Deloitte has named Richard Houston as the next senior partner and chief executive of Deloitte North West Europe (NWE) and UK.

He will succeed current incumbent David Sproul on 1 June 2019. By this point Sproul will have served two four-year terms as chief executive, the maximum period allowed at the firm.

Houston began his career in the banking world, working at HSBC and RBS for eight years before joining Arthur Anderson in 1996, becoming a partner in 1998. In 2002 he joined Deloitte.

He is currently managing partner for Deloitte’s NWE and UK consulting businesses, where he has led a number of acquisitions to extend capabilities, including Kaisen, a leadership consultancy of business psychologists, and Market Gravity and Acne, the digital and creative agencies.

As well as leading Deloitte’s NWE consulting business, Richard has sat on the UK executive since 2015 and is a member of Deloitte’s global consulting executive.

Nick Owen, NWE chairman at Deloitte, said: “With the overwhelming support of our partners from all our businesses across North West Europe, we firmly believe that Richard is the right candidate to lead our firm over the next four years. Not only has Richard transformed our consulting practice during his time as managing partner, he is also a highly respected leader known for his collaborative approach across the firm’s businesses and borders. His passion to help our clients, people and society succeed in the digital age provides us with confidence that he is in a strong position to lead Deloitte in the years ahead.”

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Houston commented: “Deloitte brings an unrivalled depth and breadth of skills and industry knowledge to help clients solve their most complex challenges, with a commitment to the highest levels of quality and integrity. It will be an enormous privilege to lead the firm as its next senior partner and chief executive, building on Deloitte’s established pre-eminent market position.”