Two new equity partners at EY Scotland and global role for Aberdeen leader

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EY welcomes two new equity Partners in Scotland, reflecting its continued investment in the growth of the business and the Scottish talent based.

Aberdeen’s Gemma Noble and Glasgow’s Dan Gill are two of the 71 new EY Partners in the UK. 41, including Gemma and Dan, were promoted internally and 30 were direct entry Partners who joined from competitors and industry. EY also promoted 63 Associate Partners, including six in Scotland, taking its total promotions from 1 July to 134.

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Gemma is EY’s newest Audit Partner, having joined the firm in 2005 as a graduate following a six week placement as a Summer Intern the previous year. As a Partner Gemma will continue to deliver services to a portfolio of clients and grow the business in Aberdeen, particularly in the private middle market. Her experience is predominantly, but not exclusively, in oil and gas with a keen interest in innovation and the application of new technologies within the sector to deliver greater efficiencies and growth in the North Sea. Gemma’s work also helps support the continued diversification of the economy in the North East including the life sciences and technology sectors as well as the local entrepreneurial community.

Dan is an Advisory Partner within EY’s Energy practice with a focus on Power and Utilities after joining the firm in 2013 with a previous 11 years of industry experience. He works with clients who have responsibility for energy pipes and wires on large, transformative projects. This could be as a result of regulatory scrutiny, new ownership, increased customer expectations and/or significant advancements in technology.

Mark Harvey, EY’s Senior Partner, Scotland, commented: “The appointment of Gemma and Dan are a reflection of both their individual skills, as well as the investments we are making in our business here in Scotland.”

Gemma is the eighth woman to join EY’s Partnership in Scotland in the last four years which means 62 per cent of new equity Partners in Scotland since 2015 have been female. The proportion of female Partners in Scotland has also increased to a new record high from 32 per cent last year to 41 per cent this year.

Mark added: “The future of our business, and others, depends on our ability to be innovative in an incredibly fast paced world. To make that happen we must have a workforce that has diversity of thought, perspectives, experiences and skills.

“I am particularly pleased to see efforts to diversify our leadership are making a difference with a further increase the representation of women in our Partnership in Scotland. This is in addition to half of our senior leadership roles in Scotland being fulfilled by women.”

Senior Partner Derek Leith has also been promoted to Global Oil and Gas Tax Lead after holding a similar role in the UK for 10 years. He has more than 30 years’ experience of oil and gas taxation, guiding UK and foreign investors – multinational companies, private equity funds and National Oil Companies – through all aspects of the tax landscape. Derek remains based in Aberdeen and committed to his role as EY’s Aberdeen Office Managing Partner. Derek strives to encourage local economic growth by supporting entrepreneurship and working with upstream and oilfield service companies based in the UK.

Mark said: “I am delighted to see the talent of EY’s leaders recognised on the international stage with the promotion of Derek Leith to a Global role. This is a reflection of the high calibre of our people in Scotland and establishing this position in Aberdeen is another signal of the city’s credentials as a world-leader within the oil and gas industry.”

The six people promoted to Associate Partner in Scotland are: Alan Campbell in Tax, Oli Henderson in Transaction Advisory Services (TAS), Scott Kenyon, Gary Logan and Tony McCormack in Advisory and David Storrie in People Advisory Services (PAS).

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