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Partners among promotions at EY Scotland

Philip Milne, Caroline Mercer and Lesley Stubberfield (contributed)
Philip Milne, Caroline Mercer and Lesley Stubberfield (contributed)

EY’s Scotland practice has announced three partner promotions and a head of financial services. 

Sue Dawe has been appointed head of the financial services practice in Scotland and the regions, including Bristol, Leeds and Manchester, as well as the firm’s Edinburgh office managing partner.

Ms Dawe has more than 25 years experience in the financial services sector and has been a partner since 2009. Her previous roles include global co-leader of wealth and asset management (WAM) assurance and head of UK WAM assurance. She brings extensive experience of serving many of the firm’s largest clients.

Sue DaweMs Dawe (right) said: “This is a time of uncertainty for the UK, but we continue to invest in growing our business in Scotland, Bristol, Leeds and Manchester.”

The Scotland practice has also added three partners who have more than 45 years’ of combined experience working for the firm.

Edinburgh-based Caroline Mercer has been promoted to assurance partner in the financial services practice. She will lead the UK regulated fund practice working with a variety of clients across the asset management sector, from large global asset managers to UK boutiques and their administrators. Ms Mercer also represents EY on the Investment Association’s working group of accounting firms.

Lesley Stubberfield, also Edinburgh-based, is now an advisory partner in the information technology risk & assurance (ITRA) practice, specialising in data analytics, IT risk management, audit, compliance and program assurance. She leads projects with some of EY’s largest FTSE 350 audit clients.

Glasgow-based Philip Milne is now a partner in the transaction advisory services (TAS). He will lead the government and public sector TAS practice providing support to a broad spectrum of government bodies across central and local government, education, housing and enterprise. 

These appointments represent three out of the 62 equity partners added to the UK business this year. This includes 33 internally promoted partners and 29 direct entry partners from EY’s competitors and industry.

Mark Harvey, senior partner, Scotland, said: “We have big ambitions for our business in Scotland and our new partners have an important role to play in helping us achieve them.”

These Partner promotions follow the announcement that dealmaker Ally Scott, will move from Barclays to join EY’s Scotland practice in September as partner and head of TAS. This brings the total number of EY partners dedicated to the Scotland market to 37.

EY is the largest accountancy firm in Scotland by headcount, employing around 1,000 people, across offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness.


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