Deloitte recently announced that Pauline Biddle has been promoted to take the wheel of the firm’s Midlands practice from February 2015. She brings 22 years of experience in diverse positions within Deloitte UK to her new command.
Pauline Biddle joined Deloitte in London in 2002, as part of the Andersen transaction. She quickly moved through the ranks and was named partner in 2005. During her 22-year career at Deloitte she worked in three of the firm’s four service lines; audit, consulting and corporate finance, and in the last year led on more than twenty of the firm’s highest profile deals. She has held a number of leadership roles, including heading the firm’s national UK Aerospace and Defence Industry Group and sitting on the national Corporate Finance Leadership Team, which will continue. Biddle holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Southampton University.
Biddle will take the helm of Deloitte’s Midlands practice* from 2 February 2015 and succeed Chris Loughran, who has led the Midlands practice for the last five years. “I am thrilled to be able to hand over the reins to Pauline, who I know has a similar passion for serving our clients, developing our people and capitalising on the opportunities that our dynamic region offers.” Loughran will remain in the Midlands as a Vice Chairman of Deloitte UK and continues on the UK Board of Partners of Deloitte.
Commenting on her appointment, Biddle says: “I have been fortunate enough to work in locations all over the world, from Melbourne to California and yet I count this opportunity, to lead our business in a thriving and proud region, as by far the most exciting.” She relates for the year ahead that, “we’ve seen predictions of a record year for tourism with both the Rugby World Cup**and Ashes coming to the region; and I have seen first-hand the important role that businesses across the East and West Midlands are playing in the UK economic recovery.”
* Deloitte in the Midlands employs more than 700 staff across two offices, Birmingham and Nottingham, and has the majority of the regions’ most recognised and successful companies as its clients.