Nigel Ruddock
accountant and insolvency specialist; trustee, Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers (SERV); former head and chairman of automotive services, Grant Thornton

Nigel is an accountant and insolvency specialist spending over 30 years helping underperforming businesses to restructure and return to profitability.

From 2000 to 2010 Nigel was head of automotive services for Grant Thornton, during which time he led most of the major restructuring assignments of dealer groups in the UK. He was so enthusiastic about the sector, even qualifying as a MoT examiner.  He was a regular visitor to Detroit during the global automotive crisis, and spent a lot of time in Cologne working on restructuring a number of critical suppliers.

Nigel was also chairman of Grant Thornton UK, which then employed roughly 4,000 people with a revenue of about £450million. From 2010 to 2015 he was a member of the International Leadership Board of Grant Thornton International where he was responsible for developing their global advisory business as well as helping develop the member firms in Asia Pacific and Middle East. He spent a lot of time in China!

During 2015-2016 Nigel was chairman of an accounting firm in Singapore which was going through a period of change.

Now retired, Nigel is a trustee of SERV, a charity dedicated to helping the NHS by delivering blood products, by motorcycle, out of hours. Nigel’s role as a trustee is to help develop systems and improve governance although he regularly gets on his motorbike and delivers blood through the night.

Nigel also uses his experience to help other charities which face problems of growth. He believes the charity sector is being called upon by Government and society to do more, but that many smaller, community based charities need help to manage that growth effectively.


Saturday 2 November, 12:00 Level 1 Members' Lounge
Is the death of community greatly exaggerated?

Sunday 3 November, 12:00 Garden Room
Honda, Nissan and JLR: what next for the automotive sector?