Grant Thornton has appointed Kelly Rigby and Hugo Loneragan as partners specialising in forensic consulting.
Alex Bell, partner and national head of forensic consulting at Grant Thornton, said the move reflected the demands of clients.
“We have listened to our clients’ needs and are making a deliberate investment in Grant Thornton’s forensic consulting group to meet the demand for this part of our business’s growth,” she said.
Ms Rigby joins from McGrathNicol where she was a director of forensics. She said she was eager to work with the growing forensic operation at Grant Thornton.
“I’m excited to join the team at Grant Thornton and work with new clients to help them sort through any complex issues they may be experiencing,” Ms Rigby said.
“It’s great to see the forensics team expanding and to be part of such a dynamic and supportive group.”
Ms Rigby is a forensic expert specialising in financial crime and asset and fund tracing investigations. She has been a part of several high-profile civil and criminal investigations in both the public and private sectors.
“My investigation experience has included leading large teams on complex forensic accounting matters involving the analysis of large volumes of electronic data, reconstruction of accounting records, and the quantification of loss,” said Ms Rigby.
Mr Loneragan said he was excited to be joining Grant Thornton’s growing team and the benefits that come from being a part of it.
“I’m looking forward to getting to know new clients and to be part of a growing team, it’s an exciting time,” Mr Loneragan said.
Mr Loneragan is a chartered accountant with over 20 years’ experience. He has helped corporate clients with a range of financial and accounting issues including giving expert evidence in civil litigation matters.
Mr Loneragan joins from his own consulting business, Quantum Forensic Solutions, and will continue to work with his existing clients as well as new.
“Joining my practice with Grant Thornton enables me to offer greater resources and expertise to my existing clients, while continuing to deliver responsive service and value,” said Mr Loneragan.
Ms Bell said that the skills that both partners brought to Grant Thornton would greatly benefit the company moving forward.
“Kelly’s experience in high-profile restructures and insolvency appointments – particularly identifying and tracing assets and the flow of funds – brings a deeper level of expertise to our client offering,” said Ms Bell.
“Hugo is recognised by clients and their legal advisers as a trusted technical expert who is able to lead and develop strong teams and deploy a variety of skills to achieve positive commercial outcomes.
“With their varied and immense skill sets we’re thrilled to have both Kelly and Hugo on board.”