Deloitte strengthens North East tax team

Business advisory firm Deloitte, recently named Accounting and Finance Employer of the Year in the 2016 North East Accountancy Awards, has made two key appointments to its Newcastle-based tax team.

Jackie Ward joins as a senior manager, specialising in private clients, while Newcastle University graduate David Young has joined Deloitte as an assistant manager.

Jackie – who is married with one son – has more than 30 years’ experience in tax, including as an inspector with HMRC, as well as more than 25 years combined with both Grant Thornton and EY. She qualified as a chartered tax adviser in 1992.

As a senior manager within the private clients’ team, Jackie will work with high net worth individuals, entrepreneurs and partnerships, advising on issues such as income and capital gains tax, as well as inheritance tax planning.

“The tax environment for individuals and partnerships is complex and ever-changing, so I am looking forward to helping Deloitte’s private clients in the North East and Yorkshire with their personal and business tax requirements,” said Jackie.

David Young worked at EY for five years after graduating from Newcastle University and qualified as a chartered tax adviser in 2014. He is a keen footballer and hiker, and will be making a charity climb of Mount Kilimanjaro later this year.

In his role as an assistant manager within the tax team, David will focus largely on entrepreneurial businesses, advising owners and managers from start-up through to exit.

“Joining Deloitte gives me the opportunity to work with some of the region’s leading entrepreneurial businesses,” he said. “Whether they are start-ups or more established companies looking at an exit strategy, tax considerations will be high on their agenda.”

Stephen Hall, office senior partner for Deloitte, said: “Our continued growth in the North East, and our recent awards, are testament to the talent within our team, and that is reflected in our ability to attract people of the calibre of Jackie and David.

“Their skills and experience, particularly working with entrepreneurs and high-growth businesses, will be an asset to the team and to our clients in the North East.”