EY has appointed Yorkshire-based partner Gareth James to head-up its Data & Analytics practice within its UK and Ireland Assurance business, as the professional services firm targets further growth in audit and business assurance services in Yorkshire and the wider UK.
Gareth joins the firm having spent 18 years at Deloitte, where he had been a UK Risk Analytics Partner since 2011, specialising in and leading on audit and finance analytics.
Gareth’s practice at EY uses data and analytics to further enhance the quality and efficiency of audits, and directly helps clients to deliver faster, better business assurance activities.
Gareth, who will be based at EY’s Bridgewater Place offices in Leeds, said: “Access to new technology and powerful analytics is driving substantial innovation in audit and assurance services in the UK, which is recognised as leading the way in this field globally.
“As organisations are evolving into data-driven digital enterprises, it is critical for assurance providers to be ahead of the game. Our team is continuously looking beyond existing assessments of an organisation’s risks, controls and records to achieve this.
“Business understanding and decisions based on analytics are helping to improve offerings to customers and gain competitive advantage. This is equally true in the audit and assurance arena where the quality and impact of our work are imperatives for our clients.
“It is a great time to join EY and I look forward to working closely with colleagues in Yorkshire and right across the UK to further enhance and develop our offering.”
Stuart Watson, Yorkshire senior partner at EY, said: “Gareth’s experience will be vital in further growing and developing our Data and Analytics practice in Yorkshire and across the UK, which, alongside our global scale and deep sector insights, will play an important role in helping us to continue to support businesses with the most robust and innovative audit and assurance work.
“Gareth is an important addition to the partnership nationally and I’m particularly pleased that his appointment continues recent investment in our Yorkshire practice.”