Half of EY’s UK Board positions are now held by women

Half of EY's UK Board positions are now held by women

With two new appointments, five out of ten Board members at EY are women

Big Four firm EY have appointed two new members, Christabel Cowling and Sue Dawe, to its UK Board, meaning five out of the ten positions are now held by women.

Christabel Cowling

Cowling and Dawe are replacing Eamonn McGrath and Alisdair Mann from 1 September to strengthen the diversity of EY’s leadership.

Cowling first joined the firm in 2002 and her most recent role was chief operating officer for the UK Assurance business. Having been an audit partner, Cowling has extensive experience of advising multinational listen companies and has worked around the UK plus a stint in EY’s Washington DC offices. She will be joining the Board as the firm’s head of regulatory and public policy.

Dawe has been with EY for thirty years having joined in 1988. In 2016, she was appointed head of the financial services practice in Scotland and Edinburgh office managing partner. She has been an audit partner for nearly ten yeas and has more than 25 years of experience in financial services working with a range of global businesses. Dawe is also a member of Scotland’s Financial Services Advisory Board (FiSAB) as well as the Scottish Financial Enterprise High Level Strategy Group (SFE HLSG).

Sue Dawe

Steve Varley, UK chairman of EY, said: “Christabel and Sue bring a wealth of experience and insight to the UK Board, having worked across a broad range of sectors and regions of the UK and advised an impressive list of clients.

“These appointments are a reflection of their skills and experience, but I’m also proud that we are adding to the diversity of our UK board, ensuring that we are able to draw on the widest spectrum of views. I’m confident that Christabel and Sue will further strengthen our leadership team and how we run our business.”

McGrath is retiring in December after 31 years as a partner and 41 years working at EY. He was an audit partner and has been UK head of regulatory and public policy as well as a member of the UK LLP Board for the last three years.

After being appointed as global vice chair, Treasury, at EY, Mann is stepping down from the Board after eight years but will continue to serve some of the firm’s largest financial services clients. He will also continue leading EY’s managed services practice for financial services in Europe, which was a practice he was at the forefront of forming five years ago.

Varley added: “I would like to thank Eamonn and Alisdair for their hard work, wise counsel and support. They have had a real impact on the business and on me personally, and I wish them the best of luck for the next phase in their careers.”

 

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