John Cole joins Charles River Associates in London

20 October 2015

The UK Life Sciences Practice of Charles River Associates has added former Accenture and EY consultant John Cole to its team. Cole, who joins the consultancy from Thomson Reuters, will in his new role as principal predominantly focus on clients in the life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors.

With approximately 450 consultants across North America and Europe, Charles River Associates (CRA) is one of the larger consulting firms of the globe. Its European operations is headquartered in London, and works closely with six other offices on mainland Europe.

The London office, located at Bishopsgate, recently boosted its Life Sciences Practice with John Cole, who brings more than 17 years of experience advising large / mid-tier pharmaceutical and biotech companies in areas such as strategy development and implementation. His areas of expertise focus on R&D, performance improvement, operating model design, and innovation management. He also has extensive experience assisting business development and licensing teams. Prior to joining CRA, Cole was the head of the Portfolio and Commercial Practice within the life sciences services business of Thomson Reuters. Before that he among others served Genactis, a research firm specialised in life sciences, and spent more than ten years with Accenture and EY. Cole holds an MSc degree in European Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a MA degree in Modern Languages (French and German) from St. Edmund Hall College, University of Oxford.

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“We’re excited to welcome John. His expertise bolsters our strategy consulting capabilities to assist life science clients with achieving competitive advantage and optimal performance. We are particularly pleased to see continuing growth in our R&D strategy capabilities,” says Greg Bell, Group Vice President and Life Sciences Global Practice Leader.

For CRA’s Life Sciences unit Cole represents the third recent high-profile addition. Earlier this month highlighted the appointments of Andrew Parece and Alex Silver, who joined as a vice president and principal respectively, both based in Boston.

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Grant Thornton UK appoints five new Partners

23 April 2019

Sergio Cardoso, Matt Maltz, Jessica Patel, Marc Roberts and Nick Warner have been appointed as partners at Grant Thornton. With the company undergoing a year of transition under new leadership, the new members will help consolidate the firm’s offering as it looks to reach new levels of growth in 2019.

2019 sees Grant Thornton’s UK wing undergoing a process of transformation. 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. Now, the UK’s sixth-largest auditing and consulting firm has confirmed the installation of a further five Partners across its UK team.

Sergio Cardoso is a long-standing Grant Thornton employee, having joined from Daniel Auerbach & Company – where he was an Accountant – in 2005. Cardoso rose steadily through the ranks since then, taking up his most recent role as Audit and Assurance Director in 2015. In that role, he focused on dynamic, fast-growing and entrepreneurial private companies, as well as multinational and AIM-listed groups. He now takes up the position of Partner in Grant Thornton’s audit practice.

Grant Thornton UK appoints five new Partners

Nick Warner has been appointed as a partner in Grant Thornton’s VAT team based in London. Bringing more than 20 years of experience in tax to the role, Warner joins the firm from Moore Stephens, where he most recently was VAT Partner, during a five-year stay with the firm. Prior to that, Warner was a Partner in VAT at BDO and PKF UK. He also spent five years at HMRC as a Higher Executive Officer.

Matt Maltz is the first of three Partner appointments in Grant Thornton’s real estate tax division. A former EY Partner in real estate tax, Maltz spent 17 years with the Big Four firm. In his new position with Grant Thornton, he will tackle similar client areas, as a Partner in real estate tax.

Jessica Patel has also been promoted as a Partner in the firm’s real estate tax practice, having been with the firm for more than 15 years. Patel joined Grant Thornton as a trainee in 2003. She is a licensed member of both the Association of Tax Technicians and the Chartered Institute of Taxation. As a Partner, Patel will advise a wide variety of clients ranging from UK property investors and developers to overseas investors and property funds.

Marc Roberts is another Big Four alumnus to join Grant Thornton as a Partner. Roberts exited EY to take up his new position, having been an Associate Partner and real estate advisory lead at the company. With more than 25 years of experience in the financial services sector, Roberts also formerly held a Directorship and headed the corporate finance real estate advisory team at fellow Big Four firm PwC.