John Gilkes joins Grant Thornton's forensic advisory services practice

09 July 2021 2 min. read
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John Gilkes, an experienced financial investigations leader, has joined joined Grant Thornton’s forensic advisory services practice as a principal. He will be based in the firm's Arlington, VA office.

Gilkes brings more than 30 years of experience with a focus on corporate and regulatory investigations, international asset tracing, and recovery engagements. He has deep expertise conducting multi-jurisdictional investigations into wire transfer fraud, bribery, and extortion.

“John will be an immediate asset for our clients and a powerful leader for our anti-fraud service offerings,” said Greg Wallig, the office managing principal of Grant Thornton’s Metro DC office. “As fraud continues to rise in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, his decades of experience will offer public and private clients the strong, reliable guidance they need during these unprecedented times.”

A recent Grant Thornton survey reported that over half of anti-fraud professionals uncovered more fraud than usual since the start of the pandemic. Most (71%) expect the level of fraud at their organizations to increase in the next 12 months.John Gilkes joins Grant Thornton’s forensic advisory services practiceGilkes started his career at Deloitte in London, where he worked on audits in securities and investment banking, as well as on global forensic investigations. He later transferred to Deloitte US, where he spent 14 years as a principal focusing on anti-corruption consulting and fraud detection and deterrence.

Gilkes also was previously a senior managing director in FTI Consulting’s forensic & litigation consulting segment, and a managing director at Treliant, a DC-based consultancy specializing in risk management and regulatory compliance.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of London’s Imperial College and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

“I’m thrilled to join Grant Thornton and serve alongside talented professionals in the Washington, DC area,” said Gilkes. “Most importantly, I’m looking forward to continuing to deliver the quality service and forensic insights our clients demand and deserve.”

Grant Thornton US has more than 50 offices and $1.92 billion in annual revenue. The mid-market focused accounting and consulting firm earlier this year named Beatrix Bernauer as its first chief risk and compliance officer.