Global leader - network capabilities, Grant Thornton International Ltd
About this speaker
Francesca heads GTIL’s Global Network Capability Team, which concentrates on growing Grant Thornton Member Firms all around the world. She has specialised in tax for over 20 years and is a former head of tax of Grant Thornton UK. She was also the Global Leader for tax services for 4 years. During that time the global tax practices grew to over US$ 1 billion for the first time and it was the fastest growing service line for two years in a row. In addition, she has led global teams in the fields of risk, legal and people & culture.
Francesca is a frequent commentator and writer in the media on issues such as global economic trends, women in business and topical tax issues. She has been part of numerous Government and tax related committees. In 2016 she was awarded the IAB Personality of the Year.
I am proud to have been part of Grant Thornton for over a decade. I sit on our global leadership team, and my core role is help our network grow strategically for the good of our people, our clients and the communities we work in. I work closely with the senior leadership of our 135 plus member firms and lead a team that helps share best practice and ways of developing the breadth and depth of our capabilities.
Prior to this role I spent five years as the global leader for tax services. During this time our global tax revenues went over US$1 billion for the first time and we were frequently the fastest growing service line. My other experience in Grant Thornton includes leading teams in people & culture, risk, legal and the European region plus being the UK head of tax.
I have spoken out on tax issues for over 20 years and frequently comment on TV, radio and in the press on global economic developments and the need for diversity of thinking, especially to encourage more women to take on senior roles.