Deloitte promotes three to director in the North East

July 2016

Deloitte, the business advisory firm, has promoted three of its senior staff in the North East to director.

Ian Kelsall, Mo Malhotra and Mark Richards are all based in the firm’s Newcastle office.

Ian Kelsall becomes a director in the corporate audit team. He has a broad portfolio across the North East including FTSE-350 clients and owner-managed businesses.

Mo Malhotra who joined Deloitte in 2008 on the graduate programme has been promoted to director. Mo plays a leading role in Deloitte’s international tax and transfer pricing practice, and has assisted clients on a wide variety of projects including group restructurings, transfer pricing advisory, domestic and cross border financing, intellectual property aspects, and tax dispute resolution.

Mark Richards, a graduate of the University of Durham, joined Deloitte in 2011 and has used his assurance background to support public sector clients in managing risks and decisions relating to transformation and technology projects, with particular focus on healthcare. Mark has been promoted to director in the firm’s risk advisory team.

Stephen Hall, office senior partner at Deloitte in the North East, said: “The three promotions are a reflection of the depth of talent we have in the region and of our continued investment in our people. Individually they are great assets to us and our clients, and collectively they will help ensure Deloitte continues to make a significant impact in the North East and beyond.”

Nationally the firm has promoted 80 new partners – 24 in the consulting service line, 20 in Financial Advisory, 18 in audit & risk advisory, 17 in tax and one partner promotion in Internal Client Services.

Nationally 30% of the promotions to partner are women (24 new partners), demonstrating Deloitte’s continued focus nationally on gender diversity as a business priority. In the past two years, Deloitte has established a series of programmes to identify and retain high performing female leaders including a commitment to gender pay gap transparency, a Return to Work programme and a sponsorship initiative for senior women within our firm.

David Sproul, senior partner and chief executive of Deloitte UK, said: “The Return to Work programme, which we announced last year, is helping us to attract more senior female leaders back to the workforce and will further boost our pipeline of future partner candidates. More than half of participants on last year’s scheme accepted a role with the firm and this year it will be extended with 20 women taking part in a 20-week programme.”

This year’s promotions also demonstrate the success of Deloitte’s WorkAgility framework with five new partners working part-time. The framework sets out to ensure that our people are able to work in a way that suits them, their team and the overall business. Deloitte recently backed the Timewise initiative, ‘Hire Me My Way’, which aims to make it easier for people to find flexible roles.

Stephen Hall added: “The firm’s partner promotions demonstrate that working in an agile way is no barrier to success. Deloitte is committed to ensuring that it has a culture and environment in which our people are able to balance a successful career with commitments outside work - whether that is family, other caring commitments or other interests. We know that our people expect to work for an employer that can offer a balance between career and life and we have worked hard to provide this to all our people including our senior leaders.”

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