Annual report 2016: Executive Board

Meet our Executive Board, click on each individual to find out more:
Kevin Ellis
Chairman and Senior Partner
Kevin, Chairman and Senior Partner, joined the UK firm's Executive Board in 2008, first as Head of the Advisory business and from 2012, as Managing Partner. He was elected Chairman and Senior Partner with effect from 1 July 2016. He joined the firm in 1984 on the graduate training programme and qualified as a chartered accountant (ICAEW). Kevin specialised in providing turnaround and crisis management support to businesses in the public and private sectors for over 25 years.
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Kevin Ellis
Chairman and Senior Partner
Kevin, Chairman and Senior Partner, joined the UK firm's Executive Board in 2008, first as Head of the Advisory business and from 2012, as Managing Partner. He was elected Chairman and Senior Partner with effect from 1 July 2016. He joined the firm in 1984 on the graduate training programme and qualified as a chartered accountant (ICAEW). Kevin specialised in providing turnaround and crisis management support to businesses in the public and private sectors for over 25 years.

My name is Kevin Ellis, I’m the Chairman and Senior Partner of the UK and Middle East alliance. I’ve been with the firm 32 years, I’m married to Kathryn, we’ve got four children and we live in London.

My role fundamentally entails setting the strategy for the firm and ensuring that I am available both for clients and staff in the delivery of that strategy. Atthe point of time we are now in the wider volatility of the UK economy and the European economy, our clients have never needed us more.

I ensure that the UK and Middle East work effectively together, both in terms of shared strategy, shared innovative ideas and working jointly in delivering for our clients across that alliance.

I see my focus breaking down into three key areas. First of all agility, we need to ensure we bring the best of PwC to deliver to our clients in whatever areas and skills they need. Secondly, we have to be technology enabled. We are now facing the forth industrial revolution and in that revolution there’ll be substantial change, whoever is the most technology enabled professional services firm will win, we need to make sure that’s us. And thirdly, empowerment. I want to see all our 20,000 people empowered to do the best and bring the best of themselves to work every day and that involves a trusted environment and an empowered workforce and again with that, we will deliver the best we can for our clients.

Jon Andrews
Head of Technology and Investment
Jon joined the firm as a partner in 2007 from Accenture. Prior to joining the Executive Board in 2016 he headed up our People and Organisation Network in the UK and globally. He has worked with clients across several industry sectors including high tech, FMCG, financial services, government and pharmaceuticals and has spent time working and living abroad in Kuala Lumpur and Zurich. Jon graduated from the University of Nottingham with a Psychology degree.
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Jon Andrews
Head of Technology and Investment
Jon joined the firm as a partner in 2007 from Accenture. Prior to joining the Executive Board in 2016 he headed up our People and Organisation Network in the UK and globally. He has worked with clients across several industry sectors including high tech, FMCG, financial services, government and pharmaceuticals and has spent time working and living abroad in Kuala Lumpur and Zurich. Jon graduated from the University of Nottingham with a Psychology degree.

Hi, I’m Jon Andrews and I’m Head of Technology and Investment at PwC. I’ve been with the firm for nine years. Outside of work I have a lovely wife and three children, I spend a lot of my time road cycling and I follow Liverpool Football Club to the ends of the earth.

My role as Head of Technology and Investment is new to the Board this year in PwC. We thought it was really important that we created the position to focus on bringing together all of the talent, the innovation and the fantastic new business ideas we have across the firm to help us become far more technology enabled and protect ourselves for the future.

I’m really excited about taking on my role this year. What I want to focus on over the next 12 months is creating transparency within the firm so we can see where the really great ideas have been born and make sure that we get behind the ones that we think are going to have the most impact on the marketplace. I want to make sure that that transparency also lends itself outside of PwC so that our clients, analysts and the market more generally can see what an organisation we are when it comes to being enabled by technology.

I think it’s also important that we bridge a lot of the opportunities that we are going to have on a global basis and work very closely with our colleagues from other territories to make sure the investments that we make within the firm are in the right areas.

Kevin Burrowes
Head of Clients and Markets
Kevin is on the Executive Board with responsibility for Clients and Markets. Previous roles in the firm have been the Global Banking Leader and UK Financial Services Leader. He has also held senior executive roles at IBM, Credit Suisse and RBS. During his PwC career he has primarily focused on leading projects for banks across a broad agenda, from strategy to process efficiency, front office to HR, globally and locally. His clients have included JP Morgan, RBS, UBS, Deutsche Bank, Barclays, HSBC and HM Government. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
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Kevin Burrowes
Head of Clients and Markets
Kevin is on the UK Executive Board with responsibility for Clients and Markets. Previous roles in the firm have been the Global Banking Leader and UK Financial Services Leader. He has also held senior executive roles at IBM, Credit Suisse and RBS. During his PwC career he has primarily focused on leading projects for banks across a broad agenda, from strategy to process efficiency, front office to HR, globally and locally. His clients have included JP Morgan, RBS, UBS, Deutsche Bank, Barclays, HSBC and HM Government. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Hello, I’m Kevin Burrowes. I am the UK firm’s Client’s and Markets Leader sitting on the Executive Board. I also look after two of our big banking clients helping them solve some of their complex and most challenging problems.

