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Arif Ahmad

Arif Ahmad

Partner and North Head of Private Business, PwC United Kingdom

After 3 fantastic years studying Economics at Newcastle University, I joined PwC in Leeds in 1996. Since that time, I have worked in PwC's offices in London, Leeds, and Chicago/Cleveland (US).

I have recently taken on the role of Head of PwC's London Mid Tier Assurance department which focuses on mid cap listed businesses, and companies which are privately owned and private equity backed.

From 2013 to 2016, I was PwC's Leeds Office Senior Partner, leading the over 700 people in that office.

I provide audit and financial due diligence services to a range of clients across different sectors, and work with companies from FTSE 100, through AiM, private equity and privately owned. This involves working with businesses on a range of issues - audit services, advising on entering new markets (domestic or overseas), raising additional capital, exit strategies, enhancing the management team to name just a few.

I am a specialist in listings transactions, having worked as the Reporting Accountant on numerous recent IPOs including Bonmarche (AiM float and move to Main Market), On The Beach, ScS and PTSG. I have also performed this role on Acadia's acquisition of Priory Group, Premier Farnell's disposal of Akron Brass, Connect Group's acquisition of Tuffnells and Assura plc's £300m fund raise.

Being active in the community is really important to me. Until recently, I served on the Board and Finance Committee of St. Gemma's Hospice in Leeds as a volunteer trustee. The hospice provides specialist medical and nursing care for people with life-threatening illnesses, predominantly cancer. The hospice only receives a small proportion of its annual running costs from the NHS, the balance being raised from donations and fundraising activities.

Cricket is a huge passion and I am on the Board of Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, the community and education arm of Yorkshire County Cricket Club. The Foundation's main project is the regeneration of Bradford Park Avenue. I have also chaired Richard Pyrah's benefit at Yorkshire in 2015 and club captain Andrew Gale's benefit at Yorkshire in 2016.