EY strengthens its team with six senior promotions and a new head of Midlands tax

L/R: Nick Fox, Alex Christoforou, Linda Marston-Weston, Simon O’Neill

EY strengthens its team with six senior promotions and a new head of Midlands tax

Professional services company EY has announced the promotions of two partners and four executive directors based in the Midlands

Linda Marston-Weston has been appointed Head of Midlands Tax, with responsibility for growing EY’s local tax practice

Alex Christoforou and Nick Fox have both been internally promoted to the role of partner.

Alex is part of EY’s international tax practice, providing corporate income tax advice on cross- border transactions to clients.

Nick has been promoted to a partner in the Infrastructure transactions group at EY and has over 16 years’ experience advising corporate and financial investors on a wide range of transactions.

Linda has been a partner at EY since 1999 when she moved to Birmingham from London to set up EY’s transaction tax team, focused on providing private equity and corporate transaction tax advice to clients in the Midlands.

Other senior promotions include; Dan Hurd in EY’s restructuring team; Jessica Thompson in EY’s people advisory services team; and Martin Stevens and Elaine Shiels in EY’s tax team – all are now executive directors.

Overall, EY has appointed 63 equity partners to its UK business, including 34 internally promoted partners and 29 direct entry partners from its competitors and industry – an increase from 62 new partners in 2016.

Linda, now head of Midlands tax, said: “I’m delighted to be taking on this role to lead our tax team in the Midlands. We're about 120 people in the Birmingham-based tax team and we’re recruiting at the moment, with plans to grow headcount by 25% over the next 12 months.

“This growth will cover all areas of tax, but with the emergence of new technologies, we’re looking to grow our business in new areas and have recently launched a Tax Digital Hub in the Midlands.

“As well as providing tax advice to our clients, this is an exciting opportunity for our people and those joining the firm who want to be involved in the digital space.”

Simon O’Neill, managing partner at EY in the Midlands commented: “All of these appointments demonstrate EY’s commitment to developing local talent and the continued investment we are making in the Midlands.

“We have big ambitions for our regional business and all our newly-appointed senior promotes will each have an important role to play in helping us achieve our future growth ambitions.”