KPMG names new head for Scottish operations

Accountancy and professional services group KPMG has appointed a new head to its Scottish business, saying this represents the first female senior partner of a big four accountancy firm north of the Border.

Catherine Burnet is to become the new head of KPMG in Scotland. Picture: Mike Wilkinson

Catherine Burnet, head of KPMG’s financial services team in Scotland, replaces Craig Anderson, who is to retire in September after 37 years with the firm.

Burnet has been with KPMG for more than 20 years and a partner since 2009, and her promotion comes at what it said is a “time of growth”, with employee numbers in Scotland at a record high of more than 850.

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She will become regional chair in October, and UK chairman Simon Collins said: “Financial services is under-going substantial transformation at rapid pace and our Scottish practice will benefit from the experience, leadership and agility that Catherine has built up in her client work.

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Burnet said her appointment comes “against the backdrop of significant changes in the Scottish economy and society”, adding: “Despite continued change, Scotland has become quick to respond to challenges and exploit opportunities domestically and internationally.”

Anderson said: “I have been privileged throughout my career to work with some inspirational colleagues and clients, as the firm has grown and our services have developed. A particular highlight has been the location of KPMG’s UK tax centre of excellence and small business accounting teams in Glasgow, which contributes to the number of people employed by the firm in Scotland, recently rising to more than 850 – the highest ever.

“Catherine is a fantastic appointment. She is an outstanding professional with significant international experience. She is truly client focused with a terrific track record in fostering talent.”