Accountancy firm Grant Thornton UK has promoted Joanne Brown to partner to lead its public services offering in Scotland.
With over 18 years’ experience providing audit and assurance services to a range of public sector organisations, Brown’s most recent role was head of the public services assurance team in Scotland. She joined the firm in April 2015 and has significant experience in supporting organisations with their governance arrangements and improving internal controls, including demonstrating value for money.
Grant Thornton said Brown’s promotion to partner “demonstrates the firm’s commitment to the Scottish public sector”. In her new role, she will lead the firm’s wider public services offering across Scotland working with health, central government, local government and not for profit organisations. She will also continue to support the development of the firm’s internal audit offering to public sector clients nationally.
Brown said: “I am thrilled to be leading our public services offering in Scotland as we continue to invest in growing the team and developing our wider offering for clients. I am committed to strengthening our reputation in the Scottish market and, as a team, we are dedicated to ensuring public sector organisations can continue to provide the vital services we rely on every day.
“I look forward to working with our expert team to deliver challenging, quality work for our clients during a period of significant uncertainty.”
Sarah Howard, head of public services, Grant Thornton UK added: “I am delighted to announce that Joanne has been promoted to partner and will be leading our public services offering in Scotland. The public sector is a core priority for our firm and Joanne’s promotion demonstrates our continued commitment to growing our presence in the Scottish market.
“Our public services have never been more at risk and it is vital that we are able to effectively support organisations in moving towards a more sustainable future. Joanne’s in-depth knowledge of the Scottish market will be critical to ensuring we continue to make a positive difference for public sector organisations across the country.”