My name is Kevin Ellis, Im the Chairman and Senior Partner of the UK and Middle East alliance. Ive been with the firm 32 years, Im married to Kathryn, weve 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 therell be substantial change, whoever is the most technology enabled professional services firm will win, we need to make sure thats 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.
Hi, Im Jon Andrews and Im Head of Technology and Investment at PwC. Ive 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.
Im 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 its 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.
Hello, Im Kevin Burrowes. I am the UK firms Clients 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 didnt 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. Im 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.
Im Margaret Cole the firms 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 UKs Financial Services Authority, I was there for seven years, throughout the years of the financial crisis.
In my home life Im 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 firms interests but Im also going to put a focus on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of all the functions I lead. And Ill also continue to put a strong focus on the firms reputation.
Im 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 Im 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 whats 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. Thats ranging from thinking about how we empower and inspire our people, through to making sure weve 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. Theres also our focus around talent, performance management and development which is ongoing.
Im Warwick Hunt, PwC UKs 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 Ive also operated in the Middle East but been with the UK firm for three years. Im married to Maria, have two daughters Ashleigh whos 23 and just started a legal career in New York and Saxon whos 21 whos 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 weve 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 were 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 its going to be a really busy, I think really enjoyable year.
Hello Im Stephanie Hyde, Head of Regions in the UK and I lead our Middle Market practice globally.
Ive been at the firm over 20 years and I joined the Executive Board in 2011. Im an audit partner by background and Ive 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 Im 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 its vital to rebalancing our UK economy. We continue to work with family and private backed businesses, helping them to grow and were also pushing the boundaries on how we can use technology to work more effectively with our clients.