EY has welcomed three new hires to its Audit, Business Development and People Advisory Services (PAS) teams with the aim of “strengthening its expertise” and building on its work with privately-owned businesses across the South East.
The business has appointed Mike Reeves as an associate partner to lead the development and expansion of its services for clients in the private market across the region. In addition, Dan Dennett has joined the business as an associate partner in Reading’s audit practice and Louise Morley has joined the team as a tax advisor in PAS.
EY said Reeves has “extensive experience” working in the banking industry across the Central and South East regions as well as in East Anglia. He joins EY in a business development role, from Santander in Reading, where he spent 10 years working alongside SMEs and large, multi-national, privately-owned businesses.
In his new role, he will lead a team to “originate and develop” relationships with privately owned businesses, connecting clients with experienced advisors in a variety of sectors and advising on cross-service line activity.
Dennet is also an experienced audit engagement leader and statutory auditor, having worked with a wide range of private and international business across the Thames Valley and West London regions. He has experience of working with business in various stages of development, from well-established private businesses to supporting companies through rapid growth, expansion and transactions.
In his new role, he will be responsible for developing client relationships and networks with private businesses in the region.
Finally, Morley joins the firm with many years of experience working with private clients on global mobility, employment tax and share scheme activity. She has joined EY to help lead the growth of the Integrated Mobility team in Reading, supporting all aspects of employment tax and social security compliance and advisory work, plus the design and implementation of equity reward arrangements.
Richard Baker, managing partner at EY in the South East, said: “I’m really pleased to welcome Mike, Dan and Louise to the business. Their experience and expertise will help to strengthen the Reading office team as we focus on providing advice and support to our existing clients and building our presence amongst privately-owned businesses over the next 6-12 months.
“These appointments are part of our plan to grow the team in Reading, offering full-service capabilities to our clients. The last few months have been particularly difficult for businesses, due to Covid-19 and the necessary lockdown measures put in place by the Government.”
He added: “During this time, we’ve continued to work with owner managers and CFOs, supporting them through the many challenges of running a business at this time. As the lock-down restrictions are eased, businesses in South East are emerging to face a very different business landscape. We’re looking forward to playing our part in supporting their transition to the new norm.”