Former Scots Secretary Moore joins PwC

Michael MoorePwC has appointed former Scottish Secretary Michael Moore as an adviser on the devolution agenda across the UK.

Mr Moore will work alongside Stephanie Hyde, PwC executive board head of regions, advising the Devo Delivery Network, a team of over 350 local and central government experts working across PwC’s 31 UK regional offices. It was launched last month to support organisations and authorities around devolution and regional economic growth.

Mr Moore, who told Daily Business last summer that he was seeking a business role, is a Scottish chartered accountant and an alumnus of PwC.  He qualified in 1991 and gained extensive experience in the firm’s corporate finance team before his election to the House of Commons in 1997 as Liberal Democrat MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk.

He will be based in PwC’s Edinburgh office and will operate across the UK, but will not be involved in lobbying activities on behalf of either PwC or its clients.

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Daily Business revealed Mr Moore’s plans last summer

PwC’s government and public sector team in Scotland has also been boosted by the appointment of consulting director, Fiona Young. With more than 12 years’ public sector experience, including a spell with EY where she led the public sector practice in Scotland, Ms Young has gained a depth of experience in areas such as business transformation, enhancing operational efficiency and service delivery design, as well as insight on many of the wide range of issues facing this sector.

Lindsay Gardiner, regional chairman, PwC in Scotland, said: “It’s great to welcome Michael back into the Edinburgh office and to our UK firm. A seasoned politician with significant business experience, he has been at the core of the devolution journey, and will undoubtedly bring a wealth of expertise and insight to this agenda.

“We are also delighted to welcome Fiona on board. This appointment further demonstrates our commitment to retain and grow our market share within the public sector.”

As a UK government minister, Michael Moore piloted the Scotland Act through Parliament and was a member of the Coalition government that introduced ‘City Deals’ and ‘Growth Deals’ across England. He was Scottish Secretary for three years and served on the Smith Commission which devised the principles and detail of significant additional Scottish devolution measures.

Mr Moore commented: “The UK is being radically re-shaped and while the public debates about devolution continue, public and private sector leaders are already implementing big changes to the way public services are shaped and delivered.

“As a market leader. PwC is already providing valuable advice and insight on devolution and I am excited to be returning to join PwC’s expert team at this important moment.

“After 18 years in Parliament, I am delighted to be starting a new career with the firm, focused on making devolution a practical success.”

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