's Rothco installs new Executive Creative Director

24 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

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.