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EY Expands South West & Wales Team with Raft of Senior Appointments


EY expands its South West & Wales practice with 10 senior appointments and 119 promotions.

In line with the firm’s plans to double its Financial Services (FS) headcount by 2020, seven of the 10 senior appointments are within its growing FS team. Jeremy Wren, Carmen Diaz-Ortuno and Sarah Geldard have all joined the FS Transaction Advisory Services team to support financial services clients manage and execute transactions. The team brings specific experience of loan portfolio reviews and assessments to assist with both buy and sell-side propositions.

Mark Denslow and Harry Swift joined the FS Tax and People Advisory Services teams respectively. Mark’s role will help to build out the FS Tax practice in Bristol, with a particular focus on tax governance. Harry is a personal tax specialist advising clients which have a US tax nexus and cross-border tax issues. Shahzeb Memon has been promoted within the FS Assurance team and specialises in working with banking and leasing clients, and Will Mirams has been promoted to lead the FS Life Actuarial Analytics team.

Other senior appointments included Emma Coughlan, Sam Phillips and Neil Johnston in EY’s Indirect Tax, Transaction Advisory Services and Assurance teams respectively. Emma will focus on helping clients to minimise VAT costs and embrace indirect tax savings opportunities. Sam Phillips will help develop the firm’s transaction support offering across the region and will concentrate on supporting and advising private mid-market clients across all areas of a transaction lifecycle. Neil Johnston has been promoted in EY’s Assurance team and will support the firm as it continues to invest in audit quality in the delivery of external audits.

EY employs 350 people at its Bristol office in The Paragon, Counterslip.

Andrew Perkins, Managing Partner at EY in the South West & Wales, comments:

“I’m delighted to announce our 10 new senior appointments who will all play an important role in helping us fulfil our commitment to invest and grow our regional practice. It’s also fantastic that we’ve made so many promotions within our Bristol office in addition to those who have joined the firm – retaining and developing our people is vital in enabling us to deliver the best services to our clients.”

Andy Blackmore, Head of Financial Services at EY in the South West & Wales, comments:

“We continue to develop our offerings in the local market and the appointments to our local Financial Services team in particular will help us deliver a full service offering to the thriving FS market across this region. It’s positive to see our Bristol practice as a whole continuing to grow as it responds to the increasing demand in the marketplace.”