Exceptional year sees EY Newcastle invest in future growth

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5 December 2011: EY's Newcastle office has rounded off a year of exceptional growth by making four senior appointments and bolstering its workforce by 17 per cent.

Simon Whiteside, executive tax director, has been recruited from PricewaterhouseCoopers while Trevor Sherlock has been promoted to tax partner.

Craig Cumpson and Joanna Sherlock have been made tax directors.

They are joined by 45 new graduates – the highest number recruited by any professional services firm in the North East this year – taking the total number of staff based in the city to 300. As a result, the firm has carried out a refit of its existing Citygate facilities and is negotiating further space.

Mark Hatton, office managing partner at EY Newcastle, said: "Major new client wins and a marked up-turn in transactions activity has led to significant growth over the past year. The expansion of our team will lead to greater strength in depth and ensure we continue to provide the highest quality of service to our clients.

"The firm recently announced turnover growth of 8 per cent in the UK, with our UK managing partner Steve Varley attributing that to significant investment in new people and new market activity throughout the business. It's an approach we're fully signed up to in Newcastle."

Simon, an Oxford University graduate, began his career with Coopers and Lybrand in 1993. He quickly progressed to the rank of international tax senior manager before accepting a post in Hong Kong where he oversaw a number of strategic projects.

On returning to the UK, Simon moved to global mining company Anglo America before opting to return to the professional services industry. His most recent role saw him based in Aberdeen where he led a team working with top-tier energy clients.

Trevor has been based in Newcastle since 1990, having previously worked in EY's London headquarters. He has specialised in tax throughout his career, with a focus on providing personal tax clients with exceptional levels of consulting and compliance services.

Craig joined EY in 1997 having qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1994 and as a Chartered Tax Adviser in 1995 with a locally-based firm. He has specialised in providing corporate tax services to a wide range of clients across the region, with his promotion reflecting the extremely high value advice provided to his clients.

Joanna, who has specialised in personal tax throughout her career, joined EY's Newcastle team in 1995. She has held various senior positions in the personal tax team and has assumed responsibility for managing relationships with major clients in the financial services sector since returning from maternity leave earlier this year.

Mark Hatton added: "Supplementing our experienced appointments with the recruitment of some of the North East's brightest young graduate talent will help cement our position as a pre-eminent provider of professional services in the region. Additionally, I hope to be in a position to announce another senior appointment in the New Year.

"While the world focuses on the many uncertainties and risks associated with economic and political instability, firms in the North East are building stronger and more sustainable businesses.

"It is a fantastic time to be a professional advisor; helping clients take opportunities and address threats has never been more satisfying and stimulating."

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