Pamela Gillies

Pamela Gillies is our exclusively recommended Advisory Services expert in Northern Ireland on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Pamela directly using the contact details above.

Pamela is a Director in the Advisory department of BDO Northern Ireland. A qualified accountant, Pamela has had extensive experience in business restructuring, corporate finance and management consultancy, specialising in business and strategic planning and performance improvement. Since joining BDO in 1997, after completing a Masters in Business Administration, Pamela has gained wide experience across both the public and private sectors being involved in a large range of projects.

Pamela has focused on growing entrepreneurial businesses, helping them to maximise their potential and achieve their goals. In the development of corporate strategies and indeed in carrying out performance improvement reviews, Pamela focuses upon the creation of efficiencies in the Profit and Loss and Balance Sheet, whilst also recognising the importance of considering the organisations capabilities, its financial health and the need for restructuring, its market strategy and most fundamental of all, the aspirations and support of the people behind the business.

Pamela Gillies has been involved in numerous strategic and financial reviews for both private and public sector clients, venture capitalists and various banking institutions. She has particular expertise in business planning assignments undertaken on behalf of private sector clients in raising finance from a range of sources including Invest NI, banks, venture capitalists and Business Angels.

Firm Overview:

About BDO Northern Ireland

BDO Northern Ireland is based in the heart of Belfast City Centre and has been serving its clients for more than 30 years.

Whilst part of the BDO International network, BDO Northern Ireland is an independently owned partnership and we specialise in helping businesses, whether start-ups or multinationals, to grow.

As a member of the BDO network we are part of the largest European led Audit, Tax and Advisory practice.

A Different Approach

Through our own professional expertise and working directly with businesses, we’ve developed a unique insight into what makes a business successful. It is this insight that makes us leading business advisers; we are much more than financial consultants.

We are part of the world’s fifth largest accounting network, which provides us with a platform to learn new and innovative approaches to business while bringing new ideas directly to our clients. BDO Northern Ireland has 5 Partners and with over 170 staff, BDO have a very unique culture.

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Gilberto de Farias

Gilberto de Farias is our exclusively recommended Advisory Services expert in Brazil on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Gilberto directly using the contact details listed above.

Bachelor of Science Business Administration, Bachelor of Accountancy and International Executive MBA from University of Pittsburgh. Gilberto joined AFAS in 2001 and his previous experience includes 6 years as an Auditor at KPMG, 7 years as Controller at Proudfoot Consulting Group and Latin America Finance Director for Packard Bell NEC do Brazil and 8 years in Consulting Services.

Business corporations are always facing a new and ever-changing business landscape, a business landscape that has no boundaries and with competition intensifying on all fronts. In order for businesses to come across these challenges and competitions, they need to focus and concentrate on enhancing their core competencies. In this environment, businesses do not attempt to carry out every function in-house but outsource these functions to other entities, whose special competencies and expertise allow them to carry out these functions efficiently, effectively and economically.

AFAS outsourcing practice has the competencies and expertise to assist business organisations carry out services that are a management distraction if performed in-house. We add value to business organisations’ strategy of competitive advantage by carrying out outsourcing services in the areas of Finance and Accounting (F&A), Tax Compliance, Financial Department Routines, Payroll & HR, with thus freeing valuable client resources to focus on core areas of the business organisations.

We have a diversified portfolio of clients including companies from the United States of America, Canada, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, India, South Africa and other countries around the world, as well as local companies. Our clients are in the areas of commerce, industry, and services.

Romeo Triumph Jones

Romeo Jones is our exclusively recommended Advisory Services expert in Ghana on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Romeo directly using the contact details listed above.

GroConsult Management Consortium is a leading management company with expertise in payroll, compliance, finance, contractor management services, company set up and management and investment consulting.

Together we bring more than 20 years of experience in helping international and local companies solve their challenges. As a subsidiary of Kharis Global Group, our primary objective is to provide pragmatic and value-added managerial services.

We commit people, resources and ideas to help our clients, stakeholders and the communities we serve to grow. Our client service managers with extensive knowledge are on stand-by to swiftly respond to all your business requests, queries and provide assistance where necessary.

