EY has promoted London-based partner Errol Gardner to the role of Global Deputy Vice Chair of EY Advisory. In the new role, which he takes over from Steve Martin, EY's former Technology Consulting head will take responsibility for the strategic direction and operations of the professional services firm’s fastest growing service line.
Prior to joining EY in 2009, where he is Partner and latterly Global Leader for the Technology Consulting practice, Errol Gardner worked for IBM for more than six years and at PwC, where he started his career in 1990. At IBM and PwC, he led and contributed to dozens of large technology implementation programmes across industries, including roll outs of SAP and Oracle solutions.
Gardner holds a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Economics from the University of Nottingham.
In his new role, based in London, Gardner becomes the Global Deputy Vice Chair of EY's Advisory business unit – the arm is EY's fastest growing business unit globally, with 17% growth booked in FY15. The role will see Gardner take over key responsibilities for the strategic direction and operational efficiency of the advisory unit.
Steve Martin, who was previously in the role, will return to EY’s Financial Services Organisation (FSO) where he worked, in his last role as Managing Partner, from 2004 until 2010. He is tasked with building out the business.
Norman Lonergan, EY Global Vice Chair Advisory, says, “Professional services are at a pivotal point because companies and the market are constantly affected by disruptive trends. Errol’s appointment comes at a truly exciting and challenging time, and he will play a key role in enabling EY to continue its achievements in enabling clients to excel in the fast-paced, competitive landscape. With more than 25 years of experience, Errol brings proven experience in technology consulting, growing key accounts and developing EY’s brand presence worldwide. His knowledge across industries and technologies will help us continue to drive EY’s Advisory professional services business forward.”
Commenting on his new challenge, Gardner says, “This is a dynamic time for our Advisory business. We must provide leadership and guidance to help our clients navigate the demands, opportunities and risks that the digital era brings – all at an accelerated speed. This will mean continuing to deliver the best possible insights to our clients, both from within and outside of our organisation. We will need to be agile and responsive to their changing requirements and continue demonstrating the benefits that EY provides through its highly connected, global organisation.”