Raft of partners and directors appointed at Deloitte

Big Four firm Deloitte has appointed two partners and six directors to its Yorkshire teams.

Chief marketing officer Annabel Rake has been promoted to partner, having been with the firm for 12 years. She was a sponsorship director for London 2012 and is in charge of the firm’s marketing strategy.

The second partner promotion is Richard Eighteen, who joined the technology business within consulting in 2011. He has been focusing on delivering tech-enabled “transformation programmes” in the insurance industry. He leads Deloitte’s strategic alliance with multiple insurance software vendors in the market.

Eighteen and Rake are among 57 partner promotions in the UK, of which 23% are women. In total 19% of Deloitte’s partners are women, a slight improvement on the 14% in 2014.

Simon Manning, partner at Deloitte in Yorkshire & the North East, said: “In 2012 we published a target that by 2020 25% of our partners would be female. We have made great progress on gender diversity and we continue to prioritise the recruitment and retention of senior women.

“We have a strong pipeline of women at director and senior manager level who are well placed to progress in the coming years.”

As well as the partners, Deloitte has promoted six of its Leeds-based team to director.

Julie Campbell is a director in the mergers & acquisitions tax team. She specialises in tax due diligence and tax structuring on M&A transactions for private company and private equity clients.

Helen Rylands is promoted to director in the employment taxes team, supporting employers in all aspects of tax compliance and is currently on maternity leave.

Richard McGinn becomes a director in the international audit team. He has worked across a wide range of industry sectors and specialises in working with foreign-owned clients, as well as those in the travel and hospitality sectors.

Peter Hempsall joined Deloitte in 2006 on the consulting analyst programme. He is chief technology officer of Deloitte Ventures, playing a leading role in building the firm’s innovation capabilities.

Jonny Lees has been promoted to director within the Financial Advisory team, specialising in restructuring services. He focuses on assisting corporates with advice and support to help transform their businesses and add value.

Richard Lofthouse becomes a director in the Consulting team. His expertise is in improving customer experience through large-scale business transformation, particularly for financial services clients.

Simon Manning added: “I’d like to personally congratulate our two new partners and six new directors. Their promotions reflect our continued confidence and investment in the Yorkshire region, and in the quality of our senior team.”

David Sproul, senior partner and chief executive of Deloitte UK and Deloitte North West Europe, said: “Our primary motivation for combining across these markets is to positively influence the growth of our clients and further increase the growth potential of Deloitte regionally and globally. The promotion of 124 new partners is a clear example of how we are investing to do that, further strengthening our capabilities across each business area in all nine markets.”

Pictured: Richard McGinn, Jonny Lees, Julie Campbell and Richard Eighteen