TOP 50 FIRM Menzies has established an internal audit service with the appointment of Grant Thornton partner Alan Lees.
Lees will head the new service as governance and risk advisory partner, initially focusing on services to not-for-profit clients. Alongside that, he will look to provide internal audit and advisory services to public sector and education bodies and develope risk management and governance services for Menzies’ corporate client base.
Lees previously worked at Grant Thornton as a partner in the firm’s business risk services unit where he was responsible for governance, risk management and internal audit for a range of public sector and not-for-profit clients.
Andrew Denley, managing partner at Menzies, said: “Alan’s appointment marks an important expansion of our assurance services. Risk management and corporate governance are now high on the agenda for many types of organisation, including those that do not have a statutory requirement for internal audit.
“The world of internal audit is changing from a risk and control-based assurance review into one that also incorporates a technology-led analysis of data and business information. It is becoming a more proactive service aimed at helping organisations to manage risk and develop their growth strategies. It’s for these reasons that we decided to expand our offering, and look forward to Alan’s support in meeting our clients’ needs.”
Richard Oddy, Casper Kaars Sijpesteijn and Rory Goldthorpe have been appointed to senior roles in key sectors of high growth, with a further 17 junior and experienced hires
Richard White, Nicola Westbrooke and Richard Ross all join from KPMG, where they oversaw the real estate tax practice
Sheryl Davis joins the firm's High Wycombe office from Barnes Roffe
The appointments have been made across the VAT, audit and international tax teams