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EY announces five new partners to the NZ firm

The new partners are internal promotions, reflecting the firm’s commitment to recognising talent from within, and three of the five (60%) are women.

Mark Patton.

Tue, 02 Jul 2024

EY has welcomed five new partners in the 2024 financial year, bringing expertise across a diverse range of service areas.

All five new partners are the result of internal promotions, reflecting the firm’s commitment to recognising talent from within, and three out of the five new partners (60%) are female.

The new appointments demonstrate EY’s continued growth in key service sectors – three in the firm’s tax services team and two in its assurance practice.

“I am thrilled to welcome our five new leaders to the EY New Zealand partnership; their progression to partner is testament to their unwavering commitment and exceptional contribution to both the firm and our clients. I am confident these new partners will continue to drive our firm’s success and bring fresh perspectives to our business,” said managing partner, Simon O’Connor.

“By strengthening our partner numbers in the tax services and assurance practices, we’re ensuring EY continues to have the necessary knowledge and speciality skillsets to help our clients address their most complex challenges. This is particularly important as New Zealand faces tougher economic times, frequent regulatory updates, and the rapidly evolving use of AI in business” O’Connor added.

The partners are:

Charlotte Dingwall – tax, global compliance and reporting – specialises in tax and finance managed services and multi-country tax solutions for global businesses. She began her career in corporate tax in New Zealand, then spent 10 years at EY in London, focusing on global compliance, UK corporate tax, and developing tax solutions for multinational companies. In 2022, she returned to New Zealand, continuing to deliver multi-country compliance solutions for Asia-Pacific businesses and working with New Zealand entrepreneurs in the NZ EY Entrepreneur of the Year program.

Kim Cunningham – SaT/tax international tax and transactions services – is a director in the international tax and transaction services ITTS at EY, based out of the Auckland office. She advises clients in relation to the tax aspects of transactions, focusing on reducing risk and increasing value for stakeholders. She also leads tax due diligence and structuring engagements, as well as providing IPO support and advice on restructuring.

Mark Patton – Tax, Business Tax Services – is the South Island lead for the New Zealand R&D team, based in Christchurch. He works with innovative businesses in agriculture, hi-tech manufacturing, aerospace, biotechnology, and food and beverage and has extensive experience in manufacturing and exporting world-leading brands across the Asia-Pacific region.

Neil Calder – assurance – leads the EY assurance team in Auckland, focusing on large-scale businesses in services, manufacturing, and construction. With 20 years of auditing experience in the UK and NZ, he has extensive knowledge of statutory audit requirements and the regulatory environment.

Lianne Austin – assurance – part of EY’s assurance team in Wellington, with more than 17 years of auditing experience in the UK and NZ. She manages audits for public, private, and listed companies, forming trusted relationships with clients and stakeholders.

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