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Deloitte announces nine new partner and director promotions


Deloitte has announced nine new partner and director appointments in Scotland.

Lesley Smillie and Stephen Pratt have been appointed to partner in Edinburgh, while Michael Caullay has been promoted to partner in Glasgow.

Meanwhile, Nikola Doig and Alan McClements have been promoted to director in Edinburgh; Alison Sheridan and Thuy Vo have been promoted to director in Glasgow; while Kat Innes and Bradley Watts have been promoted to director in Aberdeen.

Almost half (4) of the promotions are women, increasing Deloitte’s female representation at partner level in Scotland to 23% and director level to 35%.

Smillie joined Deloitte in 2005 and now leads the firm’s public sector business operations division both in Scotland and across the rest of the UK.

She has a history of leading major public sector transformation programmes and has been integral in growing Deloitte’s public sector business across the UK.

Smillie said: “I have dedicated the last 12 years of my career to delivering programmes that make a fundamental difference across the public sector in Scotland and beyond.

“The public sector business operations division continues to go from strength to strength; I am incredibly proud of the work that we have done, and I am looking forward to taking on more of a leadership role across the business.”

Caullay joined in 2004 and works in Deloitte’s audit and assurance practice. He has built a team specialising in audit services to the investment fund market and leads advisory engagements across the investment management sector.

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Pratt joined in 2006 and also works in the audit and assurance practice, but with a focus on large complex listed and larger corporate entities.

All newly appointed roles take effect this month.



Deloitte's new directors in Scotland
Deloitte’s new directors in Scotland

Doig, Innes and Vo have all become directors in the audit and assurance practice; McClements in the mergers and acquisitions consulting practice; Sheridan in the tax practice; and Watts in the financial advisory practice.

Steve Williams, senior partner for Deloitte in Scotland and Northern Ireland, said: “The past 12 months have posed many unique challenges for businesses right across the country and we, along with our clients, have had to be agile to changing market conditions and shifting consumer behaviours.

“Lesley, Michael, and Stephen have each played an integral role in growing and nurturing their teams and respective business areas and should feel incredibly proud of this achievement.

“Congratulations also to our six new directors who have shown their ability to navigate these uncertain times, while continuing to support our clients and colleagues within the business.”

Following the acquisition of technology consultancy Keytree last October, Deloitte recruited an additional three new external hires at partner and director level in Scotland.

Keytree chief operating officer Derek Lithgow joined as a partner based in the firm’s Glasgow office, while global head of success factors Christine Maguire, and solutions director Peter Trace, also joined as directors in Scotland.

Meanwhile, in January, Mark Weir and Paul Irvine joined Deloitte as partners in the firm’s cyber risk services practice.

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Overall, Deloitte has promoted 79 people to partner across the UK this month.

Deloitte North and South Europe is the second largest member firm in the Deloitte Global network, spanning 28 countries and over 50,000 people.

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