Nimesh Shah, CEO at the firm said: “I am delighted to welcome Jez to Blick Rothenberg to lead our audit teams as we continue to build the firm of the future. The Head of Audit is effectively a new role for Blick Rothenberg, with Jez having overall responsibility and oversight for our current audit, accounting, and UK outsourcing teams. This investment in Jez and in our audit practice is an investment in the future development of our people, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to work alongside Jez and benefit from his many years of experience and strategic vision.”
Jez started his career at Deloitte in 1994, and in recent years, he has had several key leadership roles in top 10 accountancy firms, including being National Head of Audit, Accounts and Outsourcing at RSM Tenon, Managing Partner of RSM’s London region, as well as a member of RSM’s leadership team.
Jez said: “I am excited about joining Blick Rothenberg at a time when the business is expanding and when advisory support is becoming more important to our current and future clients. Blick Rothenberg have a great team of people and I look forward to being part of that team and growing the business still further. I am encouraged by the vision and plans for Blick Rothenberg and being part of the future to establish Blick Rothenberg as the number one audit, accounting, and tax advisory firm in London.”
Jez joins Blick Rothenberg at a time of significant reform to the UK audit market, and he welcomes the reduction in red tape for smaller businesses, which will allow them to become more entrepreneurial and agile.
Jez adds: “Such audit, reporting and governance reform as the Government is willing to commit to at this stage for public interest entities is clearly going to be limited by considerations of proportionality and cost, as well as the availability of parliamentary time to pass the required legislation. Even then, the Government wishes to see what emerges by way of empirical evidence before committing to further reform.
“There is currently no direct, medium-term impact for SMEs, which is probably a good thing given all the other business and economic challenges at present. However, it is likely there will be a trickle-down effect on governance and wider financial and corporate reporting throughout the market in due course.”