Richard Goldsack spurs Grant Thornton Yorkshire growth

21 October 2015

Richard Goldsack joined Grant Thornton from EY last year, after more than 15 years with the Big Four firm. Under his leadership, the Yorkshire-based advisory practice booked strong growth, with Leeds Managing Partner Andy Wood describing Goldsack's contribution as vital.

Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Richard Goldsack spent the vast majority of his career at EY. In his last role at the firm, he was a Partner at EY’s M&A practice in Sydney, a role he held for more than two years starting in 2011. Prior to this, Goldsack was a Director at the firm, first in Melbourne, starting in 2008 and then at its Sydney office, starting in 2009. Other roles held at the firm, include that of Associate Director (2006-2009), Manager (2004-2006) and Executive (2001-2004). Prior to joining EY, Goldsack was an Assurance Executive at Arthur Andersen for three years.

Richard Goldsack and Andy Wood - Grant Thornton

Goldsack's decision to join Grant Thornton’s Leeds office last year saw him return to the UK. In his 17 years’ experience in financial services, he has developed specialisation in both sell-side and buy-side work and deal origination. He has advised entrepreneurs, management teams, corporates and private equity in the full gambit of corporate finance matters. At Grant Thornton, he took on the role of Director, and focuses on the Yorkshire and North East M&A deals market. Goldsack, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics with Human Geography from Loughborough University, in addition provides support for the firm’s North audit, tax and advisory offerings.

Andy Wood, Managing Partner at Grant Thornton’s Leeds office, reflects on Goldsack's impact since joining: "Richard has done terrifically well since joining us just over a year ago. With his extensive experience and strong track record, he has made a vital contribution to the continued success of our Yorkshire-based advisory practice."

Goldsack acknowledges that the last 14 months have "been extremely busy", adding "but we've been fortunate to work with some of the region's most dynamic businesses." Looking ahead he says the outlook is bright: "As the deals landscape continues to strengthen, I'm looking forward to working with many more.”


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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.