Keely has been with Grant Thornton for over 15 years in the M&A practice, having joined from 3i Group Plc in 2005. She most recently led the firm’s human capital and business support services M&A practice in London. Keely has a particular focus on the recruitment, education and skills sectors and specialises in advising private equity, large corporates and founder led businesses in these areas. In her new role, Keely will focus on expanding the already 100 strong sector focused M&A team and building on the firm’s significant presence in the UK and internationally.
The Grant Thornton corporate finance team combines world class sector knowledge and expertise, with strong regional and local networks across the country, and also boasts a strong international offering. Keely’s appointment follows a number of other promotions in the team, including Victoria Giles, Samantha Harrison, Adam Bunch, and Andrew Frame being promoted to Director this year.
Commenting on her appointment, Keely Woodley said:
“I have been part of the firm’s corporate finance team for over 15 years and am thrilled to be taking on the leadership role. I’m excited to build on the dedication and skills of our people who are committed to going the extra mile for our clients in order to achieve exceptional results. Our team is made up of dynamic and experienced professionals and I’m excited by the challenge and opportunity ahead, as we look to build on the strong and active presence we have already established across the UK.
“The economic impact of COVID-19 has been felt across the market this year, as M&A activity unsurprisingly slowed. But we have seen momentum return as businesses begin to look for the opportunities that M&A can provide, to those in need of support, those looking to scale-up and grow and those looking to exit. As part of a much broader deals and business consulting business, we can unlock additional value for our clients as they embark on their plans, without the complications of dealing with multiple advisors.”
“As the first female to lead the corporate finance practice for the firm, I’m passionate about supporting the diverse, exciting talent that we have in our business. It’s so important that the diversity and backgrounds of the people in our firm reflect the clients that we work with, and that we’re able to provide the right support for any business, wherever they may be on their journey.”