Executive Board

Ian Powell

Ian Powell Chairman and Senior Partner, joined the UK firm's Executive Board in 2006 and he was elected Chairman and Senior Partner in 2008. He joined the UK firm as a graduate trainee in 1977 and is a qualified chartered accountant (ICAEW). After becoming a partner in 1991, he worked in Manchester building a team which established a reputation for complex turnarounds. After the merger in 1998 he developed the Continental European BRS Advisory practice and in 2000 was responsible for the UK BRS business.

Gaenor Bagley

Gaenor Bagley, Head of People, Community and Sustainability, graduated from Cambridge University with a Mathematics and Management degree. She trained in audit and spent three years in an investment bank corporate finance team. In 1992 she joined the tax practice where she has continued to work in M&A specialising in Private Equity as a partner.

James Chalmers

James Chalmers, Head of Assurance, graduated from Oxford University with an Engineering degree and he joined the firm in 1985. He became a partner in 1997. Before joining the Executive Board in 2008 as Head of Strategy and Talent, he was a member of the Assurance leadership team. During his time in Assurance he has worked with multinational clients and has been on long-term secondments to clients in the banking and healthcare sectors.

John Dwyer

John Dwyer, Head of Deals. John graduated from University College Dublin with a Commerce Degree. He has worked in most of the businesses under the Deals umbrella including Business Recovery and Corporate Finance. John ran the UK TS business between 2007 and 2011. He is Global Deals Leader.

Kevin Ellis

Kevin Ellis, Managing Partner, graduated in Industrial Economics from Nottingham University, joined the firm in 1984 and he became a partner in 1996. Before he joined the Executive Board in 2008 he headed up our Business Recovery Services.

Stephanie Hyde

Stephanie Hyde, Head of Regions, graduated from Brunel University with a Mathematics and Management degree. She joined the firm in 1995 and became a partner in 2006. Before joining the Executive Board in 2011 she led our Assurance practice in Reading. She has also led our mid-cap segment in the South East. Stephanie has worked in a number of our offices in the UK on clients ranging from private businesses through to FTSE100 companies.

Margaret Cole

Margaret Cole, General Counsel, joined the FSA in July 2005 as Director of Enforcement. She is a graduate in Law from New Hall, Cambridge and is a solicitor with over 20 years' experience in private practice, specialising in commercial litigation with an emphasis on financial services. She is also qualified as a Mediator with CEDR and the ADR Group. From 1990 to 1995 Margaret was a Partner with Stephenson Harwood, where she was responsible for the recovery actions in relation to the Maxwell Pension Funds on behalf of the Pension Funds Trustee. In 1995 she joined the London Office of international law firm White & Case to found and head its Dispute Resolution Department. In 2009 Margaret took over responsibility for the FSA's Financial Crime Division which merged with the Enforcement Division. In 2010 she joined the FSA's Board as Managing Director, Enforcement and Financial Crime. In April 2011 she assumed Interim responsibility for the new Conduct Business Unit which formed the core of the new Financial Conduct Authority. Until 2011 she also served as a Non Executive Director of the National Skills Academy Financial Services. Margaret joined PwC as a partner in September 2012 to take over the role of General Counsel on the Executive Board.

Kevin Nicholson

Kevin Nicholson, Head of Tax, graduated from Newcastle Polytechnic with a degree in English and History. He joined the firm in 1991 and became a partner in 2000. He has spent time in the North East, New York and Hong Kong. He joined the Executive Board in 2008 as Head of Regions. And before that he headed our Entrepreneurs and Private Clients division.

Richard Oldfield

Richard Oldfield, Head of Strategy, graduated from University of York with an Economics degree. He joined the firm in 1992 and became a partner in 2003. Before joining the Executive Board in 2011 he led our Banking & Capital Markets business within Assurance. He has worked in London, Zurich, Paris, New York and most recently Sydney on both audit and non-audit clients.

