EY has appointed Director David Smith to lead its Government and Public Sector (GPS) Financial Accounting Advisory Services (FAAS) practice in the UK. David, who will be based in the firm’s Leeds and Newcastle offices, will lead an EY team advising on financial management issues affecting local and central government, health, housing, education and transport.
With 18 years’ experience providing accounting advice in the UK and international public sector, David’s areas of specialism include financial and management reporting, government accounting, treasury management, finance training and financial performance efficiency.
David joins EY from PWC, where he headed the national Government and Public Sector Finance and Accounting Services practice.
This latest appointment follows a period of expansion for EY’s Northern FAAS team, which has grown by five in the last 12 months to a total of 10, as private and public sector organisations increasingly review and change their financial processes to adapt to changing accounting standards and address stakeholder concerns.
David Smith said: “It’s a great time to join EY’s FAAS team and I look forward to working closely with colleagues in Yorkshire, the North East and right across the UK to further grow our practice by supporting public sector organisations, which are facing fresh challenges as austerity continues.
“With reduced funding, these organisations are finding alternative ways to deliver services. We have an opportunity to help them to account for these new service delivery models, helping to ensure they are viable and can be delivered on budget.”
Suzanne Robinson, Partner at EY and Head of FAAS in Yorkshire and the North East, said: “By investing in our people, business and brand, we’re targeting new opportunities in FAAS right across the North following recent client wins in a number of sectors.
“David’s experience advising UK and overseas public sector organisations, his ability to build strong client relationships and his proven leadership skills will be vital in broadening our service offering, and supporting our expansion ambitions in the North and across the UK.”