Grant Thornton makes senior financial reporting appointment

26 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

Grant Thornton has appointed a new Senior Financial Reporting Manager to its Milton Keynes office. Harpal Singh has relocated from Grant Thornton’s London office to take up the new role.

2019 sees Grant Thornton’s UK auditing wing undergoing a process of transformation, on the back of a poor year of results in 2018. Having come under scrutiny in recent months following a series of high-profile accounting errors, the firm is looking to consolidate and move forward this year, and has already made a succession of senior appointments across its tax and auditing departments.

As the group looks to ensure its teams “provide the right level of support for profitable growth” and create an environment that “makes it easier for our people to do great work”, the firm has announced a succession of senior appointments across its regional divisions. In February, this saw Chris Petts and James Bulloss named Partner and Director in the North East and Yorkshire respectively, while in March, five Partners were appointed to the company’s London locale.

Grant Thornton makes senior financial reporting appointment

Now, Harpal Singh has relocated from London to join Grant Thornton’s Milton Keynes practice, bringing more than ten years of experience in the industry to the office as a Senior Financial Reporting Manager. As part of his role with Grant Thornton’s special projects team, Singh will launch a new service line which provides external training to senior managers to equip them with the skills they need to drive growth. He will also teach an accounts module for an executive MBA programme run at Cranfield University, which has a joint partnership with Grant Thornton. The course is designed to enhance the skills of entrepreneurs across the region.

In his last role with Grant Thornton, Singh provided financial reporting support and technical guidance to businesses undertaking complex transactions. Prior to that, Singh worked for the Audit Commission, managing the auditing of public sector organisations, including police, fire services and local councils, and quickly became the lead on technical enquiries.

Giles Mullins, Partner at Grant Thornton’s Milton Keynes office and special projects team leader, said, "Today’s businesses are looking for more than just tax, accounting, auditing and transaction support and we are seeing a noticeable increase in demand for more specialist services. We are delighted to welcome Harpal on board and his extensive industry experience will help to ensure businesses develop the skills they need for the future."

Remarking on his new challenge, Singh added, "Milton Keynes is home to a fantastic business community and we are continuing to see local firms prosper. I look forward to working with local organisations to help them build the right foundations to maximise on the opportunities in this thriving market."


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