KPMG picks up infrastructure project expert Sue Kershaw

04 April 2016

KPMG has named infrastructure project management expert, Sue Kershaw, a Director at the firm. Kershaw joins from CH2M HILL and will take on the role of Head of Infrastructure Programme and Project Management at KPMG's UK office.

Prior to joining KPMG’s UK team, Kershaw was the Director of Rail Europe at CH2M HILL. The role saw her build CH2M’s rail portfolio and manage a team of 400 rail professionals across the UK and mainland Europe. Kershaw previously worked as the Director of Programme Management at Grosvenor Britain and Ireland between 2013 and 2014. Before that, she worked in a number of roles for the Olympic Delivery Authority; first as the Head of Programme Management: Transport starting in 2006, then promoted to Deputy Director of Transport in 2010. In 2004, Kershaw joined Transport for London as a Programme Manager.

Kershaw holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Surrey. In 2014 she was elected to the Board of the Association for Project Management and appointed to the London Green Fund Investment Board. She is noted for her advocacy of equality, diversity and inclusion principles in her professional and voluntary work.

Sue Kershaw and Richard Threlfall

KPMG recently announced that Kershaw has been appointed as a Director at the firm, and will take on the role of Head of Infrastructure Programme and Project Management. She bring in more than 30 years of professional experience to the role; which provides her with a wide range of opportunities to leverage her wide ranging expertise to support the firm’s clients, embarking on major utilities, power and social infrastructure projects, programmes and portfolios.

Richard Threlfall, Head of Infrastructure Building & Construction at KPMG in the UK, says that he is “really delighted” about Kershaw’s addition to the team. Adding that: “Her exemplary track record of delivering large scale, high profile infrastructure projects internationally and her status in the project management community will ensure our clients are receiving the very best in strategic advice throughout the lifecycle of their projects.”

Kershaw comments that: “Too often planners embarking on major infrastructure projects will find themselves frustrated with the standardised programme management guidance provided in the engineering consultancy space. It’s great to be part of a team with a reputation for providing bespoke, high quality strategic guidance founded on the calibre and influence of experienced individuals.”


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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.