KPMG has appointed a new lead of its Cardiff office as the firm looks to expand its presence in Wales.
David Williams, who lives in South East Wales and has worked for KPMG for 22 years across audit, advisory and most recently consulting, will take on the role as office senior partner.
Williams has spent more than 12 years in senior leadership positions, both globally and in the UK, across the transport sector and the firm’s infrastructure, government and healthcare practice.
He said: “There is real potential within the Welsh economy. We all know that it is a great place to live and work and many others are quickly appreciating that too.
“This is having a phenomenal impact on the burgeoning tech scene in the city and will support Welsh SMEs as they look to grow. We’re also seeing significant interest from international firms to invest in the country and use Wales as a platform for growth in the UK.
“My role is all about further developing our presence in Wales so we can support those ambitions, but also to help our clients through the challenges they are facing – whether that’s emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic, responding to inflation or reducing emissions.”
He added: “Fundamental to that is attracting the best professional talent in the market, but also fostering our own and strengthening our links with schools, colleges and universities to take on the professionals of the future.
“We also have an incredible wealth of experience and expertise across our UK office network, so my focus will also be on linking local businesses and public sector organisations with best-in-class professionals.”
The appointment involves office senior partner Simon Jones passing on the role after 15 years.
Meanwhile, the Cardiff office has also promoted Jeremy Thomas as partner within KPMG’s private enterprise audit team.
Jones said: “It has been an absolute privilege to lead our Cardiff office for KPMG over the past 15 years and drive our support for organisations across Wales. Together, we’ve built a great team in the city and worked with many of the most prestigious and fastest growing organisations in Wales.
“Jeremy has been central to the leadership of Cardiff office for many years, so to see him become a partner is very satisfying. I know that he will excel in his new role and continue to improve our firm for clients and colleagues alike.
“David is the perfect candidate to take the office forward. He is incredibly well connected with the wider KPMG firm and will be pulling in that expertise to support our clients here in Wales.”