Duff & Phelps hires new Managing Director in Birmingham office

26 March 2019 Consultancy.uk

Corporate recovery specialist Duff & Phelps has continued its 2019 recruitment spree with the appointment of a new Managing Director in its Birmingham presence. Tyrone Courtman joins a growing team of senior professionals at the firm as Duff & Phelps continues regional expansion in the Midlands.

Consulting firm Duff & Phelps is a global provider of advisory services that aims to help clients protect, restore and maintain the value of their company; as such, the firm is often called upon to perform corporate rescue work. While the consulting firm is also responding to rising demand in its compliance offering, restructuring work takes up the lion’s share of the headlines concerning Duff & Phelps, particularly as the number of insolvencies in the UK has exploded since 2016. 

In that context, the firm has worked to bolster its team of experts significantly at the start of 2019. Earlier in the year, it hired Andy Murray as a new Managing Director for its compliance and regulatory practice. Close to that, the firm also appointed Ben Collett as a new Managing Director in its restructuring practice.

Duff & Phelps hires new Managing Director in Birmingham office

Now Duff & Phelps has continued its hiring campaign with the arrival of Tyrone Courtman, who will now focus on restructuring advisory services for corporate clients based in the East Midlands. Courtman takes up the position of Managing Director at the firm’s Birmingham office. He brings to the role over 25 years of experience advising lenders, corporates, distressed investors and individuals in complex financial restructuring and recovery situations.

Joining Duff & Phelps from PKF Cooper Parry, Courtman was most recently engaged as Lead Partner of the firm’s business restructuring, recovery and insolvency services practice. A Chartered Accountant, a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner, Courtman also spent four years with Big Four firm PwC earlier in his career. There he reached the position of Manager, before moving on in 1994.

Matt Ingram, Managing Director, Duff & Phelps, stated, “I am pleased to welcome Tyrone to the team based here in Birmingham. His experience and detailed knowledge of the East Midlands will be a significant asset to Duff & Phelps and our clients. Tyrone is the second senior addition to our regional restructuring team this year, continuing the momentum of our growing practice.”

Commenting on his new role, Courtman said, “I am absolutely delighted to be a part of the fast growing, dynamic and entrepreneurial team at Duff & Phelps. I have known the firm and its people for a number of years and have seen the business grow into a market leader in the restructuring and insolvency space. I look forward to contributing to the continuing development of the practice and the firm.”


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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.