We utilise an international and flexible approach to addressing organisational needs in a professional and creative manner to ensure maximum output.

With operational presence in most of Africa, United Kingdom, Europe and United Arab Emirates, we are fully equipped to provide timely, in depth and indigenous services to our clients.


Ghana, officially the Republic of Ghana, is a country in West Africa. It spans the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean to the south, sharing borders with the Ivory Coast in the west, Burkina Faso in the north, and Togo in the east.

Dan Balke

Dan Balke is our exclusively recommended Advisory Services expert in Germany on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Dan directly using the contact details listed above.

Berlin, Germany’s capital, dates to the 13th century. Reminders of the city’s turbulent 20th-century history include its Holocaust memorial and the Berlin Wall’s graffitied remains. Divided during the Cold War, its 18th-century Brandenburg Gate has become a symbol of reunification. The city’s also known for its art scene and modern landmarks like the gold-coloured, swoop-roofed Berliner Philharmonie, built in 1963.

Dan is Managing Director and Partner of LFS, with a multifaceted record of senior management positions in financial institutions as project manager in the area of Digital Finance and Digitisation Projects, Small Business Finance, Housing, and Impact Finance Projects.

Firm Overview:

LFS is an advisory and management firm based in Berlin, Germany. The company has been operating previously as LFS Financial Systems GmbH, and changed its name to LFS Advisory GmbH in 2018.

We specialise in banking and financial sector projects in developing countries. Our particular focus is on micro, small, and medium enterprise finance. Starting in 1998 as a consulting firm, LFS is today also a manager and investor in MSME finance. We are proud to have brought together a team that combines a variety of professional, academic, and regional backgrounds, but shares a commitment to excellence and integrity.

Sharon Thorne

Sharon Thorne is our exclusively recommended Advisory Services expert in England on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Sharon directly using the contact details listed above.

Sharon is the chair of the Deloitte Global Board of Directors. Prior to leading the board, Sharon was the deputy CEO and managing partner Global & Strategy of Deloitte North West Europe (NWE), and a member of the Deloitte Global Board of Directors. She has long been a champion of Deloitte’s ambition to achieve higher representation of women in leadership globally.

As a member of the NWE Executive, Sharon’s main responsibility was to lead the worldwide dimension of Deloitte NWE’s strategy, which recognises the importance of international trade and investment to Deloitte NWE, its clients, and stakeholders. Between 2015 and 2019, Sharon was the executive sponsor for the creation of Deloitte NWE, designed to expand the capacity of Deloitte firms within the region to serve clients and attract talented people.

Prior to her role as Managing Partner Global & Strategy, Sharon was a Deloitte UK audit partner for 20 years, and has more than 30 years of experience auditing and advising clients across a broad range of sectors. This includes extensive experience serving as lead audit partner for FTSE-listed clients, coordinating services around the globe, and an outstanding record of delivering service with quality and distinction.

In addition to delivering audit services, Sharon has significant advisory experience, including two secondments to Deloitte UK’s financial advisory business and helping her clients with various mergers & acquisitions activities. Earlier in her career, Sharon spent a year in industry as the finance director of a subsidiary of a listed company.

In addition to a number of executive roles, including Deloitte UK managing partner Talent and Deloitte UK managing partner Regional Markets, Sharon has spent more than three decades on boards, including as chair. This includes nine years on the Deloitte Global Board of Directors and six years on the Deloitte UK Board of Directors.

Sharon’s other board experience includes six years on the Confederation of British Industry Board of Directors and four years as a Trustee for Prostate Cancer UK. She is a current member of the A4S Advisory Council, the Social Progress Imperative Board of Directors, and the Stewardship Board of the World Economic Forum Platform for Shaping the Future of the New Economy and Society.

Sharon Thorne graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy, Economics, and Politics; and she is a fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. She lives in the United Kingdom with her husband John and their two dogs, has three grown-up stepdaughters, and enjoys watching Manchester United and playing golf.