Deloitte announces new partner and director promotions in Scotland

From left - Gareth Edwards, Kristopher Keane and Claire Robb
From left - Gareth Edwards, Kristopher Keane and Claire Robb

“Big Four” accounting firm Deloitte has made a number of senior promotions in Scotland.

Tim Corfield has been appointed to partner in Glasgow while Kris Keane, Claire Robb and Gareth Edwards take up director roles in Edinburgh.

Tim’s appointment is the fourth partner promotion in Scotland over the past 12 months, following those of Caroline Muir, Kent Mackenzie and Shaun Reynolds. Overall, Deloitte has promoted 161 people to partner across its North West Europe (NWE) practice this month, including 78 new partners in the UK.

Tim Corfield, who joined Deloitte in 2000 as part of the firm’s Transaction Services team, has performed a fundamental role in helping to shape and lead the offering in Glasgow as well as support the Transaction Services business across Scotland and beyond.

Since 2016, he has been building on the firm’s Sale and Purchase Agreement Advisory offering by establishing a Glasgow based team, with its particular focus on providing support around the financial aspects of agreements, deal dynamics and closing mechanisms.  Now established, this team’s objective is to meet the growing demand for such services amongst mid-market and regionally based clients responding to the challenges of an ever more global M&A market and the associated complexities and risks that brings.  

Tim said: “It’s the realisation of a lifelong ambition to become a partner and I’m proud to have achieved this with Deloitte. The establishment of a dedicated Sale and Purchase Agreement Advisory team in Glasgow has been a real success story for Scotland. We have drawn on the talent pool in Scotland, with a really strong embedded knowledge of doing deals in an applied way, and now have a well-established centre of excellence. Over the last three years, we have worked on some 250 projects including many high-profile transactions both here in Scotland but also across the UK.   

Steve Williams, senior partner for Deloitte in Scotland and Northern Ireland, said: “Tim is a valuable addition to our partnership, bringing with him outstanding leadership skills, drive and determination to succeed. The Sale and Purchase Agreement Advisory offering is an example of how we have invested in new business and growth opportunities, and we look forward to Tim building on its success.”

All newly-appointed roles take effect this month. Claire Robb becomes a director after joining Deloitte’s corporate tax team as an Associate. Her role mainly involves helping privately-owned businesses to manage their tax affairs as they grow, expand internationally and undertake transactions.

Kris Keane joined Deloitte in 2001 as an Associate in audit before going on to become part of the Restructuring Services team. He works across accelerated mergers and acquisitions, performance improvement and turnaround. He regularly advises on working capital assistance, managed exit strategies and advising clients on stakeholder management during challenging situations.

Gareth Edwards has co-led Deloitte Digital in Scotland since joining the firm two years ago and works with clients across all sectors from financial services and public sector to sport and the arts. A key focus for the team, which is expected to double in size by 2021, is how digital can simplify and augment human experiences without adding complexity to ensure the technology clients use is additive to both them and their customers.

Earlier this year, Glasgow-based Marc McNulty was also made a director within the Financial Services Audit & Assurance team, with a key focus on providing internal audit services to clients across all sectors of financial services.

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