ACCOUNTANCY firm Deloitte has appointed a new head of its Scottish operations and indicated it intends to invest in the business north of the Border.
Steve Williams will take over as senior partner for Scotland and Northern Ireland next month following the retirement of Ian Steele. The firm said it was planning for “fresh growth and continued investment across the region”.
Williams said yesterday: “Scotland has the potential to play a bigger role for the firm internationally, building on the strong relationships that the country has with the EU, the Nordic States and North America.”
Steele will be retiring having spent 16 years with Deloitte. He led the firm’s Scottish operations through the post-recession years, taking up the position of senior partner in 2010.
His successor, who has more than 23 years’ of experience with Deloitte, will take up his new position from April. Over the past two decades, Williams has worked extensively with Deloitte’s largest retail financial services businesses across the UK and internationally, providing both audit and advisory services.
He currently leads Deloitte’s financial services practice outside of London and has recently been spearheading the firm’s efforts in Scotland’s financial services sector, making inroads in the “challenger bank” market.
He described Scotland and Northern Ireland as “incredibly dynamic markets” with the potential to play a larger role in the group.
“We have made momentous strides under Ian’s leadership during complex times, and with the devolution debate continuing to evolve the next few years promise even more change,” he said.
“In this changing market, there are significant opportunities for us to further build our reputation within the oil and gas, food and agriculture, ‘challenger bank’ and asset management sectors.
“At the same time, we are uniquely placed to provide continued support to the public sector in both Scotland and Northern Ireland.”
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