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PwC Isle of Man announces new leadership team

24 June, 2021

Nick Halsall is appointed Senior Partner, and Nichola Christison and Johann Marais become local partners to further strengthen the PwC leadership team

PwC Isle of Man has appointed Nick Halsall as its new Senior Partner. With effect from 1 July 2021, Nick will take on this pivotal role, succeeding Ian Clague, who has held the position since 2002. The appointment of two new local partners Nichola Christison and Johann Marais will further strengthen the PwC leadership team.

A client and solutions focused individual, Nick has spent his career with PwC, having joined the firm in 1993 as a trainee accountant. Nick spent 5 years as a manager in PwC Boston, Massachusetts where he worked on a number of financial and technology clients, including both start-ups and SEC listed. He returned to the Island in 2003 and has served a wide range of PwC’s local and multinational clients with an emphasis on listed clients. Nick was appointed to Partner in 2010 and in addition to serving some of the firm's largest assurance clients, he leads the firm’s advisory and insolvency practice.

The leadership change comes at the same time as PwC unveils The New Equation, a landmark global strategy which responds to fundamental changes in the world, including technological disruption, climate change, fractured geopolitics, and the continuing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The New Equation focuses on two interconnected needs that organisations face in the coming years. The first is to build trust, which has never been more important, nor more difficult. Organisations increasingly need to earn trust across a wide range of topics that are important to their stakeholders. The second is to deliver sustained outcomes in an environment where competition and the risk of disruption are more intense than ever and societal expectations have never been greater. Businesses need to change faster and more thoroughly to attract capital, talent and customers.

Nick Halsall commented: ‘I am honoured to have been appointed Senior Partner of PwC Isle of Man. This is an extremely exciting time for the firm and it’s a privilege to lead what is a fantastic team of professionals. In my role I will continue to deliver the best of PwC, building on our success and investment in the Isle of Man. The foundation of our new global strategy, The New Equation, is our multidisciplinary model, which allows us to help clients build trust with their stakeholders and deliver sustained outcomes, by bringing our unique combination of capabilities together, while remaining steadfast in our commitment to quality.

‘Ian has been an inspiring leader and I have learned much from him over the course of my career. A lot has changed in my 27 years with the firm, including the uncertainty of the last year.  Ian has overseen a period of huge change for the firm - one which has grown into a truly progressive and tech-enabled firm with our core values and purpose at the heart of what we do.’

Nick will succeed Ian Clague, who formally leaves PwC in July 2021, after serving nineteen years as Senior Partner with a career spanning 30 years with PwC.

Ian Clague, added on the announcement of his successor: ‘Nick is a key member of the partner group and has made a significant contribution to the leadership of the firm since his appointment to Partner eleven years ago. He brings a wealth of exceptional qualities, experience and skills to lead the firm to continued success and I’m confident Nick will steer PwC to even greater things in the future. I am proud to be leaving the firm with such a strong leadership team at the helm ensuring we can help our clients achieve their ambitions both now and in the future.’

As part of the change in leadership, Nichola Christison and Johann Marais have been appointed as Partners with effect from 1 July 2021, bringing the total number of partners to eight.

Nichola moved to the Island from Scotland, joining PwC as a trainee in 1998 before working her way through the ranks to a Director in 2014. Nichola has been the firm’s Asset and Wealth Management leader for a number of years. Her clients include a wide range of financial services industries with a particular focus on alternative investment clients, life insurance and fiduciary services.

Nichola will oversee the firm's People Strategy, ensuring PwC remains a leading employer with an agile workforce of diverse skills and talent to respond quickly to clients’ needs.

Johann joined PwC in 2007 and has over 20 years experience in a range of actuarial consultancy roles, including employee benefits and financial risk management consultancy. 

Promoted to Director in 2016 Johann has extensive knowledge of the offshore insurance and pensions sectors and advises financial services clients on insurance reserving, pension scheme valuations and risk and capital modelling. 

In his role as partner Johann will continue to lead the firm's actuarial practice, a team that has grown from one to the present thirteen under his leadership.

Nick Halsall concluded: ‘I’m delighted to welcome Nichola and Johann to the partnership. It is an excellent achievement for them to reach this summit and their appointment is a key investment in our future putting us in a great position to continue to deliver high quality solutions to our clients.’

Johann Marais, Nick Halsall and Nichola Christison

Johann Marais, Nick Halsall and Nichola Christison

‘I am honoured to have been appointed Senior Partner of PwC Isle of Man. This is an extremely exciting time for the firm and it’s a privilege to lead what is a fantastic team of professionals. In my role I will continue to deliver the best of PwC, building on our success and investment in the Isle of Man.'

Nick Halsall

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