Nick Essex Nick joined the Board of Trustees in October 2014 and serves as Finance Director and Chair of the Finance Committee. Nick is a chartered accountant (ACA) by background and has been working at Grant Thornton since joining the professional services firm back in 2009. After completing his training contract in the Audit department, he joined Grant Thornton’s Restructuring and Debt Advisory team on a six-month secondment before transferring to the Transaction Advisory team in July 2014. He subsequently spent 3 years in the financial due diligence team, performing detailed financial and operational analysis and risk assessment on businesses, advising primarily large corporates, private equity houses and banks on transactions of various sizes. In August 2017 Nick transferred to the Corporate Finance Advisory team, providing M&A and strategic advice to mid-market private companies within the healthcare sector. In his spare time, Nick enjoys keeping fit and has been fortunate enough to spend several years travelling the globe and living overseas. He is also a keen fundraiser, having recently completed the Three Peaks challenge, a sponsored sky dive and a month living as a vegan all in the name of charity.