EY appoints Sally Jones as Trade Policy Leader

09 March 2020 Consultancy.uk 2 min. read
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EY has strengthened its international trade and Brexit team with the key appointment of Sally Jones as Partner and its UK Trade Policy Leader. Specialising in trade policy, Jones joins EY having previously worked at Big Four competitor Deloitte for over 24 years.

While Brexit may officially have occurred on January 31st 2020 – almost a year later than planned – that does not mean that the process of extracting the UK from the European Union is finished. In fact, due to the nature of the temporary agreement struck between the UK Government and Brussels, a number of key policies are still to be determined in a transition period which will run until the end of the year.

As central and local government departments and private enterprises across the UK continue to prepare for the end of this changeover window, consultants have continued to experience keen demand for their advisory services. In order to bolster its capacity for such work, EY has boosted its international trade and Brexit team with the arrival of Sally Jones. In her new role she will also continue to have frequent interactions with the UK Government and the EU, in order to gain the necessary perspectives to aid clients in their future trade strategies.

EY appoints Sally Jones as Trade Policy Leader

Commenting on her new role, Jones remarked, “Businesses have faced a sustained period of uncertainty, from the US trade wars to the rise of trade in services and the impact of e-commerce.  It’s left many international businesses unclear on how they trade with the UK, the EU, and other markets globally. EY has first-rate credentials as international trade advisors, able to alleviate some of the uncertainties of trading in the modern world. I am looking forward to building on the team’s success and market leading reputation, helping UK businesses succeed on a global stage.”

Jones arrives from EY’s Big Four rival Deloitte, having spent the last three years as the firm’s UK Director, International Trade Policy. Over the course of her 24-year stay at Deloitte, Jones has worked with clients across multiple industries including FTSE 100, Fortune 500, privately owned companies and trade associations. Under the remit of the UK Professional & Business Services Council, she also founded and chairs the Trade Technical Group, on behalf of the UK government’s Departments for International Trade and Business, and the Ministry of Justice.

Marc Bunch, EY’s Global Trade Leader, said of Jones’ arrival, “There is an unprecedented level of market demand from companies looking to create or refresh their trade policies on a global scale.   Sally has a rare skillset that will really benefit our clients.  I’m thrilled that she’s joining us.”