Baker Tilly boosts IT advisory team with George Walker

13 July 2015 Consultancy.uk

George Walker has been appointed to Baker Tilly’s Technology Consulting team as Associate Director. In his new role, he will be charged with developing the firm’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) offering, to which he will bring his long experience at Aggreko as the company’s Group ERP & Financial Systems Manager.

George Walker joins Baker Tilly from Aggreko, a company where he worked for 12 years as Group ERP & Financial Systems Manager. At Aggreko, Walker provided programme management, process improvement & solution implementation support to Aggreko's global business. Between 2000 and 2003, Walker worked for Exult as European IT Development Manager. Prior to this, he was a Senior Manager at EY’s ISAAS in Glasgow, from 1996 to 2000, and Finance Manager for National Australia Group, from 1993 to 1996. Walker started his career at KPMG in 1987, starting as an audit trainee and working his way up to Manager over a period of six years. 

In 2013, Walker became a Non-Exec Director to sportscotland, a role he still fulfils. He holds a Bachelor degree in Accountancy from the University of Glasgow, and is an ICAS qualified chartered accountant.

George Walker - Baker Tilly

As Associate Director, Walker will be charged with developing the firm’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) offering, assisting clients with IT strategy reviews, system selection and implementation. His long experience at Aggreko saw him roll out the company’s ERP solution will be deployed for the firm.

Commenting on the appointment, Robert Ross, UK head of Consulting for Baker Tilly, says: “We are investing significantly in our consulting practice to meet client demand and I am absolutely delighted to welcome George […] on board. George has an excellent understanding of the needs and challenges of companies looking to implement or upgrade ERP systems. Importantly, these new hires mean we are now able to offer a full suite of consulting services to the Scottish market – along with a strengthened ability to deliver IT risk and assurance services to our clients.”

The hire of Walker was announced with the hire of Dougie Graham as associate director of the firm’s business consulting team.

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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.