Grant Thornton launches local government advisory team
Financial and business adviser Grant Thornton has launched a dedicated team to offer consultancy services to local authorities, police bodies and fire and rescue authorities across the Midlands.
The local government advisory team is part of the firm's wider public sector assurance practice, which provides external audit services to NHS bodies and local authorities.
It is drawn from existing Grant Thornton public sector specialists and some external hires.
Vivien Holland (pictured) will head up the team. She said: "I am excited by this opportunity, and confident that the team will be able to provide distinct added value to our clients and to support them in the significant challenges they face over the short to medium term."
The team will assist clients in the provision of financial management and accounting advice, supporting the review and development of medium-term financial plans and strategies, financial resilience health checks, finance department 'fit-for-purpose' reviews, governance reviews and supporting elected members in their scrutiny roles.
Jon Roberts, who leads Grant Thornton's public sector assurance practice in the Midlands, added: "Our investment in this team confirms the priority and importance that the firm places on the public sector, and is in response to our clients request for additional support in navigating the financial challenges faced by the sector."