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Creating exceptional experiences for our people and empowering them to achieve their full potential is at the front and centre of everything we do.

Christabel Cowling

Partner, Assurance, Ernst & Young LLP

Member of the EY UK Executive Board. Passionate about social mobility. Committed to creating fantastic experiences for our people.

Christabel is the service line leader for EY UK&I Core Business Services (CBS) and a partner within the Assurance service line.  

As CBS Managing Partner, Christabel leads a team of 2,000 people who work across a wide range of functions, from finance and risk, to talent, and brand, marketing and communications.  

Christabel joined EY UK&I in 2002 and initially worked in the Strategy and Transactions practice before moving to the Audit practice in 2005. She became Partner in 2006 and has worked with a range of companies, focussing primarily on large businesses in the utilities and retail sectors.

In 2011, Christabel was appointed the Head of Audit for the North of England. In 2014, she became the Chief Operating Officer for Assurance in the UK&I and Head of the Extended Assurance practice. 

In 2018, Christabel became Head of Regulatory and Public Policy and joined the EY UK Board.

How Christabel is building a better working world

“My day-to-day role as Audit Partner is focussed on upholding the public interest but I’m also passionate about nurturing talent and supporting colleagues to flourish in their respective careers. As well as mentoring and coaching colleagues, I’m also part of the EY Future Leaders programme, helping the next generation of decision-makers to achieve, advance and excel. 

Outside of work, I’m an active member of my local community and help run the local village hall to enable a range of user groups to access the facilities available.”

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