I have been inside PwC for coming up to 25 years now but actually in two stints. I spent eight years outside the Firm working at IBM, Credit Suisse and at RBS. At a personal level I am married to Sarah, I have got two teenage daughters.

So my role entails leading an outstanding group of partners and staff to deliver to our clients, small or large, whether they are international or local and across all the different marketing sectors that we have to serve. And what this really entails is about making sure that we excel in the client journey. We have to listen carefully to our clients about their needs and their worries and the solutions they want. We have to pull together the right team with the right skills and experience. Make sure that through delivery we really focus on meeting the clients’ needs and at the end talking to them about what went well and what didn’t go so well.

But I think there is going to be three key areas of focus for me. The first is how do we make sure that we continually meet the needs of our clients. They face huge challenges in a very, very rapidly changing world. The second area of focus for me is going to be about value. How do we continue to bring value to our clients? The old world of number of hours times a rate are rapidly disappearing and we need to be very thoughtful about how we respond to that and offer different ways of providing value to our clients.

Lastly, I still will serve my two big banking clients. I am passionate about making sure that I lead by example and out there interacting with clients on a day to day basis. I’m looking forward hugely to working with the Clients and Marketing Exec. They are a very, very talented bunch of partners and working with the new Board is going to be a very, very exciting year for me.

Margaret Cole
Chief Risk Officer and General Counsel
Margaret is the UK firm's Chief Risk Officer, General Counsel and member of the Executive Board. Prior to joining PwC, Margaret was Managing Director of Enforcement and Financial Crime at the Financial Services Authority (FSA). Margaret spent over 20 years in private practice as a Solicitor specialising in commercial litigation with an emphasis on financial services. She has served as a Non-Executive Director of the National Skills Academy for Financial Services, and is a Trustee of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. The College of Law awarded Margaret an honorary Doctorate of Law in recognition of her services to the legal profession.
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Margaret Cole
Chief Risk Officer and General Counsel
Margaret is the UK firm's Chief Risk Officer, General Counsel and member of the Executive Board. Prior to joining PwC, Margaret was Managing Director of Enforcement and Financial Crime at the Financial Services Authority (FSA). Margaret spent over 20 years in private practice as a Solicitor specialising in commercial litigation with an emphasis on financial services. She has served as a Non-Executive Director of the National Skills Academy for Financial Services, and is a Trustee of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. The College of Law awarded Margaret an honorary Doctorate of Law in recognition of her services to the legal profession.

I’m Margaret Cole the firm’s Chief Risk Officer and General Counsel.

I joined the firm four years ago as a partner, before that I was Managing Director of Enforcement and Financial Crime at the UK’s Financial Services Authority, I was there for seven years, throughout the years of the financial crisis.

In my home life I’m a keen horse rider and I compete in one day events comprising dressage, show jumping and cross country.

I have responsibility for legal matters, risk and quality, compliance, reputation and regulation. In the next year my focus will be on business as usual, protecting the firm’s interests but I’m also going to put a focus on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of all the functions I lead. And I’ll also continue to put a strong focus on the firm’s reputation.

Laura Hinton
Head of People
Laura graduated from King's College, London with a Business Management degree. She trained in audit prior to moving into HR Consulting where she set up and led a mid-tier practice. She joined PwC in 2005 and made partner in 2006. Before joining the Executive Board, Laura was a member of the Tax Leadership Team as Head of People. She continues to work with global clients to support them with culture change, performance management and talent related challenges.
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Laura Hinton
Head of People
Laura graduated from King's College, London with a Business Management degree. She trained in audit prior to moving into HR Consulting where she set up and led a mid-tier practice. She joined PwC in 2005 and made partner in 2006. Before joining the Executive Board, Laura was a member of the Tax Leadership Team as Head of People. She continues to work with global clients to support them with culture change, performance management and talent related challenges.

I’m Laura Hinton, Executive Board member and Head of People.

I actually trained with a mid-tier firm, qualified as an Accountant and worked in Audit for a numbers of years before moving to set up a HR Consulting practice and then joined PwC 11 years ago into the HR Consulting team.

On the personal front I’m married and have got two young children, I grew up in London and I studied Business Management at Kings College in London.

My role is really broad and what’s great is it enables me to bring my client experience of working with them on their people issues into the internal role to think about using that experience for our own people and our own firm. That’s ranging from thinking about how we empower and inspire our people, through to making sure we’ve got the right efficient technology enabled people processes.

