PWC HAS announced four new equity partners in Scotland, alongside eight new directors, among a total of 240 promotions across the region.
The admission of Katrina Hallpike, Ross Marshall, Kenny Munro and Stuart Copland – all of whom were directors in the Scotland firm – reflects significant investment in the scale of the practice.
A partner in PwC’s Deals practice, Katrina holds a UK national role focused on technology and financial services valuations while retaining a presence in Scotland; while Ross, Kenny and Stuart are all based in the firm’s Glasgow office.
Valuation specialist Katrina spent the first three years of her PwC career in the Channel Islands, and has held roles in London and Singapore as well as Scotland. She has been with the firm for 17 years.
Private Business Tax Leader in Scotland, Ross, originally joined PwC as a graduate in 2002 before rejoining the firm in 2017 as a director tasked with growing Scotland’s private business tax practice. Having worked with some of the country’s leading entrepreneurs and private firms, his focus will remain on growing PwC’s tax and wider private business offering in Scotland.
Kenny, who joined PwC in 2007 as a graduate, now leads the firm’s 60-strong Digital Audit team in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North of England, with a focus on implementing next generation technology into the audit process. He will also be involved in the firm’s ‘Tech We Can’ programme, which aims to encourage young people to consider careers in technology.
Consulting partner Stuart, who has been with the firm for 14 years, focuses on technology enabled operations transformation across the energy, utilities, and renewables sector. Leading on field service capability, he supports clients across the UK with supply chain operations and implementing systems to increase business resilience.
PwC has also named eight new directors in Scotland, four of whom are female. They are Alison Smith, who specialises in corporate tax in Aberdeen; Glasgow-based Andy Blundell and Laura McIntyre who work in deals and audit, respectively; Edinburgh-based auditor Moyra Anne Vipond; tax specialists Matthew Cooper and Mark Hill, both based in Edinburgh; and Emily Thomas and James Dean, both of whom work in Edinburgh’s risk practice.
Jason Morris, Regional Leader for PwC Scotland, said:
“Not only is it fantastic to welcome four new faces into the partnership in Scotland as well as eight new directors, it’s also wonderful to see so many of our people being promoted into new roles across our offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, across all grades. Our people are our business, so it goes without saying that I’m incredibly proud to see so many members of the team in Scotland take the next steps in their careers.”
“The level of performance this year is testament to the excellent work that has been delivered by our teams in Scotland, and these promotions signal our ongoing commitment to increasing and strengthening capabilities across the local, national, and global industries and markets that our Scottish teams serve. The fresh perspectives our new partners and directors will bring to the table will be welcome as we work to help our clients navigate through the changing economic landscape.”
PwC UK has promoted 77 new partners from 1 July 2022. The new promotions are in addition to 22 partners promoted in January 2022, taking the total of new partner promotions this year to 99. Some 30% of new partners are based outside London, compared with 24% last year. The promotions cover each of PwC’s core services – Audit, Consulting, Deals, Risk and Tax.
The promotions follow the recent announcement that more than half of PwC UK’s 20,000 employees would get a 9% pay rise, and 70% would get a rise of 7% or more, in response to the rising cost of living and competitive recruitment market.