Grant Thornton, the international accountancy firm with offices in the South West, has welcomed a new partner, Karen Robb, to head up its VAT team in the South region.
Karen joins from the London market, where she led the VAT, Customs and Indirect Tax practice for the UK and EMEA.
Grant Thornton claims that her relocation is further evidence of its “investment in the South” and commitment to providing the “best expertise to vibrant businesses.” The news follows the firm’s other regional successes in which it has experienced “significant growth” across the South.
It is hoped that Karen’s move will further strengthen the tax team in the region due to her 22 years’ experience of assisting large corporate and multi-national businesses with their VAT and indirect taxes and in particular advising on tax issues arising as a consequence of cross-border and global trade. She has also spent five years working as a VAT inspector for the UK tax authorities.
Her work involves providing consulting and advisory services on the more complicated commercial aspects of large and complex businesses and she works across all sectors with extensive experience in the IT, technology, telecoms and digital media sectors. She will continue to service her existing clients while working on new projects with the Southern team.
Karen is the chairman of Grant Thornton International’s EMEA indirect tax committee and works with member firms across the world.
She said: “I am excited about this new chapter in my Grant Thornton journey and for what it represents for the tax team in the South. I started my career in the region so I feel really positive about coming home and using my many years’ international experience to benefit dynamic businesses as they trade in the UK and globally.
“I look forward to working alongside the local business community, particularly during this complex season as we wait for a final decision on Brexit.”
Ellen Walsh, business unit leader for Grant Thornton UK LLP added: “Karen’s relocation from London is indicative of the growth we have been experiencing in the South region.”
Pictured above: Karen Robb