LanciaConsult welcomes Laura Hall and Si Ngah Leong to Singapore team

02 October 2018 Consultancy.asia

LanciaConsult, a Singapore-founded professional services firm with branches in the UK and Germany, has welcomed two new experienced consultants to its Singapore office: Laura Hall and Si Ngah Leong.

Founded by two former Accenture executives in 2012 – Jeffrey Cronkshaw and Isabella Jeng – LanciaConsult provides services in business case design and delivery, solution architecture expertise, systems implementations and management, and management and technology consulting among other areas to numerous industries – including the health, logistics, pharmaceutical, utilities, and retail sectors.

Since its inception, the firm has grown to more than two dozen executives and professionals across an expanded footprint in Singapore, Germany (Hamburg) and the UK (London and Bristol). Continuing that trend, LanciaConsult has over the past month welcomed two more senior consultants, with Si Ngah Leong joining as a Principal and Laura Hall coming aboard as a Managing Consultant in the firm’s Singapore office.LanciaConsult welcomes Laura Hall and Si Ngah Leong to Singapore teamLaura Hall, PMP (a certified Project Management Professional), joins LanciaConsult following a three and a half year stint as a project manager and senior project manager with Cognizant in the UK, where she oversaw complex, multi-million dollar end-to-end transformation projects for clients including London Heathrow Airport and British Airways. A certified professional Scrum Master, PRINCE2 and ITIL Professional, Hall earlier spent nearly five years in various roles with IBM in the UK – after having graduated with a BA (Hons) in Business Studies with Marketing from the University of Brighton.

Si Ngah Leong, meanwhile, continues the firm’s strong tradition of Accenture alumnus, crossing to LanciaConsult as a Principal after nearly eight and a half years with the digital giant’s Management Consulting division, most recently as a Manager. Leong, too, has certification as a Professional Scrum Master I, and lists business strategy and business process improvement among her areas of expertise – having been with Accenture since graduating a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Sociology with honours from the University of Singapore in 2010.

“Very excited to have Si Ngah Leong and Laura Hall, PMP as the latest addition to our Singapore team,” Singapore-based LanciaConsult Managing Director Chun Seong Lim – himself an eight-year veteran with Accenture in Southeast Asia – said in a message on LinkedIn. “It’s great to have these two extraordinary ladies onboard as we continue to deliver great work for our clients, and grow our team globally. Welcome to the LanciaConsult family!”

Following the launch of its first office in Singapore’s Central Business District in 2013 – at 50 Raffle’s Place just stone’s throw from the city’s iconic Marina Bay – LanciaConsult followed up with the establishment of locations in London and Hamburg over the next two and a half years – having since added a further UK office in Bristol toward the end of last year, with offices also now in Edinburgh and Hong Kong. Along the way, the firm has formed strategic global partnerships with Amazon Web Services and Oracle (as a Gold Partner) among others.

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Deloitte adds Richard Hayler as Disputes and Arbitration leader

16 April 2019 Consultancy.asia

Deloitte has brought in Richard Hayler as its new Southeast Asia Disputes and Arbitration Leader. Hayler crosses from FTI Consulting – continuing the recent personnel shuffle in the regional forensics space.

Following the onboarding of veteran forensics expert Jarrod Baker as its new Forensic Investigations Leader for Southeast Asia earlier this year, global professional services leader Deloitte has added another ex-FTI Consulting executive to its regional forensics practice with the appointment of Richard Hayler as its new Southeast Asia Disputes and Arbitration leader. It’s Hayler’s second stint at the Big Four firm.

Originally starting out as an auditor in the chemicals, pharmaceuticals & energy practice of fellow Big Four firm KPMG in the UK (via a five-year Technical Director role with specialist life sciences consultancy Primarius), Hayler after three years crossed to Deloitte in 2008, serving as an Associate Director for its Forensic & Dispute Services division in London, and then from 2012 in Singapore. 

From there, Hayler joined the Singapore office of FTI Consulting’s Economic & Financial practice, promoted to senior managing director at the beginning of last year. Now, like his colleague Baker, Hayler has returned for his second stint with Deloitte, after respectively four and nearly six years with FTI. Meanwhile, FTI recently added e-discovery expert Christopher Marks as a senior managing director – continuing its global raid on Ernst & Young.

“I am delighted to be returning to Deloitte rejoining old friends and being on board with a great team,” Hayler said. This is an exciting time to be back at Deloitte as the firm has made great strides integrating to serve its clients across Asia Pacific better and I look forward to being part of that success.” As of September last year, Deloitte began integrating its Asia Pacific arms into single operational unit – with a co-attendant $321 million investment committed to human capital.Deloitte adds Richard Hayler as Disputes and Arbitration Leader in Southeast AsiaHayler across his career has developed expertise in a broad range of  competencies around forensics, disputes and litigation, including complex valuations, M&A and contractual disputes, accounting irregularities; alleged misappropriation, asset tracing and fraud investigations among others – having led or advised teams multiple jurisdictions in “some of the largest and most complex cases in the last decade.”

“Having Richard in our leadership team is a strong market differentiator,” said Tim Phillipps, Deloitte’s Financial Crime Strategy and Response Network leader for APAC. “His track record and extensive experience will be critical as we continue to expand and strengthen our presence in the Southeast Asia region.  It will enhance our capacity to serve our clients, and ensure that we continue to provide clear, timely and insightful counsel.”

In addition to Deloitte, Hayler serves on the Standards Review Board of the International Valuation Standards Council, as well as being a member of the adjunct faculty at Singapore Management University’s School of Law and the Honorary Treasurer for the Board of Directors of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Singapore. He was also last year a group representative for financial & fintech business group with the local British Chamber of Commerce.

According to the firm, Hayler’s recruitment forms part of its plans to expand its forensics services in the region – a practice which has already grown substantially in recent years to include more than 125 dedicated forensic practitioners based in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, with growth driven by investment in disputes and arbitration, electronic discovery, investigations, forensic digital platforms and financial crime advisory and analytics among other areas.