Sue Almond joins Grant Thornton as Head of Assurance

10 September 2015

Sue Almond has re-joined Grant Thornton as Head of Assurance. In her new role for the firm, at which she had a 21 year history, Almond will work with the firm’s leadership to consider the social and commercial responsibilities firms have in their wider social and economic environment.

Sue Almond joined Grant Thornton UK in 1988, where over her 21 years at the firm she worked her way up to the level of National Assurance partner. In 2009 Almond changed her surroundings, joining Kreston International in the role of Director of Quality and Professional Standards. After two years she moved to the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) to take on the role of Technical Director, before being promoted to the role of the firm’s Director of External Affairs in 2014. In her last role at ACCA, Almond led a team whose aim was to make clear to the public, policy makers and employers, the added value to society brought about by professional certified accountants. 

Almond holds a Bachelor degree in Mathematics from Durham University.

Sue Almond - Grant Thornton

Almond will re-join Grant Thornton as Head of Assurance, to be based at the firm’s London office. In her role, Almond will work closely with the firm’s leadership on promoting and achieving quality and excellence in what the firm offers, as well as consider the social and commercial responsibilities organisations have in the broader social and economic fabric.

Commenting on the appointment, Paul Etherington, Quality and Professional Affairs Leader at Grant Thornton UK, says: “Providing best-in-class assurance services is vital to the wider restoration of trust and integrity in public markets. […] Sue’s considerable experience, coupled with her dynamic skill-sets and unwavering professionalism, go right to the heart of what Grant Thornton stands for and we look forward to welcoming her back to the firm.”

Almond adds: “Grant Thornton has always been a dynamic organisation, but has really distinguished itself in recent years for its unique approach to working with clients and innovative thinking. The firm is in a compelling position to help reshape the UK’s economic agenda, and I look forward to progressing the opportunity for assurance services to play a greater part in doing so.”


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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.