KPMG invests in public sector practice with senior appointments in Leeds

Nicole Brock and Michael Allen.

Professional services firm KPMG has appointed Michael Allen and Nicole Brock to strengthen its public sector practice in the north of England.

Allen joins the firm’s Leeds office as a partner, heading up the firm’s management consulting healthcare practice across the North and Brock, who has been with KPMG since 2008, will lead the development and growth of the firm’s northern public sector practice.

Allen, whose previous role at EY saw him lead a national team responsible for the delivery of hospital-based performance improvement and cost reduction programmes, has more than 20 years’ experience in the sector. He has also held a number of roles within the NHS, including three years as assistant director of operations at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, where he was responsible for a combined budget of £120 million and more than 900 employees.

At KPMG, Allen will maintain his focus on healthcare and work closely with clients to improve the quality, access and performance of their operations.

Michael Allen said: “The rise in patients with multiple chronic conditions and a rapid growth in the elderly population are major challenges for the NHS. To respond the service must transform the way it works by making better use of technology and helping patients manage their conditions at home.

“It is this focus on the end-user that we must all keep in sight as we work as a collective to improve public services  and, with a focus on working differently, we are able to do this while helping clients improve efficiencies that ultimately have a positive impact on the bottom line.”

With more than 15 years’ experience, Brock has led complex public sector management consulting projects with a particular focus on performance improvement and cost reduction. In her new role, areas of focus will include working with local government and healthcare organisations to address fiscal challenges, as well as supporting integration and reform across health and social care. Devolution will also form an integral aspect of Brock’s role; she will support local government, Combined Authorities, LEPs and partner organisations to develop and implement their plans for reform, governance and growth.

Nicole Brock, associate director at KPMG, said: “It is a challenging time for those working in the public sector, which continues to operate against a backdrop of cuts and increased pressure to reduce costs. There is growing demand for support to help organisations reform radically, as they adapt to the new landscape, from driving revenue generation to implementing new delivery structures. At the same time the matter of making the most of the opportunities presented by devolution across the north is an exciting prospect.”