KPMG appoints five new partners in Birmingham

Professional services firm KPMG has appointed five new partners in its Birmingham office.

Anna Barrell has been promoted to partner in the audit practice. She leads audits and relationships with numerous clients in the food and drink, manufacturing, retail and leisure sectors. Anna has a wealth of experience, having started her career at KPMG in 2001, before moving to a role in industry in 2012 where she worked in Switzerland as a chief financial officer before returning to the firm in 2015.

After four years with KPMG, Del Heppenstall has also been made partner within the cyber security practice. Del has over 20 years of experience, having led large scale security transformation projects within both the private and public sector. He advises clients on topics ranging from security strategy and organisational design, to technical security solution implementation and operation.

Kate Holt has been promoted to partner in KPMG’s people consulting team. With over 18 years of experience in consulting and human resources (HR), for both UK and global clients, Kate is a HR expert and transformation specialist. For the last five years Kate has led the firm’s global HR centre of excellence, helping clients to optimise their HR functions.

With over 25 years of audit and accounting experience, Nadia Dabbagh-Hobrow has joined the partnership, working within the firm’s audit practice as head of the UK pensions assurance practice. Nadia’s experience includes providing audit services to some of the largest pension schemes audited by KPMG, leading risk management and governance projects for clients and being a key member of the Pensions Research Accounting Group Working Party.

Completing the suite of partner promotions is Nick Taylor, who has worked within KPMG’s deal advisory practice for 11 years. Nick focuses on M&A activity across the Midlands, particularly in the automotive, infrastructure, building and construction sectors. He recently undertook a secondment to the office of Andy Street, West Midlands Mayor, where he advised on regional funding and investment. Prior to joining KPMG, he was an England international hockey player.

Karl Edge, Midlands Regional Chairman and Birmingham Office Senior Partner at KPMG, said:

“I’m delighted to welcome five new partners from our thriving Birmingham office to the partnership. This is truly a reflection of the strong growth our business has had and also of KPMG’s commitment to Birmingham and the wider Midlands region.

“It’s a fantastic time to be in the Midlands as the marketplace is full of opportunity and demand for our services continues to grow. Together with James Tracey, who became a partner earlier this year, Anna, Del, Kate, Nadia and Nick will be instrumental in driving our future growth and delivering high quality services to our clients, helping them to navigate the challenges they face.”

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