John McCalla-Leacy

John McCalla-Leacy

Partner & UK Head of Environment, Social & Governance (ESG)

KPMG in the UK

John is KPMG’s UK Head of Environment, Social & Governance (ESG). He is responsible for embedding ESG practices into KPMG’s UK strategy and for leading the delivery ESG solutions, products and services to KPMG’s clients.

 He has held a number of senior UK, ASPAC Region and Global leaderships positions in KPMG over the last 20 years including:

  • Elected member of the KPMG UK Board,  which oversees the stewardship, accountability and leadership of the KPMG UK Firm providing clear sighted counsel on the strategic direction of KPMG and alignment to it’s Vision, Values, and Purpose
In addition to John’s leadership roles within the firm, he is a strong external advocate for the ‘S’ in ESG driving inclusion, diversity and social equality outside of the firm. Recent initiatives include:
  • Princess Trust – John sponsors and supports a number a number of initiatives with the Princess Trust, including a national volunteering programme which is focused on tackling regional inequality in the UK, support for the support the Terra Carta initiative and the development of green skills – the knowledge, abilities and values needed to create a sustainable society 
  • Disability Confident Business Leaders Group (BLG)  – John is the recently appointed KPMG senior BLG representative, which works with government and senior business leaders to develop and implement policies focused on increasing the number of disabled people in work
  • British Canoeing Advisory Group (IAG) – John is the Chair of the Inclusion Advisory Group which is accountable to the British Canoeing Board.

John is very experienced in leading rapid, complex change. He is a former senior leader within KPMG’s Global Centre of Excellence Mergers & Acquisitions team. To-date, he has led both the overall and technology aspects of some of the largest multi-billion-dollar client mergers, acquisitions, and divestments that KPMG has ever supported across multiple sectors and geographies.

Now John’s sole focus is on inspiring and driving rapid ESG related change for KPMG and its clients

Education and qualifications
  • Information System Exam Board (ISEB) Project Management Prince2

Areas of expertise - Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Pre-sign - Technology Due Diligence, negotiation and Transaction Agreements drafting support;

  • Pre-close - Technology planning and Day 1 execution;

  • Post-deal - Technology execution, transformation and value realisation

  • Environment, Social & Governance (ESG)

  • Diversity and social equality