Grant Thornton announces three Northern tax team hires

13 July 2021 2 min. read
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Grant Thornton has further stepped up its recruitment in the North of England, with a trio of senior hires. Abigail Davies, Chris Mitchell and Angela Forde have joined the consultancy in its tax wing.

Rachel Engwell, partner and Northern head of tax for Grant Thornton, said, “Access to our global network is a major draw for clients. But many have also told us just how much they value the ability to access specialist tax advice, in-person, in the UK, without jumping on the train to Euston. This demand, and our commitment as a firm to invest in talent, has driven our decision to bolster the Northern tax team; adding experienced professionals with deep expertise in a range of specialisms, to grow our capacity in these service lines.”

Abigail Davies has joined Grant Thornton as an Associate Director. A transfer pricing expert, she has more than two decades of experience gained predominantly through in-house roles within engineering, financial services, and consultancy. 

Grant Thornton announces three Northern tax team hires

Chris Mitchell meanwhile brings a further 15 years of knowhow to Grant Thornton, also joining the team as an Associate Director. As a private client specialist, Mitchell has advisedentrepreneurial clients and owner-managed businesses throughout his career, withexpertise including compliance, advisory and transaction work; exit and succession planning; and group reorganisations and structuring.

Angela Forde is Grant Thornton’s third Northern tax hire. A not-for-profit sector-specialist, Forde has accrued over 15 years of experience in in social housing and higher education. Her expertise includes cross tax compliance; tax implications of property developments and joint ventures; and capital allowances.

The new hires take the Northern tax team’s headcount to 183, and each will all operate pan-regionally, working from the firm’s offices in Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield. The move comes in response to growing demand from the firm’s client base, who place a premium on the ability to access specialist tax advice in-person in the North’s core cities. It was also announced shortly after Grant Thornton appointed six dealmakers in its North West presence.

Elsewhere, Grant Thornton also recognised the progression of one of its Northern tax experts. The firm promoted Douglas Tailby to Director, rewarding 10 years of hard work in its corporate and international tax team. Douglas deals with transaction and advisory work for a range of clients, from owner-managed businesses to listed international groups.

Engwell added, “I’m delighted to recognise the continued development of Douglas. He’s been instrumental to both the team’s strong fee growth, and to maintaining many of our long-term client relationships, since joining us more than a decade ago.”