Ray returns to the North East region having spent the past 10 years leading the corporate finance infrastructure and government team in London.
He will now work with partner Greg Wilson to lead the government and public-sector (G&PS) practice in Newcastle, covering infrastructure finance, real estate and development and regeneration.
Ray has many years’ experience advising both public and private-sector clients and has particular expertise in public private partnerships focused on regeneration and development and in financing infrastructure. In his time in London he has worked on a range of projects advising local and central government including the Thames Gateway, Battersea Power Station, Crossrail 2 and HS2.
Ray will also lead the G&PS team within the firm’s deals business across the UK regions, working closely with Ian Looker, PwC’s G&PS sector leader in the North, and help oversee recently launched PwC G&PS hub. The hub already has more than 200 specialists based across the North and was set up in response to the growing demand for its services.
Bill MacLeod, PwC’s senior partner in Newcastle, said: “Ray’s appointment reflects our strategy of building the right team of specialists so that we can continue to help our clients be successful. The diverse experience that Ray has gained from working on significant infrastructure and regeneration projects in London and the South East, as well as his time in the North East, will benefit our clients and shows our commitment to secure the best talent. And it is testament to the strength of our practice, and region as a whole, that we are able to attract industry leaders to the North East.”
Commenting on his appointment, Ray Mills said: “The public sector is facing challenging times but remains a highly-dynamic market where the prospect of greater devolution of powers locally means there is a real demand for reform and change, and at the same time investment in infrastructure and growth. It is great to be back home in the North East and I look forward to working closely with our clients to help them deliver this exciting agenda for the regions.”