KPMG UK has promoted 21 colleagues in its Aberdeen office, mirroring areas of growth for the business and the continued investment the firm is making in its people in the north east of Scotland.

Gillian McGillivray has been promoted to director as head of HR for the UK Tax and Legal practice.

Jen Webster and Riyaz Mohammed are both now senior managers in Audit, while Debbie Hutcheon and Michael Smith have been promoted to senior managers in Tax.

Elsewhere eight colleagues have been promoted to manager in Audit and Deal Advisory and eight are now assistant managers in Audit, Tax and Deal Advisory.

The promotions reflect investments which are strongly supported by demand from the firm’s clients and have been made across all of KPMG’s service lines: Audit, Tax and Deal advisory.

Martin Findlay, office senior partner of KPMG UK in Aberdeen, said: “Our clients rely on our talented and experienced people to support them through the different challenges they face. I am proud of all 21 colleagues who were elevated to promoted posts in October 2021.

“This round of promotions is particularly significant for the Aberdeen office, following a hard year of lockdown challenges, and is testament to the hard work and diligence of all our colleagues. We have successfully guided clients through a difficult business period and enabled them to meet the challenges of a global pandemic, whilst still growing, adapting and ensuring they meet their compliance obligations.

“We look forward to a period of greater stability and growth as we emerge from the pandemic, and to all colleagues being able to fulfil their potential in the new and exciting world of hybrid working from our new base in Marischal Square.

We pride ourselves on our ability to create an environment which encourages our people to advance their careers and continuously learn, which is why I’m delighted to celebrate these promotions in Aberdeen this year.”

Across Scotland twelve new directors, and a total of 98 people have been promoted by the professional services firm, which employs more than 1,000 people across its offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

KPMG UK has made a range of senior promotions nationally, with over 1,700 colleagues promoted on 1 October - the start of the firm’s new financial year.