PwC appoints Jason Morris as new regional leader in Scotland
Jason Morris has been appointed regional leader for PwC in Scotland, replacing Claire Reid, who is leaving the role to become UK head of forensics.
Mr Morris is a transaction services partner, based in Edinburgh, where he leads the 80-strong Deals practice.
In addition, Martin Cowie has been named as Senior Partner in PwC’s Aberdeen Office. He replaces Kevin Reynard, who will retire in June after 34 years with PwC and seven in his current role.
At a time when PwC is increasing its focus on driving innovation to help businesses solve the unprecedented challenge of climate change, Jason will combine his new role with an existing position as head of the firm’s UK Deals Renewables practice.
In moving to the Regional Market Leader role, he assumes leadership for more than 1,000 people in the Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen offices.
Mr Morris has advised on more than 300 transactions in his 30-year career with the Firm, the vast majority in the Scottish market. His transactions career includes work for many of Scotland’s leading corporates and he has worked on a number of Scotland’s landmark transactions.
Commenting on his appointment, Jason Morris said: “Having spent almost 30 years working for PwC in Scotland it is an honour to lead the fantastic team we have across Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.
“I take on this role at a challenging time. Businesses of all sizes across all sectors are facing some serious headwinds as we head into 2022, but look deep enough and there are some real game-changing opportunities too – particularly when you consider our potential in renewable energy, technology, and financial services.
“We’ve got a resilient, innovative business community here in Scotland and I can’t wait to get out there in 2022 to lead our engagement. I’m excited about building on the fantastic work Claire has done over the last couple of years.”
Claire Reid added: “It has been an absolute privilege to lead PwC in Scotland over the last two and a half years. The period has been dominated by Covid-19, but for me it’s the achievements that we made, from our work during COP26 to improvements in diversity and social mobility, and the investment in our people and our technology that will stay with me.
“Jason will be a great Regional Leader for our people and our clients, and as I’ll still be based in Glasgow in my new role as UK Head of Forensics, I look forward to seeing him build our business in a period of huge change.”
Martin Cowie returned to the Aberdeen office last year following 20 years with PwC in Sydney, Edinburgh, Glasgow and more recently Belfast, where he led Private Business for PwC Northern Ireland for a number of years.
Martin Cowie commented: “With energy transition well underway, I look forward to picking up the amazing job Kevin has done over the last seven years. Aberdeen stands in a strong position as the economic recovery picks up pace, with a hugely skilled workforce already adapting to energy transition – this is the story that will dominate the decade here and beyond in the North East, and I look forward to playing my part in it.”