EY Scotland announces Partner promotions and increased student recruitment

Julie Cavin, EY Partner
  • EY makes three internal partner promotions in the tax and audit service lines
  • A total of 97 people started the graduate or apprenticeship programmes at EY in Scotland in September 2020, with 41% female and 22% ethnic minority intake

EY has strengthened its leadership in Scotland with three internal partner promotions and continues its support for the next generation of talent with a 10% increase in student recruitment.

These promotions and recruitment signal the continued investment in local talent, the Scottish market and the support of clients during uncertain times.

The addition of Julie Cavin and Nicola McIntyre, both in the audit service line and Iain Wintour in tax, brings the Partner total in Scotland to 33 with 13 (39%) being female.

Ally Scott, EY UK&I Managing Partner for Scotland, said: “It is a great privilege to welcome Julie, Nicola and Iain as EY partners in Scotland. They all have an incredible drive and passion for supporting and advising Scotland’s inspiring business community.

“Underlining EY’s commitment to growing our business in Scotland, we’ve continued to invest in top talent despite the more challenging economic backdrop. Our new Partners will bring valuable insights to our clients across the market, from entrepreneurial and mid-market private businesses to the largest listed and multi-national corporates based in Scotland.  They will help our clients navigate the ongoing uncertainty, prepare for future growth, and continue to build a vibrant, resilient business community.”

Julie joined EY three years ago after ten years in London with another Big Four firm and is based in EY’s Edinburgh Office. She has broad, cross-sector experience (including in transportation, retail & consumer, and manufacturing) with businesses ranging in size from mid-market to listed on AIM and the FTSE 350. She will primarily work with medium-sized businesses.

Also joining as an audit Partner is Nicola McIntyre who is Glasgow-based. While Nicola’s remit and experience is also cross-sector, including retail, consumer products and manufacturing, her main sector focus is in energy. She works with some of Scotland’s largest businesses, has extensive experience with UK listed companies and works with a growing portfolio of mid-market companies.

The promotion of Edinburgh-based Iain is another boost to EY’s corporate tax practice in Scotland, which has grown its headcount by 50% in the last three years and recently welcomed two senior hires in Aberdeen. In addition to advising some of Scotland’s largest businesses across various sectors and leading the tax team in Edinburgh, Iain will continue to focus on growing EY’s strong footprint in the infrastructure and renewable energy sectors, which are set to play an important role in Scottish economic growth in the future.

There have also been five internal promotions to Associate Partner with Kris Aspin and Simon Millage in the Strategy and Transactions team based in Edinburgh and Glasgow respectively. The tax team has also promoted three new Associate Partners, Judith Wilson and Craig Menzies both in EY’s Glasgow office and Bob Cardno in its Aberdeen office.

These promotions follow the recruitment of 97 graduates and apprentices* across EY in Scotland, reinforcing the firm’s commitment to investing in and nurturing local talent despite the backdrop of COVID-19. This is an increase from 88 graduates and apprentices hired in 2019.

The 83 graduates and 14 apprentices have joined EY offices in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh. In line with EY’s commitment to recruit a diverse pool of candidates, 41% of the student recruits this year are female and 22% and from ethnic minorities.

EY has adjusted its student recruitment programmes for a virtual environment to ensure graduates and apprentices are still able to undertake client work and progress towards their professional qualifications despite COVID-19 restrictions.

Sue Dawe, EY Financial Services Managing Partner for Scotland added: “Young, diverse talent is essential to our future business success in Scotland and to shaping the skills we will need to remain competitive. Our clients expect us to consistently bring fresh ideas and solutions, with technology in particular playing an increasing part in the insights we offer, and so remaining committed to hiring young people is a key element of our strategy.

“At a time when many young people are facing a challenging labour market, our apprenticeship, graduate and internship programmes provide students and school-leavers with a great opportunity to gain real hands-on experience, while also enhancing their skills and enabling them to work towards a qualification. We have another strong cohort joining us this year and we wish them all the success in their careers with us.”

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