Warwick Hunt

Warwick Hunt, Chief Financial Officer and Head of Operations, Warwick holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (with honours) degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in addition to FCA (ICANZ), ACA (ICAEW) and CA (SA) designations. He joined the PwC Network in April 1995. Before joining the Executive Board in 2013 he completed a four year term as PwC Middle East Senior Partner in September 2013 and prior to that was a partner in PwC New Zealand, where he led the Firm as Territory Senior Partner and Chief Executive Officer from 2003 to 2009 . He has worked in roles within a number of PwC member Firms and has lead the provision of PwC services to a range of leading clients

Ashley Unwin

Ashley Unwin, Head of Consulting, joined the firm in May 2009 from Terra Firma Capital Partners Limited, where he was a Managing Director. Ashley had been acting Chief Operating Officer for EMI Music in North America and CEO for EMI Music in the UK and Ireland. He spent the early part of his career at Arthur Andersen becoming part of the Consulting Executive. Ashley became a member firm partner in 1999 and one of the youngest ever worldwide partners in 2001.

Dan Schwarzmann

Dan Schwarzmann, Head of Clients and Markets, Dan has a Masters degree in Business Administration from City University and became a Partner in 1998. Before joining the Executive Board in 2014 he was responsible for the Business Recovery Services team in the UK from 2008.

  • Samantha Thompson is Board Secretary.
  • The majority of our Executive Board maintain significant client facing responsibilities.

The Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board is independent of the Executive Board.  Twelve of its members are elected by the firm’s partners for a four year terms of office, with six seats being filled every two years. In addition, the Chairman of the Executive Board and the UK members of the Board of PwC International Limited are ex officio members of the Supervisory Board.

The Supervisory Board generally meets monthly but may occasionally hold additional meetings as necessary. Six of the current elected Supervisory Board members took office on 1 January 2013and six on 1 January 2015.

The Supervisory Board provides the Chairman with guidance on matters of actual or potential concern to the partners. It is also responsible for approving the Annual Report, for recommending the admission of new partners, for overseeing the election process for the Alliance Senior Partner (who is also UK Chairman) and for checking that our policies on partners’ remuneration are being properly applied. It also has the power through the Alliance Supervisory Board to initiate a ballot for the removal of the Alliance Senior Partner from office.

The Supervisory Board currently has three committees.

The Partner Affairs Committee: The overriding aim of this committee is to ensure that partners are fairly treated as partners and to satisfy itself that the firm has appropriate processes and procedures to ensure the successful development of partners over their careers. It makes recommendations to the Supervisory Board, which sets the Chairman’s profit share and approves the Chairman’s recommendations for the profit shares of the other Executive Board members.

The Audit and Risk Committee: This committee has the responsibility for reviewing the policies and processes for identifying, assessing and managing risks within the firm. It oversees the management of those risks, including financial control, compliance and independence. It also reviews the firm’s financial statements and considers the scope, results and effectiveness of internal and external audit, including reviewing the external auditors’ independence and any non-audit services and fees. The Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel, together with the internal and external auditors, attend the committee’s meetings by invitation.

The Strategy and Governance Committee: This committee proposes to the Supervisory Board a forward agenda committing time effectively to strategic issues facing the LLP as well as to routine operational matters.  It also deals with governance matters and transactions.

For the terms of reference of the Supervisory Board and of the Audit and Risk Committee, please go to Terms of Reference.

The members of the Supervisory Board from 1 January 2015 are:

Elected members:

Christine Adshead*

Dave Allen*

Pauline Campbell

Duncan Cox*

Mark Hudson*

Bill MacLeod

Sue Rissbrook*

Caroline Roxburgh*

Anne Simpson

Jim Stidham

Claire Stokes

Heather Swanston

Those marked with an asterisk will serve until 31 December 2016 and the others until 31 December 2018.

The Chairman of the Supervisory Board is Mark Hudson.  The Deputy Chair is Christine Adshead.

Ex officio members:

Gerry Lagerberg         Member of the Board of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited
Simon Friend              Member of the Board of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited

Ian Powell                   Chairman of the Executive Board and Alliance Senior Partner


Partner Affairs Committee: Chair - Heather Swanston; Members - Duncan Cox, Bill Macleod, Anne Simpson, Jim Stidham,Claire Stokes
Audit and Risk Committee: Chair - Pauline Campbell; Members - Christine Adshead, Simon Friend, Caroline Roxburgh, Jim Stidham, Claire Stokes (part-time)
Strategy and Governance Committee: Chair - Christine Adshead; Members - Dave Allen, Duncan Cox, Bill MacLeod, Sue Rissbrook, Caroline Roxburgh, Gerry Lagerberg (election adviser)