Professional services firm PwC has appointed Chris Shepherd as its Financial Services leader in the Midlands.
Chris has recently been promoted to partner in the firm, where he has worked for 14 years. In his new role, Chris will lead a team of around 180 financial services specialists based across PwC’s Birmingham, Castle Donington and Milton Keynes offices.
Chris has worked for PwC since joining as a graduate in 2006. He joined the London Banking & Capital Markets (B&CM) team in 2012 and has since spent two years in New York from 2015 to 2017, after which he returned to B&CM in London before moving back to Manchester. He brings a wealth of experience delivering high quality external audit services to a number of national and international banking clients.
On his appointment Chris said: “I am excited to be joining the Midlands practice where we have a growing team of over 180 professionals working across banking and capital markets. As the Midlands continues to build its profile as a centre of excellence for financial services nationally and internationally, the digitisation and transformation of the industry presents many opportunities.”
Chris takes on the role from Carl Sizer, who has recently taken on the role of Head of Regions for the UK firm.
Carl said: “I’m delighted to welcome Chris to the Midlands practice and for him to take on the leadership of the financial services team. This is an exciting time as we continue to see a growing hub of financial institutions in the Midlands from traditional high street banks, specialist banks and building societies as well as insurers and asset managers, as the UK economy continues to regionalise. There are many opportunities for our clients and we are committed to continuing to invest in our local teams to support our clients as we accelerate out of Covid.”
Matt Hammond, PwC’s Midlands regional chairman, added: “We’re delighted to welcome Chris to the Midlands as we continue to invest in our specialist sectors and technical teams close to our clients, supporting their people and local economies.”