Heron appointed to lead EY in Northern Ireland

Rob Heron
Rob Heron

BUSINESS advisory firm EY has appointed Rob Heron as managing partner for Northern Ireland, effective from next February.

He replaces Michael Hall, who will leave the firm in 2022 to pursue a new role in industry.

Rob will lead the firm’s business in the north, which is an integral part of the practice on the island of Ireland, employing more than 600 people including 11 partners.

EY Ireland managing partner Frank O’Keeffe said: “We're delighted Rob will lead our Northern Ireland practice.

“The fundamental changes brought about by the Covid pandemic, coupled with wider macroeconomic uncertainty and changing business models, means that our clients are relying on EY more than ever to help them solve their most complex business challenges.

“This is a time of great growth and opportunity as we continue to partner closely with our clients and grow our world class team in Belfast.

“I would also like to sincerely thank Michael Hall for his tireless leadership of our business in Northern Ireland over the past 12 years and wish him well for the future.”

Rob currently leads the fast-growing tax practice in EY’s Belfast office and is regional partner lead for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year programme.

He is also EY’s Brexit lead in Northern Ireland, where he plays a crucial role in advising a broad range of clients on this issue.

Mr Heron said: “It's an exciting time for our business in Northern Ireland, and I consider it a real privilege to lead such a brilliant, passionate and successful team who deliver exceptional client service every day.”