There are a number of key areas for focus for this coming year. The first one is thinking about empowering our people to be the best that they can be, really thinking about how people bring the best of themselves to work and that covers a lot of our diversity and inclusion agenda, different backgrounds, skills, experiences, building teams that are effective and where people feel comfortable being who they are in a work environment. There’s also our focus around talent, performance management and development which is ongoing.

Warwick Hunt
Chief Operating Officer/Managing Partner - International
Before joining the Executive Board in 2013 Warwick completed a four year term as PwC Middle East Senior Partner. Prior to that he was a partner in PwC New Zealand, where he led the Firm as Territory Senior Partner and Chief Executive Officer. He has worked in roles within a number of other PwC member Firms and has led the provision of PwC services to a range of leading clients. Warwick holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in addition to holding FCA (Australia and New Zealand), ACA (ICAEW) and CA (SA) designations.
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Warwick Hunt
Chief Operating Officer/Managing Partner - International
Before joining the Executive Board in 2013 Warwick completed a four year term as PwC Middle East Senior Partner. Prior to that he was a partner in PwC New Zealand, where he led the Firm as Territory Senior Partner and Chief Executive Officer. He has worked in roles within a number of other PwC member Firms and has led the provision of PwC services to a range of leading clients. Warwick holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in addition to holding FCA (Australia and New Zealand), ACA (ICAEW) and CA (SA) designations.

I’m Warwick Hunt, PwC UK’s Chief Operating Officer and Managing Partner International.

Well I am originally from Southern Africa but ended up spending a lot of my career in New Zealand and I’ve also operated in the Middle East but been with the UK firm for three years. I’m married to Maria, have two daughters Ashleigh who’s 23 and just started a legal career in New York and Saxon who’s 21 who’s in her fourth year of medicine at Nottingham.

So the Chief Operating Officer element of my role involves driving the firms overall financial performance, ensuring that our balance sheet position is sound and ultimately making certain that we invest in the right sorts of things at the right time. The Managing Partner International element of the role is very, very much focussed around our alliance relationships, so that is with Central and Eastern Europe with the Middle East and with Africa.

I think we’ve got a really busy year coming up, in the first instance obviously Brexit is creating some uncertainty and some broader kind of challenges. As an Executive Board we’re absolutely determined to hold our nerve in this through the cycle and effectively ensure that we provide as much certainty as we possibly can, to our clients and most importantly to our people. I think if we look at the technology area, PwC is very, very focussed on becoming a technology enabled firm.

Finally if I look at the area of international relationships, huge market opportunities in each of Central and Eastern Europe, Africa and of course the Middle East so it’s going to be a really busy, I think really enjoyable year.

Stephanie Hyde
Head of Regions
Stephanie sits on the Executive Board, where as Head of Regions she oversees the firm's regional network of 25 offices outside London and part of the London practice that looks after clients ranging from FTSE 250 to Private Businesses. She also sits on PwC's Global Leadership Team as the Middle Market leader, which covers owner-led, private, family-controlled and entrepreneurial clients. Starting with the firm in 1995, Stephanie became a partner in 2006 and joined the Executive Board in 2011. She has worked in a diverse range of industries from energy and defence to pharmaceuticals and manufacturing.
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Stephanie Hyde
Head of Regions
Stephanie sits on the Executive Board, where as Head of Regions she oversees the firm's regional network of 25 offices outside London and part of the London practice that looks after clients ranging from FTSE 250 to Private Businesses. She also sits on PwC's Global Leadership Team as the Middle Market leader, which covers owner-led, private, family-controlled and entrepreneurial clients. Starting with the firm in 1995, Stephanie became a partner in 2006 and joined the Executive Board in 2011. She has worked in a diverse range of industries from energy and defence to pharmaceuticals and manufacturing.

Hello I’m Stephanie Hyde, Head of Regions in the UK and I lead our Middle Market practice globally.

I’ve been at the firm over 20 years and I joined the Executive Board in 2011. I’m an audit partner by background and I’ve worked with all sorts of clients from private businesses through to FTSE 100 companies, primarily in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry.

Outside of work I’m married with two young boys and I spend my time with them cycling, swimming and walking with our new puppy.

I lead our regional business which is 10,000 people across our 25 offices outside of London and part of our London practice which focusses on our relationships with private businesses through to FTSE 250 companies.

Globally I look after our relationships with private businesses, entrepreneurs, family backed businesses through to ultra-high net worth individuals. This accounts for about 20% of our revenues globally.

There are many exciting opportunities for UK regions. Devolution is a trend we expect to see continue and it’s vital to rebalancing our UK economy. We continue to work with family and private backed businesses, helping them to grow and we’re also pushing the boundaries on how we can use technology to work more effectively with our clients.

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