Kevin Engel Managing Partner Grant Thornton Scotland

08 August 2014

Accounting and consulting firm Grant Thornton has last month appointed Kevin Engel as the new Managing Partner for its Scottish business. Engel comes from Grant Thornton’s Manchester office, where he has worked for the past seven years leading the regional audit practice.

Grant Thornton, one of the top 10 professional services firms of the globe, currently has roughly 160 professional in Scotland, across offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh. For the past years the country organisation was led by Andrew Howie, who joined the firm in 2005 from Johnston Carmichael, one of Scotland's largest accounting firms. Following Howie’s promotion to Regional Managing Partner of Scotland and the North of England, Grant Thornton decided to appoint Kevin Engel as Managing Partner.

Kevin Engel - Grant Thornton Scotland

Kevin Engel was previously a partner in the firms’ Manchester office. He has a particular focus on the technology sector, supporting growth from start up to exit/flotation. Engel also specialises in advising regulated Listed companies (AIM, PLUS and Full listing), particularly compliance with International Accounting Standards, Listings Rules and Corporate Governance requirements. As part of his new role he will permanently relocate to Edinburgh.

“I am delighted to be taking up the role in Scotland as the organisation, across both its Glasgow and Edinburgh offices, is held in high regard and our team here have contributed a significant amount to the firm’s success. We have done well as a business during the recession and now it is about building on that,” says Engel. “My focus will be on extending our reach in the Scottish market, we have a strong presence and an excellent team, the Scottish economy is strong and this provides a great opportunity to work with dynamic, entrepreneurial businesses with ambitious plans.”


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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.