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Deloitte in the Midlands announces 2015 leadership change

Birmingham-based corporate finance partner to take the helm of firm’s Midlands practice

13 January 2015

As the City of Birmingham and the wider Midlands region begins the year receiving public recognition of its talent, potential and business credentials, Deloitte announces the appointment of a new Practice Senior Partner, Pauline Biddle.
 
A Birmingham-based corporate finance partner, Pauline joined Deloitte in London in 2002, as part of the Andersen transaction, and was admitted to Partnership three years later. Her experience spans three of the firm’s four service lines; audit, consulting and corporate finance, and in the last year she has led on more than twenty of the firm’s highest profile deals, including LDC’s acquisition of Prism Medical, the Rigby Group purchase of Norwich Airport and the IPO of Mercia Technologies.
 
In addition to her client portfolio, Pauline has also held a number of leadership roles including heading up the firm’s national UK Aerospace and Defence Industry Group and sitting on the national Corporate Finance Leadership Team, which will continue.
 
“I have been fortunate enough to work in locations all over the world, from Melbourne to California” said Pauline, “and yet I count this opportunity, to lead our business in a thriving and proud region, as by far the most exciting.
 
“In the last few weeks Birmingham and Nottingham have been recognised as some of the strongest performing entrepreneurial cities outside of London”-1; we’ve seen predictions of a record year for tourism with both the Rugby World Cup and Ashes coming to the region; and I have seen first-hand the important role that businesses across the East and West Midlands are playing in the UK economic recovery.”
 
Pauline succeeds Chris Loughran, who has led the Midlands practice for the last five years, on Monday, 2 February 2015.  Chris intends to remain in the Midlands as a Vice Chairman of the UK firm and continues on the UK Board of Partners of Deloitte, having recently been re-elected to serve a third term.  He will also continue to serve as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Marketing Birmingham and has recently been appointed Chairman of the CBSO Development Trust.
 
“I am known for my vocal and impassioned support for our city and region, which will continue, even though I am stepping down from the day-to-day running of the Deloitte business.
 
“I am thrilled to be able to hand over the reins to Pauline, who I know has a similar passion for serving our clients, developing our people and capitalising on the opportunities that our dynamic region offers.  I look forward to supporting her and continuing to play my part in the development of both the Deloitte business and the regional economy.”
 
Deloitte in the Midlands currently employs more than 700 staff across two offices, Birmingham and Nottingham, and is proud to count the majority of the regions’ most recognised and successful companies as its clients.

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In this press release references to Deloitte are references to Deloitte LLP, which is among the country's leading professional services firms.

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Heather Kirkman
Deloitte LLP
+44 (0) 0121 695 5627
+44 (0) 078 3348 2177
hkirkman@deloitte.co.uk

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