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Six of the 10 positions on EY’s board now held by women

EY today announces the appointment of Justine Belton to its UK board and Tonia Lovell as a UK independent non-executive (INE).

Belton’s appointment will mean that six of the 10 positions on EY’s board will now be held by women. She takes up her new role on 1 July, replacing Robert Overend, who is stepping down from the board.

Lovell joined on 1 June and will sit on EY’s UK Independent Non-Executive Oversight Committee – a governance body responsible for overseeing compliance and public interest matters in relation to EY in the UK.

She replaces Rosemary Martin, who retired last year and will attend board meetings alongside EY’s two other INEs – David Thorburn and Sir Peter Westmacott.

In addition to joining the UK LLP board, Belton will take over as EY’s UK professional practice director and UK audit compliance principal. According to the firm, she will play a “key” role in the delivery of high quality audits, ensuring compliance with EY’s audit responsibilities and providing technical and learning support to the UK audit practice.

Steve Varley, EY’s UK chairman, said: “Justine and Tonia take on their new roles at a significant time for the profession. They are both hugely experienced and I’m confident that they will bring the challenge and insight needed to further strengthen our UK leadership, governance and how we run our business.

“I am also proud that we are further strengthening the diversity of our senior leadership. Justine’s appointment will mean that six of the 10 positions on EY’s UK LLP Board will now be held by women.”

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