Financial services firm PwC has boosted its Birmingham team with a brace of partner promotions and 15 staff stepping up to director level.
The new partners based in the city are Tom Copeland in the corporate finance deals team and Sarah Phillips in the audit practice.
Mr Copeland leads the national consumer sector team within corporate finance and has over 12 years of experience of both sell-side and buy-side advisory, working extensively with privately owned and private equity-backed businesses on UK and cross-border transactions.
Ms Phillips is an audit partner, specialising in listed and multinational audits.
Alongside working with many of the Midlands based listed companies, she also leads consumer markets for the Midlands, bringing 18 years of experience of working with a broad range of clients, supporting them through transactions, organisational and regulatory change.
The 15 employees promoted to director level in Birmingham are Alex Smith (audit), Nick Durrans and Viswanathan Swaminathan (consulting), Krushi Hindocha, Neil Houston and Tim Higgins (deals), Victoria Broadhurst (internal firm services), Anoop Gandhi, Christian Hilpert, Emma Brittain and Vanessa Tufnell (risk) Matt Hughes, Reena Fursier and Tracey Crowder (tax) and Simon Wootton (technology and investment).
PwC said it was experiencing client demand in fields such as environmental, social and governance, with partners increasingly focused on net zero strategy, diversity and inclusion priorities, corporate governance and transformation.
Midlands region leader Matthew Hammond said: “I’m delighted to be welcoming our new partners and directors into our Midlands business.”
The Greater Birmingham Apprenticeship Awards are back for 2021 and now open for entries here.
The event will be held at Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham on Thursday November 11 and will celebrate apprentices, employers and training providers across 12 categories including our overall Apprentice of the Year.
The deadline to enter the awards is Friday September 17 and sponsorship opportunities are also now available.
Please email [email protected] for details and follow the hashtag #GBAA21 for updates on social media.
For more information about our Apprenticeship Awards and other events please visit www.reachplcevents.com.
In other West Midlands appointments news, Birmingham-based PR and marketing agency Digital Glue has hired four new faces to its team.
They are web developer Fabiano Carvalho, senior account executive Jack Lacy and account executives Josh Tekin and Liv Gardner.
Managing director Javan Bramhall said: “Following the addition of six new client partnerships, we have introduced four talented new faces to the team in order to keep up with demand.
“With increased demand for our services we are looking to further expand our team.”
Secure Trust Bank Commercial Finance has appointed Colin Muir to its Birmingham office as portfolio and structuring director, responsible for supporting and driving growth across the firm’s Midlands portfolio.
The appointment marks the third anniversary of the opening of the firm’s Birmingham office in 2018.
Mr Muir joins from NatWest where, during his 32 years with the bank, he was responsible for establishing and growing its commercial asset-based lending team.
Law firm Lodders has recruited a partner to lead its new environmental law service.
Specialist environmental lawyer Lee McBride is leading the operation, working alongside the real estate, business property and renewables, and agriculture teams.
Mr McBride was formerly head of the environmental law practice at the Birmingham office of international law firm Gowling WLG where he was a partner for more than 20 years and involved in the real estate and environmental aspects of large corporate transactions and major real estate projects.
Liquidity Club, the Birmingham-based business finance and debt advisory brokerage, has appointed a new chief executive.
Jim Davis joins from Bibby Financial Services where he spent over a decade, most recently as managing director of its construction finance division, having previously been managing director of export finance and head of sales for the West Midlands before that.
Prior to Bibby, Mr Davis spent time at Yorkshire Bank and HSBC.
Black Country Chamber of Commerce has named its latest vice-president.
Sarah Moorhouse, who is operations and marketing director of BCRS Business Loans, has taken on the post and joined its board of directors.
She is one of the youngest business leaders to take on the vice-president’s role and will work alongside chamber president Jude Thompson.
Ms Moorhouse will then become the chamber’s president in November.