Deloitte appoints new Midlands practice senior partner

Jane Whitlock, practice senior partner for Deloitte in the Midlands with Pauline Biddle, managing partner for regions

Deloitte has announced the appointment of a new practice senior partner for the Midlands.

Jane Whitlock, an assurance and advisory partner in the firm’s Birmingham office, will take over from Pauline Biddle on November 1.

Biddle is stepping down from the role to concentrate on her recently appointed position as managing partner for regions and to continue in her role on the board of Deloitte North West Europe.

Whitlock has worked in Birmingham for more than 25 years, joining the firm after graduating from Warwick University and was promoted to partner in 2004.  Working with clients including National Grid, Boots and Severn Trent, she currently leads Deloitte’s corporate audit team in the Midlands.

With a clear focus on talent, Whitlock says she will continue to grow both the Birmingham and Nottingham offices as well as making an impact that matters through Deloitte’s ‘One Million Futures’ social impact strategy.

“I am absolutely thrilled to take on the role of Midlands practice senior partner. The Midlands is a great place to do business and build careers,” she said.

“The future is really exciting, both for the firm and the region. The potential of HS2 coupled with the 2022 Commonwealth Games and the decision for Birmingham to be a pilot for 5G can only further the region’s reputation of a place where people want to work, live and stay.

“I have a real passion for mentoring top talent, and firmly believe that we can make Deloitte Midlands the best place to work in the region. We have already taken great strides to achieve this. For the past two years we have topped the regional partner promotion list within the firm and revenue continues to grow year-on-year.”

Biddle said: “Although I am stepping down, I am a Midlands partner and very supportive of the strategy Jane will be implementing over the next few years.  She shares my passion for realising talent and making an impact that matters in the region.

“I am delighted for Jane as she has built an enviable reputation amongst her clients, colleagues and peers which made her a very strong, natural choice and I don’t doubt that the Midlands practice will continue to thrive under her leadership.”