PwC UK has announced changes to the leadership of its core business divisions along with the promotion of 69 new equity partners from 1 July 2019. This year 38% of the newly promoted partners are women and the pipeline of women coming through into senior roles is also stronger – 38% of the newly promoted directors are female.  16% of the new partners are black, asian and minority ethnic and 27% are based outside London.

Marissa Thomas takes on the leadership of the tax practice after two years leading deals. Ken Walsh, will replace Thomas, to lead the deals business. Hemione Hudson will lead the firm’s audit practice responsible for external audit and audit-related services, as the firm aligns its business behind audit quality. Sam Samaratunga will head the new risk assurance practice, with responsibility for services such as internal audit, cyber security and technology risk.

Kevin Ellis, Chairman and Senior Partner of PwC UK, said:“ We are welcoming a talented group of new partners into our UK firm. They bring the diversity of thinking and experience needed to help our clients with the opportunities and challenges of the fourth industrial revolution. One in five of our new partners this year have a technology focus, reflecting a growing client need for digital expertise."

The firm is promoting 69 new equity partners, a significant increase from 54 last year. Together with 13 direct partner hires recruited during the year, the firm’s total UK partner number is now 944.