Advisory arm of EY Australia promotes ten to partner level

30 July 2019 6 min. read
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The Advisory division of professional services giant EY has promoted ten of its senior advisors to partner level. 

Amanda Miller has been with EY for 17 years. She specialises in internal audit, risk management, finance & control, regulation and compliance. Miller is based in EY’s Canberra office. Commenting on her appointment, she stated on LinkedIn, “I am honoured and proud to be joining the EY Partnership. I am so very grateful for the support I have received in my career and appreciate the opportunity to work in an organisation where I’ve been able to work flexibly, become a mum and work with a talented team of professionals to build a better working world.” 

After graduating and working in South Africa, Brendina Saul relocated to Australia in 2006. Having worked a decade in the country across business and IT consulting, Saul joined EY at the start of 2015. She has been promoted to partner in the firm’s Data & Analytics practice, and is based in Melbourne. She is responsible for the delivery of data and analytics projects to a variety of clients, overseeing engagements through the entire project life cycle. Similarly to other partners, Saul is also responsible for account management, new business development and thought leadership. 

Chris Henderson is also a partner in EY’s Data & Analytics practice, which for a large part builds on the fundament laid by the 2015 acquisition of C3 Business Solutions, an Australian advanced analytics. Henderson joined EY as part of the transaction, and previously worked for C3 for five years and Deloitte for four years, among others. He has experience in data and analytics across multiple countries and industries, including financial services, healthcare, insurance, telecommunications, utilities, retail and the government sector. 

Sydney-based partner Phillip Halverson is an experienced risk management professional, with a focus on the insurance industry. He specialises in enterprise risk management, insurance liability estimation, financial reporting and accounting standards including IFRS17, financial and capital modeling, and insurance pricing. His track record spans both direct and reinsurance product lines, with a particular focus on personal injury. Halverson joined EY in 2013, having previously served the professional services firm for two years (1999 - 2001) in the Netherlands. 

Advisory arm of EY Australia promotes ten to partner level

Simon Chan specialises in programme- and project management, with a focus on the infrastructure segment. He has worked across a range of industry sectors, including transport, electricity, water, health, education, real estate, telecommunications and manufacturing. Chan, who is based in Sydney, boasts experience in planning, business and digital transformation, operating models, large capital infrastructure projects, technology-drive change and smart city solutions. Prior to joining EY in 2012, he worked for Arup, Third Horizon Consulting Partners, BlueScope Steel and Arthur Andersen.

Steve Ruggio is a partner in the firm’s Financial Services industry group, which serves banking institutions, insurance companies, wealth and asset managers, FinTechs and regulators. Topics he has worked on in recent years include risk and finance transformation, cost reduction, capital management and regulatory reporting. Ruggio has been with EY for fourteen years, climbing the ranks from intern and junior consultant all the way up to equity partner.

Vivian Tse is a Sydney-based partner. She is an actuary, and has during her sixteen tenure at the firm supported dozens of Appointed Actuary, External Peer Review Actuary and Scheme Actuary roles over a wide range of general insurance classes. She also supports non-insurance clients with broader modelling and analytics services. Between 2008 and 2010, Tse worked in EY’s London office, where she worked with over 30 insurers on EU Solvency II preparation and implementation projects. 

After working in the banking sector, latterly at the National Australia Bank, Will De Vere Gould joined EY in the summer of 2009. Gould, who completed his studies in the United Kingdom, is based in EY’s Melbourne office. He focuses on clients in the banking capital markets landscape. 

Ben Carr is a professional with more than 18 years of experience in change management and project management from both in house and consulting roles – he previously worked for Accenture and Articulate Consulting. He has gained broad industry exposure working across the utilities, resources, government, financial services and retail sectors. Carr joined EY last summer as a Director, and twelve months into his role, he has now been promoted to partner.

Marnie Taylor is a partner in EY’s People Advisory service line. She started her career at arch-rival PwC, and joined EY thirteen years ago. Based in EY’s Sydney locale, she helps clients manage the complexities of international tax, immigration and social security regulations associated with their globally mobile employee population. She also works with executives and high net worth individuals on income tax planning. 

A stake in EY

All of the ten new partners are equity holders, or owners of the accounting and consulting firm. Contrary to for instance rivals Deloitte and KPMG, where around 50% and 90% of partners stakes in the partnership, at EY all partners own equity. This allows them to have a say in the way the firm is run, and a share in the profits of the firm as opposed to salaried partners at EY’s rivals. At PwC, less than half of all partners are non-equity partners.

Across the Australian organisation, EY promoted 54 new partners, of which 35 are internal promotions. Globally, the firm’s intake of new partners per the 1st of July totalled 733, with 194 of those active in EY’s Asia-Pacific division.