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EY appoints new office manager for Thames Valley

‘Big Four’ accounting firm EY has appointed Gareth Anderson as its new office managing partner in Reading to lead the office and continue its growth in the Thames Valley and South East region.

The firm has also announced nine senior appointments across the Thames Valley and South region.

Gareth joined EY in 2009 and has led the tax practice in the Thames Valley since 2014.

He replaces Richard Baker, who has successfully completed a seven-year tenure in the role and will continue to serve some of the region’s leading businesses.

Gareth said: “I’d like to thank Richard for the great work he has done in successfully developing the business over the last seven years. My aim is to build on the extraordinary growth we’ve seen in Reading and the Thames Valley and South East region.”

EY also announced nine Partner appointments in Reading. This includes the appointment of Kate Allen, Laura Atkinson, Natalie Benjamin, Jess Giles, Marcus Haddrell, Richard Harrison, Sam Newall, Warren McQuillan and William Rose.

Simon O’Neill, EY’s managing partner for the Midlands and South, said: “These latest partner appointments will help further strengthen our presence across the Thames Valley and South. They reflect the significant opportunity for our people and business as we seek to meet growing demand for our services.

“I’d also like to extend my congratulations to Gareth on his new role and know he will be a great asset to the region. And to Richard, thank you for your commitment and dedication to the office managing partner role.”

Kate Allen joined EY’s Audit practice in 2008. She has extensive experience working across both large listed and privately owned businesses within consumer, diversified products and airline sectors, providing ongoing audit and assurance reporting services.

Laura Atkinson joined EY in January 2022 from SAP where she held the post of UKI chief partner officer. At EY, Laura is responsible for growing an ecosystem between EY, its clients and alliance businesses across the UK market sectors and service lines.

Natalie Benjamin joined EY in July 2021 as part of the acquisition of Lane4 who specialise in transformational leadership. She works with organisations to develop cultures which enable ambitious strategic agendas. Natalie is a former international athlete having competed for Great Britain and Wales over 1500m.

Jess Giles works in EY’s People Advisory Services team. Jess has 20 years of experience in global mobility. She enables clients to realise the opportunities and benefits of cross-border working while managing the compliance and risk.

Marcus Haddrell works in EY’s People Advisory Services and has been with EY since 2010. He currently leads PAS workforce advisory in the energy sector

Richard Harrison has worked for both EY’s assurance and business services teams in the UK and US, having spent over ten years with the firm. He primarily works with multi-national businesses, leading complex audits under US and International Financial Reporting Standards. He now focuses on the delivery of audits at EY.

Warren McQuillan joined EY in 2018 and has more than 16 years’ experience advising a broad range of clients on UK and global indirect tax issues.

Sam Newall joined EY in 2014 and supports fast growth, entrepreneurial businesses across the South. He is based in EY’s Southampton office and works with a range of companies, including listed, private-equity backed and owner-managed businesses.

William Rose has worked for EY in the Thames Valley and South region since 2008. He specialises in UK corporation tax.

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