EY adds three partners as firm targets Yorkshire expansion

EY has added three equity partners in Yorkshire as the firm targets expansion in the region.

Mark Morritt has entered the partnership internally, while Paul Tomlinson and Christopher Gallagher have been appointed from Deloitte and PwC respectively.

Mark, who joined the firm in 2005, specialises in auditing multinational listed groups and acting as reporting accountant for corporate transactions.

A specialist in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), Mark has spent time advising EY’s clients in New York on IFRS and worked on secondment at a UK private equity-backed business.

Paul, who returns to EY having first joined in 1998, will become part of the firm’s Financial Services Advisory Performance Improvement team.

Based in Yorkshire, he will advise clients across the UK insurance industry on business design and transformation, including building new insurance operations, achieving cost reductions and improving claims performance.

Christopher Gallagher has joined EY’s Advisory team across Yorkshire and the North West to lead its Internal Audit, Risk and Controls practice in the North.

Christopher, who has 16 years’ experience, specialises in providing a broad range of assurance, governance, risk management and controls services to a range of clients across the public and private sectors, including in the government and health industries, and to large listed and private businesses.

Stuart Watson, senior partner at EY in Yorkshire and Humberside, said: “Developing our people is a vital part of our growth strategy, and this investment in senior talent reflects not only our growing ambition in Yorkshire but also our confidence in the long-term outlook for our regional economy.

“Mark’s promotion recognises his outstanding contribution to expanding and broadening our Assurance offering to listed firms in Yorkshire. Paul and Christopher’s appointments will also strengthen our services in the financial sector and the internal audit space respectively.

“These appointments show a real commitment to investing in our people and our offering to Yorkshire companies. Mark, Paul and Christopher’s professionalism, ambition and experience will be absolutely critical in continuing our strong momentum and achieving our expansion plans over the coming years.”

Nationally, EY has appointed 95 equity partners – 40 per cent more than last year – to its UK business, including 44 internally promoted partners and a record 51 direct entry partners from its competitors and industry. 

Of the 95 partners appointed nationally over the last year, 32 per cent are women and 11 per cent are from a black and minority ethnic (BME) background.

L-R Paul Tomlinson, Stuart Watson, Chris Gallagher & Mark Morritt
Paul Tomlinson, Stuart Watson, Chris Gallagher and Mark Morritt

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