PwC appoints new Head Partner in Newcastle

26 June 2018 2 min. read
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Global professional services giant PwC has appointed a new Head Partner for its Newcastle outfit. Jonathan Greenaway will replace the outgoing Bill MacLeod from the beginning of July, after he moves to take on a national role with the firm.

The Big Four of the professional services industry have seen considerable movement at the top of their North Eastern operations in the past three years. Deloitte handed 25 year veteran employee Stephen Hall the top job at its Newcastle office in 2015, while Sandra Thompson – a Northumberland native who left school at the age of 16 – took charge at EY in 2016, and former PwC Tax Director David Elliott was named KPMG’s Senior Office Partner in the region last year.

Bill MacLeod and Jonathan Greenaway

Now, PwC has completed a quartet of changes at the head of the Big Four in Newcastle. Following the news that the firm’s incumbent Head Partner was due for a promotion, PwC has decided to appoint Jonathan Greenaway as successor to Bill MacLeod. MacLeod will become the Ethics Partner for PwC UK as of the beginning of July. The role is a national position, and though MacLeod will remain based in the North East and keep some client and other responsibilities in the region, his increased workload led to him stepping aside as Head Partner of the regional office he has led since 2014.

On the same day that MacLeod steps down, Jonathan Greenaway will become the Senior Partner for PwC’s Newcastle office, having himself led the firm’s Private Business Practice in the North Eastern city for the past ten years. In that role, Greenaway worked with clients covering a diverse range of sectors, in order to provide customised audit, tax and advisory services to privately held businesses, private equity portfolio companies and their owners in the region. Originally from Northern Ireland, Greenaway previously worked in the firm’s Belfast and Bristol offices, before relocating to Newcastle in 2006.

Commenting on his new challenge, Greenaway said, “I’m delighted to be taking on the role of office senior partner at our Newcastle office. For many years Bill has ensured that PwC has been regarded as one of the leading professional services firms in the region and I am committed to building on this momentum in the future.”

Ian Morrison, PwC’s Yorkshire and North East regional leader, added, “I am delighted at this news and pleased for Jonathan and Bill who I am sure will both do superb jobs in their new roles.”

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