Three new directors for Grant Thornton

Grant Thornton has announced the appointment and promotion of three new directors.

Paul Wilson has joined the firm as VAT director from PwC. He will be based in the Manchester office, and has experience of a range of clients from FTSE 100 companies to small businesses. He previously worked at PwC, where he spent three years.

Wilson said: “Grant Thornton already has a strong VAT team in Manchester and has a fantastic reputation in the local market. The opportunity to lead that team is exciting, and the vibrant culture and direction of the firm played a major part in my decision to join.”

Andrew Smith joins as director in the public sector audit team. He previously spent 12 years at KPMG and has worked with large local authorities and NHS trusts to provide external and internal audit services.

Smith said: “With my background and experience, the decision to join the UK’s number one public sector external auditor was an obvious one. In my previous role, I helped to develop the internal audit and advisory offering in the North West, and bringing this experience to Grant Thornton’s significant expertise in external audit is a great fit.”

Asker Ali has been promoted to director in the international tax team. His key areas of focus are transfer pricing, and regulatory changes resulting from the OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting initiative.

Karen Campbell-Williams, partner and North West head of tax, said: “Welcoming three new partners to the firm in the North West was a major signal of intent. Our plan was always to secure those appointments and then to build on that with strategic hires in growth sectors, and internal promotions to reward our best and brightest.

“Paul and Andrew bring complementary experience to their respective teams, which will allow us to diversify our offering to clients and strengthen our position in the regional marketplace, and I’m delighted to welcome them to the firm.”

Grant Thornton has recently announced the creation of an R&D innovation team in the Liverpool office in order to support the science, technology and software sectors in the city.

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