Half of positions held by women
Dawe joins board and boosts diversity
EY has announced the appointment of Sue Dawe (pictured), the firm’s head of financial services in Scotland, to its UK board. Ms Dawe will take up her new role on 1 September along with Christabel Cowling, as Eamonn McGrath and Alisdair Mann step down.
The appointments will mean that five of the ten positions on its UK board will be held by women (50%), strengthening the diversity of the firm’s senior leadership.
Ms Dawe joined the firm in 1988 and was appointed head of the financial services practice in Scotland and Edinburgh office managing partner in 2016, roles she will continue to hold in addition to her position on the board.
Ms Dawe has been an audit partner since 2009 and has more than 25 years of experience within the financial services sector, working with a large number of global organisations.
She is a member of Scotland’s financial services advisory board (FiSAB) and the Scottish Financial Enterprise High Level Strategy Group (SFE HLSG).
Ms Cowling joined EY in 2002 and has spent the last four years as the chief operating officer for the UK Assurance business. As an audit partner, Ms Cowling has extensive experience of advising multinational listed companies and has worked in EY’s Leeds, Birmingham, London and Washington DC offices.
Ms Cowling’s appointment to the board will be as UK head of regulatory and public policy. Ms Cowling will work alongside Eamonn McGrath, current UK head of regulatory and public policy, until the end of the year to enable a smooth transition.
Steve Varley, EY’s UK Chairman said: “These appointments are a reflection of their skills and experience, but I’m also proud that we are adding to the diversity of our UK board, ensuring that we are able to draw on the widest spectrum of views. I’m confident that Christabel and Sue will further strengthen our leadership team and how we run our business.”
Eamonn McGrath will be retiring in December after 31 years as a partner and 41 years with the firm. Mr McGrath is an audit partner and has been UK head of regulatory & public policy and a member of the UK board for the last three years.
Following his appointment as global vice chair, treasury, Alisdair Mann will be stepping down from the board after eight years of service. Alongside his new global vice chair responsibilities, Mr Mann will continue to serve some of the firm’s largest financial services clients. He will also continue to lead the managed services practice for financial services in Europe – a practice that he was at the forefront of forming five years ago.