Andy Wood heads Grant Thornton Leeds and Newcastle

30 September 2014

Accounting and consulting firm Grant Thornton has announced the appointment of Andy Wood as its new Head of the Leeds and Newcastle offices. Wood will take on his new role in November 2014, following a seven year career as the Head of the Audit and Assurance team in Yorkshire and the North East region.

Andy Wood started working at accounting and consulting firm Grant Thornton as Assurance Partner in 2007, following the merger with accounting firm RSM Robson Rhodes. In this role, he has led the Audit and Assurance team in Yorkshire and the North East. Wood joined RSM Robson Rhodes in 1999, first as Senior Manager and was promoted Audit Partner in 2003. In this capacity Wood led RSM Robson Rhodes’ Audit team in Leeds. At RSM Robson Rhodes, Wood trained and qualified, and has, in addition to working in the UK, performed a two-year secondment in Paris. Wood holds a BA degree from Bradford University and is an Associate Chartered Accountant.

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In his new role as Head of the Newcastle and Leeds offices, Wood will be in charge of 201 staff members. Wood will take over from Will Oxley, who will take on a newly-created national role in which he will lead Grant Thornton’s growth in the corporate market outside London, in addition to leading the region’s Transaction Advisory Business. Both Wood as Oxley will take on their new roles in November 2014.

Commenting on Wood’s appointment, Oxley says: “Andy currently leads the audit team in the Yorkshire and North East practice making him ideally placed to extend his responsibilities given the key client relationships he retains, his detailed understanding of our client base and his strong reputation within the entrepreneurial and fast growing segment of the region’s corporate market.”


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Grant Thornton UK appoints five new Partners

23 April 2019

Sergio Cardoso, Matt Maltz, Jessica Patel, Marc Roberts and Nick Warner have been appointed as partners at Grant Thornton. With the company undergoing a year of transition under new leadership, the new members will help consolidate the firm’s offering as it looks to reach new levels of growth in 2019.

2019 sees Grant Thornton’s UK wing undergoing a process of transformation. As the group looks to ensure its teams “provide the right level of support for profitable growth” and create an environment that “makes it easier for our people to do great work”, the firm has announced a succession of senior appointments across its regional divisions.

In February, this saw Chris Petts and James Bulloss named Partner and Director in the North East and Yorkshire respectively. Now, the UK’s sixth-largest auditing and consulting firm has confirmed the installation of a further five Partners across its UK team.

Sergio Cardoso is a long-standing Grant Thornton employee, having joined from Daniel Auerbach & Company – where he was an Accountant – in 2005. Cardoso rose steadily through the ranks since then, taking up his most recent role as Audit and Assurance Director in 2015. In that role, he focused on dynamic, fast-growing and entrepreneurial private companies, as well as multinational and AIM-listed groups. He now takes up the position of Partner in Grant Thornton’s audit practice.

Grant Thornton UK appoints five new Partners

Nick Warner has been appointed as a partner in Grant Thornton’s VAT team based in London. Bringing more than 20 years of experience in tax to the role, Warner joins the firm from Moore Stephens, where he most recently was VAT Partner, during a five-year stay with the firm. Prior to that, Warner was a Partner in VAT at BDO and PKF UK. He also spent five years at HMRC as a Higher Executive Officer.

Matt Maltz is the first of three Partner appointments in Grant Thornton’s real estate tax division. A former EY Partner in real estate tax, Maltz spent 17 years with the Big Four firm. In his new position with Grant Thornton, he will tackle similar client areas, as a Partner in real estate tax.

Jessica Patel has also been promoted as a Partner in the firm’s real estate tax practice, having been with the firm for more than 15 years. Patel joined Grant Thornton as a trainee in 2003. She is a licensed member of both the Association of Tax Technicians and the Chartered Institute of Taxation. As a Partner, Patel will advise a wide variety of clients ranging from UK property investors and developers to overseas investors and property funds.

Marc Roberts is another Big Four alumnus to join Grant Thornton as a Partner. Roberts exited EY to take up his new position, having been an Associate Partner and real estate advisory lead at the company. With more than 25 years of experience in the financial services sector, Roberts also formerly held a Directorship and headed the corporate finance real estate advisory team at fellow Big Four firm PwC.