Among the changes to the firm’s leadership structure is the appointment of Andrew Rigele in the new role of national managing partner, ESG.
In a statement on Thursday, Grant Thornton said that having a “dedicated ESG (environmental, social and governance) representative on the executive allocates resources to the exploration of ESG opportunities and helps identify the areas where the firm needs to grow”.
Nicole Bradley will now be the national managing partner, audit, while Sandie Boswell moves into the role of national managing partner, tax.
Grant Thornton CEO, Greg Keith, said: “As we head toward the end of another challenging yet successful year, I have been looking at how we can continue to drive our firm’s purpose and support the delivery on our strategic priorities. This new executive will develop the capability of our leadership team and provide opportunities for different roles and challenges.
“In addition, a market opportunity has arisen in ESG which we need to seriously invest in. We must prioritise our ESG strategy and capabilities so we can build a leading offering for our current and potential clients.”
Appointments in two other newly created roles are Ben Swindale as chief technology officer and Iain Kemp as national managing partner, community and office chairs, while Fraser McNaughton will add industry leader responsibilities to his remit as chief marketing officer and industry.
“Industry remains a vital go-to market focus for Grant Thornton and will continue to grow by joining with our specialists in the Marketing and Business Development group,” continued Mr Keith.