KPMG eyes further growth in Scotland with director promotions

L-R: Terri Costello, Tax Director; Julie Gray, Pensions Advisory Director; Colin French, Tax Director.
L-R: Terri Costello, Tax Director; Julie Gray, Pensions Advisory Director; Colin French, Tax Director.

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KPMG has appointed four new directors within the tax and consulting teams across Scotland as part of a wider commitment within the firm to invest in talent and innovation, including plans – announced in April, to create up to 400 tech-focused jobs in Glasgow within a new Managed Services Hub.

Among the four new directors, Colin French specialises in asset management tax, advising on issues affecting asset managers and investors. With a particular focus on investment trusts, venture capital trusts, and open-ended onshore and offshore funds, Colin is supported by a well-established team of asset management tax specialists and will lead the investment trust specialist tax team across the UK.

Julie Gray has been promoted to director of pensions advisory in Scotland. Qualified as an actuary, Julie has more than 17 years’ experience in the sector, and specialises in advising businesses and trustees on pension strategy for defined benefit and defined contribution pension schemes.

Commenting on her promotion, Julie said:

“I’ve worked with KPMG since 2008, initially joining to help launch our new Scottish Pensions Practice, and I’ve grown professionally and personally, while observing the business itself develop into a really innovative, dynamic and client focused business.

“My role focuses on helping organisations understand and organise their pension strategies, which is more crucial today than ever before. I’m delighted to be delivering that vital service on behalf of a firm that is so focused on building sustainable growth and developing trust for clients.”

Terri Costello has been promoted to tax director in KPMG’s Innovation Reliefs and Incentives team. Terri, who has been with KPMG for eight years, supports a range of clients nationally advising on how they can unlock value through their innovation, encouraging growth and continued investment in technology. Terri’s promotion adds to KPMG’s growing specialist team in R&D, Patent Box and innovation advisory.

Kirk Hull has been promoted to supply chain director in KPMG’s operations consulting team. Kirk supports clients across multiple sectors to improve the productivity, efficiency and effectiveness of their operations, and has been with the firm for eleven years.

Catherine Burnet, senior partner and head of KPMG in Scotland, commented:

“The latest round of appointments and promotions marks the firm’s commitment to investing in talent which allows us to continue serving businesses in Scotland.

“The firm has grown its portfolio in tax and consulting, and we expect this to continue as clients look to future-proof themselves through digital transformation, while also effectively navigating a complex tax landscape and taking advantage of reliefs and incentives available.

“We’re confident the firm has the right team in place to enable this to happen. Our new directors have considerable experience working across a range of sectors, and a deep understanding of the key issues impacting clients. They will continue to play a key role in helping KPMG grow operations in Scotland by providing sound strategic support and advice to our clients.”

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