Deloitte has named Anne-Marie Malley as managing partner for Consulting in the UK, taking over from Richard Houston following his election to senior partner and chief executive of Deloitte NSE and UK.

Malley is the first woman to hold the position at the firm, having led Deloitte’s human capital consulting practice since 2011. She has over 20 years’ experience within the consulting industry and started her career in the financial services sector, spending three years at the Royal Bank of Scotland in the operations functions. She joined Arthur Andersen in 1996 before transitioning to Deloitte in 2001. Malley became a partner at Deloitte in 2005.

Deloitte NSE senior partner and chief executive Richard Houston said: "Anne-Marie has a proven track record of being a bold and visionary leader and is keenly focused on our clients' success. I know she will bring the same enthusiasm and dedication to her new role and reinforce our leading position in delivering digital transformation programmes for our clients."

Malley commented: “Consultancy plays a crucial role in helping businesses solve challenges and grasp new opportunities, and I look forward to leading a dynamic team that aims to bring about a positive change throughout business and society.”

Deloitte’s consulting practice employs 5,500 people in the UK, and saw revenue grow by 1.7% to £873m in the financial year ending 31 May 2018.

Malley has spoken widely about the need for businesses to prepare for the growth of automation and digitalisation in the workplace. Most recently, she spoke alongside the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, at the Skills London conference calling for greater collaboration between business, government and educators to support the development of technological skills in the current and future workforce.