Grant Thornton’s chief executive-elect has said he will be more outspoken
when he takes over at the UK’s fifth biggest firm.
Scott Barnes, who takes over in December, has set up an internal blog
updating staff on what he is doing and what his approach will be. In a homepage
outlining his vision for the firm, he says: ‘We can be too quiet.
We need our leaders to embrace our strategy of speaking out on matters of
importance to both the accounting world and wider society.’
GT’s current chief executive Michael Cleary has kept a reasonably low profile
in his time in the role. A spokesman said Barnes was not intending to become the
new Jeremy Newman: ‘The blog has been very popular. The UK firm is [looking] to
adopt leading positions within the profession.’
Dennis Layton takes up the position on April 1 and will contribute to the firm’s goal of becoming the leading global professional services organisation by 2020
Richard Cartwright becomes the new head, taking over from incumbent head of office David Lemon
Brian Burke, business development director, has moved within the firm to 'develop Quantuma’s networks with Sussex professional firms'
Stephen Mills joins the Manchester office from IBM, where he spent 12 years as an associate partner in the data, analytics and cognitive consulting group