New Big Four leader
Reid replaces Gardiner as first female head of PwC Scotland
Stepping up: Claire Reid
Claire Reid has been named PwC’s first female Regional Leader in Scotland. She replaces Lindsay Gardiner, who is stepping down from the role after seven years.
Passionate about diversity and inclusion in addition to the way technology is transforming business, Ms Reid has spent her career at PwC, having joined the firm in Glasgow in 1998. Until 1 July she was head of assurance for the firm in Scotland, while also leading the technology risk practice nationally across the UK.
With a background in technology which has seen her spend two years in Silicon Valley and a further 10 in London, her appointment comes as PwC significantly increases its investment in using data and cyber security.
As part of the change in leadership, Lindsay Gardiner will continue within the firm’s audit business as both a member of the UK audit executive and as an audit partner for a wide range of clients. This comes at a time when PwC has recently announced a £30m annual investment in enhancing audit quality, and published its perspectives on the Future of Audit.
Born and raised in Glasgow, Ms Reid gained a degree in International Business and Modern Languages from the University of Strathclyde before joining PwC.
She commented: “It’s great to be back home in Scotland, working with local organisations and supporting them to prosper and grow across the region.
“Scotland has a dynamic and thriving economy with lots of great opportunity for business, our communities and the people of Scotland. I am really excited to build on our recent success and on our investment in Scotland. With my background in technology and digital change, I look forward to bringing continued energy and focus to this topic for our region.
“Lindsay has been an inspiring leader and I have learned much from him since I returned to Scotland in 2016. He has overseen a period of huge change for our business here – one which has grown into a truly progressive and tech-enabled firm with diversity and inclusion at the heart of what we do.”
Mr Gardiner commented: “Leading our wider team in Scotland for the last seven years has been a privilege and great fun. A lot has changed in that time, both in the way we deliver services for our clients, and in the firm itself.
“We now work, in some respects, for the majority of listed companies based in Scotland, have developed our Oil and Gas and Financial Services centres of excellence and significantly grown our services to locally-based private organisations and across the public sector. We now have more than 900 staff in Scotland and we have opened our new offices in Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
“I am really proud of the diversity of skills and talent that we now have particularly in technology industries, including the launch or our data degrees, and I am sure we will continue to see this develop strongly under Claire’s leadership.”