Grant Thornton adds 3 Partners to Yorkshire practice

21 January 2016

Grant Thornton’s Yorkshire practice has appointed three new Partners as part of its regional expansion. Dan Rosinke takes on a partner role in the firm’s Transaction Advisory Services, Rachel Engwell becomes a Tax Partner and Martin Barron joins the Recovery and Reorganisation Practice.

Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Dan Rosinke worked for ten years in the banking sector, including for Yorkshire Bank as a Head of Specialist & Acquisition Finance for East of England, and nabCapital. Previous to which, Rosinke spent nine years at PwC in the firm’s transaction services practice.

Rachel Engwell joins from EY where she has worked for more than sixteen years, taking on the role of Director at the firm in 2011. Her specialisation is in providing advice on corporate, personal and transactions tax issues. Her roles have seen her active in the North West as well as the North East.

Martin Barron’s career began in audit for PwC in 1996, moving to the firm’s restructuring arm in 1998. In 2000, he joined Deloitte, rising to the level of Director during his fifteen years at the firm.

Grant Thornton adds 3 Partners to Yorkshire practice

The three new partner hires are part of Grant Thornton’s expansion plan for the Yorkshire region. “These latest partner appointments will support our continued ambitious plans in the region, helping us to cement our position as the go-to firm for growth for dynamic businesses,” explains Andy Wood, Practice Leader for Grant Thornton in Leeds. “Dan, Martin and Rachel are all quality individuals. They are all really well connected in the market, love delivering great client service and share Grant Thornton’s values and personality. Importantly, they have already gelled well with our existing team and I’m really excited about what we can achieve together.”

Rosinke joins Grant Thornton’s Yorkshire practice, where his more than 15 years’ experience will be leveraged to deliver transaction advisory and due diligence services clients in the North East and Yorkshire region. Barron takes on the role of partner in recovery and reorganisation. He will offer clients in the Yorkshire and North East restructuring services and further develop new propositions to align the firm with changing trends in the corporate finance market. Engwell joins as Tax Partner and will use her more than 16 years of experience to benefit Grant Thornton’s regional clients.


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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.