KPMG UK announces three new Scotland partners

23 December 2021 2 min. read
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Big Four firm KPMG has promoted three partners in its Scottish wing. Oliver Dockray, Martin Stephens, and Philippa Sanderson have all been promoted from the start of December. 

Through the financial year of 2021, KPMG’s UK entity has announced the appointment of 56 new partners. In Scotland KPMG UK employs more than 1,000 people across its offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Speaking on the three promotions across the firm’s Scottish offices, James Kergon said the trio were each “true leaders in their respective fields”, bringing KPMG’s clients “valued senior expertise.”

KPMG Scotland’s Senior Partner added, “I’m really pleased to welcome Philippa, Martin and Oliver into KPMG’s partnership… As they take this next step in their impressive careers, I look forward to seeing them continue to grow in their practice areas and deliver for our clients across Scotland.”

Oliver Dockray, Martin Stephens, and Philippa Sanderson - KPMG

Oliver Dockray has been named Head of Tax Technology and Innovation, along with becoming Partner, following 13 years with the firm. Based in Glasgow, he specialises in tax technology and has built a team of over 100 technology professionals at the cutting edge of digitising tax for KPMG’s clients across Scotland and the UK.

Martin Stephens meanwhile becomes a Partner within KPMG UK’s Corporate Services Transformation team in FS Consulting after being with the firm for 15 years. Edinburgh based Stephens will continue to support insurance industry CFOs through major periods of change with programmes to deliver outcomes related to cost reduction, integration, or regulatory compliance, all underpinned by technology. 

Philippa Sanderson is wins promotion to Partner as an experienced tax adviser, who already leads KPMG’s private enterprise tax offering across Scotland. As part of her promotion, Sanderson will now also drive KPMG’s private enterprise tax business in Yorkshire and the Humber. Her team advises private businesses and their owners on all aspects of tax, in the UK and internationally through KPMG’s extensive global network.

The news follows an announcement in November that KPMG was promoting six directors in its Scottish offices. In the same month, after two decades in the public and third sectors, Mark O’Donnell also joined the firm’s infrastructure government and healthcare team, as a Senior Manager.