EMEA: Arup takes on Big Four with KPMG hire

18 April 2018 - 12:00 am UTC

Technical consultancy Arup has hired KPMG Transport director Jonathan Turton as it continues its drive to grow its financial business and compete with the major consultancies, Inframation understands.

Turton will join Arup in May as a director in the infrastructure advisory team, reporting to Craig Forrest, Arup’s Global Business and Investor Advisory Leader, and will have a remit to help grow Arup’s financial advisory services.

Arup is currently best known as an engineering, design and technical specialist on infrastructure projects but has been recruiting more financial specialists as it seeks to take on its bigger rivals KPMG, PwC, EY and Deloitte. Arup has around 13,000 employees based in offices around the world.       

Turton joined KPMG in 1998 after university and has worked in health, education and transport sectors. He reports to Ed Thomas, who became KPMG’s head of transport in the UK last year.

Turton is based in the Leeds office and has advised on projects in northern England, including Hull City Council’s GBP 400m schools programme and Halton Borough Council on the Mersey Gateway Bridge (pictured) near Liverpool, which opened last year. He has also been involved on work in other parts of the UK, including advising Transport for London on the proposed Silvertown Tunnel in east London.

KPMG’s infrastructure practice is now headed by Richard Threlfall, who replaced James Stewart as Global Head of Infrastructure in January.

Turton works within KPMG’s Infrastructure Advisory Group, which advises on projects, M&A and other areas. KPMG also has an Infrastructure Asset Management Group, which advises owners and operators of infrastructure.

KPMG declined to comment.

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