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Three equity partners for PwC Scotland

Alison FlemingBruce CollinsJon ShelleyPwC is continuing to invest in its Scottish team with appointment of three equity partners – Alison Fleming, Bruce Collins (centre) and Jon Shelley – and six directors.

Mr Collins joined the firm in 1998 as a graduate and has worked with clients in the oil and gas industry for the past 11 years. In addition to leading external audits, his focus is on helping organisations identify and deal with a range of risks and improve their governance, risk assessment and control processes, particularly given the challenging oil price environment.

Mr Shelley also joined as a graduate in 2002 and, over the years, has gained extensive insight into the deals market and the oil and gas industry.

Ms Fleming is based in Edinburgh and leads the 12-strong pension practice in Scotland. After a summer placement with PwC’s actuarial pension team in 1999, she joined the Scottish practice as a graduate the following year, remaining with the UK actuarial team throughout her career working in both London and Edinburgh. Alison’s focus is on supporting employers and trustees as they respond to the changing pensions’ landscape and deal with pension deficits and risk.

Lindsay Gardiner, regional chairman, PwC in Scotland, said: “This represents a significant investment for PwC in Scotland and, following the appointment of six partners and eight directors last year, reflects our ongoing ambition to grow and invest in our local markets.”

In addition, six directors have been promoted across the practice: James Mullan (Tax); Len Dean (Indirect Tax); James Houston (Assurance); Shuj Khan (Assurance); Gen Humphries (Risk Assurance) and Stuart Birnie (Risk Assurance).

During 2015, 140 graduates and work experience interns will be joining the Scottish practice.

Plans are also afoot to recruit a further 50 specialists across the Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow offices over the next 12 months. This follows a strengthening of the practice over the last year with the appointment of over 65 experienced hires.

Mr Gardiner added: “Our Scottish practice has a great year, with strong growth in revenues, iconic wins and roles in many of the leading M&A and restructuring projects.  Our Aberdeen team has also worked alongside many oil and gas organisations, helping them respond to the volatile oil prices at the turn of the year and adapt to the new ‘sustainable at $60’ landscape.

Across the UK

In total, a record 57 new equity partners have been admitted to PwC. The newly promoted partners reflect a diverse range of backgrounds and come from all four of the firm’s business divisions. Some 44% are based in the regions, reflecting the firm’s ongoing commitment to supporting businesses right across the UK.

Of this year’s new partner group three joined the firm as school leavers and three work flexible hours. Over the past two years, almost a third (32%) of our internal partner admissions have been female.

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