Jon is a Partner in KPMG Ireland and Chairman of firm's Belfast Office. KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. KPMG operates in 146 countries and has 137,000 professionals working in member firms around the world. The firm in Ireland has 81 partners, employing 1,800 people in its offices in Belfast, Dublin, Cork and Galway.
Jon joined KPMG in 1983 with a First Class Honours degree in Economics and Accounting and a Diploma in Accounting, both from Queens University Belfast. Jon became the Head of the Audit and Transaction Services departments in KPMG in Belfast in 1998 and became the Office Chairman in 2003. As well as working in KPMG in Belfast, Jon worked for 18 months in KPMG in Philadelphia and for 12 months in KPMG in Dublin.
Jon's business and financial experience is extensive, with more than 25 years working with some of Northern Ireland's largest business organisations. His portfolio of clients covers many industry sectors including, banking, insurance, pensions, health, IT, technology, manufacturing, education and utilities.
Jon's audit clients include many well known household names, including Phoenix Natural Gas, Coolkeeragh ESB, Northern Bank, Regus plc, Harland and Wolff Group PLC, United Drug plc, First Derivatives plc, Norfolkline Group, H&J Martin Group, JP Corry Limited, McAleer & Rushe Group, Kingspan plc, Diageo Plc, Fyffes plc, the University of Ulster, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin and a number of further education colleges.
As well as audit, Jon has an extensive range of Transaction Services experience. In particular he has worked on initial public offerings for companies listing on the London and Irish Stock Exchange, AIM listings and other public reporting assignments. He has also worked on disposals and acquisitions across a broad range of industry sectors for a range of corporate and private equity clients.
Jon is currently Chairman of the Northern Ireland Technical Committee, a sub-committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, and is also a Governor of Methodist College Belfast. Jon joined the Board of Trustees of the Grand Opera House in January 2010.