EY has appointed director David Smith to lead its Government and Public Sector (GPS) Financial Accounting Advisory Services (FAAS) practice across the North East and the wider UK.
The arrival of David – who will head up an EY team advising on financial management issues affecting local and central government, health, housing, education and transport – further signals EY’s intention to invest in its GPS practice in the North East, a service line which the company has targeted for significant growth.
With 18 years’ experience providing accounting advice in the UK and international public sector, David’s areas of specialism include financial and management reporting, government accounting, treasury management, finance training and financial performance efficiency.
He joins EY from PwC, where he headed the National Government and Public Sector Finance and Accounting Services practice.
Mark Hatton, North East senior partner at EY, said: “By investing in our people, business and brand, we’re targeting new opportunities right across the North East, including in the region’s public sector, which we see as an important growth area for the firm over the coming years.
“David’s expertise in advising UK and overseas public sector organisations, his ability to build strong client relationships and his proven leadership skills will be an important part of expanding our public sector service offering in the region and help us realise our growth ambitions.”
David Smith added: “It’s a great time to join EY and I look forward to working closely with colleagues in the North East and right across the UK to further grow our public sector practice. EY are committed to working with and supporting public sector organisations, which are facing many challenges as austerity continues.
“With reduced central funding, these public sector organisations are looking for alternative ways to deliver services. We can help them account for these new service delivery models, helping to ensure they are sustainable and can be delivered on budget.”