People: PwC; Professional Energy Purchasing; Harrowells; and more

PwC has confirmed the appointment of Andy Ward as its new market senior partner for the Leeds office.

An audit partner, Ward has been with the firm for almost 25 years and services a broad range of clients including listed companies, private equity, entrepreneurial and privately owned firms across the Yorkshire marketplace.

He specialises in the manufacturing, property and construction sectors and in IPO transactions. He has spent time overseas on secondment in Houston, and also led the Firm’s former Sheffield office.

He said: “The pandemic has massively disrupted the traditional way of working but it has been great to see how we have all responded to the challenges and shown agility, whilst continuing to deliver great client service adding value to organisations across the region.

“I look forward to leading us through the immediate challenges, ensuring that we can be at the heart of helping our economy recover.’’

In addition to his appointment PwC has announced a raft of additional senior promotions all based in the North.

In total it has recently promoted 13 of its team to director, a further 31 to senior manager and 23 to manager across its Consulting, Risk Assurance, Business Restructuring Services (BRS), Deals (Corporate and Transaction Services), Tax and Audit lines of service.

Armoghan Mohammed, PwC’s North chairman added “I’m delighted to welcome Andy to the North leadership team and I’m looking forward to working alongside him.

“Andy brings a wealth of experience to the role and will play a vital role in continuing to build on the success of our fabulous Northern business and our role in the community more widely as well.

“Announcing Andy’s appointment and the wider promotions we have recently made across our Northern practice teams, continues our commitment both to our clients and the wider region, and to helping our clients navigate through a post pandemic recovery.”


Sheffield-based independent energy consultancy Professional Energy Purchasing is expanding its team to strengthen its energy procurement service for businesses.

Dan Wilson has gained over six years’ experience in the energy sector building strong relationships with clients whilst increasing the sales pipeline.

His in-depth knowledge of the market and the different contracts available to clients made him the ideal candidate to develop new business across the North of England.

Wilson said: “Despite being in a pandemic and the extra challenges it brings I’m really looking forward to playing my part in driving the business forward.

“I was interviewed virtually but already feel like part of the team thanks to the warm welcome I’ve had.

“As a father of a young family I was looking for a position with a business that is family-orientated and flexible in its approach to work.

“This business offers me that, plus the chance to develop my role as the business continues to expand.”

Linda Spencer, managing director, added: “Dan is an excellent fit for this position, both in terms of his knowledge of energy procurement, but also in his values which align perfectly to our business.

“He understands the importance of providing a first-class service to clients which is the bedrock of the company and is fundamental to me personally.

“It’s an exciting time to join the business and I’m sure he will prove to be another key member of the team.”


Philip Williams

North and East Yorkshire law firm, Harrowells, has strengthened its Private Client Department’s senior team with the appointment of Philip Williams as an associate solicitor.

He joins from the private capital group at Addleshaw Goddard, Leeds, and is based at Harrowells’ York city centre office in St Saviourgate.

Williams, who qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and also holds a community mediator qualification, specialises in the preparation of wills, trusts, lasting powers of attorney and making applications for grants of probate.

He is also experienced in advising business owners, high net worth individuals, ‘family offices’, trustees, charities and other corporate bodies and has held several senior commercial roles in both established and innovative legal sector businesses.

Monika Bone

His appointment follows the promotion of Monika Bone who joined the firm in 2016, to a partner in the Private Client Department.

Williams said: “I am thrilled to be joining a full service law firm with such a fantastic reputation in North and East Yorkshire and to become part of a dynamic team that embraces modern methods while maintaining traditional values around client service, technical excellence and value for money.”

Head of Harrowells Private Client Department, Ed Ryder, a partner, added: “We are very pleased to welcome Philip Williams who brings a wealth of legal sector and commercial experience to the team and to confirm Monika Bone’s promotion, reflecting her expertise and fantastic contribution since she joined.

“Their modern, forward-thinking approach fits how the department approaches client service perfectly, and their appointments reflect Harrowells commitment to hiring and developing high-calibre lawyers best placed to serve our clients in the coming years.”


An East Yorkshire poultry supplier has bolstered its sales team with the appointment of a customer service co-ordinator and brand ambassador.

Soanes Poultry has appointed Simon Dodd to the new role, which will support the growing customer base of the Middleton on the Wolds-based business.

Dodd’s responsibilities include supporting existing customers and building new relationships.

He has over 15 years of customer service experience with Arco and Wren. He said: “I’m looking forward to working with the experienced sales team and getting to meet customers and sharing the Soanes story.”

Director of sales and marketing, Ben Lee, said he was delighted to welcome Dodd to the team.

He added: “Simon will complement our in-house sales expertise and will be the face and voice of Soanes out on the road.

“His appointment to this new role marks an exciting new chapter in customer service at Soanes.”