Claire Reid has been named PwC’s first female regional leader in Scotland. She replaces Lindsay Gardiner, who is stepping down from the role after seven years. Reid joined PwC in 1998 and, most recently, was head of assurance for the firm in Scotland, while also leading the technology risk practice nationally across the UK.

As part of the change in leadership, Lindsay Gardiner will continue within the firm’s audit business as both a member of the UK audit executive and as an audit partner for a wide range of clients.

In her early career with PwC, Reid was based in Silicon Valley, California where she worked with a number of high-profile technology clients. When she returned to the UK, she was based in London, tasked with establishing and developing PwC’s Oracle assurance business. She then spent time building the firm’s fledgling cyber security business. She returned to Scotland in 2016 to take up the role as head of assurance.