RSM appoints four new Partners to boost UK tax offering

17 April 2019

Global auditing and consulting firm RSM has boosted its London tax team by bringing in four new Partners. Duncan Nott, Phil Partington, Keith Thomas and Melanie Reed have each spent decades in the sector, bringing a wealth of experience to the office.

RSM, the world’s sixth-largest network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms, currently encompasses 116 countries, 750 offices and 40,000 people across the globe. The last year has seen the network collectively deliver on a strategy focused on RSM’s people, clients and future-led innovative thinking. In Europe, the firm’s progress was particularly pronounced, with revenue growth more than doubling from 2017 figures to hit 12%.

As RSM looks to build on a successful year and bolster its offering for a busy 2019, it has undergone a hiring spree, alongside a spate of internal promotions. The firm’s offices in Basingstoke and East Anglia were among those to have seen new talent arrive in recent months. Now, the mid-tier firm has announced the addition of four new Partners to its London-based tax practice.

RSM appoints four new Partners to boost UK tax offering

Nott, a Transfer Pricing Partner, moves from BDO where he was a transfer pricing director after spending more than eight years with the firm. Throughout his career, he has specialised in helping clients understand their value chain and build effective transfer pricing policies. Nott also previously spent more than six years at Big Four firm PwC.

Partington, meanwhile, is a specialist in expatriate tax, arriving at RSM after four years with MHA MacIntyre Hudson, where he was Tax Director. Partington will work in RSM’s employer solutions tax group, bringing 20 years of experience in the profession, having held roles at Frank Hirth, BDO, KPMG and Deloitte.

Thomas has spent 27 years at partner level and will focus on driving growth for large corporate groups, bringing the insights of 40 years of industry experience. He previously headed EY’s FTSE 100 Tax group of partners until 2011. He most recently spent time as a Managing Director in the UK tax practice of Alvarez & Marsal

Reed, who has relocated from RSM’s Bury St Edmunds office to take up the position in London, is currently the firm’s national leader of its corporate tax team. She has worked with RSM for almost five years, following a stint with Scratton Bland, where she was a Tax Partner. Prior to that, Reed also held senior roles at Grant Thornton during a career spanning two decades.

“From a technical and service perspective, RSM has never been in a better place to offer our clients commercially minded tax advisory services," Reed said. "I am excited about the opportunities we have to add real value to clients and continue to grow the London practice.”


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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.