PracticeConsultingRobson Rhodes appoints chairman to consulting arm

Robson Rhodes appoints chairman to consulting arm

RSM Robson Rhodes has appointed Richard Koch, the entrepreneur and co-founder of 1980s strategy firm LEK, as chairman of its fledgling business consulting practice.

Link: Robson Rhodes releases first results

The appointment comes as the practice celebrates its first anniversary. During its existence the division has won business worth over £6m.

Founding partner Malcolm McKenzie said: ‘We are enhancing existing RSM Robson Rhodes’ client relationships by combining strategic consultancy advice with corporate finance, taxation and PFI offerings.’

Koch, who takes up the non-executive role with immediate effect, said: ‘This is a dynamic team which is determined to become one of the UK’s top five strategy houses within the next four years. The consulting practice is one of the few in the UK that is geared for expansion, because it offers clients something refreshingly different.’

The move is in stark contrast to the actions of the Big Four firms, which have recently reiterated that they will not re-enter the consulting arena, despite rumours to the contrary. Only Deloitte still operates a consulting arm, and UK senior partner John Connolly recently told Accountancy Age that it was ‘just a matter of time’ before other Big Four firms were more transparent about the consulting services they offer.

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