Scottish third sector chief Mark O’Donnell joins KPMG

12 November 2021 2 min. read
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Following two decades in the public and third sectors, Mark O’Donnell has joined KPMG UK’s Infrastructure Government and Healthcare team as a Senior Manager. David Gimson, a Director in KPMG’s Scottish wing, said O’Donnell has already made “a fantastic contribution to public services in Scotland throughout his impressive career.”

A Director in Infrastructure Government and Healthcare (IGH) Consulting with KPMG, Gimson added, “I’m delighted Mark has joined our team. He brings great experience across the public and third sector and his insight into leadership, transformational change and delivering person centred services is a brilliant addition to our practice and for our clients in Scotland.”

KPMG employs more than 1,000 people in Scotland across three offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. KPMG capabilities include audit, deal advisory, tax and legal, and consulting. KPMG’s IGH consulting practice works with public sector teams across central and local government, education, social housing, healthcare, police, infrastructure, and transport to help solve client challenges.

Mark O’Donnell, Senior Manager, KPMG

O’Donnell joins the Big Four firm from the Sight Scotland Group where he was Chief Executive Officer. He recently led a significant restructuring programme to increase the charity’s impact, profile and sustainability. This included the establishment of new community support services and specialist education outreach in mainstream schools to significantly expand Sight Scotland’s reach.

The pandemic has been a difficult time for all charities and the people who rely on their services, but O’Donnell’s contribution ensured Sight Scotland could rise to this challenge to continue its support even while restrictions were in place. In his new role with KPMG in Edinburgh, O’Donnell will look to use that experience to help charities as they look to recover from a tumultuous two years.

He commented, “I’m really pleased to join KPMG at such a crucial time for public sector services in Scotland, and I’m looking forward to working across challenging projects. Our clients are under increasing pressure with growing demands on their services, strain on resources and the challenges that the pandemic has brought. I’m passionate about making a positive difference and know my experience working across the public and third sector can help a wide range of organisations find solutions to complex problems.”

Prior to his role with Sight Scotland, O’Donnell also accrued over 20 years of experience working across various public sector bodies. These included NHS Scotland, Scottish Ambulance Service and the Scottish Government.